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Meningitis Outbreak in Nigeria and Why You Should Care

Meningitis Outbreak in Nigeria and Why You Should Care

There is currently a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria which is life threatening. This dangerous disease can also cause deafness, epilepsy or cognitive deficits in the long term if it’s not caught and treated. A CNN article reports that across 15 states nearly 2 000 suspected cases have been recorded and 109 have been treated since the outbreak began in February. According to Nigeria's Center for Disease Control, the meningitis outbreak has killed more than 300 people in Nigeria. The most affected age group is 5- to 14-year-olds and they are responsible for about half of reported cases. Both sexes are almost equally affected. Here are the symptoms you should watch out for: High fever Headaches Neck stiffness Sensitivity to light Confusion Vomiting What is Meningitis? The term meningitis is used when the protective layers of the brain and spinal cord, the meninges, are acutely inflamed. What Causes Meningitis? The infection could be bacter ...

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Sex Discernment with PGD – 3 Things You Need to Know

Sex Discernment with PGD – 3 Things You Need to Know

Being able to balance the number of boys and girls in a family is something many parents dream of doing. Anyone who has ever had a string of rough and tumble boys, longing for a little princess to dress up and spoil, would surely understand. And so would those whose beautiful bevy of daughters could do with a feisty little brother to keep an eye over them. One of the benefits of opting for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)/preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), as part of an IVF cycle, is the fact that it actually opens up the possibility of selecting the sex of your child before implantation and pregnancy takes place. Also, since it takes place prior to implantation, parents may feel more comfortable about making difficult decisions about their future family. PGD is the most reliable form of sex discernment around, with an accuracy rate of between 97% and 99.9%. Here are three things you need to know about PGD/PGS: 1. Purposes of Sex Discernment There are various reasons why parents would o ...

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Know Your Numbers with Affordable Primary Healthcare Services

Know Your Numbers with Affordable Primary Healthcare Services

Many of us delay going to the doctor, whether it’s time for a physical checkup or even if we feel a cold coming on. One reason could be that we’re scared; for others it could be about money. In Nigeria there can be many reasons – cultural, religious, political, economic or social – why people don’t get the basic healthcare they need. Maybe nobody is telling everyone how important it is. We want to change that. We also want to make it easy to find affordable, quality care and accredited diagnostic services. Healthier, Happier Lives When people are healthy, they tend to live longer, happier lives. They are likely able to spend more time with friends and family, pursue a career and meet their aspirations. Good physical health can also be beneficial for fertility, especially when you’re ready to start a family; it also doesn’t hurt your mental health. What if Everything’s Not OK? Prevention is better than cure, but what if something really is wrong? Well, you&rs ...

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Is Egg-free Fertilisation an Option? Find Out

Is Egg-free Fertilisation an Option? Find Out

The future could be a place where human babies are created without female eggs. Here is what you need to know about leading developments in science and technology. In the past, as far as biological teaching was concerned, a female egg and a male sperm were required to create life. However, in September 2016 it was announced that scientists in the United Kingdom discovered a procedure to possibly create offspring without using an egg. A technique developed by researchers at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom could allow sperm to be fused with (any) other human cells in the body, which would make it possible for human babies to be created without eggs. This was not even considered earlier as, supposedly, a viable embryo needed the unique genetic connection of an egg and a sperm to induce development. After all, changes (biological programming) made to the sperm by the egg is responsible for ensuring that only half of the sperm’s genetic code is carried over, resulting in a 50-50 DNA split from ...

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What is Tested in a Semen Analysis and Why

 What is Tested in a Semen Analysis and Why

Male infertility and the need for sperm analysis are not topics that are often mentioned, nevermind openly discussed. However, in 40% of infertility cases in the USA, issues with the male partner are the cause of infertility. In Nigeria, male infertility is a major factor in about 80% of couples who struggle with conception. But please don’t be discouraged by this information if you think are facing a challenge. Become informed, take control of the situation and plan for your future family by looking for the cause – with a semen analysis – so you can find the best solution as soon as possible. What Can Cause Male Infertility? Diabetes Inflammation of the testes Being overweight, underweight or smoking Regular contact with chemicals or radiation Hormones affecting normal sperm production Genetic disorders, for example Klinefelter’s syndrome, which affects males Prior invasive medical treatment such as radiotherapy, surgery or medication Untrea ...

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Why it's Important to Be Audited as a Clinic by Quality Austria

Why it's Important to Be Audited as a Clinic by Quality Austria

Working with human lives is no small matter. For patients to receive the best medical care they need to choose a clinic that’s qualified and trusted to provide that care. There needs to be accountability and systems in place to ensure order and consistent excellence. Why is Quality Important Patients, doctors and the clinic as a business could be at risk if the right programmes are not in place to control quality. Regular audits help ensure that the safety and well-being of all patients are always top of mind. QUALITY IS KEY because we value life, health, safety and best practice. Step in Quality Austria Quality Austria is the leading provider when it comes to quality management, integrated management systems and business excellence. They are committed to optimising the success of their customers and partners with their services and consistent further development of management systems. Bridge Clinic has had a quality management system (QMS) in place since 2004. This keeps us all accountabl ...

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What is Sickle Cell Anaemia and How Can PGD Help?

What is Sickle Cell Anaemia and How Can PGD Help?

Healthy red blood cells are responsible for distributing enough oxygen throughout the body. If you have sickle cell anaemia, a type of anaemia that is inherited (i.e. a genetic disorder), you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells. In medical terms, abnormal haemoglobin S (Hb S) instead of haemoglobin A (Hb A) is present in the red blood cells. Regular, healthy red blood cells are round and flexible, making movement through blood vessels easy. In patients who have sickle cell anaemia, not only are the red blood cells shaped like sickles, but they turn rigid and sticky causing them to get stuck in small blood vessels. This can slow or even block blood flow and therefore delay oxygen distribution to certain parts of the body. Sickle Cell Anaemia in Nigeria According to research, Nigeria has the largest population of people with sickle cell anaemia (or sickle cell disease aka SCD) in the world. Every year, more than 150 000 babies are born with this serious condition. Also alarming is the estimatio ...

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The Importance of Healthcare Quality Audits in Nigeria

The Importance of Healthcare Quality Audits in Nigeria

Reliable, high quality care is very important when it comes to patients’ health and safety. Why? Because people trust medical experts with their concerns, conditions and future wellbeing. If the right programmes and regulations are not in place, quality cannot be controlled, putting many lives at risk. This is not acceptable. Take fertility treatments for example. Patients seeking help with fertility challenges are already concerned, anxious and bound to spend money towards growing their future family. They need to know that they are in the best hands possible, every step of the way. Unfortunately, it’s not that difficult to open a fertility clinic in Nigeria as the regulations aren’t as strict as in other medicine fields in the country. So, if a couple trusts the wrong clinic (without the right equipment and proper training) they could get the wrong diagnosis and treatment plan, resulting in further heartache or worse: increased fertility or other medical problems. We wanted to make sur ...

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What You Need to Know About Endometriosis in Nigeria

What You Need to Know About Endometriosis in Nigeria

Endometriosis is a medical condition that affects women and more often than not it is very painful, with very troubling consequences. In earlier days there were little to no awareness and comprehension in Nigeria for this condition with speculated causes ranging from differences in educational standards and ethnic habits to the availability and quality of diagnostic resources. To provide information and support women with endometriosis a worldwide Awareness Week has been established. This year’s dates are 3 – 9 March 2017. What is Endometriosis? Women are diagnosed with endometriosis when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus actually grows outside the uterus. When this happens, the ovaries (and possibly the fallopian tubes and tissue lining of the pelvis) are affected. In severe cases, although rare, endometrial tissue can even spread beyond pelvic organs. The condition normally presents in women in their late 20s to early 30s. It has been alleged that 30 – 40% of Ni ...

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What are Hereditary Conditions and Why Can PGD Help?

What are Hereditary Conditions and Why Can PGD Help?

Hereditary conditions are diseases or disorders that are inherited genetically, in other words, defective genes that are passed on from a parent (or parents) to a child through conception. Two examples of hereditary diseases that you might have heard of include muscular dystrophy and Down syndrome. Here are a few examples of hereditary conditions with brief descriptions: Galactosemia : Complications of this metabolic disorder include liver damage, speech difficulty and intellectual disability. Sickle cell anaemia : This serious genetic disorder causes severe pain known as pain crises. Over time it also results in multiple organ damage. Cystic fibrosis : A defective gene causes a thick build-up of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. Sufferers are prone to malnutrition and lung infections and need to work closely with healthcare professionals to steer clear of germs as much as possible. Glycogen storage disease : Genetically defective enzymes cannot successfully perform the tasks of contro ...

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