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BREAKING: Fresh Outbreak of Meningitis Kills 8 in Katsina

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The
viral spread of the new strain of Meningitis appears still strong
despite the interventions of the Federal Government to ameliorate the
situation.
 
File Photo: Meningitis patient
 
Cerebro Spinal Meningitis has killed not less than eight people at
Tsabu village in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State, an
official has said.
 
The Director of Primary Health Care in the LGA, Nasiru Mani,
confirmed this to the News Agency of in Mai’adua today
(Thursday).
 
Mani said the meningitis outbreak was discovered in the last two
days following a report from the community. He said that 16 cases were
recorded, out of which eight people had died.
 
According to him, the remaining patients have been admitted at the
Mai’adua and Daura general hospitals for proper medical attention.
 
“We had since deployed a surveillance team to the area to address the situation,’’ said the director.
 
He said the combined efforts of state and local government medical teams have succeeded in addressing the problem.
 
“I call on our people to avail themselves of the ongoing
vaccination against such diseases to curb further spread of the
infection.

“We have designated centres at our rural clinics where people are being immunised or vaccinated against such diseases,” he said.
 
Mani commended the role of Medicines San Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) for their efforts in addressing the outbreak.
 
He called on the people of the area to adhere to the safety measures of sleeping inside ventilated rooms, houses and environs.
 
Besides, the director advised residents to report suspicious cases and visit nearby health centres over any symptom.

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Four Habits That May Be Affecting Your Brain Health

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Four Habits That May Be Affecting Your Brain Health

A number of everyday habits ranging from skipping a morning work to those numerous bedtime snacks can have a serious impact on your brain health. Here are the common habits that may be speeding the decline of your brain health.
You Drink Too Much
As far as your brain is concerned, there’s a big difference between enjoying a glass of wine with dinner and consuming a lot of bottles. A study conducted in 2012 at Rutgers University used rats to model “moderate to heavy drinking” defined as a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
The production of nerve cells in the brain’s hippocampus (the region involved in certain types of learning) of the drunk rodents dropped by almost 40 percent. In the long term this type of behavior could have an adverse effect on learning and memory.
Failing To Care For Your Heart
Heart health is directly connected to brain health. You usually know what’s good for your heart is good for your brain. If your heart is stressed and strained and your brain is not getting proper blood flow, it’s going to age more rapidly.
A 2017 study in JAMA Neurology found that middle-aged individuals with vascular risk factors such as hypertension or diabetes were more likely to develop dementia as they got older.
Failing To Walk
Normal aging brings brain changes that slow cognitive function as some brain regions shrink, communication between neurons may decrease, blood flow in the brain may lessen, and inflammation could increase.
However, certain daily habits may accelerate this brain aging—and there is something you can do about that. Physical activity, managing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease (i.e., high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking), getting sufficient sleep, are all good for other health reasons and may be helpful for the brain.

Additional practices such as staying socially active, treating depression, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption may also be beneficial for your brain health.
Failing To Protect Your Ears
Hearing loss is linked to dementia. A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging found that senior citizens with hearing loss were “significantly more likely to develop dementia.”

It’s possible that the strain of struggling to hear could overburden the brain or that hearing loss could lead to social isolation, which is an acknowledged risk factor for dementia. Protect your hearing as best as you can.

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Take Note: What you should know this dry season, if you live in Nigeria

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The Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has warned Nigerians to be on the look out for any possible sign of Cerebrospinal Meningitis during this dry season.

According to the NCDC, Cerebrospinal Meningitis is a potentially deadly disease and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. It noted that the disease can occur all through the year but increase during the dry season.

The Disease control body therefore urged that, early reporting is critical, there for head to the hospital immediately if you discover these symptoms.

Fever, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, altered level of consciousness.
What to know

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Shocking Reason Why Some People Sweat More Than Others

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Raise your hand if you almost always happen to be the sole person who leaves a workout class completely drenched in sweat. Or it may even happen that reverse is the case and while everyone is sweating excessively, you walk away with a little forehead shimmer.

No matter what the case may be, it’s not just your imagination and there happens to be a scientific explanation behind why some people sweat more than others.

The fact is your body has between two to four million sweat glands, and their purpose is to maintain a normal body temperature—and cool you down when it’s above average—by producing sweat.

With that being said, there are a number of factors that could determine how much you perspire, including your gender, the number of sweat glands you have, the intensity of your exercise, and even your weight.

First of all, while women have just as many sweat glands than men, their glands do not produce as much sweat. That’s why men tend to sweat more than women.

Furthermore, your fitness regime could also be the culprit behind your proclivity to sweat. People that are fit tend to bust a sweat sooner when they exercise because it’s more efficient to perspire while their body temperature remains low.

On the other hand, someone who remains fairly sedentary, may heat up faster and lose more sweat when they exercise. Since fat tends to trap heat and raise the body’s core temperature, overweight people typically sweat more, too.

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