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For disease risk, is it genes or the environment? Probably both

It’s a question that has long intrigued epidemiologists: How much of a role do genes play in the onset of diseases and how much of a role does an individual’s environment play? “It’s really the core question we’ve been asking in epidemiology,” said David Hunter, Richard Doll Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Read more

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A look back at Nigeria’s success in battling AIDS

Nigeria is home to one of the world’s largest populations of people living with HIV. And while health care workers in the country are often strapped for resources and don’t have access to the latest medications, they have made significant progress in the fight against the virus, according to Phyllis Kanki, professor of immunology and infectious diseases Read more

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A lifesaving therapy—and the researcher who helped launch it

Oral rehydration therapy (ORT)—a mixture of water, sugar, and salt that is remarkably effective at rehydrating people with cholera or other diarrheal diseases—is credited with saving tens of millions of lives worldwide. On November 19, 2018, a standing-room-only crowd gathered in Kresge G3 at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to mark the 50th anniversary of the Read more

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Smoking, excessive intake of alcohol increase risk of colon cancer – Expert warns

Dr Ehiatamah Ehinomem, an Oncologist with National Hospital, Abuja, has advised Nigerians to avoid smoking and indulging in excessive intake of alcohol to reduce risk of developing colon cancer. Ehinomem gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. According to him, genetic mutation, exposure to radiation Read more

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Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus

Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet—or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper featured on the cover of Science magazine’s special issue on nutrition, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues with diverse expertise and perspectives on the issues laid out the Read more

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Nigeria has only 7 Geriatricians for over 9m aged people, GAN President declares

President of Geriatrics Association of Nigeria (GAN), Prof. Usman Ahmed has declared there only 7 geriatricians in Nigeria adding they are highly inadequate to take care of the over nine million aged persons in the country. A Geriatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in Read more

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Low-dose aspirin may lower ovarian cancer risk – Study

Women who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (100 milligrams or less) had a 23% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared with women who did not regularly take aspirin, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that long-term heavy use of non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Read more