• Thursday, April 19, 2018

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report.

The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life by between one and two years.

And they warned that people who drink more than 18 drinks a week could lose four to five years of their lives.

The 2016 UK guidelines recommend no more than 14 units a week, which is six pints of beer or seven glasses of wine.

Authors of the Lancet study said their findings backed up the new guidelines and also said they did not find an increased risk of death for light drinkers.

Scientists, who compared the health and drinking habits of alcohol drinkers in 19 countries, modelled how much life a person could expect to lose if they drank the same way for the rest of their lives from the age of 40.

They found people who drank the equivalent of about five to 10 drinks a week could shorten their lives by up to six months.

The study’s authors also found drinking increased the risk of cardiovascular illness, with every 12.5 units of alcohol people drank above the guidelines raising the risk of:

  • Stroke by 14%
  • Fatal hypertensive disease by 24%
  • Heart failure by 9%
  • Fatal aortic aneurysm by 15%

Drinking alcohol was linked with a reduced risk of non-fatal heart disease, but scientists said this benefit was wiped out by a higher risk of other forms of the illness.

Previous studies have suggested that drinking red wine can be good for our hearts, although some scientists have suggested these benefits may be overhyped.

Another Danish study found drinking three to four times a week was linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

“This study makes clear that on balance there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol, which is usually the case when things sound too good to be true,” said Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, who was not involved in the research.

“Although non-fatal heart attacks are less likely in people who drink, this benefit is swamped by the increased risk of other forms of heart disease including fatal heart attacks and stroke.”Red wine poured into a glass

Recommended limits in Italy, Portugal, and Spain are almost 50% higher than the UK guidelines, and in the USA the upper limit for men is nearly double this.

But Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, which partly funded the study, said this did not mean the UK “should rest on its laurels”.

“Many people in the UK regularly drink over what’s recommended” she said.

“We should always remember that alcohol guidelines should act as a limit, not a target, and try to drink well below this threshold.”

Dr Angela Wood, from the University of Cambridge, lead author of the study, said: “The key message of this research is that, if you already drink alcohol, drinking less may help you live longer and lower your risk of several cardiovascular conditions.”





Three die from “mysterious” injection at New Senchi Health Centre

Three persons have reportedly died after receiving injections at the New Senchi Health Centre at Akrade in the Eastern Region.

Some two others are also in critical condition at the hospital.

The deceased include 78-year-old Bande Yobi, Kwadwo Adjei Kyeremeh, 31 and Eugenia Atsupui Gapher, 42.

A family member of one of the deceased in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM said her uncle died on Monday after reacting to the injection.

She said he had visited the hospital to treat a skin condition and was injected by one of the medical officers.

The Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie has confirmed the deaths and says a team has been dispatched to the medical facility to assess the situation





Men in Ghana Against Male Contraceptive Pills

A recent research reports say that the production of a contraceptive pill for men is almost ready. The pill will be taken like the female contraceptive pill. This male contraceptive pill is meant to block hormones that cause sperm production and bring the sperm counts low enough so that a man cannot impregnate his partner.

Researchers who gave the tablet to men for a month said it did not cause liver damage – a side effect shown in previous trials of oral hormonal contraceptives.

Past attempts to give men contraception have focused on injections or gels, but experts say men may find it easier to take a pill.

While there is fear man may forget to take the tablets, researcher’s hope this can be addressed by a longer-lasting ingredient that means they can be taken daily rather than twice a day as with previous versions.

Wisetvonline.com hits the street to find out from men if they will take contraceptive pills in place of their partners, the answers are just revealing: most of the men who spoke to our news team were strongly against the use of male contraceptive, rather, they were all of the view that it is women who should be on contraceptive.

It was however very revealing that all the women we spoke to were against their husband’s taking contraceptive.

This new pill, which has to be taken with food, blocks brain to shut off hormones required for sperm production.


Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

Excessive consumption of noodles ‘killing’ children – Dietician

Dr. Efua Owusu Ansah, a Dietician at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has cautioned Ghanaians especially children against excessive consumption of noodles since it does not contain any nutrients nor fibre.

Dr Ansah further revealed that children are suffering from a lot of health complications leading to deaths because of increased consumption of noodles which contain excessive amounts of gluten and sodium.

“Noodles are made from flour and it does not contain essential nutrients and eating such foods frequently leads to a lot of health risks. It can increase blood sugar for people suffering from diabetes. We get children as young as 13 years suffering from hypertension and stroke. If we give our children noodles all the time the health risks associated with noodles cannot be avoided,” She told Adehye FM’s Obaa Adwoa Nelson Aweh.

She explained that the complication of eating noodles and other processed foods are not instant “but when you make a habit of substituting it for good real food then it’s only a matter of time, you’ll get health problems which can lead to death”.

She therefore encouraged parents to prepare proper balanced diet and nutritious meals at home for their kids instead of always giving them processed and canned foods.





Kenyan doctor cuts open wrong patient’s head

A Kenyan doctor has been suspended after cutting open the head of the wrong patient.

One patient needed surgery on a blood clot on the brain while the other just needed nursing for swelling, The Daily Nation reports.

But, the newspaper goes on to report that “a horror mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre”.

The doctors did not realise the mistake “until hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain”, the Nation adds.

Kenyatta National Hospital said it deeply regretted the mistake and suspended the doctor, reports the Standard newspaper.

But the doctor’s colleagues have protested the suspension, reports The Star, arguing it should be the person who put on the identification tag that should be punished.

The Nation goes on to report that the two patients are in good condition. It adds that the one who had a clot might not undergo surgery after all, after he improved significantly.




Pregnant women warned against baby skin bleaching pills

Women in Ghana have been warned against a growing trend for taking pills during pregnancy to lighten the skin of their unborn babies while they are still in the womb.

Medical experts say these illegal drugs can cause birth defects, including damage to limbs and internal organs.

Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says using Glutathione pills for this purpose is dangerous, adding it wants “the general public to know that no product has been approved by the FDA in the form of a tablet to lighten the skin of the unborn child”.

The practice is growing in Ghana, according to the FDA, with pills often smuggled into the country inside luggage at airports in large quantities.

Although comprehensive data has not yet been gathered, the body says market surveillance and stakeholder activity have helped to reveal the trend among women crosses socio-economic divides.

Security agencies and police are working together to arrest and prosecute companies and individuals in possession of the illegal tablets.

Ghana hit the headlines last month when candidates for jobs in the immigration service were disqualified from the recruitment process if they bleached skin or stretch marks, for fear they might bleed during the “strenuous” training.




Listeria outbreak kills dozens in South Africa

Health authorities in South Africa say 172 people have died this year from the food-borne bacteria, listeria.

Most of the more than 900 cases of listeriosis were in Gauteng province.

The government has not confirmed the source of the outbreak and has urged people not to panic unnecessarily as it tries to find the reason for the spike in cases.

The bacteria can be found in unpasteurised milk, meat and soft cheeses and the symptoms include high temperatures, vomiting and diarrhoea.




Baby Bleaching Creams Common At Markets – Dzigbordi


Some mothers in Ghana are patronizing creams meant to bleach the colour of kids, Chief Executive Officer of Allure Africa Group Dzigbordi Dosoo has revealed.

The revelation comes on the back of a report by the Mirror Newspaper that some expectant mothers in Ghana are taking drugs to make their unborn babies appear fairer when born.

The paper said the practice is in vogue in Accra. Drugs such as Benzoquinol, Tequinol, Idrochinone, Phiaquin, Eloquin among others were mentioned as what the desperate mothers use for their objectives.

Commenting on the development, the beauty therapist told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr that concerted effort is needed to sway such mothers from such thinking.

She said the drugs and creams for the pigment change are sold illegally on the market.

“Such creams and dreams are sold on the open market and we hear of them every day. There are women who go to the market just to purchase such things for their babies. There are some people who come to the spa to look for products for toning. Some want their babies to look fair…we don’t encourage that. At spas and beauty clinics, the officials do not make known to their clients the products they can use for skin lightening,” she said.

Also contributing to the discussion, the Head of Cosmetics and Household Chemical Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Emmanuel Nkrumah warned mothers against purchasing creams and drugs that have not been approved by the FDA.

“The general public should know that this drug is not approved by the FDA and has very serious side effects. The drugs the people take mostly contain glutathoine supplements. Many have been taking these drugs and nothing is happening to their skin”.



Source: Starrfmonline.com

Expectant mothers resorting to pills for light-skinned babies

Some expectant mothers are now taking skin bleaching pills in their quests to have light-skinned babies.

Health experts have, however, warned against the practice which is said to be very popular among young women who are desirous of having babies with fair complexion.

They have, therefore, cautioned all expectant mothers who are involved in that act to desist from it as it could result in birth defects.

An obstetrician at the Healthlinks Medical Clinic, Dr Clarence O. Addo-Yobo, who gave the alert in an interview with The Mirror, warned that swallowing bleaching pills posed health risks to the unborn baby.

He stated: “It is unfortunate, but this is where we have reached. You find children with all sorts of defects, some with short arms and limbs. The practice is terrible and have effects on the status of the newborn baby.”

The Head of the Cosmetic and Household Chemical Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mr Emmanuel Nkrumah, in an interview with The Mirror, also admitted that the practice was in vogue.

He said some pregnant women took in hydroquinone pills  (HQ) to lighten the skin of their unborn babies; and urged them to put a stop to the practice.

According to him, the FDA had received reports from some heath practitioners but they were yet to come up with statistics on the practice.

Mr Nkrumah revealed that the practice could cause kidney and liver diseases, skin cancer, skin thinning and other infections to the mother and also have a negative effect on the baby.

Additionally, he warned against the act of bleaching children, saying: “You go to schools and you will find bleached kids. Some of the mothers deliberately use bleaching creams on their children; it is a very serious thing, they should stop it.”

According to him, some of the diseases caused  by using hydroquinone were either irreversible or had no cure, while those which could be cured with medications were very expensive to treat.

He mentioned benzoquinol, tequinol, idrochinone, phiaquin, eloquin, derma-blanch, solaquin and Aida as some of the names of HQ which could be found in products.

“Hydroquinone is on the market for some medical reasons which should only be recommended by a medical practitioner. There are some skin conditions that require the use of hydroquinone, and it is used only for a short period. When the condition is cleared, you stop using it; but some of the women use it for lightening their skin, which is wrong,” he added.


To ensure that HQ is off the market, Mr Nkrumah said the FDA would embark on a campaign to ensure zero per cent hydroquinone use in cosmetic products, adding that for some time now, the FDA had not registered or renewed products containing HQ.

Additionally, companies producing cosmetics containing HQ, he explained, had been asked to submit samples for approval.

Mr Nkrumah said though there were some HQ cosmetic products on the market, the FDA had ceased issuing import permits for such products.




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