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Principles Of Health And Longevity

Health is wealth they say. All human everywhere desire to be in good health. This quest for healthy life has given rise to diverse definitions for health. According to Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 2007, ‘health is simply the absence of physical and mental disease.’ The word health comes from the old English word ‘hale’ meaning wholeness, being whole, sound or well. The definition closest to the meaning of the word health is that given by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, which is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease.” This definition ...
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How Our Eyes Work

By Ebiye Beedie, BSc (Hons) Optometry, MCOptom It has been said that vision is the sense we most fear losing. However, according to the World Health Organisation, up to eighty percent of blindness worldwide is avoidable. Eye Matters aims to shed light on the workings of our eyes and the importance of maintaining eye health while providing a platform to address common questions. You may be surprised to learn that one of the smallest organs in the body is composed of so many vital parts. In this introductory edition of Eye Matters, we will have a brief look at how ...
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Young People Should Be Health Advocates In Nigeria

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), the number of HIV infections in Nigeria is on a decline. However, over 50% of new infections is found among young people. Statistics like this should get everyone really worried because it reveals a vulnerability that is often ignored – young people are the most affected by the failing health system in Nigeria. It is only logical to conclude then that if young people bear the brunt of the many health problems in Nigeria, they should be at the front ...
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Pregnancy And Mental Health

Pregnancy, which should naturally be a cause for joy, is a challenging period for most women. Sadly, chief amongst these challenges are issues related to mental health that are often overlooked in the Nigerian antenatal care system. It is not uncommon to find women change behaviourally during pregnancy or after childbirth and in some women, it is so bad that those around them may want to stay away from them during this period. Some of these changes may be due to the myriad of changes that occur within and without the body during pregnancy and after childbirth. Very few people, ...
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