Category Archives: Medical

DEPRESSION

The recent demise, following a suspected suicide, of popular movie star Robin WilliamsRobin Williams and subsequent revelation of the fact that he had been battling chronic depression and alcoholism for years has renewed interest in this subject.
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BREAST CANCER

The month of October is recognised internationally as “Breast Cancer Awareness month” (BCAM), a tradition dating back to 1985, with many activities set aside to promote the awareness of the Breast cancer burden/scourge.

The “Pink Ribbon” (and the colour Pink) is the internationally accepted symbol of Breast cancer awareness and advocacy, a practice that first evolved in 1991.

"Breasts do not define femininity"!
“Breasts do not define femininity”!
Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had undergone a “prophylactic” bilateral mastectomy (surgical removal of both breasts) earlier this year, after discovering that she carried genetic mutations that greatly increased the risk of susceptibility to Breast cancer, again drew worldwide media attention to the scourge of this condition. Other popular personalities/celebrities Continue reading BREAST CANCER

CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR)

…the man suddenly slumped, the ladies around shrieked and screamed, the party came to a sudden halt, people milling around wondering what could have happened, speculation filled the air. It took a while before someone could organise a car and they lifted him in speeding off to the nearest ER, where he was confirmed dead on arrival!
Could anything have been done to save that life, and indeed many others? YES! Continue reading CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR)

De-MYSTIFYING JEDI-JEDI!

hemorrhoids1The term “jedijedi” is a local parlance (especially among the Yoruba speaking people) that typically refers to Anal Haemorrhoids or in a few instances may refer to Dysentery.
Anal Haemorrhoids (aka Pile) refers to a dilatation of veins in the anus often leading to bleeding while defaecating with associated pain following prolapse. The condition is exacerbated (and may be caused) by strainingimages-2 accompanying constipation or that induced by over purgation. Less often, the diarrhoea of enteritis or the dysenteries aggravates latent haemorrhoids.  Continue reading De-MYSTIFYING JEDI-JEDI!

De-MYSTIFYING “TYPHOID”

The seeming fascination of Nigerians for the bizarre never ceases to amaze me! We just aren’t satisfied with a simple diagnosis but rather have cultivated a penchant for austere and nebulous diagnosis.
medical-consultationThis fact has been exploited by many in different circles to achieve their selfish aim.Tell a typical Nigerian patient that he/she has Malaria only and they look down at you in disbelief and then tell you “…but this my fever (or condition generally) is too serious for Malaria only oh! I’m sure its Typhoid!
“The “Doctor” who proudly announces that the patient has “Typhoid” is the “good one” and knows his business! The patient is much more willing to pay large amounts for treatment of this “Typhoid” than to spend a little on treatment of “simple malaria”. Continue reading De-MYSTIFYING “TYPHOID”