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August 21, 2018

Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

John Tehinse, a dietician, has warned people against cooking moin-moin and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags as it produced dioxins, a toxic substance that causes cancer. Tehinse gave the warning  in Ilorin at an awareness campaign on food safety organised by the Food Safety Awareness Campaign Initiatives, funded by the European Union. Moin-moin is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers. It is a protein-rich, staple food in Nigeria and has its origin in West Africa. In his lecture, he explained that cooking moin-moin, a…

CANCER

Cancer is a disease characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different cancer types and each one is classified by the type of the cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cell divides uncontrollably to form lump or masses of tissue called TUMORS. Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, circulatory and nervous system, and they can release hormones which disrupt body function. Some tumors stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth. These tumors are considered to be benign.   A malignant (dangerous) tumor form when i.      A cancerous cell manages to…

Doctor gives tips on prostate cancer – At CMO seminar

Men have been warned to control their sexual appetite or, better still, to stick to their wives. Men who have multiple sex partners and those who start having sexual intercourse early in life are at greater risk of coming down  with prostate problems. The correlation also suggests that sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia may cause prostate cancer, according to several studies. This disclosure was made by Dr Ikechi Ohale who delivered a lecture on “The Prostate Gland and the Health of Men” to the CMO of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish, Emekuku, recently. The physician,…

VIRUSES ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN CANCER (1)

Cancer may be described as any tumor arising from abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells that then invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Most of them are named after the organ or cell in which they start e.g. liver cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer etc. Cancers are grouped into: carcinoma when they arise in the epithelium, sarcoma when they involve connective tissues, leukemia with origin in blood or bone marrow, lymphoma arising from B or T lymphocytes (white blood cells), myeloma originating from plasma cells, and central nervous system cancer when the cells of the CNS are involved. Cancer is a…

HIV, cancer: Bee venom to the rescue

Scientists have discovered that apart from pollinating crops, producing honey, beewax, propolis, pollen and royal jelly, bees could also be the solution to the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and cancer.   Recently, a team of scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine, USA, used nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom to destroy HIV without harming nearby cells. The project was contained in the current issue of Antiviral Therapy.   Explaining the modus operandi, Dr. Samuel A. Wickline, one of the researchers said; “Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the…