incompetent cervix

Incompetent cervix

What is an incompetent cervix? An incompetent cervix which is otherwise called Cervical insufficiency is the inability of the uterine cervix — the “gate” to the womb, to retain pregnancy, that is to hold off the fetus from being expelled, in the second trimester, leading to “unceremonious” miscarriages. It is about the commonest cause of …

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Top 5 dangers of NSAIDs

NSAIDs which stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are pain relievers that are commonly used around the world. They can effectively relieve pain especially pain associated with inflammation. However, NSAIDs have some risks associated with taking them. This risk increases according to the amount and length of time the person is taking it. While over the …

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stages of miscarriage

5 stages of a miscarriage

What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is the spontaneous, or unplanned expulsion of an embryo or foetus before the age of viability. The age of viability is the age at which a foetus if born, can survive and live independent of the mother. The age of viability in Nigeria is pegged at 28 completed weeks, …

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Tetanus: Dirty wounds aren’t the only culprits

What comes to mind when you hear about tetanus? A dirty wound right? One of the first brushes the average African child has with preventive medicine is learning how to prevent the deadly, toxin-mediated disease, Tetanus. As children grow and start taking interest in their environment, adventurous exploration of the said environment is inevitable. With …

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immunization schedule in Nigeria

Immunization schedule in Nigeria

Immunization schedule in Nigeria involves administering vaccines to children at different ages so as to prevent communicable diseases. First, we will explain what immunization is and how it works. If you want to go straight to the immunization schedule in Nigeria, then click on the section. What is an immunization? Immunization is usually given to …

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pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? This is actually a genital infection, a Sexually Transmitted Disease that has gone beyond the vagina spreading further upwards to affect the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and the ovaries with serious deleterious effects on these organs. It usually arises due to Gonococcal or Chlamydial infection and can run a chronic …

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facts about pregnancy

6 Surprising facts about pregnancy

There are some facts about pregnancy that you probably did not already know. There are dozens of books based on things that you can expect while being pregnant, but even if you were to read all of them there are still facts about pregnancy that you won’t know about until you actually get pregnant. You …

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risks of self-medication

7 risks of self-medication

What is self-medication? Self-medication is when you take drugs, herbal medicines or home remedies on your own, or as a result of someone’s advice without consulting a doctor. Using self-medication to treat minor illnesses and wounds can help save healthcare costs. The main problems with self-treatment usually occur when people try and treat serious conditions …

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