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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

Why rotten plantain used to prepare ‘kakro’ can give you cancer

A former dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor George Tawia Odamten has cautioned the public against eating ‘kakro’ mashed plantain, made into balls and fried in very hot oil. He said although eating kakor is not bad, the manner in which it is prepared with soft plantain that are almost decayed or rotten can cause cervical cancer. Professr Odamtten said this when he delivered a public lecture on the topic plant disease, crop and food security in Ghana organized by the Ghana Academy…

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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

How much water is good for the body?

Every day, water is lost through breathing, perspiration, urination, bowel movements, among others. For a body to function properly, one must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that are water based. It is difficult to determine a specific level of water intake that would ensure adequate hydration and optimal health under all environmental conditions; however an adequate intake level has been set to prevent deleterious and primary acute effects of dehydration, which include metabolic and functional abnormalities. The food we eat also provides a significant portion of…

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HEALTH NEWS 

FDA intercepts expired products in Koforidua

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) last December seized about a metric tonne of expired products from the open market, supermarkets, marts and pharmacy shops in the New Juaben Municipality. The products seized included drugs, body creams, soft and hard drinks, food products such as corned beef, tin tomatoes, mayonnaise and salad creams through an operation by the FDA to protect the safety of consumers during the festive period. The Regional Director of the FDA, Mr Samuel Kwakye, who disclosed this to the GNA in an interview, said expired products…

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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

White wine might be linked to skin cancer

Over the years, we’ve learned to accept that wine probably isn’t entirely good for us. And now a link has been made between white wine and skin cancer. According to a new study published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal, those who drink alcohol every day are at a 14% greater risk of melanoma than those that don’t drink at all. And if you don’t live somewhere where you’re regularly exposed to the sun, but drink at least 20 grams of alcohol per day, you’re at a 73% greater risk of developing skin cancer. The real…

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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

Sleep Is For The Weak

When the sun slowly kisses the skies goodbye and makes way for the moon as the night lingers, earth shuts down into dark moments of silence, bodies give up on themselves and crush down in vulnerability. Life dissolves itself in the quiet and bodies lay to rest. Nothing happens and everything stops happening! The vigorous minds that were earlier healing the world now lay lifeless. Lethargy engulfs us. Weakness now comes alive! We sleep. We bring to a halt all the runs, the energy, the pursuits, the hustle. Whiles acknowledging…

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HEALTH NEWS 

Govt pharmacists lay down tools

Members of the Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOPSA) have begun an indefinite strike to pressurise government to resolve discrepancies in their market premium payment. According to the group, the strike has become necessary since negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission on their grade structure and placement have not been conclusive. GHOPSA has thus directed its members to withdraw their services from today. A statement signed by the National Chairman of GHOPSA, Agyemang Badu, nonetheless, expressed optimism that the strike would compel government to meet their demand. It said,…

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HEALTH NEWS 

Laboratory Scientists declare strike

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has declared a nationwide indefinite strike which takes effect Monday, August 22.The Medical Laboratory scientists say they are embarking on the strike due to government’s failure to implement a policy document.The Eastern Regional chairman of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Nana Yaw Barimah Manaphraim told Starr News that government has not shown commitment recognizing the crucial role of Laboratory scientists in the health care system.Mr. Manaphraim said several meetings held with the Minister of Health to launch the policy document to…

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HEALTH 

Nursing Trust Fund threatens to sue Registered Nurses Assoc

The Nursing Trust Fund has threatened to sue the Ghana Registered Nurses Association for defamation.The executives of the voluntary welfare organization for nurses are incensed about a statement from the Registered Nurses Association describing their group as fraudulent.They have also planned to demonstrate against the Registered Nurses Association and expose what they call its inefficiencies and corrupt deals.Spokesperson for the group Malcom Asamoah told Starr News they feel disrespected by the Registered Nurses Association.“We find this accusation as wrong and that it is just a way of tarnishing our image,…

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HEALTH 

“Eating cake at work poses danger to health”

Having cake at work to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, engagements or just surviving the week is a danger to health, a senior dentist argues. Prof Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Surgeons, says “cake culture” is fuelling obesity and dental problems. At the organisation’s annual dinner for dentists, he said workplace temptation stops people losing weight. And staff should be rewarded with fruit, nuts or cheese instead. Sugar rush “Managers want to reward staff for their efforts, colleagues want to celebrate special occasions, and…

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HEALTH 

Community Health nurses to resume duty today

Aggrieved Community Health nurses are resuming duty today following the resolution of the problems that triggered their industrial action.The Ghana Health service after series of meetings has conceded that the health workers are entitled to study leave after two years of service just like their colleagues in mainstream nursing.Leadership of the Community Health Nurses in Ghana declared an indefinite strike in protest of what they call unfair treatment and discrimination by government.The irate nurses accused the Ghana Health Service and the Nurses and Midwifery Council of disrespecting and abusing them…

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HEALTH 

FDA bans H&H infant cereal

The Food and Drugs Authority has banned the sale of the H&H Infant Cereal and H&H Nutritious Milk Powder.Investigations conducted by the regulator have revealed that the products are not safe for the consumption of infants, contrary to claims by the manufacturers.The FDA has therefore ordered the importers to recall the products since they have not been certified for sale.Speaking to Starr News, Public Relations Officer of the FDA James Lartey said the food authority cannot guarantee the wholesomeness of the products for the Ghanaian public.“These two products in question…

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