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WHENEVER the excess waters of Oyan Dam are released, the devastating consequences for Lagos and Ogun residents are diseases, sicknesses, homelessness and death. That was National Daily finding from a visit to the flood ravaged communities along the Ikorodu road, a Lagos State suburb area.

The agonizing picture of these communities is one of sadness and dehumanization caused by a natural disaster of a sort. The surging flood it was observed, have swept into many houses, brought down buildings, shut down schools and hospitals. The fear of demolishing the remaining structures and chasing the dwellers away prevents some of the elderly men and women from speaking their mind.

We all know that exercise comes with metabolic and cardiovascular benefits, but little is understood about how physical activity influences the heart itself.

Now, a new study offers some of the first molecular-level insights. The studies in mice has suggested that exercise turns on a genetic programme that leads the heart to grow as heart muscle cells divide.

It appears that shift in activity is driven in part by a single transcription factor (a gene that controls other genes). That gene, known as C/EBPb, was known to play important roles in other parts of the body, but this is the first evidence for its influence in the heart.

"We've identified a pathway involved in beneficial cardiac hypertrophy - the good kind of heart growth," said Bruce Spiegelman of Harvard Medical School.


TAKING a drive downtown Victoria Island of Lagos State regarded as the centre of excellence is a journey that showcases a government working for its citizens; state of the art street lights, well constructed roads, orderly flow of traffic and if you happen to behold the skyline of Marina at night, it will no doubt make a good picture for a post card.

But for residents of Igan Community in Alimosho Local Government Area, the popular Lagos State government's slogan, “Eko O Ni Baje,” literally meaning: “Lagos will never rust away,” does not excite them; it infuriates them to an extent of asking if they are really a part of the area.

National Daily recently visited some parts of in Igando and feelings among the populace is that they do not come near being second class citizens of a state they pay tax.

Moving in through the Police station located at the entrance to Egan community in Igando, dilapidated roads that evidently have never felt

FOLLOWING the proliferation of medical doctors on the use of telemedicine, experts in the medical profession have tasked medical doctors, nurses, medical students and everyone in the line of medicine to focus more on basic clinical skills.

They made the remark during the book launch titled: An Introduction to Basic Clinical Skills in Surgery, organized by the Department of Surgery, Lagos state University College of Medicine and the Lagos state University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The book reviewer, Professors Julius Esho while emphasizing the importance of the book said medical students only handle lifeless objects in school but with basic clinical skills, they become aware of their impact in the lives of the people.

Esho said basic clinical skills will help one to “be prepared to deal with people, knowledgeable and understand the language of human being, learn to communicate properly, and show concern about the welfare of the patient.” 

The doctors were seen strolling in late afternoon, while the nurses were busy sorting the hospital cards  and trying to arrange people in order of their arrival so they could be attended to.


HOSPITALS  all over the world are supposed to be a place where people go to seek succour and  find relief for their ailments. It is suppose to be a place where patients are given the utmost care in a clean and conducive environment.

People reeling in pains and anguish when brought to hospitals are supposed to be given adequate treatment on time thereby reducing the suffering and risk of them losing their lives. But at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba, one of the few designated centres of medical excellence, the case is the reverse.

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