All posts by Olatunde Asagba

October 14, 2018

Dealing with costochondritis |

Q: My teenage son often gets this pain in the middle of his chest bone that comes and goes. The doctor says that it is not a problem. Is this true? Your son may be suffering from costochondritis. This happens when those points (costochondral/costochondral joints) where the ribs meet the breastbone (sternum) get inflammed. Who …

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September 30, 2018

What time of the day is the best to take once-a-day medicine? |

Different types of medications have different scheduling.  While some are to be taken once, there are others that need to be taken twice, thrice or four times a day. When you have a once-daily medication, particularly on a long-term basis, the question of when is the best time to take my medication often comes up. The …

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August 15, 2018

All you need to know about sugar substitutes |

Sugar, particularly the refined type, also called white sugar has been labelled as the bad guy for many decades. It has been blamed for obesity, diabetes, hyperactivity in children and so many things. While some of these things have been disproven, it is still true that excess intake of sugar is harmful to the body. …

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August 1, 2018

Can I get pregnant if…? |

For sexually active young women (and their partners), the fear of a missed period can be pure torment. Having a child when one is not ready for such an additional responsibility, coupled with the societal issues, not to mention the disruption of studies, career, and family life. Obviously, getting pregnant involves sexual intercourse, but there …

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July 25, 2018

10 things you need to note when using antibiotics |

Antibiotics are a broad group of medications that fight bacterial infections generally by either destroying the cell wall or preventing them from multiplying further. There are different classes of antibiotics. They are often prescribed depending on the types of bacteria that have been known to cause those kinds of infections (empirical) or have been specifically found …

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July 10, 2018

5 ways that you are overheating your testicles |

You must have heard that heat is bad for your testes. This is very true. Those twin balls literally chill in the scrotum, which is slightly but significantly cooler than the core body temperature.  How do testes get overheated? The following are some activities that can raise the temperature down there beyond what is optimal for …

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May 25, 2018

The dangers of yo-yo dieting |

The term is from the yo-yo, a toy which gets extended by its rope and returns when tugged back. Yo-yo dieters go through a cycle of losing weight, then gaining it back and then losing it again; with the cycle repeating itself. In fact, another name for yo-yo dieting is weight cycling and there are …

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April 22, 2018

21 causes of infertility in males |

Up to 15% of sexually active couples struggle with infertility and in many African settings, the woman often gets the full blame. It is however estimated that it is a roughly even distribution: the woman is responsible in a third of the cases, the man is at fault in another third and both are contributory in …

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February 25, 2018

Why does my anus itch? |

While it is obviously embarrassing, anal itching is a very common occurrence. In fact, almost everyone would have at least an episode in their lifetime. As with itching anywhere in the body, there are many underlying causes. Here are some reasons why an itchy anus may occur: Your hygiene Poor hygiene can cause the delicate …

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