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Nigerian scientists patented a sickle cell drug using a traditional herbal remedy – then it all fell apart

The successful development of a drug for the treatment of a sickle cell anaemia using a traditional herbal remedy by Nigerian scientists was widely regarded as a very significant breakthrough in medicine in 1998. Before Niprisan there was only one approved sickle cell drug (Hydroxyurea) but it was...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:05 AM

I almost went into depression when I started dating Diamond – Tanasha

NRG radio presenter Tanasha Donna has opened up on the emotional roller coaster she has been through ever since she started dating Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz. The gorgeous lass has revealed that she almost went into depression when she started dating Diamond sometime end of last year....

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rethinking waste: Africa’s challenges and opportunities

Waste management is a growing problem across the continent, but there are signs that Africa is starting to wake up to the urgency – and opportunity – of sustainable waste management. As Africa’s urban growth mushroomed by 3.55 per cent per annum over the last two decades –...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

The health benefits of grapes

Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years and have been revered by several ancient civilisations for their use in winemaking. There are many types of grapes including green, red, black, yellow and pink. They grow in clusters and come in seeded and seedless varieties. Grapes are grown in...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:59 PM

Chronic sinusitis DOUBLES a person’s risk of depression: People who often suffer from the infection develop poor mental health, study finds

People suffering from chronic sinusitis are more at risk of depression and anxiety, a new study found. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects one in 10 adults and causes inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses that can make breathing difficult and cause face pain or tenderness. Sufferers...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:34 PM

Survey: 2018 ‘worst year ever’ for smartphone market

Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction ever in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 isn’t much better, new surveys show. Worldwide handset volumes declined 4.1 percent in 2018 to a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year, according to research firm IDC, which sees a...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:34 AM

Glimmer of hope for dementia in new study

Aggressive treatment to lower blood pressure in older people has been shown to cut the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia, US researchers said Monday. While the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) did not find any significant...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:26 AM

What is the cost of Facebook Addiction?

The world’s most common digital habit is not easy to break, even in a fit of moral outrage over the privacy risks and political divisions Facebook has created, or amid concerns about how the habit might affect emotional health. Although four in 10 Facebook users say they have taken long...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:23 AM

Can low-impact sports like cycling put your bones at risk?

A disquieting new study of bone density in elite cyclists and runners suggests that the answer might be yes. The study found that the cyclists, both male and female, had thinner bones than the runners, even though all of the athletes were young, healthy and enviably fit, and many of the cyclists...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:20 AM

Africa’s Growing Economies, Youth Create E-Waste Challenge

A new report says the world produces at least 50 million tons of electronic waste each year, and that number is expected to double 30 years from now. The impact of all that electronic junk is especially felt in Africa. Mobile phones are increasingly common gadgets across Africa. You can get a...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:18 AM

Sleepless nights can amplify pain: study

Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fuelling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:15 AM

No talks between Trump and Xi before trade deadline

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not plan to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline set by the two countries to achieve a trade deal. Asked during an event in the Oval Office whether there would be a meeting before the deadline, Trump said: “No....

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

South Korea seeks to partner with Africa on technology

In partnership with the African Development Bank, Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa, officials have said. Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s...

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Mamadou Sakho tells how he once lived, begged on streets

Footballer Mamadou Sakho (pictured) has been on a remarkable journey from being homeless, begging on the streets of Paris as a child, to the Premier League and World Cup glory with France. Now 28, the Crystal Palace star draws on his experiences to drive his club’s campaign to help homeless...

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Thanks to the world’s love of avocados, Africa’s coffee producers are pivoting

Avocado goes on toast, in a smoothie, and yes, on pizza. Avocado imports have soared around the world, mostly to the European Union and the United States, but China and Japan are now importing thousands of tons of the multifaceted green fruit too. Even as US imports of avocados slowed...

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ethiopia prioritises privatisation of Telecom company

Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications company will be the first of four companies to be privatised, an official in the finance ministry told journalists on Wednesday. The communications director in the ministry of finance, Haji Ebsa said the government will give priority to the partial...

Friday, February 8, 2019, 12:12 AM

DR Congo considers joining EAC

The DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi says his country is willing to join the East African Community (EAC) to deepen its economic ties with the region. Tshisekedi said the EAC will benefit the citizens of Congo more, especially those who reside in the eastern part of the expansive country....

Friday, February 8, 2019, 12:09 AM

Reasons you should celebrate Valentine’s Day...or not!

So, you’ve picked out the perfect 12 red roses, and scheduled their delivery; dinner reservations are set for 8 o’clock. In the midst of picking out the perfect card for your significant other, you begin to consider everything that you’ve been through together, and there’s...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:39 PM

Cardi B to lead girl power charge at Grammy Awards

Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake may lead the nominations, but Sunday’s Grammy Awards looks set to be a showcase for girl power. Outspoken rapper Cardi B (pictured), whose music and personal life has dominated pop culture for the past two years, leads the charge on music’s biggest...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

‘BlackkKlansman’ exposes American white supremacy

BlackkKlansman is a damning comedy-drama and critique of the white supremacy and flagrant racism that flared up in America in the 1960s during the heyday of the Black Power movement. Veteran African-American filmmaker Spike Lee has been making critically-acclaimed movies that expose, attack and...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

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