High anxiety increases risk of depression

Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) and their counterparts from Zimbabwe have found that people were most likely to suffer long-term depression if they have a high level of anxiety. Findings of the study showed that persistent depression was more likely in those who also experience symptoms of anxiety. The findings of the study published in ‘The Lancet’s E-Clinical Medicine Journal,’ showed that over three quarters of participants in the study suffered from anxiety alongside major depression. In the study, anxiety consisted of feelings of nervousness, worry, restlessness, and fear…

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Natural depression remedies to consider

A number of preliminary studies suggest that certain remedies may offer health benefits. If you’re considering the use of any supplement or remedy, talk to your doctor first. Keep in mind that self-treating depression and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious health consequences. Here are eight natural and herbal remedies to consider. St. John’s Wort The herb St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) has long been used in folk medicine for sadness, worry, nervousness, and poor sleep. Numerous clinical trials suggest that St. John’s wort may be effective mild…

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Less than 8 hours sleep linked to depression, anxiety

Sleeping less than eight hours a night is linked to intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety and depression. According to the findings of a new study which unveiled this, sleep disruption can affect the cognitive ability required to shift our attention away from negative stimuli. The study was published in the ‘Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry’. American researchers have studied the sleep duration of people with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thinking.

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Sheriff JW Pepper: James Bond star, Clifton James, dies aged 96

The actor Clifton James, best known for his portrayal of Sheriff JW Pepper in two James Bond films, has died at the age of 96. James first played the hapless tobacco-spitting Louisiana law-enforcer alongside Sir Roger Moore in the 007 film Live and Let Die in 1973. He was involved in a car chase scene with Bond and was so popular with the audience that producers asked him to return in 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun. The second time around his character appeared as a disagreeable American tourist…

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…Governors, others congratulate Christians

As the ruling All Progre s s i v e s Congress (APC) on Saturday expresses its best wishes to Christians in the country and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous occasion of Easter, former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Christians in Nigerians, saying the country will get better. In a press statement released by Atiku’s Media Office, he urged the Christian faithful and Nigerians of other faiths to see the sacrifice and deprivation of the period preceding Easter as…

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Atinuke’s journey to wellness (2)

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK     So she had the baby couple of weeks after Taiwo left. With no family or friends around, she had to rely on the hospital support system. A doula was hired for her while she was in labour and even after having the baby the hospital had to keep her there for couple of days more while working on a postpartum support system for her. After staying in the hospital for about a week, she was eventually released to go home. An elderly woman, Mrs.…

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Fans blast Blackface on another epic rant directed at 2Baba

It is beginning to look like an unending matter as former Plantashun frontman, Blackface, has taken another dig at Hypertek Music boss, 2Baba. Despite their relationship going all the way back to their days as members of the three-member allboys group and both being from Benue State, Blackface has cultivated the habit of hitting out at 2baba, formerly known as 2Face, on a regular basis. Arguably the least fortunate of the three members including Faze since the group got disbanded more than 10 years ago, he served another edition of…

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Most women in prison suffer depression – Agomoh

For Dr. Uju Agomoh, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Actions (PRAWA), it is an experience turned dream that snowballed into passion. This passion, she chases and still chasing with every fibre of her person. In this interview with OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, Agomoh proves that course of humanity does not just start and end as words of mouth, it is actually an action projected into active motion To her credit, her organisation has trained many prison officers, police officers and other justice sector practitioners since its inception. In addition to her…

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A blind man’s crusade against blindness

He is a medical doctor who is visually impaired. Based on his own experience, he is now working to ensure that others do not suffer his fate. STEVE UZOECHI reports from Owerri     The story of Dr. Chibueze Anugwom, a blind medical practitioner, popularly known as Buski, is as strange as it is touching. He has not resigned himself to the squalid life of the defeated or lost that spark of ambition inherent in every man; but has consistently maintained that his visual impairment cannot deter him from contributing…

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Depression: When to seek medical assistance

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has recently declared depression, which could lead to disability and death, the world’s most widespread illness.For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery, reports APPOLONI A ADEYEMI   Depression is not a new disease condition. It has been in the world from the time of old. Recent events have however brought it to the front burner, prompting attention to be focused on it. World Health Organisation, WHO, last month raised the alarm, alerting…

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