Study links smoking to spinal surgery risk

Scientists said smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery. This is the finding of a new study published in ‘The Spine Journal’. The researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write.…

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Boy, 16 needs N4.1m support for surgery

An indigene of Tiv, Benue State, Daniel Akishi Terpase who has been diagnosed with Ameloblastoma of mandible, needs N4.1 million financial assistance to fund a corrective a surgical operation in India. Ameloblastomas are locally aggressive benign tumours that arise from the mandible, or, less commonly, from the maxilla. The medical condition usually presents as a slowly but continuously growing hard painless lesion near the angle of the mandible in the 3rd to 5th decades of life, which can be severely disfiguring if left untreated. According to the uncle of Daniel,…

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