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The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, originally the Federal University of Agriculture, is a federal university in Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria established as a specialized University by a Federal Government of Nigeria Decree No 48 of November 1992. It began formal activities in May 1993 with the appointment of the first Council and Vice-Chancellor Professor Placid C. Njoku on 27 May 1993, while other key officials of the University were appointed later.The first set of students were admitted into the institution during the 1993/94 academic year with a student population of 82.The nickname "Umudykes" or "U'dykers" refers to students, alumni, and sports teams of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture. Wikipedia.


Ezeigbo I.I.,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
African journal of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicines : AJTCAM / African Networks on Ethnomedicines | Year: 2012

The effect of methanolic extract of Hymenocardia acida leaves on diabetes and associated lipidemia were investigated on experimentally-induced diabetic rats. The extract did not demonstrate any acutely toxic effect in rats within the dose range (250 mg/kg - 2000 mg/kg) employed in the study; hence it was well tolerated by the rats. In all experiments, the anti-diabetic effects were dose-dependent and comparable to that of glibenclamide (2 mg/kg) standard. At a dose of 500 mg/kg, lipid profile markers such as the serum total cholesterol (TC) levels, LDL-C, triglycerides and HDL-C were significantly lower (p <0.05) than those of both the treated and untreated controls.


Ejike C.E.C.C.,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture | Yin F.Z.,The First Hospital of Qinhuangdao
Journal of Tropical Pediatrics | Year: 2013

The diagnostic accuracy of blood-pressure-toheight-ratios (BPHRs) in 716 Nigerian children was studied, using standard protocols. Systolic BPHR (SBPHR) and diastolic BPHR (DBPHR) had diagnostic accuracies ranging from 0.934 to 1.000, irrespective of sex and age. Optimal thresholds of SBPHR/DBPHR are provided, and their sensitivities and specificities all exceeded 80%. BPHR is a simple, sensitive and specific tool for the diagnosis of hypertension in this population. © The Author [2012]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.


Egbuonu A.C.C.,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
Research Journal of Environmental Toxicology | Year: 2015

The proximate and functional properties of the watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) rind and seed flour were investigated, using standard methods. The proximate compositions (%) for the rind and seed, respectively were moisture (5.12±0.01, 3.81±0.00), dry matter (94.88±0.01, 96.20±0.00), lipid/fat (1.05±0.01, 41.84±0.04), crude protein (7.04±0.00, 21.46±0.04), carbohydrate (80.75±0.04, 28.05±0.06), crude ash (3.07±0.00, 2.48±0.01) and crude fibre (2.98±0.00, 2.37±0.00). The energy value (360.59*0.01, 574.58±0.30 kcal), total sugar (0.47±0.01, 3.23±0.02%) and total soluble sugar (1.42±0.01, 4.87±0.00%), respectively for the rind and seed were lower in the rind than in the seed sample. The functional properties (%) for the rind and seed, respectively viz. water absorption capacity (7.13±00, 116.3±00), oil absorption capacity (1.65±00, 123.5±00), foaming capacity (5.65±00, 21.5±00), foaming stability (20.75±00, 60.5±00) and emulsion stability (0.28±00) were higher in the seed sample. The difference in value of the parameters for the samples, aside emulsion stability, ash and fibre, were significant (p<0.05). The results imply that the flour of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) seed, followed by that of the rind, has nutrient, energy, storage and industrial potentials which could increase their utilization thereby preventing a possible adverse environmental effect. © 2015 Academic Journals Inc.


Ezeigbo I.I.,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries | Year: 2010

Background: The effect of the methanolic leaf extracts of Icacina trichantha on blood glucose levels in alloxan-induced diabetes in mice was investigated. Methods: Hyperglycemia was induced by the injection of 150 mg/kg (i.p.) of alloxan monohydrate freshly dissolved in distilled water. Three doses (200, 300, and 450 mg/kg) per os, of the extracts were administered in the study. The activity was compared with reference standard glibenclamide (2 mg/kg, p.o.) and negative control. Results: Treatment of alloxan-induced diabetic mice with the crude extract of I. trichantha leaves brought down the raised blood glucose levels significantly (P < 0.01) in a dose-dependent manner. Conclusion: The result suggests that I. trichantha possesses antidiabetic property.


Ejike C.E.C.C.,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
International Journal of STD and AIDS | Year: 2011

The aetiology of chronic prostatitis is poorly understood. A cross-sectional study of a population of male undergraduates in Nigeria, using a questionnaire containing the National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) and some other relevant sex-related questions, was conducted. A total of 14.9% of the population had chronic prostatitis symptoms (CPSs) defined as a pain score of four or more on the NIH-CPSI pain subscale. Approximately 26 or 12%of the population had at least one, or ≥ 2 location(s) of pain, respectively. The presence of CPS was found to correlate with a self-reported history of sexually transmitted infection (STI) (r = +0.237; P < 0.05) and 73% of those with a self-reported history of STI had CPS. Both voiding scores and quality-of-life scores were significantly higher in subjects with CPS, compared with those without CPS. Self-reported history of STI may be an important aetiological factor for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain symptoms.

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