Saturday, 31 October 2015

Nigerian student dies in India

A 23-year-old Nigerian college student has died under mysterious circumstances in Jaipur , India after he complained of chest pain in his private hostel room.

Police said a postmortem examination of the body will determine the cause of his death although a preliminary investigation ruled out foul play.

According to the police, the deceased, identified as Peter, was a BSc (IT) second year student at NIMS University. He lived in a private hostel in Achrol area with a Nigerian roommate.

MDCN Close Fake Hospital in Ilorin, Detain Fake Doctor

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has raided a hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State, identified as Springway Hospital.

Many documents and a medical certificate believed to have been stolen from their owners were found during the raid last Saturday.

The Head of Inspectorate, MDCN, Dr. Okwuokenye Henry, who was in Ilorin on the instruction of the council’s registrar, Dr. Abdulmumini Ibrahim, said the council got a report that a doctorate degree holder in Human Kinetics and Health Education, Dr. Olaitan Lanre, established and operated the facility in Oko Erin area of the state.

He added that Lanre had allegedly been working as a doctor, carrying out surgery and fertility operations on patients in the clinic which operates 24-hour services.

LUTH Re-opens IVF Clinic and Reduce IVF Cost

The first IVF centre in Nigeria, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, has re-opened its Assisted Reproductive Clinic; 27 years after it delivered the first test-tube baby in West and East Africa.

The recently commissioned, LUTH Assisted Fertility Clinic will provide a cheaper alternative to IVF in the private sector without compromising quality and WHO standards.

One of the pioneers and coordinator of the clinic,Prof Osato Giwa-Osagie said, restarting of IVF services at LUTH took this long because management was putting in place an ideal structure. This includes a sterile space for the laboratory and theatre; tiling of the laboratory and theatre; design of a suitable fee structure; acquisition of modern equipment; a dedicated workforce and recruitment of patients.

Poorly done Caesarean sections responsible for some fistulas - Dr. Zakriya

The exact number of women developing iatrogenic fistulas (accidental fistulas resulting from failed Caesarean sections), is uncertain but hospital evidence indicate they are growing, said Zakariya, a clinical associate with Engender Health Nigeria, which runs Fistula Care Plus, a five-year fistula treatment and rehabilitation programme funded by the US Agency for International Development in at least a dozen states in Nigeria.

Fistula surgeon, Dr Suleiman Zakariya, says an increasing number of women are coming down with fistula--uncontrolled leaking of urine or faeces from the vagina--because of botched caesarean operations by poorly competent surgeons.

Russian aircraft reportedly crashes in Egypt

A Russian plane carrying over 220 people from Egypt to Russia disappeared from radars, according to Russian and Egyptian authorities. It is believed to have crushed in central Sinai.

Kolavia Flight 7K9268, an Airbus A321, went off radar 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Sergey Izvolskiy told the media citing preliminary data.

The plane was carrying 212 passengers and 7 crewmembers, he added. Seventeen of the passengers are children.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed that the Russian plane did go missing over Sinai and said a cabinet-level crisis committee has been convened to deal with the incident.

Health Jokes!

A man goes to his doctor and says, "I don't think my wife's hearing is as good as it used to be. What should I do?" The doctor replies, "Try this test to find out for sure.
When your wife is in the kitchen doing dishes, stand fifteen feet behind her and ask her a question, if she doesn't respond keep moving closer asking the question until she hears you."

The man goes home and sees his wife preparing dinner. He stands fifteen feet behind her and says, "What's for dinner, honey?" He gets no response, so he moves to ten feet behind her and asks again. Still no response, so he moves to five feet. still no answer. Finally he stands directly behind her and says, "Honey, what's for dinner?" She replies, "For the fourth time, I SAID CHICKEN!"

Abortion laws in Nigeria: A major cause of 456,000 unsafe abortions done yearly

The International reproductive rights group, Ipas, has said Nigerian archaic laws on abortion have contributed to the increasing number of maternal deaths that occur yearly around the world, adding that abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths and morbidity in Nigeria

Making the assertion at a three-day media training workshop on “Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights” organised by Ipas in Abuja, Acting Country Director of Ipas, Ms. Hauwa Shekarau, a lawyer, said that the training is aimed at getting the citizens better informed on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women.

Shekarau said: “The abortion law in Nigeria is restrictive and it is only permitted to save the life of the woman if she is in a danger. But those that do not fall under this legal restriction are left to their own devices. Also the cost of carrying out this procedure is high, and those who are not economically empowered resort to quacks, making unsafe abortion the most silent and persistent cause of maternal mortality in Nigeriar.”

Health Insurance for the Poor in Anambra

Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has said a new health scheme is underway in the state that entails the rich offsetting part of the medical bills of the poor including prisoners.

"Under the scheme, prisoners will not have to pay for their hospital bills," Governor Obiano announced during a pontifical High Mass to mark the 62nd birthday of the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev Valerian Okeke at the Onitsha Prisons.

Addressing the inmates and dignitaries who joined the Archbishop for Mass at the prisons, Governor Obiano said that his government is aware of the health challenges facing the prisoners and is making frantic efforts to ameliorate them while presenting drugs, toiletries, bottled water and a cash donation of 400 thousand naira to the inmates.

Doctors warn of the dangers of eyelash extensions

Many women dreaming of long, luscious lashes opt to extend what nature bestowed upon them.

But while they may seem harmless, one doctor has warned eyelash extensions can pose serious health risks, from eye infections to allergic reactions.

They can even damage a person's natural eyelashes and make them look thinner, he warned.

Eyelash extensions, normally applied in salons but also available in DIY kits, are individual synthetic lashes that are glued onto a woman's own lashes.

They promise to lengthen, add volume and last up to six weeks.

But Dr Robert Dorin, from True and Dorin Medical Group in New York City told Medical Daily that the glue used to bind them to a woman's natural lashes can cause allergic reactions in some people.

He said: 'And for some reason bacteria wants to stick with it, and it could cause fungal or viral infections as well.'

"Skype Doctors," A Growing Trend In Health Care

A new trend in healthcare is here and oh yes... here to stay and in time will be in Nigeria too.

It's the "Skype Doctors"s trend  that gives doctors the opportunity to earn as much as £180,000 a year to carry out webcam appointments from their homes.

With this handsome pay, doctors are quitting surgeries to work for private firms that charge patients £30 for a 20-minute online consultation.

And a growing numbers of patients are willing to pay these fees as it is so difficult to get a face-to-face appointment quickly. Many have to wait three weeks for a consultation and at some surgeries the only way to guarantee being seen is to queue outside at dawn.

NMA Lagos Chairman, Dr Tope Ojo: His Personal Life and Work

Dr. Tope Ojo, Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State attended the University of Ife in the late 80s.

He was part of the Student Union Government during the period when Nigerian students were at the forefront of the struggle against the military.

As a resident doctor in Obafemi Awolowo University between 2000 and 2005, he started as the financial secretary,  then became the secretary, and later president of the Association of Resident Doctors.

 He initially wanted to become an aeronautic engineer but switched to medicine because aeronautic engineering was not available in Nigeria at that time.

He decided to specialize in obstetrics and gynaecology because of his mentor Dr. Omole (now a professor of gynaecology and obstetrics) and watching his mother suffer from fibroid before having a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

27 killed, 155 injured as fire breaks out at Colectiv nightclub in Romania

Bucharest club Colectiv caught fire on Friday night.

The fire triggered a catastrophic stampede towards the exit, according to the BBC. The Romanian government says at least 27 people have died, with 155 more being treated in hospital. Some reports say the cause of the fire may have been fireworks being let off inside the venue, while another witness noted a spark on stage that ignited decor that eventually resulted in "an explosion and heavy smoke."

Angelic Valle, "the woman who danced naked" allegedly has a history of mental illness

Angelic Isabella Valle, 23 is facing lewd and lascivious conduct charges after pouring ketchup on her naked body at a Miami Beach Johnny Rockets restaurant.

The incident was reported Oct. 9 at the restaurant at 728 Ocean Drive.

Video of the incident was posted on social media, and a be-on-the-lookout was issued for the woman's arrest. Miami Beach police arrested Angelic Isabella Valle on Thursday on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, incite to riot, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Valle burst into tears when she appeared in bond court Friday. A Miami-Dade County judge set her bond at $3,000.

Valle's father also appeared in bond court, telling the judge that his daughter has a history of mental illness. The judge ordered that Valle undergo a mental evaluation.

According to an incident report, Valle walked to the second floor of the building and began spitting down. Police said she came down the stairs topless and began turning over tables and chairs.

Friday, 30 October 2015

WHO: Homicide is the 4th leading cause of death in young people

According to a recent WHO Report, worldwide an estimated 200 000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year, making it the fourth leading cause of death for people in this age group. 

Youth homicide rates vary dramatically between and within countries. 

Globally, 83% of youth homicide victims are males, and in all countries males also constitute the majority of perpetrators. Rates of youth homicide among females are much lower than rates among males almost everywhere. 
In the years 2000-2012, rates of youth homicide decreased in most countries, although the decrease has been greater in high-income countries than in low- and middle-income countries.

For every young person killed by violence, more sustain injuries that require hospital treatment. 

Firearm attacks end more often in fatal injuries than assaults that involve fists, feet, knives, and blunt objects.

Google App To Detect Mental Illness And Prevent Suicide

Google plans to know how you feel with wearables designed to improve mental health.

Wearables can already track your steps, sleep and heart rate but in the future they could also be used to monitor your mood.

Wearables (a.k.a Wearable technology, wearable devices, fashion electronics)  are clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. An example is the Apple Watch.

Google Life Sciences recently hired leading mental health expert Dr Thomas Insel (seen in pic above) to help develop sensors 'that give you very objective measures of your behaviour.'

These sensors could analyse a person's language for early signs of psychosis, monitor levels of anxiety, or encourage wearers to take clinical tests in order to measure mental health.

Gunmen abduct a medical doctor in Bayelsa State

The level of insecurity in Bayelsa State is rising steadily and it may jeopardize the governorship election scheduled for December 5.

A doctor identified simply as Ekwueme was kidnapped on Friday, a day after a similar fate befell Madam Ebifeghe Dikoro, the 105 years old mother of Chief Wilberforce Igiri, running mate to the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva.

Ahead of the elections, the activities of criminals have increased in the state especially kidnappers who reportedly carry out their operations unhindered on daily basis.

Many traditional rulers and women were said to have been kidnapped with the two main political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trading blames.

It was learnt that Ekwueme who works in a clinic in Korokorosei (the community of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson) was abducted from his home at about 3am by unidentified gunmen who operated in speedboats.

Yay! Made my first promo pic

Doctor who? Yes, that's me on the It's my final year picture. I was so happy I was done with medical school.

Thanks to Drs. Precious and Susan for making the pic awesome.

Is your brain male or female? Women who think like men earn more money than those with ' female brains ', according to new research.

Researchers found that women with a 'male' brain are paid 6.3 per cent more than those with a 'female' brain.

Those with a Type-S brain tend to be better at constructing or analysing systems, while people with female, or Type-E, brains are more empathetic, they said.

Men with a 'male' brain are paid nearly 10 per cent more than those with a 'female' brain and were better paid in management, administration, IT, engineering and banking sectors.

In comparison, people with a female brain get better wages in sectors such as education , social care, sales and customer services - where empathising traits are important.

Both sexes can have either a male or female brain.

"Peanut Allergy" Mom Lays Down Trick and Treat Rules For Halloween

This picture was shared by a Reddit user with the caption "So beggars can be choosers."

A mom wanted Halloween candy free of nuts, gluten and dairy for her son who has a food allergy so she made the flyer with suggestions on alternative treats.

Many people didn't find her opinion agreeable but some people think she is right.

Check out some of the comments:

Picture of cows grazing at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu....Lol

The Association of Resident Doctors, University of Nigeria teaching Hospital, UNTH posted the picture to raise awareness of the rot and decay the hospital is undergoing.

On their site, they wrote:

"The Association of Resident Doctors, University of Nigeria teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State recommenced total and indefinite strike action on Friday, 16th October, 2015 to press home our various demands which border on the inability of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UNTH, Dr Christopher C. Amah to maintain an acceptable level of sincerity and uprightness in the management of affairs of the hospital.

The current CMD has destroyed what is left of UNTH through corruption and gross insensitivity to the plights of the patients and staff of the hospital. His incompetence, corrupt practices and high handedness has reached the level that can no longer be condoned by doctors in UNTH.

Lagos: A police officer just shot a cab man dead (Video)

According to an eyewitness,  this morning at 2nd Rainbow bus stop, Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, a police officer shot a cab driver dead.

The cab driver was said to have been driving against traffic.

The incident caused a major gridlock in the area as some people were seen throwing stones and tyres at the police van, dismantled their car and looted all the illegally seized motorcycles.

They eventually set the police patrol van on fire.

Afterwards, policemen in a convoy arrived the scene and fired shots into the air to scare the protesters, who took to their heels.

The witness took a few videos before the police started shooting at the mob that formed in protest.

Watch video below:

Sydney Doctors Protest Detention of Child Immigrants

Doctors and staff at Sydney's two children's hospitals staged a joint protest today to raise awareness of the serious damage being done to their child patients who are being held in immigration detention.

Paediatricians David Isaacs, from Westmead Children's Hospital, and Karen Zwi, from the Children's Hospital at Randwick, told Fairfax they could no longer condone the increasing damage being done to their patients.

"They are in a traumatised, agitated state and it is getting worse and worse the longer we leave them there," Dr Zwi said. "We have really reached crisis point."

UNIPORT Teaching Hospital Sacks Two Nurses Over Student’s Death

Authorities of the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) Teaching Hospital (UPTH) may have dismissed the two female nurses who were on duty at the emergency unit on August 30th this year when late Miss Kelechi Ndulagwu Precious, a student of the university died due to alleged negligence.

Their dismissal followed recommendations by a panel set up by the hospital management to investigate the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident. It would be recalled that the news of the demise caused serious crisis in Rivers State where irate students barricaded entrances of the health facility and chased away doctors and nurses.

Breast Cancer: Examine your breast today with these steps (pictures)

October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) is almost over. But, it's not too late to give your breasts a check for any changes.

Need a guide? Just follow the steps in the picture below and look out for any abnormality seen in the 2nd picture.

Die-In to #DefendDoctors in Syria: Doctors Gather In Support of Dying Colleagues In Syria

The Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) and Physicians for Human Rights rallied 670 doctors to stand in support of their dying colleagues in Syria with "Die-In to #DefendDoctors in Syria.

They said, "More than 670 medical professionals have been killed in the Syrian crisis. Over 95% of these deaths are by Syrian government forces. Since the start of the crisis in Syria, physicians, hospitals, and ambulances have been systematically targeted and indiscriminately bombed. Each of these attacks is a war crime, and together they amount to crimes against humanity. However, these crimes are almost daily occurrences in Syria. The constant threat of violence has forced thousands of physicians to flee the country, leaving the healthcare system decimated."

So on Thursday, an estimated 670 doctors in white coats and medical clothes bearing numbers representing each health worker killed in Syria gathered in New York City.

Wife of Borno State Governor, Hajiya Nana Shettima Donates Cancer Kits

Wife of Borno State Governor and Founder, Support for Women, Orphans and Tsangaya, SWOT, Foundation, Hajiya Nana Shettima, yesterday, distributed kits for prevention and detection of cancer at early stages to wives of the 27 local government caretaker chairmen for onward delivery to targeted beneficiaries across the state.

Presenting the kits at a one-day cancer awareness and enlightenment campaign for stakeholders in Maiduguri, Hajiya Shettima said cancer, which had become deadly, especially among the women folk in the state, was worrisome, hence the need for government at all levels to contribute their quota towards its prevention and eradication from the society.

Guest speaker at the event, Dr. Babagana Usman, of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, said some women were more vulnerable to cancer in the state because of deprivation of their rights by their husbands, who were misled by certain norms and values of their religion, culture and tradition.

Oregon Teen Contracts Deadly Bubonic Plague

A teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague, health officials said.

The Crook County girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip near Heppner in Morrow County, officials said. The trip started on Oct. 16, she fell ill five days later and was hospitalized three days afterward.

The girl is recovering at a hospital intensive care unit although her status is unknown.

In 2012, an Oregon man lost his fingers and toes to the plague. He had contracted the disease from his cat after trying to remove a mouse from the cat's throat.

State and federal epidemiologists are working with local health officials to investigate the illness. No other people are believed to have been infected, officials said.

Woman loses half her skull to five brain tumours

Katherine Dance, 42, from Binfield, Berkshire, found a bump on her head in October last year while she was working as a diving instructor in Greece.

She believed she had knocked her head scuba diving, and thought nothing of it.

Then, while visiting friends and family in the UK, she went for an eye test. There, the optometrist noticed she had an 'incomplete blink', where the top eyelid doesn’t meet the lower half of the eye.

They told her this may be due to a thyroid problem, and advised her to have blood tests, which she did when she returned to Greece.

But after seeing the results, doctors immediately referred her for CT and MRI scans.

Mrs Dance was stunned to be told she had five brain tumours, one of which was cancerous and had grown so large it was expanding outside her skull.

Man kills disabled child by putting vodka in his feeding tube

A Vermont man, Walter Richters, 38, has admitted he killed his girlfriend's severely disabled child by putting vodka in the boy's feeding tube.

Richters also agreed to testify against the boy's mother, Melissa Robitille, who police say approved giving her son, 13-year-old Isaac Robitille, vodka through the intravenous tube because the child was "being fussy."

He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a manslaughter charge and  is to be sentenced to at least three years in prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. A sentencing date hasn't been scheduled.

Thursday, 29 October 2015


#KenyaVsNigeria is currently trending on Twitter with over 19.4k tweets. And the things people are saying, just too nasty.

I'm wondering why John Gachanja started this hate parade. Anyway, I screen-grabbed some tweets.

Wow! Mother finds a snail growing in her son's knee

A mother has described the horrifying moment she popped a giant growth on her son’s knee - only to discover a black sea snail inside it.

Rachel Franklin, of Orange County, California, noticed her four-year-old son Paul’s knee had swelled to the size of an orange.

She had previously taken him to the doctor, who said the growth was a staph infection, prescribed antibiotics and told her not to pop it.

Labiaplasty a.k.a "Designer Vagina Surgery" and Vaginoplasty On The Rise

Women are ready to do whatever it takes to look and feel good and it is fuelling a significant rise in the number of women opting to have 'designer vagina' surgery, plastic surgeons have revealed.

From girls as young as 16, to women in their 70s, more women than ever are choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery to alter the appearance of their genitals with either labiaplasty or vaginoplasty.

Labiaplasty is an operation  performed on the labia, or 'lips' surrounding the vagina to change the size or shape of a woman's labia. Usually, the surgery is performed to make the labia smaller, or to correct asymmetry.

Meanwhile, vaginoplasty is a procedure that aims to 'tighten up' a vagina that has become slack, often the result of childbirth or ageing.

Sharon Osbourne (wife of rockstar Ozzy Osbourne) once admitted she had her vagina tightened on the Graham Norton Show but later denied having the surgery after the resulting blow-back.
She then claimed that she was only joking...(lol).

Permanent cure for sickle cell disease discovered by UCH Ibadan & USA Varsities

The University of Ibadan in partnership with the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA and University of Loyola, Chicago have discovered a permanent cure for the terminal disease.

The new treatment involves bone marrow transplant which is less risky compared to conventional stem cell transplant  (SCT).

During Stem Cell Transplant, a patient is exposed to chemotherapy; used to kill all the recipient's bone marrow cells before replacing them with a donor's bone marrow cells.

However, using chemotherapy is associated with several deleterious side effects and adults were unable to benefit from stem cell transplant because their organs, damaged from years of sickle cell disease could not tolerate the side effects of chemotherapy.

Made-in-Nigeria Malaria Test Uses Urine As A Sample, Wins Health Innovation Awards

A Nigeria-made malaria test that can diagnose the disease within 25 minutes using just drops of patients’ urine sample has won the inaugural 2015 Health Innovation Challenge Awards which took place at the Civic Centre, Lagos.

The awards was instituted by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) through the Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace (NHIM).

Urine Malaria Test (UMT), which is endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and approved by the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and developed by Fyodor Biotechnologies was the first among the five winning innovations from the 2015 Health Innovation Challenge.

The overall performance of the UMT is equivalent to that of the Binax NOW blood test, the only malaria rapid test approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The award given to Fyodor UMT comes with a grant of $100,000 and enrollment in the accelerated programme of the NHIM.

Co-Chair of PHN and Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, said: “The innovators are not making money but they are contributing to saving lives and improving society. We will give them all the support and definitely they will be making money in the future.”

Woman whose boyfriend bit off her nose gets a new nose on The Drs

A woman who had her nose bitten off in a vicious attack has undergone a 'life-changing' transformation following a series of operations on The Drs TV Show.

Michele Messer was attacked by her ex, Chris Campbell when she ran into him a few weeks after breaking up.

Ms Messer said she had broken up amicably with Campbell and did not feel threatened when he invited her into his van for a chat.

But the mother-of-two said he immediately locked the doors before hitting her and biting her face until she passed out.

When Ms Messer came round she was covered in her own blood.

Prominent Dentist Rakes in Six Figures From Selling Marijuana

A prominent San Francisco dentist who encouraged pot-smoking patients to visit often was held on $75,000 bail Wednesday on charges he shipped 20 to 30 pounds of marijuana a month to New York City.

Jerome Weitz, 63, is believed to have taken over cannabis trafficking duties for his incarcerated son, Joshua Weitz, who runs a medical marijuana growing facility in California, according to a law enforcement source.

The older Weitz, head of the Mission Dental Health practice, was raking in about $100,000 a month after picking up his son's slack, authorities said.

Weitz, in a promotional video on his practice's website, warns patients that regular marijuana smoking could be "doing damage to the tissues that support their teeth," citing the results of a study.

Watching TV for more than three and half hours could kill you

A new study has linked watching TV for more than three and a half hours to eight of the major causes of death, including cancer, liver disease and Parkinson's.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Michigan discovered that people are not only at risk of cancer and heart disease - illnesses commonly associated with long term laziness - but also diabetes, influenza, pneumonia, Parkinson's and liver disease.

For 14 years, researchers at the National Cancer Institute studied more than 221,000 people ages 50-71, all of whom were free of any disease at the start of the study. The researchers then grouped people into three groups according to how much TV they watched:

  • screen skimmers (less than one hour a day), 
  • average TV watchers (3-4 hours a day), or 
  • bona fide couch potatoes (7 or more hours).

Sam Sarpong, 'Yo Momma' Co-host commits suicide

British- Ghanaian actor and model Sam Sarpong, known for co-hosting MTV’s “Yo Momma” with Wilmer Valderrama, died Monday, his rep confirmed. He was 40.

Sarpong died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, Calif., according to E! News. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled his death a suicide, with an autopsy pending.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong, Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away,” said his publicist in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. Information about final arrangements will be forthcoming. The family appreciates the thoughts prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.”

WHO: Herpes Simplex Type-1 responsible for a high number of genital herpes cases

The WHO has estimated that 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population – are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

HSV- 1 was previously considered a mild version of herpes because it normally caused only orolabial herpes (mistaken for fever blisters in Nigeria) unlike HSV-2 which causes the dreaded genital herpes.

Babies can now have two mothers and one father with IVF

Doctors are close to making the first baby with three parents following a historic change in the law.

A new legislation has made Britain the first country to sanction the creation of children that effectively have two genetic mothers and a father.

It allows doctors to use a complex form of IVF to prevent devastating illnesses caused by faults in mitochondria – the tiny ‘engine rooms’ that power the cells in the body.

The technique, which was developed at Newcastle University, involves swapping a mother-to-be’s diseased mitochondria with healthy ones from an egg donated by another woman. 

Supporters say it will allow families blighted by an incurable disease the chance of having a healthy child. 

Cholera Outbreak in Iraq

Iraq is currently battling an outbreak of cholera which started in September and there are fears it may spread to Europe.

WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told the regular press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, that the latest laboratory tests had confirmed 1,942 cases and two deaths in 15 out of 18 governorates in Iraq.

Regarding Syria, the WHO spokesperson said his agency had received reports of a suspected cholera case in rural Aleppo, northern Syria, involving a 5-year-old boy, who had died before an appropriate stool sample could be taken for confirmative testing.

Meanwhile, starting Oct. 31, the WHO and the Ministry of Health will begin the immunization of vulnerable individuals with the oral cholera vaccine treatment, and will use 510,000 of the global stock pile to ensure that 255,000 internally displaced persons and refugees in the affected areas will receive two doses.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Disturbing Video Of An Officer Assaulting A School Girl in Class

Videos circulating online show a 16 year old female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina being pushed to the ground by a school resource officer in a violent confrontation.

In the video, a man in uniform is seen grabbing the student- a black girl, by the arm and the neck before dragging her out of her desk and shoving her to the ground.

Ben Fields, the officer involved has a history of using excessive force and racial profiling. He has been fired for his actions.

Lol...Funny Viral Video

The video is a bit old but is still as funny as ever. It shows an adorable young child's reaction to his mum being pregnant for the third time.

Shanee Gibson Hart from Washington decided to record the moment she told her two young children they were going to get a new brother or sister.

When the mum announces "I'm pregnant," her furious son Tre covers his eyes and replies "What are you thinking?! Why do you have to get another baby you've just had two? This is exasperating!"

Luckily she had some comforting words to console him, she said: "Baby we would never replace you, you're just going to have another brother or sister that you'll have to help take care of."

But his rant continued: "Why do you want to get another baby and just replace one of your babies if there's too much? It doesn't make no sense - this makes no sense!"

Facts Every African Woman Should Know About Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids (leiomyoma)  is a significant health problem women all over the world, especially those of African origin face. Therefore, it is very important that every African woman knows as much as she can about fibroids (as much she knows the back of her hands).

Who Is at Risk for Fibroids?
Women are at greater risk for developing fibroids if they have one or more of the following risk factors:
  • a family history of fibroids- you are more likely to have fibroids if your mother or sister has fibroids.
  • being over the age of 30.
  • being of African American descent.
  • having a high body weight.
  • Nulliparity- women that have never been pregnant have a higher risk of developing fibroids. So the older a woman gets without having children, the more likely she is to have fibroids.
  • Early menarche- Women who start menstruating early are more likely to develop fibroids.

What you should know about fibroids:

Women of African origin, even those living outside of Africa, have greater chances of suffering from uterine fibroids. The risk is 2-3 times higher than that seen in Caucasian women. If either of your parents or grandparents are of African parentage, you should educate yourself about uterine fibroids.

African American women have thicker endometrium (the innermost layer of the uterus) than that seen in Caucasian women. Women of African origin also have heavier uteri than Caucasian women.
The average number of fibroids per uterus, in African American women, is twice the number of fibroids per uterus seen in Caucasian women

Fibroids that change the shape of the uterine cavity (submucous) or are within the cavity (intracavitary) or within the wall of the uterus (intramural) can cause spontaneous miscarriages decreasing fertility by about 70% and removal of these fibroids increases fertility by 70%. 

#Nigeria: Senate Screens Ministerial Nominee Dr. Okechukwu Eyinna Enelemah

The senate has screened ministerial nominee, Dr. Okechukwu Eyinna Enelemah from Abia state.

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Capital Alliance (ACA). After qualifying as a medical doctor, Enelemah qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Nigeria, winning two national prizes in the qualifying examinations. He has a MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Can you guess the diagnosis?

This is the Leser-Trélat sign.  It is defined as the sudden eruption of multiple seborrheic keratoses caused by a malignancy/cancer ...