Photo: Identity Of Liberian Diagnosed With Ebola In Dallas Texas Revealed

Meet Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who unknowingly imported Ebola Virus into the United States of America less than two weeks ago.
On August 20, Duncan traveled to Ebola-torn Liberia to visit his family members.
In Liberia, he had contact with several Ebola patients including an infected pregnant woman whom he helped to carry to the hospital 3 days before he boarded a flight back into the US.
The pregnant woman identified as Marthalene Williams,19, was his girlfriend back home.
She was eventually turned away from the overcrowded hospital but Duncan cared for her until her death.
The landlord of the infected woman and those who came in contact with her died of the virus.
When Duncan headed back to his base in Texas, he showed no symptoms of the virus.
He surrendered himself at the hospital when he started feeling sick but he was given antibiotics and sent home.
Eric Duncan then spent another 4 days at home getting sicker and sicker. He
reportedly came in contact with his
girlfriend’s children and friends.
He returned to the hospital when his
condition became life threatening and was finally diagnosed with the killer disease.
His contacts have been isolated for public safety.
Eric Duncan has been listed in serious but stable condition at the Ebola Isolation ward of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.


“Sleeping Face Up During Pregnancy Can Damage Baby’s Brain” – Doctor Warns Mothers

A gynecologist, Dr Nathaniel Adewole, on Tuesday in Abuja warned expectant mothers against the act of lying face up in the advanced stage of their pregnancy.
Adewole, a staff of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada, FCT told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the act could expose the baby to brain problems.
The gynecologist said once an expectant mother lies on her back, the weight of the baby and her uterus could press the inferior vena cava supplying blood to the heart.
He said this would thereby obstruct blood supply to the baby’s heart and the mother’s body.

“When it comes to a sleeping position, at the early stage there is no much problem. A woman can take any sleeping position that is convenient.
“But when the pregnancy becomes advanced, the uterus becomes bigger.
“The weight of the baby and the uterus becomes big, that if the woman lies at the back the great vesicles called the inferior vena cava they alter, they are directly behind.
“So, it means the weight of the uterus and the baby will press directly on those big vesicles that take blood to the heart and take blood away from the heart.
“Therefore, if this happens, the one that is first affected is the one that takes blood to the heart. So, the quantity of blood available to the heart is reduced.
“Because the blood flow that is available to the heart is now reduced, blood that pumps out will be reduced.
“Blood supply to the parts of the body of the woman is reduced and that of the baby could be reduced.
“And where the baby already has problem, what we call intrauterine placenta compromise, it can lead to brain problem even for the baby.“

Adewole said sleeping sideways during pregnancy was preferable. “But in the last three months, sleeping position is better on the left side.
“Also, one must take note that even during labour, it is not advisable for the woman to lie down on her back too.
“This is because the big uterus containing the baby will press on those vesicles, thereby the turn of blood to the heart is reduced,’’
He said when the weight of the uterus and the baby pressed on the vesicles, the blood available for both the woman and the baby would also be reduced.
Adewole added that a reduction in the rate of blood supply could cause severe problems for some women.


Woman Dies Of Cholera After Eating Abacha Igbo Salad In Lagos

A newly married woman has passed away in Lagos State Nigeria after she contracted Cholera from a popular Igbo salad named Abacha.
The victim identified as Blessing passed away yesterday at the Military Hospital in Yaba Lagos just 2 weeks after her wedding.
Since last week Thursday when she contracted the deadly disease, doctors at the aforementioned hospital had been working tirelessly to save her life.
Blessing’s death has brought the no of cholera related death to 4 in Lagos since the outbreak 2 weeks ago.
She was said to have been admitted for cholera at the military hospital along with another victim who survived.
A source close to the deceased, who was in shock told P.M.NEWS that Blessing got married in September, 2013 and lost her life less than two months later to cholera.
The deceased was said to have eaten Abacha last Thursday night. It was bought by her husband, who did not know that the government had identified Abasha as one of the local salad cholera could be contracted from.
The two of them ate the salad but only the wife contracted cholera and died, while the husband has no trace of the disease.
It was gathered that after eating the salad, the couple went to bed and at about 2 a.m., Blessing was said to have suddenly woken up and started vomiting and stooling several times before day
She was rushed to a hospital in the area and when the case was becoming critical, she was taken to the Military Hospital, Yaba for proper attention.
It was learnt that the deceased was getting better and would have been discharged Monday, but was said to have suddenly developed another complication.
She was reported to have stooled four times at short notice,while the doctor treating her was said to have changed her medication, which later aggravated the case and she died.
There have also been reported cases of cholera in some parts o Lagos, P.M.NEWS learnt. Two pupils of Olumo Primary School, Onike, Iwaya area of Yaba were said to have contracted the disease.
At Meiran Primary Health Centre, Agbado-Oke-Odo on Monday, several children and adults with cases of serious stooling and vomiting were rushed to the centre. The doctor at the centre had a hectic day deciding whether the cases were cholera or not.
Last weekend, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that there have not been any new cases of confirmed cholera in the state aside the three deaths earlier confirmed since the detection of the disease in the state.
Idris said efforts were being made to curb the spread of the disease, noting that not all diarrheoa cases were cholera and added that various organs of the government had been working hard to prevent the spread.
“Following the notice alerting the public to the cases of cholera in some parts of the state, various organs of the government like the ministries of Health, Information and Strategy, Environment,
Water Corporation, Waste Water Management Office, Rural Development and Water Regulatory Agency have risen to the occasion, and have been working tirelessly to contain the spread. Since that time, we have not recorded any new cases of
confirmed cholera,” he said.
The commissioner stated that ongoing surveillance activities by his ministry has identified the consumption of a local salad called ‘Abasa’ and polluted well water as the common causes of
cholera infection, stressing that the outcome of the investigation carried out on the local salad showed that the sample contained germs which could cause cholera, typhoid and other serious diseases.
“We still need to identify other sources and the cooperation of the public in this regard is of utmost importance. We as a government will continue to carry out our responsibilities to the
people, however the people themselves have a greater role to play by maintaining good personal, environmental hygiene and sanitation at all times,” Idris added.
He explained that cholera infection spread through the eating or drinking of contaminated food and water, saying that the spread was further enhanced by very poor personal hygiene and
sanitation practices.
According to him, “cholera is very dangerous and kills within a short period of time if not treated properly. The death results from extensive loss of body fluid through diarrhea and vomiting. People who have died of it were observed to seek treatment very late and were brought to the hospitals in poor
Idris urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of cholera to the nearest local government, as the disease should be suspected in any person who develops frequent rice water stool with or without vomiting, weakness,
excessive loss of body fluid and dehydration.

[Report by Kazeem Ugbodaga, PM Lagos]

Bola Tinubu’s Knee Surgery In America Successful – Ex-Lagos Governor Did Operation In The US

Few weeks ago, we learnt that the former Governor of Lagos state Nigeria, Bola Tinubu travelled to the United States of America for surgery but the nature of his ailment wasn’t revealed at that time.
New information coming from America revealed that the wealthy politician had a knee surgery about 3 days ago at an undisclosed hospital.
Sources who visited him at the hospital claim the surgical operation was successful.
Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji who was among those that visited him said Tinubu is recovering well.
He’s set to return to Nigeria anytime from now.
Wishing him quick recovery.

First Test Tube, IVF Baby Delivered At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital UITH

The successful delivery of a baby, through In-Vitro Fertilisation, sparks off celebrations at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, writes SUCCESS NWOGU
Mrs. Ramat Jamiu’s joy knew no bounds when she was delivered of a bouncing baby boy in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. Her bundle of joy had arrived after nine tormenting years
of childlessness and anxiety.
The nursing mother had cause to be grateful to the doctors at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, whose expertise had ensured the safe delivery in the first place.
Jamiu’s baby is the product of the hospital’s first successful attempt at In-Vitro Fertilisation. With this feat, the UITH officially joins the list of teaching hospitals that have undergone this medical procedure in the country. The others are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State,and the University College Hospital, Ibadan , Oyo State.
In an interview with our correspondent on Friday, Jamiu admitted that initially she had refused to undergo the treatment.
Eventually, she decided to give it a try after the doctors told her that IVF was her only chance of having a baby of her own –husband, a professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the Kwara State University, encouraged her, she noted.
The ‘brand new’ nursing mother said she had visited several private hospitals in Kano, Abuja and Lagos – in search of a solution to her childlessness and had spent a lot of money, but
failed to achieve any positive result until her husband advised her to try a teaching hospital.
She said, “It is a shameful experience not to have a baby after several years of marriage. But thank God, I am happy now that I have a baby of my own. I have been to hospitals across the country. I spent so much money, but in vain. Eventually God
answered my prayer and things worked well for me at UITH.
For the couples who are having difficulty in child birth, they should know that God is capable of giving them a child. When God says your time has come, nothing will stop it.”
Still relishing the arrival of her baby, Jamiu urged Nigerians to have more faith in the public healthcare system. She advised fertility-challenged couples to take advantage of the benefits of modern medicine to solve their problems.
She said there was no reason for Nigerians to seek medical treatment abroad since the local hospitals were capable of handling their cases at cheaper costs.
So far, over five million babies have been born, via IVF, in the world since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown,in a London Hospital in 1978. Also, an estimated 2000 babies have been born through the same procedure in Nigeria.
The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the UITH, Dr. Lukman Omotayo, said Jamiu was managed by the hospital for about one year before she had the baby through a Caesarian Section last Friday.
Omokanye said, “Infertility in marriage is not just for the woman; both the husband and the wife must be involved to achieve any form of success. That is what happened in this case;
we had her husband cooperation all the way.”
He said that after several consultations with the woman and her husband and every possible case of gynaecological deformity had been ruled out, the hospital had decided to try IVF.
“Fortunately we found out that the husband’s sperm, in spite of his age, could fertilise his wife’s eggs and that she also had viable eggs that could be fertilised by sperm. So, we were expecting a fruitful result. The procedure is to get fertilisable
eggs from her. It took us one month.
“First, she was down-regulated with a drug called Suprefact® for 14 days. We prepared her for eggs collection and subsequently we did micro epididymal sperm aspiration to obtain sperm from the spouse to fertilise her eggs through a procedure called intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection.
“We injected the sperm into each egg. This was then incubated for 72 hours and confirmed evidence of fertilisation. After 72 hours, it became an embryo. This was later transferred into her
womb. That is what eventually developed into pregnancy.
Pregnancy was confirmed after two weeks of transfer into the womb.”
Omotayo said that prior to delivery, Jamiu had been coming to the clinic every two weeks to ensure that the baby was fine because, according to him, the pregnancy was very special.
He said that the pregnancy was uneventful, meaning that there was no complication, apart from the conventional challenges of pregnancy, such as abdominal discomfort and occasional body
Omotayo said , “We confirmed that she was carrying a baby boy after 18 weeks. She was meant to deliver on August 16, but this kind of special baby could not be allowed to go through the stress of labour. Another thing about this pregnancy is that the baby was coming as a breech (a baby comes with the feet as opposed to the head). However, there were no hitches during delivery. He weighed 3.25kg. This is a memorable day in the history of UITH as the centre also witnessed the inauguration of several projects.”
Also, the UITH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, described the development as another major breakthrough recorded by the institution in its quest for medical advancement.
He said, “I am very happy for the family and UITH. We are happy that we were able to do this. For a very long time, we kept our competence and capability in assisted reproductive technology low so that there would not be much noise.
“This is the beginning of good things to come. I said with prayers and the support of people, by the grace of God, before the end of the year, we should have the first baby through laboratory procedure.”
Olatinwo said the UITH was capable of assisting more mothers in Kwara State and beyond to achieve conception. He added that the hospital had also bought some modern medical equipment
for this purpose.
[Report by Success Nwosu, Punch Health]

Eating Healthy Breakfast Reduces Heart Attacks Risk By Lowering Blood Sugar

For people like me who sometimes skip breakfast due to busy schedule, a new research published in the US has linked skipping breakfast with heart attacks.
The researchers said men who skip breakfast may face a higher risk of heart attack or deadly heart disease. The conclusion was the result of a study of nearly 27,000 men. The researchers found that those who failed to eat in the morning had a 27
percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who did.
The men, ranging in age from 45 to 82, took part in a survey about food that tracked health outcomes from 1992-2008.
Those who did not eat breakfast tended to be on the younger side and were “more likely to be smokers, employed full time,unmarried, less physically active and drank more alcohol.”

“Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors,including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time,” said Leah Cahill, lead study author and a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The men who said they ate breakfast also appeared to eat one more time per day than those who did not, suggesting that those who skipped breakfast did not make up for the lack of food
Ninety-seven percent of men in the study were white and of European descent, but researchers said the results should apply to those of other backgrounds as well.

“Don’t skip breakfast,” Cahill said. “Eating breakfast is associated with a decreased risk of heart attacks.”

Meet 3 Indian Sisters Suffering From Rare WereWolf Syndrome (Pictures)

3 of the 6 Sangli sisters of India are afflicted with Werewolf Syndrome, also known as
Hypertrichosis or Ambras Syndrome. This is a condition that is so rare, it affects about 1 in a billion people on the planet. Werewolf syndrome is characterized by abnormal and excessive hair growth on the body. It’s a genetic mutation, in which cells that usually inhibit hair growth are left “switched on.” The Sangli Sisters, residing in central India, acquired their hypertrichosis from their father.
The three Sangli sisters who have werewolf
syndrome – Savita (23 years old), Monisha (18 years old), and Savitri (16 years old), are forced to use special creams each day, or else their hair regrows very fast. Their mother hopes to fund laser removal surgery for them, but the cost of such surgery is currently out of reach (about $7,000 per person). Their mother recalls the day she was forced to marry when she was only 12
years old, not knowing about her husband’s
affliction until the day of the wedding.
Documentary filmmaker Sneh Gupta wants to make a movie featuring the Sangli sisters, who hope to become free of their werewolf syndrome so they can eventually get married.
Other people besides the Sangli sisters who
suffer from werewolf syndrome include Julia Pastrana, who was a sideshow performer in the 19th century, Supatra Sasuphan, a Thai girl who in 2011 was named world’s hairiest girl by Guinness, and the famous family of Burma, of which the disease spanned 4 generations.

[Sources: Ripleys Believe it or Not!, Daily Mail]

Waking up to urinate could decrease your productivity –Study

Do you know that waking up to urinate could actually decrease your productivity?
This is what elderly persons who have difficulty sleeping may discover, especially if they find that their problems worsen if they have to get up in the middle of the night tourinate, according to new research.
The problem is known as nocturia, and
according to the researchers, it has been linked not only to sleep disruptions but to “significant reductions” in both work productivity and leisure activity as well.
They polled 261 women and 385 men who
suffer from the condition over a 14-day period, asking them about the impact
it has on their ability to perform their work-related and other daily tasks.
As it turns out, nocturia decreased on-the job productivity by 24 percent and the ability to perform recreational activity by 34 percent.
A paper detailing the results of the research
is published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on March 15.
Researchers also reported that more than
half (54 percent) of all nighttime sleep disruptions were associated with the need to urinate,and that people who woke up remained awake an average of 11.5 percent
longer on nights when they had to make a trip to the restroom.
“Nocturia is a common problem affecting around a third of adults, but its burden is underestimated and it is often dismissed as being less serious than other chronic conditions in terms of impact on quality of
life and societal costs.
Data show that nocturia negatively affects both sleep and daytime performance and its impact on work productivity is in line with many other chronic conditions. Patients with nocturia should seek specific treatment for this debilitating condition.
It is expected that proper treatment of insomnia might reduce the occurrence of nocturia.