• WARNING: GENITAL WARTS CAN SUDDENLY APPEAR DURING PREGNANCY; CBCD REVIEWS THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE

    21/Oct/2015 // 1231 Viewers

    “Women can present for the first time with obvious genital warts in pregnancy even though the HPV may have been in the genital area for many years before.” (1)

    A woman's immune system is usually weakened during pregnancy. Dr. Mitchell wrote in an article that “pregnancy is a relatively immune compromised state and so women can present for the first time with obvious genital warts in pregnancy even though the HPV may have been in the genital area for many years before. The genital warts tend to grow rapidly in pregnancy and in severe cases can extensively cover the vulva and vagina. The safest option for treatment in this case is to burn or cauterise the warts. This can be done safely by injecting the vulva and vagina with some lidocaine to make this a relatively painless procedure. In some cases repeated cauterisation has to be done since the warts can regrow after treatment. The cervix should also be examined at the time of cauterisation of the vulval warts by doing a colposcopy. This shows a detailed visualisation of the cervix to determine if there is involvement by the human papilloma virus and to rule out early abnormal changes that can lead to cervical cancer.” (1) Dr Sharmaine Mitchell is an obstetrician and gynaecologist writing for the Jamaican Observer. 

    If a person suspects an infection with the HPV virus, The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) recommends that this individual set a doctor's appointment and get checked. In addition, the Center recommends taking Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin before becoming pregnant. Women should stop taking these products during pregnancy, and should resume once they have given birth. The formula of Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin was shown to reduce symptoms associated with HPV infection in two separate post-marketing studies that followed FDA guidelines. Additionally, the formula of these products was designed to help the immune system target the latent form of the HPV. 

    The formula of Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR formula is effective against the HPV and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the HPV…reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (2) The study authors also wrote that “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (2)

    Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

    Once infected, if warts do show up, they will most often appear on moist surfaces. These are especially at the entrance of the vagina and rectum in women. “In men and women, they can appear anywhere in the genital or anal area. They may be small, flat, flesh-colored bumps or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps. Individual warts usually measure 1 millimeter to 2 millimeters in diameter – much smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser – but clusters can be quite large. In some cases, warts can be so small that you can't see them. Genital warts may not cause any symptoms, or they may cause itching, burning, tenderness or pain.” (3)

    Are there treatments available against the HPV?

    “There are no drugs approved against the HPV. Current treatments include procedures, such as cryotherapy, conization, and the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP). These procedures use liquid nitrogen, a surgical knife (scalpel), a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, or electrical current to remove the abnormal growths caused by the HPV. These growths include cells that harbor the active virus. The procedures do not target cells with the latent virus. Since they do not remove the latent virus, these procedures only produce a temporary remission.” (2) In contrast, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR were designed to target the latent HPV.

    “We recommend that individuals infected with the latent HPV virus take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin. When a woman becomes pregnant, she should stop taking these products. She may resume once she has given birth.” - Greg Bennett, CBCD

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  • Working hard to get pregnant? UK experts recommend red wine

    21/Oct/2016 // 291 Viewers

     

    A glass of red wine a day could help women who are struggling to get pregnant, experts claim.
     
    A chemical compound found in the popular tipple can combat a major cause of female infertility, new research has revealed.

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is estimated to affect one in five women, but that number could be much higher as almost half of sufferers show no symptoms of the condition.

    It causes a hormone imbalance, with the body producing too much testosterone – the male sex hormone which can prevent pregnancy.

    But now, researchers in the United States and Poland believe resveratrol – a natural compound in the skin of grapes used to make red wine – can reverse the damaging hormone imbalance.

    It adds to past studies that show the compound can help ward off heart disease and some cancers.

    Dr Antoni Duleba, lead researcher from the University of California, San Diego, said: “Our study is the first clinical trial to find resveratrol significantly lowers PCOS patients’ levels of testosterone.

    “This nutritional supplement can help moderate the hormone imbalance that is one of the central features of PCOS.”

    What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition – a leading cause of infertility in women.

    The three main features of the condition are:

    Irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs
    Excess androgen – high levels of “male” hormones in the body, which can cause physical symptoms such as excess facial or body hair
    Polycystic ovaries – enlarged ovaries that contain fluid-filled sacs around the eggs
    If you have at least two of these features, it is likely you will be diagnosed with PCOS.

    Signs and symptoms include:

    irregular or no periods at all
    difficulty getting pregnant
    excessive hair growth, often on the face, chest and back
    weight gain
    oily skin or acne
    hair loss or thinning hair on the head
    Across the world, PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, the report, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, noted.

    Women suffering PCOS can also suffer irregular periods, weight gain, acne and excess hair growth on the face and body, as well as chronic conditions including diabetes.

    Researchers believe it is resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory properties that help tilt the hormone imbalance back to optimum levels for conception.

    They tested 30 women with PCOS – giving half a placebo, while the other half took a resveratrol compound once a day for three months.

    Blood samples were examined at regular intervals to monitor each woman’s hormone levels.

    The researchers noted those women taking resveratrol showed falling levels of testosterone over the course of the trial.

    On average testosterone levels in this group of women fell by 23.1 per cent.

    That is compared to a 2.9 per cent fall in testosterone among those women taking the placebo.

    Dr Duleba said: “The findings suggest resveratrol can improve the body’s ability to use insulin and potentially lower the risk of developing diabetes.

    “The supplement may be able to help reduce the risk of metabolic problems common in women with PCOS.”

    He said his team also noted added benefits in the fall of other harmful hormones, and the body’s ability to control insulin in the resveratrol group, that was not seen in the women taking placebo.

    Courtesy: www.thesun.co.uk


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  • These 12 Things Will Happen When You Make Love To Your Partner Daily

    22/Mar/2016 // 388 Viewers

     

    Are you stressed? Struggling to sleep? Turns out there are a number of ailments that can be cured simply by having sex regularly. Here are twelve reasons why you and your partner should be having sex daily!

    1. Sex Reduces Stress.

    If you've had a long day at work or you're simply feeling a little overwhelmed, then sex will help you relax and reduce your stress levels! During sex, our bodies produce dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin which together help us to de-stress increases our natural happiness levels and enhances desire.

    2. Sex Is An Enjoyable Exercise.

    When faced with the word workout many of us will recoil in horror  unless of course that workout involves sex. Throughout sex our bodies are continually experiencing physiological changes that are consistent with an exercise routine. Our breathing rates rise which in turn burns calories, which means that if you have sex just three times a week you can burn around 7,500 calories a year. That's the same as running 75 miles!

    3. Sex Helps Your Immune System.

    Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that their students who stated they had sex at least twice a week had higher levels of particular antibodies than those who had no sex at all.During sex, antigens like immunoglobulin A are released which are proven to fight the common cold and even flu! Even more good news: the more frequently you engage in sex the more antigens will be released and the healthier you  will get.

    4. Sex Lowers Your Blood Pressure.

    Even if its just a quickie, some forms of physical contact can improve your blood pressure significantly. A study conducted by the University of Paisley found that sex reduces diastolic blood pressure which is the bottom number on a blood pressure reading making us healthier all around!

    5. Sex Helps a Healthy Heart.

    As our bodies burn calories, it also improves our heart health. Researchers from the New England Research Institute found that men are 45% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases if they have regular sex.

    6. Sex Helps Pain Relief.

    If youre experiencing aches, pains or migraines then sex may be a better form of pain relief than pills! Arthritis specialist Dr. George Erlich conducted a study on his patients and found that those who had sex often experienced significantly less pain than their counterparts who went without.

    7. Sex Ensures Regular Periods.

    If your periods are a bit erratic, it could be down to a stressful lifestyle. As mentioned previously, sex reduces stress and so will also have an impact on your menstrual cycle!

    8. Sex Creates Powerful Pelvic Muscles.

    As well as quads, back and core muscles, sex also works out your pelvic muscles! Is there a better way of building muscle? I don't think so! By creating stronger pelvic muscles you also benefit by having better orgasms according to the National Health Service (NHS).

    9. Sex Reduces The Risk Of Cancer.

    Particularly for men, regular sex reduces the chances of developing cancer. In an Australian study published the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was found that men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were much less likely to suffer form prostate cancer.

    10. Sex Makes You Sleep Well.

    Like exercise, sex increases your heart rate which leads to relaxation. In addition to this, its common knowledge that male ejaculation leads to lethargy which can make men extremely sleepy after sex.

    11. Sex Makes You Look 10 Years Younger.

    Having sex three times a week can apparently make you appear 10 years younger than your real age! In his book Secrets of the Superyoung, Scottish researcher and clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, David Weeks states: Its good for you to have good sex. What more incentive do you need?

    12. Sex Lengthens Your Life.

    The ultimate culmination of all of these wonderful, positive effects regular sex has on our health and minds is that we will add years to our life spans. In fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that male participants who had sex regularly lived twice as long as those who rarely got any action!

    So there you have it: there are officially no downsides to having sex regularly, so get at it! - dailylifetip.com


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  • CAUTION: ABUJA residents 'on the run' as HIV carriers invade CITY, 14,569 males, females test POSITIVE

    23/Jan/2017 // 1705 Viewers

     

    FCT Acting Secretary of Health, Mrs. Grace Achu-Odey, has said that 14,569 people - males and females - tested HIV positive in 2016.

    She also said a total of 265 HIV sites were established in health facilities within the six area councils to ensure that those who are positive accessed care.

    “And a total of 2,632 pregnant women who were HIV positive received the ARV treatment for prevention of mother to child transmission,” she added.

    Achu-Odey who made these revelations recently while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the activities of the secretariat in 2016, also said from January to December 2016, it procured and distributed drugs worth N300 million to its health facilities across the six area councils.

    She acknowledged that the efforts of the secretariat in drugs procurement was not sufficient for the number of hospitals, but that work was in progress towards procuring drugs in bulk from pharmaceutical companies to meet the needs of primary and secondary health facilities.

    She said achievements recorded in 2016 included securing full accreditation for FCT hospitals (Maitama, Wuse and Asokoro) for residency training, obstetrics and gynaecology, for five years, with effect from July, 2016.

    Mrs Achu-Odey said, “We secured accreditation from the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria and West African College of Physicians for post graduate residency training in family medicine, to enhance capacity building and improve quality of care.

    “With the challenges in finances, it is not easy to train medical officers up to their specialist level, so for us  to achieve that, it is a plus for us. Because it means that we would have our doctors carrying out their trainings within our facilities, while providing services to the populace of the FCT,” she said.


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  • Men, eat this fruit and you will get a bigger manhood

    23/Nov/2016 // 332 Viewers

     

    Are you among the few men who are still wondering whether penis size is relevant to women’ sexual satisfaction?

    There is no need prolonging this issue, just be aware of this – BABES ENJOY AND CRAVE FOR BIGGER PENIS SIZES! Every chick would like to have a gentleman that is well endowed in penile size and has adequate sexual skills to be able to give her amazing sessions in bed. A lot of chicks would not honestly say the reality about their craving for bigger penises, this is only common. No female wants to be seen as a Ashawo! That is why they pretend.

    There are loads of sex surveys that have been carried out by several sex counselors and the outcomes have all pointed that ladies prefer bigger penis sizes just the way nearly all guys prefer larger breasts to little ones. Both in its flabby and erect state, women crave to see large penises. If that makes you a bit gloomy, you just have to swallow that! Which chick doesn’t want an amazing session in bed!? None! And a larger penis is capable of giving a lady a wonderful session in bed!

    The main reason why Nigerian women love large penis (especially those who have had lovers that are well endowed) has to do with the structure of the vagina. There are pleasure centers that are located deep into the vagina and around the walls of the vagina. A small or average penis is not capable of stimulating all these pleasure centers and these usually results in a woman not being fully satisfied. But a big penis is able to explore deep into a woman’s vagina give her that lovely feeling of both deep penetration and being completely “full”.

    A large number of women need to have their clitoris stimulated during sexual intercourse in order for them to achieve orgasms. A large penis is more capable of stimulating the clitoris during penetration because of the thick base, which would stretch the vaginal lips and provide friction between the penis shaft and the clitoris.


     
    The One Fruit You Need to Eat to Get Bigger Penis

    Date fruit: Sexual health therapist Dr Kazeem, who works at a Sex Clinic in Lagos said men who had performance problems should incorporate dates in their diet. He said: “A ‘date’ fruit is a one-seeded fruit of the date palm tree, which is botanically known as Phoenix dactylifera and belongs to the family of Palmae (Arecaceae) plant. The common English names are dried dates, dates, date palm, etc; usually oblong, with varying sizes, shapes, colours, consistencies and quality. Eating dates will promote sperm quality and quantity as it is one of the best natural fruits used for male fertility. It also increases the size of testes in men and the size of breast in women.”

    Note: Eating the date fruit is not enough to take care of your sexual worries but using the Vitolize For Men and Gin Chia will help you last longer in bed and also get bigger, thicker, larger and stronger.


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  • Shocker: 9,579 persons tested HIV positive in Lagos

    23/Nov/2016 // 188 Viewers

     

    (VANGUARD)No fewer than 9, 579 people were tested positive to HIV of the 616, 318 that attended the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) awareness programme from January to June, 2016. 

    Dr Oluseyi Temowo, the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), made this known on Wednesday in Lagos. 

    Temowo spoke at a news conference in Ikeja to mark the 2016 World AIDS Day with the theme: “Hands Up for #HIV Prevention’’. 

    United Nations had in 1988 declared every Dec.1 as the World AIDS Day. This is to honour AIDS victims and focus on issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). 

    Temowo said that in 2015, a total number of 599, 560 people were counselled, tested and received results out of which 15, 311 people were found to be positive. 

    The LSACA chief said that 52, 803 people living with the scourge were currently on Antiretrovirals (ARVs). “These statistics simply means that there are many more people who are not aware that they have the virus, that is why knowing one’s status is very important. 

    “It is a common knowledge that an HIV positive person can be symptom free for 10 years and will continue to infect others, if not checked and treated. “Being HIV positive does not translate to death with appropriate medications,” he said. 

    Temowo said that the agency had mobilised its HCT trucks to all the nooks and crannies of the state to conduct free HIV counselling and testing. This, he said, would enable every Lagos resident to be aware of his or her health status. 

    Temowo said that access to HCT would allow individuals to know their status and take appropriate steps to prevent the transmission to other people. He said that this would also stop the progression to AIDS through lifestyle modification and health seeking behaviour. 

    According to him, this is geared toward achieving the eradication of the virus by 2030. “Achieving AIDS free generation requires collective efforts, this is why we are calling on government at all levels, individuals and organisations to join us in this quest to make Lagos State an HIV Free Zone. 

    “We implore residents to visit all government hospitals within their areas to access free HCT, while HCT trucks will move around to reach other areas for this purpose. 

    “We also advise people to ensure these various means of prevention- condom use, harm reduction, voluntary medical male circumcision, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, counselling and testing,” he said.


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  • Low sperm count can be treated and managed

    24/Aug/2016 // 851 Viewers

     

    The words, ‘low sperm count’ and ‘no sperm’, are very frightening terms for many men and couples alike, especially when there is a history of infertility. But what do they mean?

    Oligozoospermia or ‘low sperm count’ refers to semen with low concentration of sperm cells. It is commonly associated with male infertility.

    Based on  a recent World Health Organisation criteria, an ejaculate with a  concentration of less than 15 million sperm/ml of semen is termed oilgozoospermia.

    There are also different classes of oligozoospermia (mild to severe). Mild refers to a concentration of 10 million to 15million sperm/ml while moderate is between five million and 10 million sperm/ml and severe is 15  million sperm/ml.

    Azoospermia (no sperm) refers to complete absence of sperm in an ejaculate. It is a well-known cause of male-factor infertility.

    Cryptozoospermia applies to a situation in which sperm cannot be seen in a fresh semen sample but later found after an extensive centrifugation and microscopic search.

    In our society, the burden is placed more on the female partner when it comes to conception. When a couple can’t conceive after a year, the society automatically blames the woman. This assumption is often false. As a matter of fact, male infertility accounts for about 40 per cent of infertile couples. About seven per cent of men are said to be infertile. But a lot of men with fertility problems are reluctant to come for further testing and treatment.

    The good news is that a diagnosis of oligozoospermia or azoospermia is not the ‘end of the road’. These conditions can be treated and a lot of men have benefitted from various treatment options. Furthermore, it has been observed that the success rate for the treatment of infertility is higher when both spouses face the issue and attend the clinic together like in the developed countries.

    But before listing the treatment options it would be important to discuss preventive measures which would include lifestyle adjustments such as  not smoking, avoidance of recreational drugs and environmental toxins, cutting down alcohol and caffeine  intake.

    It is important men avoid exposing their testicles to high temperatures such as hot tubs, long-distance driving and tight underpants and seeking prompt and regular medical care as a number of medical conditions are associated with infertility such as mumps, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhoea and syphilis.

    Management

    A detailed history and physical examination is done by a clinician  to check for possible causes like varicocoele, testicular atrophy, undescended testis and other abnormalities.  A seminal fluid analysis is done to properly assess the sperm parameters. Usually, patients are advised to abstain from intercourse for between two and seven days before doing this test for optimal results.  Further testing, including hormone profile and scrotal ultrasound may be done, especially to check for other underlying causes.

    In our centre we also recommend bioenergetic testing to determine food allergies, environmental toxins or the presences of pathogens.

    Medical treatment

    Depending on the underlying cause, patients can benefit from various drugs. The following are commonly used:

    Gonadotrophins:  Gonadotrophins, especially human chorionic gonadotrophin,  have been used successfully in treating some patients with azoospermia, especially those with underlying hormonal imbalance.

    Anti-estrogens: Drugs like clomiphene citrate and tamoxifen have also been used in patients with oligospermia/azoospermia. These drugs have been used in patients with idiopathic oligozoospermia, as well as patients with low levels of the male hormone – testosterone.

    Dietary supplements and anti-oxidants: The use of antioxidant therapy in treatment of patients with male infertility has been associated with statistically significant improvements in sperm parameters. This is because many of these anti-oxidants are required at different stages of sperm production. Co-enzyme Q10, for example, has been shown to significantly improve sperm concentration, motility and strict morphology in patients undergoing treatment.

    Other drugs used include aromatase inhibitors like  Anastrazole and cyclic steroids (for immunosuppresion). It is important to note that these drugs can be combined to get better results. It is the duty of the clinician to identify the underlying causes and appropriate medication to use.

    What we find most successful is to use all these medication in a sequence but not together. For instance,  many people use a testosterone medication like proviron on a daily basis for several months. Unfortunately in men, the physiological levels of testosterone is not constant; hence, the need to prescribe them in a pulsatile fashion for good results.

    Lifestyle modification: Patients should be encouraged to stop smoking cigarettes and other psychoactive substances. Stress relief and  weight loss, dietary modification, avoidance of toxins have all been shown to be beneficial in treating male infertility.

    Body detox: A lot of people are exposed to toxins from the environment, preservatives in food, drugs, cosmetics and stress. These toxins may accumulate in vital organs, leading to organ damage and infertility. Total body medical detoxification in a medical spa helps to remove these toxins, thereby improving fertility

    Assisted Reproductive Technology

    These refer to the use of advanced techniques to achieve conception. The following are commonly used:

    Artificial Insemination and Fallopian Tube Sperm Perfusion: Patients with mild and even moderate oligozoospermia can benefit from this non-invasive treatment. It involves direct intrauterine injection of ‘sperm suspension’ usually after adequate sperm processing (washing). The aim is to achieve higher concentrations of sperm in the ‘fallopian tubes’ to facilitate conception.

    Pregnancy rates are about 20 per cent per trial and multiple births are common when combined with superovulation.

    Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

    This is used for patients with severe oligozoospermia. It involves direct injection of sperm into the oocyte (eggs). For this to be done, the oocytes have to be retrieved from the female partner while semen is collected from the male and processed. This method has been extremely beneficial for patients with very low sperm concentrations. Globally, pregnancy rates are around 35 per cent to 45 per cent and can go up to 60 per cent with multiple trials.

    Advanced sperm retrieval techniques

    A number of procedures can be used to collect sperm in patients with azoospermia using local anaesthesia. Many patients with absence of sperm in their ejaculate (semen), still have some sperm in their testis (organ where sperm is produced) and epididymis, which stores mature sperm. Certain procedures can be used to collect this sperm directly from these organs with the help of special needles.

    We have reported a number of pregnancies and babies have been born through these techniques.

    In summary,  there are various treatments available for oligozoospermia and azoospermia. The type and extent of treatment can only be determined after proper evaluation and testing by a skilled fertility physician using appropriate techniques and procedures. - PUNCH


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  • A glass of wine a day could protect against a stroke

    24/Nov/2016 // 123 Viewers

    BY  Laura Donnelly, health editor

     
    A large glass of wine  a day could protect against the most common type of stroke, new research suggests.
     
    The study of 20,000 adults found that up to three units of alcohol a day appeared to reduce the risk of an ischaemic stroke, where the blood supply is stopped due to a blood clot. These account for 85 per cent of all cases.
     
    The research by the Karolinska Institutet and University of Cambridge found that heavier drinking - of any type of alcohol - increased the risks of all types of strokes.
     
    Light drinking - classed as no more than one and a half units of alcohol per day, or a small glass of wine, was found to reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke by around 10 per cent.
     
    Similar findings were found for moderate consumers, who were drinking up to twice as much.
     
    However drinking more than this significantly increased the risk of all types of strokes, the study found.  
     
    And light to moderate alcohol intake did not protect against less common types of strokes - known as intracerebral haemorrhage and subarachnoid haemorrhage.
     
    A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. There are two kinds: Ischaemic (caused by a clot, or blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain), or haemorrahagic (caused by a blood vessel bursting within, or on, the surface of the brain)
     
    Who is at risk?
    People over the age of 55
    South Asian, black African or black Caribbean people are at a higher risk than other people in the UK
    If a close relative has had a stroke, your risk is higher
    Certain genetic conditions, such as sickle cell disease, can cause a stroke
    Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and high cholesterol can increase the risk of a stroke
    Our lifestyle choices can also raise the risk of having a stroke - smoking, drinking too much alcohol and being overweight can also raise the risk
    Symptoms: Use the FAST test to diagnose
    Facial weakness:
    Has the person's face fallen on one side?
    Arm weakness:
    Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
    Speech problems:
    Can the person speak clearly or is their speech slurred?
    Time to call 999:
    If the person fails any one of these three signs, get help immediately by calling 999
    Source: Stroke Association
     
    The study published in the journal BMC involved a systematic review of 25 studies, including  data from the Cohort of Swedish Men and the Swedish Mammography Cohort, involving 21,000 stroke victims.
     
    Lead author Associate Professor Dr Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institutet said:
     
    "Whether light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, generally defined as one to two drinks per day, is protective against cardiovascular disease remains a controversial topic.
     
    "Alcohol consumption in moderation has been associated with increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, improved insulin sensitivity, and decreased levels of fibrinogen and inflammatory markers."
     
    Woman with a glass of red wine
     
    Enjoying a glass of wine could have health benefits CREDIT: ALAMY
    However, it also increases blood pressure, which raises stroke risks.
     
    Prof Larsson believed the different associations between alcohol consumption and type of stroke may have to do with the effects alcohol has on the human body.
     
    She explained: "Previous research has found an association between alcohol consumption and lower levels of fibrinogen - a protein in the body which helps the formation of blood clots.
     
    "While this may explain the association between light to moderate alcohol consumption and lower ischaemic stroke risk, the adverse effect of alcohol consumption on blood pressure - a major risk factor for stroke - may increase the risk of haemorrhagic stroke and outweigh any potential benefit."


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  • 40 things a person living with HIV/Aids may want to hear

    25/Apr/2016 // 217 Viewers

     

    1. You will curse yourself and that day. You will miss when ignorance was bliss and curse the reason that made you take the test. 

    2. You will take another test to be sure. Even after this, you will still doubt. 

    3. You will collapse within yourself and make safety there. Your body will become a prison and a home to you all at once. 

    4. You will ask God why and he will not answer. 

    5. You will ask how but you already know the answer. 

    6. You will learn the ease and discomfort of keeping a secret. 

    7. You will want to kill yourself. Don’t! 

    8. When you do want to tell someone, you will not make a good first choice. Their reaction will make you wish you were dead, not dying. 

    9. You will have to become an HIV expert. 

    10. You will remember the stigma behind it from the way you viewed others. 

    11. You will view yourself first with the stigma. 

    12. You will want to contact your lovers and accuse them. But you cannot accuse them without implicating yourself and you will fight with this. You may find who or you may not but you will not find comfort right away. 

    13. You will not understand why there is no cure. 

    14. You will love the drugs for keeping you alive and well. 

    15. You will hate having to take the drugs every day. 

    16. You will learn you can have a sex life and even have children who are HIV free. You may or may not find comfort in it. 

    17. You will find others like you. 

    18. You will hate yourself and reminisce on way back when you were HIV negative. 

    19. You will contemplate suicide, but before then mass murder by spreading the infection. 

    20. You will wish you had gotten your partners tested. You will understand the significance of testing. 

    21. You will want to refuse taking drugs at some point. You must! You must! Your life does not just belong to you alone, but also to those who will miss you when you are gone. Stay alive for them. 

    22. The hospital must become your best friend as you go through the motions. 

    23. You will find judgment from left, right and centre and you have to survive it all. 

    24. You will find you will lose people with the revelation and you have to survive through it. 

    25. You will find you gain more understanding and loving people. 

    26. You will find the world is big but sometimes not big enough for you. Ignore it. 

    27. You may find you will not live as long as you hoped. You will be okay and should live life fully. 

    28. You will break down more times than you expect. 

    29. You will learn it is not a registered disability and you are considered as capable as one who is negative. 

    30. You will swim in self-pity, but do not drown. 

     31. You will be envious of those who are negative. 

    32. You will have this letter anytime you want to end it all and are looking for a reason not to. 

    33. You will have people who love you more than you imagined. 

    34. You will never fully be comfortable enough to let your status roll off your tongue. 

    35. You will realise you are not Charlie Sheen. Your diagnosis may not make headlines. 

    36. You will realise strength in you that you never knew. 

    37. You are not any less human! 

    38. You will become more grateful or sceptical about life and its vices.

    39. You will have to learn to love yourself twice as much as you did before and stay as healthy as possible. 

    40. You will always, always have this letter to remind you of all the people I’ve lost to HIV and to tell you that I don’t want to lose you too. Stay strong!


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  • Zika outbreak will worsen before it gets better, WHO head says

    25/Feb/2016 // 196 Viewers

     

    By Stephen Eisenhammer

     

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief.

    Director-General Margaret Chan made the comments at the end of her two-day visit to Brazil, the country at the epicenter of the Zika crisis.

    "Things may get worse before they get better," Chan said at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. "Don't be surprised to see microcephaly reported in other parts of Brazil."

    As yet, Brazil's Zika outbreak has been concentrated in the northeastern part of the nation.

    Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly, a condition marked by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems. Chan underscored that scientists are still working to determine causality between the virus and the birth defect.

    Brazil said this week it has confirmed more than 580 cases of microcephaly, and considers most of them to be related to Zika infections in the mothers. Brazil is investigating more than 4,100 additional suspected cases of microcephaly.

    After Brazil, Colombia has been hardest hit by Zika infections with the country's health officials reporting on Wednesday a probable case of microcephaly possibly linked to Zika in an aborted fetus.

    Colombia has reported more than 37,000 cases of Zika including 6,356 in pregnant women but has yet to have a confirmed microcephaly case linked to the virus. At least 34 countries, mostly in the Americas, have active Zika outbreaks and the virus is expected to spread.

    The World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international health emergency on Feb. 1, citing a "strongly suspected" relationship between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly. Scientists are also studying a potential link between Zika infection and Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological disorder that can weaken the muscles and cause paralysis. - Reuters

     


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