Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Friday, 12 May 2017

Good news for HIV positive patients, as they can live up to 78 with ART

HIV treatment improves

A new study has shown how young HIV-positive patients being given the latest treatments can now live a "near-normal" life expectancy.

This latest useful information was disclosed in The Lancet, a medical journal written by scientists saying that a 20-year-old who starts antiretroviral treatment (ART) from 2010 can now live up to 78 years as any other person.

Though the patient would have died about 10 years younger if they had started the treatment in 1995, says the report.

Speaking with Sky News, Professor Jonathan Stern who co-authored the study stated that recent medical advances signifies that an HIV patient "taking one pill every day could expect near-normal life expectancy".

Prof Sterne also looked ahead to the prospect of eventually eradicating the virus completely, saying: "People who are treated are no longer infectious, or far less likely to transmit their HIV" when they are taking ART.

However, ART, a blend of three or more drugs that block the virus from reproducing and help repair the damaged immune system, need to be taken for life.

The ART drugs were widely announced 20 years ago which brought about a dramatic and instant reductions in the number of deaths linked to HIV, which can lead to AIDS if left untreated.

He  further that efforts being made to destigmatising the disease played a major part in people seeking help, as well as increasing the quality of life for those living with HIV.

One major example, was that of the 'Diana moment' in 1987, when Princess Diana held the hand of an AIDS patient in pictures that were broadcast across the world, was an early first step in removing the stigma associated with HIV.

The report also stated that despite the impressive treatments recorded so far, the life expectancy rate of those who got the virus via drugs does not improve as much as in other groups.

Nevertheless, putting into account all age groups, the life expectancy for patients remains lower than the general population.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Man finds giant tarantula on the street of Leicester


A giant tarantula which as large as the hand of a human being has been discovered in one of the streets in Leicester.

The creature also known as the salmon pink Brazilian bird-eating spider, can grow to a leg-span of 10 inches, was to be abandoned in a plastic box in Narborough Road.

Commenting on about the creature, the RSPCA man who found the it, thought to be the third-largest species of tarantula, was someone who has a phobia for spiders and had been "understandably shaken" by the discovery.

According to Steve Smith, animal collection officer, presumed the giant spider was to be an unwanted pet which was abandoned by its owner who may have struggled to look after it.

He said: "We would recommend that anyone interested in keeping a tarantula as a pet thoroughly research the particular species' needs carefully first before deciding to get one, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for."

Mr Smith said that despite its size, the spider was "not aggressive at all". As a specialist is now taking care of the spider.

Salmon pink Brazilian bird-eating spiders, or lasiodora parahybana, have pink hairs growing on their legs and are found in the tropical rain forests of eastern Brazil.

Despite its name, the species only rarely eats birds, preferring mostly insects it captures on the forest floor as well as lizards, frogs and mice.

Animal charities have warned of rising numbers of exotic pets being abandoned in the UK, often after they are given as presents.

It is not the first time a Brazilian spider has turned up unexpectedly. In 2015, a Bristol man received one in the post, meant for the previous owners of his house.

In 2013, a man had a tarantula confiscated after he tried to take it into a court in Kent.

Monday, 24 April 2017

32-year-old snake whisperer rushed to hospital after sustaining unbearable injury

Snake whisperer

32-year-old Abu from Kelantan, Malaysia, seem to have an insatiable flair for his pet, irrespective of the fact that he had been beaten on about eight occasion by his snakes, which at one point, ended led him into coma.

Abu development his like for snakes from his father, who is also known as a specialist snake handler.

Abu said: ‘The pain from a snake bite is very severe to the point that you can’t even describe it.

‘The worst bite would have to be the eighth time. I did not realise that the snake was bleeding from its head. I tried touching the wound on its head and it bit me right away. It took ten seconds for the snake to let me go.

‘On the way to the hospital, bubbles started coming out of my mouth and a few moments later I was unconscious.

‘The doctor confirmed that I was not going to make it because the venom had spread to my heart.

‘After being in a coma for two days I woke up. I am considered lucky to still be alive.’

Abu claims to follow safety precautions before allowing anyone take photos or ‘pet’ his venomous snakes; King, Chip and Cik Din.

He said: ‘I take my cobras to participate in training courses for taming snakes at the Fire Department Training Centre. I also lead awareness briefings on the dangers of snakes to the public.’

Last year the media reported that Abu had married his snakes, a claim which he rubbished and said his bond with snakes had been twisted.

He added: ‘No human can get married to a snake. That story is definitely false and I think the story got altered and twisted to suit people of different beliefs and culture.

‘I’m only interested in humans when it comes to marriage.’

Even though his snakes have put his life danger, the fireman has never thought of giving them up or felt afraid, instead is more driven to learn and teach other firemen and his community how to catch and tame snakes.

He said: ‘Snakes are wild species and we need time to get used to them and understand their characteristics to be able to tame them.

‘I don’t care if people call me crazy or stupid, I know what I’m doing. It is for the benefit of the public and the Fire Department.’

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Diesel car scrappage to make millions of drivers in the UK get compensated

Diesel car in the UK

British government to compensate owners of diesel powered cars about £1,000 to £2,000 or more, as they enter a scrappage agreement after the PM overruled two cabinet ministers.

This is being done as the government perfects plan on how to tackle air pollution in the country. The measure will get worst offending cars off the British road.

Theresa May’s intervention is said to have come in as a measure to ease the concern being raised after a proposal was made to introduce “toxin taxes” on diesel vehicles in around nine or 10 cities while a further 25 councils being told to enforce less draconian measures.

Both the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, are said to have opposed the plan as they saw it as being difficult to target the problem cars.

The said payment would only be made to the owners of the car, provided they agree to buy a new low-emission car

According to statistics, there are about 11.2 million diesel cars in the using UK roads, out of which 1.9 are said to over 12 years old.

Therefore, if the UK government make it a duty to focus the five most affected cities outside London (Leeds, Derby, Southampton, Birmingham and Nottingham), that will bring about 100,000 to 150,000 being scrapped.

President of the AA Edmund King said: “It could be fiscally neutral. If it is dependent on the purchase of a new low-emission car, the government will automatically get 20 percent VAT, plus on most new cars there is an addition to the vehicle excise duty.”

Also, Director of the RAC Foundation Steve Gooding expected difficulties with the scheme. He said: “It is not a simple matter of taking the oldest cars out of circulation.

“The worst polluters could well be much more recent models that do high mileages in congested towns and cities.”

A survey which was conducted in March revealed that 68% of drivers are in support of a scrappage arrangement, while only 10% were against it.

During the era of Tony blair, car drivers were advised to change from petrol powered cars, but now, Theresa May has stated how that would  be taken “into account” in future plans.

During a recent trip to the Middle East, Mrs May said: “In relation to the issue of diesel cars, obviously we will be producing a new air quality plan, we've been required to do that by the courts.

“Decisions will be taken when we produce that plan – obviously we will take final decisions as to what we do.

“But I'm very conscious of the fact that past governments have encouraged people to buy diesel cars and we need to take that into account when we're looking at what we do in the future.”

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Proposed anti-masturbation bill soon to become a law in Texas, months after a call was made to criminalise abortion

Jessica Ferrar advocate of anti-masturbation law

A law tagged man’s Right to Know Act, set to make men in Texas pay a $100 fine for each ‘unregulated masturbatory emission’. The bill is said to be a satirical one, because women targeted always by anti-abortion laws.

When passed into law, the law will only allow masturbation that is conducted under medical supervision in an approved health care centre.

Thus, any “unregulated masturbatory emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.”

This new law would permit Texas men only “occasional” masturbatory secretions inside the approved facilities, the bill would insist that the resulting semen be “stored for the purposes of conception for a current or future wife.”

This bill is barely three months after Republican Tony Tinderhold proposed that the government should make abortion a criminal offence in Texas, in order to force women to be more responsible about their s3xual behaviour.

Britain risks losing up to 42,000 overseas nursing staff post-Brexit

Foreign nursing shortage

A report has revealed that the UK may face a shortage of about 42,000 nurses within six years of Brexit. This prediction was made available by government officials as they reflect on the possible outcome of EU and non-EU nurses refusing to come to the UK to work in the NHS from 2019.

According to the sad prediction, the shortage could range between 26,000 and 42,000 by the 2025 and 2026 respectively, as reported in the Health Service Journal. The journal reveals that there is a "severe risk of under-supply if immigration rules change and international inflows stop".

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said the College had warned of the situation "years ago" but had been "told we were scaremongering".

She told the HSJ: "This is a large problem that is coming at us quickly and we need to move fast. What we are not seeing is any real action."

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said they were "focused on workforce planning to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs to continue to provide good care".

Monday, 20 March 2017

New laws to smoking and ban cigarette coming into place in few weeks

New smoking law in the UK

Report has it that six news laws that will bring to an outright end small packs of rolling tobacco and menthol cigarette will be put in place in few weeks to curb all “harmful” and “dangerous” cigs sending about 120,000 Britons each year. Thus making it impossible for smokers to buy packs of 10 cigarettes from shops.

The idea is that, it will now force smokers to think twice about the cost implication before spending £9 to buy the cheapest 20 packs of cig.

The proposed law will take effect from May 20, about a decade after the initial ban on smoking.

The proposed law which was introduced in May 2016, was billed to be implemented this year to enable suppliers have sufficient time to get rid of them.

The rules you need to look out for:

·         Ten decks of cigarettes will be banned
·         Smaller bags containing less than 30g of tobacco will  disappear from shops
·         The cheapest packet of fags will cost you £8.82 from May 2
·         Packets of cigarettes will be plain alongside graphic images showing the impact that tobacco has on health
·         Menthol cigarettes will be gradually phased out by 2020
·         Some flavoured cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco, including, alcohol, candy, spice, herbs and fruit, will be made illegal

The essence of the new law is to help in reducing deaths related to smoking and discourage young people from smoking.

Meanwhile, Amanda Sandford, from charity Action on Smoking and Health, said: “Cigarettes are already expensive and the price increase of cigarettes is a key factor in making people quit smoking.

“So by removing the packet of ten cigarettes this means people will have to find the extra money for a packet. It will hit poorer smokers harder, who are usually younger smokers.”

She told the Hull Daily Mail: “Paying £3 or £4 for a packet of ten cigarettes at the moment might not seem so much to people and still leave them with change in their pockets.

“But you when you have to spend £6 to £7, even £9, people may think ‘Do I really need this packet?’”.

Friday, 10 March 2017

This 6-year-old boy has a 4 inch opening across his skull

Boy six with deep opening in his skull

Six-year-old Pheaktra Pov born with a four-inch deep crack across his entire skull seem not to have any hope of having a better life as his conditions gets worst each day. During mum’s pregnancy, she was warned by medical experts that the baby in her womb had a severe ‘problem with his head’ but little did she know that it was going to be as bad as it is today.

Finally, when she gave birth to him, doctors found out that little Pov had a small crevice on the top of his skull, but could not do anything to get it corrected, as a result, they were sent home.

Shockingly, the hole in his head has continued to get deeper and wider - now stretching from his forehead to the base of his skull on the back of his head.

The situation seem to have defied all medical knowledge and expertise, as they told the parents, of their inability to handle the situation. Nevertheless, the little boy’s grandmother, Thorn Hong, aged 67 is said she is determined to find a lasting solution to the boy’s predicament.

Every week, she wheels Pheaktra to the Angkor Watt temple in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, to beg for aids for her grandson, scraping together about £5 a day.

Thorn said: "My daughter checked when she was three-months pregnant if anything was wrong and the doctors said everything was fine.

"But at seven months they said there was a serious problem but it was too late to do anything.

"Pheaktra was born with a crack in his head and it’s getting bigger all the time. I can put my hand inside the middle, it is very big.

"Pheaktra’s father left before he was born so it’s just me and my daughter who take care of him. Doctors do not know what has caused this and they said there is nothing they can do.

"Until he was five-years-old it seemed like there was water inside his head and it was swelling and getting bigger.

"I get about $10 to $25 a week from people at the Angkor Watt temple when I go on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

Local charities supply free medicine to Pheaktra but it is to prevent seizures and has no effect on the bizarre crack in his head.

Thorn added: "The children’s hospital give us some medicine but it is just to make Pheaktra feel better. We pray everyday for somebody in the world that knows how to fix this."

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

After several years of traumatic experience with tumour, this teenage girl can now eat, drink and talk for the first time

Teenage Indian girl who had mouth tumour

At last, a fifteen-year-old teenager named Laxmi Kumari who had a huge 'gagging' tumour in her mouth now able to eat and talk very well, after a team of medical experts removed it from her, after many years of travail, as she was unable to eat and talk.

Sources said the tiny lump on the teenage girl, took about three years to erupt into a huge mass spilling from her mouth. And as result forced her out of public places including school, and also made her to the ability to eat, drink, communicate verbally and also breathe in a proper manner.

The girl later went through a life-transforming surgery last year and will undergo more cosmetic therapy later on in order to bring lasting solution to the traumatised girl.

"Eventually I had to stop going to school.

"Now I have no friends. No one even talks to me. Not even my own siblings."

Laxmi, from Navgachiya Koshipar, India, looked completely normal aged 12, but a small lump inside her mouth took just a few years to grow to a huge size. The lump called giant cell epulis, is believed to be caused by irritation or trauma.

During her period of travail, her classmates made mockeries of her at school, as they all thought Laxmi was "possessed by spirits".

The teenager needs more treatment for a small lump left inside her mouth and also on her right eye, but it was delayed until her family could save 2,600 rupees - just £31.

Fortunately to her, some good spirited locals came to her rescue when they raised the cash for operation, and she was admitted to hospital a couple of weeks ago, and is awaiting the procedure.

Neighbour Sonu Kumar Jaiswal said: "Laxmi comes from a poor family.

"Her farmer father did his best and took her to different doctors for treatment despite having limited resources.

"But he also had given up hope when doctors expressed inability to solve the case.

"Forget about the outsiders, Laxmi is leading a life of isolation and dejection at home.

"She is confined to a separate room where family members rarely go.

"Things have, however, changed drastically after the operation.

"Now, she is gradually being accepted and welcomed at home and outside.

"People have started to believe that Laxmi can regain face, dignity and beauty once the corrective operation is done."

Dr Upendra Nath, head of surgery department at state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital, said: "The operation on Laxmi will be performed soon as we have got her pathology reports.

"We had asked Laxmi's father to bring her back to hospital so that we can continue the follow up treatment.

"But even after 20 days, Laxmi couldn't visit us as her father was unable to afford the money for tests.

"Now that the tests are done, she will be operated soon."

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Spanish scientist finds cure for HIV

Spanish scientist cures HIV

Optimism for HIV patients report has it that a team of medical scientist have developed a ‘functional cure’ for the HIV virus. The scientific feat could be a major landmark achievement for millions of people living with the virus.

The medical breakthrough is being applauded as a ‘vital piece towards a functional cure’ by the National Aids Trust.

Though the scientific is still in its early stage, report has it that a total of five (5) infected people with the virus are presently tested free of any detectable virus. Also one of the five persons has been living without any medication for over seven months running.

The research was started three years ago by a Spanish scientist name Beatriz Mothe of IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute.

Mothe along with other colleagues of hers lately gave 24 diagnosed people two Oxford University developed vaccines, followed by antiretroviral drugs.

At present, millions of people the world over, take the drugs to put the virus under suppression and prevent it from spreading, but such measure, and is not good enough, as it destroys the immune system if untreated.

One sad news about HIV is that the moment continuous treatment is stopped momentarily, the virus can replicate very fast, even if an undetectable viral load is achieved.

According to New Scientist, this year following Mothe’s trial, 15 of the participants were given a booster dose of one of the vaccines, then another three doses of romidepsin,

Romidepsin is a cancer drug that has shown the potential to ‘flush out’ HIV from hiding.

Five of the total 15 who stopped taking antiretroviral medication saw no return of HIV.

As a follow up to the experiment, Mothe and members of her team are presently examining the reason why the other 10 participants failed to respond to the therapy.

The National Aids Trust said: ‘This research shows that a therapeutic vaccine has the potential to keep the virus under control in people already known to be living with HIV.

‘The study was very small and only five out of 13 participants experienced the positive impact, all for less than a year so far.

‘To be confident that they have been functionally cured of HIV, much longer follow-up is needed.

‘We all want to reach a point where people living with HIV can be well without the need for daily medication, and this vaccine approach is one of a range of possible interventions which scientists are currently trialling.

‘But all are in early development and much more research is needed to achieve the functional cure.’

Unsurprisingly there is a heavy dose of scepticism. Dr Daniel Douek, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in America admitted ‘results were encouraging.’

But said: ‘It is difficult to gauge what the effect of the procedure actually was because of the uncontrolled nature of the study and the fact that the people who remain off [ARVs] are, nevertheless, viremic.’

Previously a Mississippi baby was said to be ‘cured’ of HIV only for the virus to reappear when she was a four-year-old.

Steven Deeks, an HIV/AIDS clinician and researcher at the University of California, said he was ‘optimistic’ and said it was ‘hard to argue that the vaccine strategy did not do something.’

Thursday, 23 February 2017

These couples who were born deaf hear each other for the first time after an ear implant

Deaf couple hear each other

A couple who were both born deaf have been able to hear each other after the implantation of cochlear for the first time ever since they got married.

According to sources, it took about two years for Helen to convince Neil (husband) to accept the implant due to the failure of other devices which were administered to them. Thus making them the first couple in Britain to such device implanted in to them simultaneously.

The devices were fitted at the University of Southampton Audiology Implant Service (USAIS), where they underwent surgery to have tiny electrodes implanted into their skulls.

The moment the devices were first switched on was captured on video with Neil, 50, at first joking that he didn't like the sound of his wife's voice.

But he also said: "I am getting used to it now. It felt incredible, in a happy way. It felt really emotional."

The implant is made up of two components that sits on the internal and external region of the skull above the ear and are fused by magnet.

Information from the processor on the outside of the skull is sent to 16 electrodes on the inside, which then send electrical pulses to the brain.

The implants will now have to be perfected, though it is not clear how much hearing the couple will eventually recover.

Initially, cochlear implants were only thought to benefit people who had recently lost their hearing and already had speech and language skills.

Nevertheless Dr Mary Grasmeder said they are increasingly being used to treat people who have been deaf since birth.

"People who have been deaf for some time don't have the same expectation of sound will be like, compared with someone who has just lost their hearing," she said.

"Because their auditory system is not so well developed it will be more difficult for them to process the information and to understand it."

Cancer patients to have new treatment by 2018

New cancer treatment in the UK

Good news for patients with various form of cancer such as brain tumours, head and neck cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer following a scientific breakthrough in the UK. According to report, new cancer treatment centres are ready to welcome patients to their centres.

From 2018, the Rutherford Cancer Centres will different kind of cancer treatments alongside high energy proton beam therapy.

Report has it that three centres are currently under development, in Newport, South Wales, Bomarsund, Northumberland and Reading, Berkshire.

Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy used in cancer treatment, which distributes severely charged protons in a précised mode in order to minimise damage to tissue and organs that are not yet affected.

Though the UK is yet to have such treatment, countries across the world has successfully delivered Proton Bean Therapy with remarkable outcome for cancer patients, with particular attention to reducing the side effects.

The treatment went viral after six-year-old Aysha King was removed from NHS care by his parents to undergo proton therapy in the Czech Republic - at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague.

Since then, dozens of patients have sought the treatment - with one patient explaining how he ‘fully recovered’ from prostate cancer following the treatment.

Proton Beam Therapy can be used for prostate cancer, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, brain tumours.

According to a Proton Therapy Centre spokesman there is going to be two new centres which are presently being constructed in the UK - with one housed at Manchester’s Christie Hospital and one at University College London.

For now, the NHS will still prefer patients abroad for treatment pending when the centre becomes in operation in 2018.

The Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales is nearing completion and will offer chemotherapy, radiotherapy and imaging via the 'latest treatment'.

Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET-CT) will be available in the second half of this year and proton beam therapy will be available at the centre from early 2018.

However, Treatment at The Rutherford Cancer Centres will be available to medically-insured private patients, self-paying patients and patients referred by the NHS.

Professor Gordon McVie, chairman of Proton Partners International, said: “We’re delighted to announce the creation of The Rutherford Cancer Centres.

“Proton Partners International is committed to transforming cancer care in the UK.

“The Rutherford name is synonymous with a major breakthrough in cancer treatment and therefore we felt that this was a fitting identity for our treatment centres.

“With cancer on the rise, there is a growing need for patients to be offered a holistic and sophisticated level of cancer care.

“Patients at The Rutherford Cancer Centres will have access to a wide range of cancer services and a treatment plan will be implemented on an individual basis.”

Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said: “We are working with the world’s leading technology partners to ensure that our centres are equipped with the latest cancer technology.

“Our centres will have the capacity to treat 500 unique patients a year.  We will also network our centres to ensure the data they will provide can play a significant role in cancer research.

“We are committed to undertaking a genomics programme which will collate, analyse and distribute data through our research facility at the Life Sciences Accelerator centre in Liverpool.”

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A teenage Indian boy comes back to life while being taking to his own burial ceremony

Indian came back to life

Miracle as a teenager who was beaten by a dog and admitted in a hospital for couple of days resurrects from dead while being taking to his own burial in India.

While in the hospital, sources said that doctors handling his situation gave up, after they found out that his whole body had been infected by the diseases he contracted from the dog bite.

As a result, his parents who were so upset with his helpless situation made up their mind to take yield to doctors’ advice and took him to Manahundi village, as they all concluded that he was going to die at any time, as life support was removed from him.

According to Kumar’s brother-in-law named Sharanappa Naikar: "We had decided to take Kumar home after doctors told us his chances of survival were bleak once taken off the ventilator”.

Such a decision from doctors and his parents made the family  to make calls to people in their village to being to prepare for the boy’s funeral and pay his last respect, as there was no any sign of life in him.

Nevertheless just a mile away from his funeral site he opened his eyes, moving his hands and legs while breathing heavily.

Which made his awe traumatised parents quickly rushed him back into hospital, where he is still receiving care.

Dr Mahesh Neelakhantannavar said: "Kumar is on ventilator.

“We suspect he suffers from meningoencephalitis, an infection caused due to dog bite."

Sadly, even though they were happy to have their son back to life, his parents fear they will not be able to pay for his treatment.

His father Ningappa said: "Kumar stopped going to school after class IX to support us.

“He used to work as a construction labourer.

“His elder brother is physically challenged.

“We need support for his treatment."

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mexican MP demonstrates to youths how to have safe s3x using s3x toy and her mouth

Mexican MP on sex education

A Mexican Member of Parliament (MP) aged 52 makes an outrageous demonstration to children while trying to teach and encourage them how to use condom for safe s3x.

She made the demonstration using putting condom into a s3x toy with her mouth before a group of young boys and girls.

Almost immediately after posting the weird video online, it spread like wild fire on social media. The s3x education took place in a district known as Iztapalapa, in the Mexican capital Mexico City.

With confetti in her hair, the politician puts the condom in her mouth before pushing it over the sex toy.

Thus, she the MP was encouraged to go on with the act using her mouth on the s3x toy in the presence of the crowd, at the end of the demonstration, she was applauded and her chanted for her boldness.

However, some persons who watched the video condemned her for such a demonstration and said it was an act of irresponsibility.

One said: "This area is known for pregnancies with young people and here you are showing them more s3x tricks," while another added: "Such irresponsible actions from someone in power."

The politician said at the event: "I invite the youth to celebrate love with responsibility and avoid unplanned pregnancy. Learn how to protect yourselves."

Youngsters were offered condoms and women between the ages of 18 and 45 were given the opportunity to be fitted with female condoms.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

BREAKING: Buhari finally undergoes p3nis surgery

Buhari undergoes penis surgery

After several months of living in pains and discomfort, the 9-months-old Buhari Muhammad whose step-mum out of cruelty chopped off his male organ has successfully gone through the first stage of corrective surgery at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Bida, Niger.

This was made known to the public during an interview with the Director-General of the state Child Rights Protection Agency with some journalists in Minna the Niger state capital on Friday.

While speaking, she state that the corrective surgery was one of the several operations Buhari would undergo. “He was operated upon by four neurologists and he is responding to treatment.

“Several other tests will still be conducted to prepare him for the next operation,’’ Kolo said.

It will interest you to remember that Buhari’s male organ was callously chopped off by his 17-year-old step-mum, named Bara’atu Muhammad, when he was just one month old.

Later on, Bara’atu (step-mother) accepted to the fact that she took such action against the baby out of a jealous heart, as she was so determined to harm the boy’s biological mum, whom she claimed was always insulting her.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, told journalists that the suspect was still in Minna Prison, pending the conclusion of investigations.

“Under the Police Criminal Law, the suspect is an adult, she is above seven years; therefore, she can be convicted and hanged for the offence,” Elkana said.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Amazing how a 5-year-old boy was caught chewing used condom

Boy 5 chews used condom

A school teacher in one of Florida’s primary school noticed a pupil chewing an object he found on the playground. On getting to the boy, she discovered it was used condom the little boy was seriously chewing.

After they managed to get the object from the boy’s mouth, a quick notice was given to his mum, and boy rushed to the hospital for urgent medical tests to ensure his safety. Luckily to him no infection was found to have been contracted by him.

According to a local police officer, Ed Cunningham: ‘It’s pretty clear that someone was likely having sex there or near there, or it’s a possible prostitution issue, but we are not aware of any specifics.

‘This appears to be an isolated incident.’

He also stated that officers are on alert for people lurking around the school.

Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time a used condom has been found on school grounds.

The school’s security said similar items have had to be removed from the playground in the past.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Man who had a strange growth from childhood, to receive sponsored treatment from a Good Samaritan

Man  with strange head growth

Finally man named Sutat Meesati’s who began to develop some pains in his head at age two gets treatment against the huge growth on his skull which was ignored at the time it all started, and later grew two times the size of his skull.

Luckily to him some volunteer workers heard about his situations, and has agreed to give him proper tests, diagnosis and treatment.

It was Thai actor Bin Bunluerit, 54, and Muay Thai kickboxer Buakaw Banchamek visited Sutat at his home to help him have his first operation.

Good Samaritan Bin said: "Surin Hospital have sent Nong Chae to Bangkok very quickly to have treatment at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

"They are now looking at all the equipment and seeing how and where to give Sutat his operations first.

"He is strong enough and ready to have an operation.

"He might be able to use the disabled card and might not have to pay for the treatment.

"We are looking for the accommodation for his relatives and we have donated 10,000THB (£228).

''We will let you know what happen next as soon as we know.

"Thank you very much for the doctors and nurses team from Surin Hospital for helping us all the way.''

Sutat has suffered for so long because of the expensive cost of private medical treatment in Thailand and he was lacking the documents needed to receive state provisions.

Friday, 10 February 2017

This baby was born with four legs and two male organs

Baby born with four legs and two male organs

At last a team of surgeons have been able to make life normal for a baby who was born with four legs and two male organs by removing the extra legs and male organs in a Indian hospital.

According to the baby’s mum, the child who was born in January is God’s gift to the family.

Though the parents earlier on reluctant to take by baby to another hospital for the surgery, but after receiving series of advice and reassurance, she took the baby to a specialist facility in Ballari in the western Karnataka state.

The baby’s mum earlier said she was prepared to raise her son the way he was. However, she said: ‘My first son, born three years ago, is healthy. We are poor and cannot afford expensive treatment.’

Dr Virupaksha, who helped deliver the baby, told the Times of India: I referred the family to Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS).

‘I spoke to the surgeons there on Sunday, and they told me that the baby was being kept under observation. I hope the baby becomes normal.’

Lalitamma added: The doctors and members of my family advised me to take the baby to VIMS for for advanced treatment. Now, I am hoping he becomes normal.’

Dr Divakar Gaddi, at VIMS, said: ‘A team of surgeons is looking into the baby’s condition. It is a very challenging case for us.’

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Britain set to charge upfront medical charges to non-tax paying foreign patients from April 2017

New NHS charges

Medical experts have faulted the move by British government in the health sector, after it was revealed that the Health Minister is seriously looking forward to recover about £500m per annum.

According to source, the proposed rule will be implemented from April this year, as all hospitals in the country have been directed to ascertain if patients are qualified for the free medical services being offered by the NHS prior to their treatment.

To further stress their seriousness, all patients excluded from the free medical services will be made to make an advance payment, because records have it that most patients either failed or refuses to pay after being treated.

A brief breakdown of some the services being rendered states that it costs average of £910 cataract surgery, hip replacement operations £6,268 and knee replacement surgery about £5,997, according to Department of Health figures.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "We have no problem with overseas visitors using our NHS as long as they make a fair contribution, just as the British taxpayer does.

"So today we are announcing plans to change the law which means those who aren't eligible for free care will be asked to pay upfront for non-urgent treatment.

"We aim to recover up to £500m a year by the middle of this Parliament - money that can then be reinvested in patient care."

Similarly, Dr Meirion Thomas also gave a nod to the proposals saying he believed the NHS was being exploited by so-called 'health tourists'.

He made it known while speaking with Sky News: "It is essential that people are forced to present their passports, and not just their passports but their utility bills too.

"The total cost of health tourism is £2bn a year. We just cannot afford this any longer. The healthcare system is in crisis. I have been saying this for a long time. This is long overdue."

On the other hand some of Dr Thomas' medical colleagues disagree. saying the NHS is already in crisis and rushing through these new regulations will place further strain on the system.

On their part, the British Medical Association said: "There is no detail as to how upfront charging will be introduced from scratch in just three months in an NHS already unable to cope with normal operations.

"We need to be careful not to demonise overseas patients or sow chaos and confusion within the NHS."

Some charities are worried vulnerable groups like asylum seekers will be driven away from seeking medical care in hospitals.

Adding her voice to express her displeasure to the proposal, Shyamantha Asokan, from Doctors Of The World, fears the new rules will penalise those most in need of care.

She stated that: "Immigration and health care are two completely separate things. As soon as someone is in this country and are ill they have the right to go to the hospital or go to the doctor.

"We run clinics in the UK that see people who are really vulnerable: asylum seekers, homeless people, victims of human trafficking who are already too scared to go to a hospital."

"So putting up more barriers is just going to make that worse. Not only is it inhumane but if people leave their problems until it is an emergency and they go to A&E that's actually more expensive for the NHS."

However, in a swift reaction, the Government has dismissed these fears, promising: "The NHS will not deny urgent and immediately necessary healthcare to those in need, regardless of payment.

"Exemptions from charging will also remain in place for the diagnosis and treatment of specified infectious diseases in order to protect the public. We have clear exemptions in place for vulnerable groups such as refugees and asylum seekers."

Meanwhile, one in six accident and emergency departments in England could be shut or downgraded in the coming years, according to a new analysis.

There are 24 A&Es on a list drawn up by researchers at the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

The report comes weeks after warnings that the health service was in the grip of a "humanitarian crisis", with some emergency departments facing such high demand they had to turn patients away.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Good news to all cancer patients as a 60-year-old man got healed from a clinical trial drug

Man healed of cancer with clinical trial drug

A 60-year-Bob Berry was diagnosed with cancer of the lung about three years ago, who was medically certified to have just 18 months to live finally got his health restored, after he was administered with a wonder trial medicine.

Mr Berry is said to be one of only twelve patients in the world who was given the wonder drug, but cannot be named at the moment because it is very new.

Sources revealed that it was the first time the drug, which works in combination with immunotherapy treatment, had been used in humans to fight cancer.

Bob’s consultant at The Christie, Dr Matthew Krebs, told Manchester Evening News: ‘Bob has had a phenomenal response to taking part in this clinical trial.

‘His most recent scans show that he’s had a complete response with no apparent trace of tumour in his body.
‘We will need to monitor Bob closely with regular scans to assess how durable this response will be.’

Bob added: At the end of the day, this clinical trial at The Christie has extended my life and I couldn’t be more grateful. Anyone who is offered a clinical trial should seriously consider it.’