Monday, October 16, 2017

Benefits of Cucumber

Cucumber is a fruit that is clearly high in water-content which makes it a hydrating healthy drink that should be included in everyday diet.

Asides from being a body-hydrating fruit there are many other benefits attached to this fruit, cucumber is an enriching natural drink having lots of benefits which are:

It Helps In Reducing Weight

If you are on a weight loss plan, taking cucumber water will help your body lose some calories off your weight. Understand that when you drink cucumber water you feel full and your body gets hydrated, that way you don’t experience hunger pangs as much as before.

It Supplies Body Antioxidant

Cucumber is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. These nutrients combat free radicals in the body thereby eliminating the risk for oxidative stress that causes cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and eye defects.

It Reduces Blood Preassure

Cucumber water contains potassium an electrolyte that assists in maintaining sodium levels in the kidney. Drinking cucumber water supplies your body with adequate amounts of potassium needed to lower your blood pressure.

Healthy skin

As cucumber water hydrates and detoxifies your body system, it helps you maintain a healthy complexion. This water-based fruit also contains rich amounts of pantothenic acid which is quite effective in treating acne.

Farming is The Best Option

Agricultural and Rural Development Secretary in the FCT, Mr Stanley Nzekwe, has persuade residents to participate actively in agricultural activities to ensure food security.

The Secretary said in a briefing on Sunday in Abuja as part of closing activities marking this year’s World Food Day.

According to the Secretary, constant activity engagement in agricultural activities will help to control the effect of food insufficiency.

The theme of 2017 World Food Day is “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.”

The secretary noted that the whole essence of life revolved around food and shelter.

He said “this year’s World Food Day was anchored around President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to the citizens of  Nigeria about self-sufficiency in food production and the call on us to feed ourselves.

“So, I am urging FCT residents and indeed the entire nation to know that whatever you do in life is geared toward feeding.

“Therefore, this year, in preparation for dry season farming, every man and every family must plant something.”

He appealed to residents to farm around their houses if they did not have farmlands.

He said, “let us have a system where we have the zeal to produce for ourselves and the commercial farmers can produce to feed themselves and take some to the market.”

He explained that the FCT had put tremendous effort toward food production by providing seedlings, pesticides and some implements.

He added that several areas had been mapped out for agriculture activities.

He pointed out that “over 5,000 hectares of land are under plantation with giant elephant grass, which can enhance cattle production and eliminate clash between herdsmen and farmers in FCT.

“There is also the value-added chain on ensuring that what we produce is not wasted by not effectively processing agricultural products.”

Nzekwe also said that Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrower’s Programme had given a real boost to agriculture productivity in FCT and nationwide.

“This is because the FCT has provided over 100 hectares of land for cluster farming across the six area councils.”

IPOB Instructs Pupils to Return to Class

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has given orders to parents and guardians in the affected South-East to send their children and wards back to class.

Some parents and guardians as at Wednesday had withdrawn their wards from schools following a rumour that a military medical outreach had been introduced on to the pupils in the area.

The wide spread rumour made some schools to close down, while others recorded  a low turnout.

It was revealed that IPOB had put high security measures in place for the safety of the children.

It is stated that IPOB would continue to monitor the situation in the affected area especially Anambra State, to ensure that nothing would come up to the school children.

“We, the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide under the command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to inform Biafrans across the length and breadth of Biafra land to return our children back to school from Monday, October 16, 2017.

“This directive is important because we have determined that for the time being, men of the Nigerian Army responsible for the murderous outrage of forcible vaccinations of our children have been withdrawn from our schools and banned from continuing with this criminal act.

“Right now, IPOB has ascertained that Nigerian soldiers have withdrawn the vaccination programme.

“Our early warning team is in place all over Anambra State and should anything untoward be spotted on Monday or Nigerian Army vehicles found anywhere near any school, IPOB would raise the alarm immediately to recall our children as was the case last week.

The group maintained that it was determined to ensure the safety and well-being of children in the area, adding that under no circumstance would IPOB allow them “to be poisoned with killer virus administered by those that want all Biafrans dead.”

 “At IPOB, our children are important to us; after all, we are sacrificing our lives on a daily basis in pursuit of Biafra that we may give them a future to be proud of.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Breast Cancer Linked to Bacterial Imbalances

Bacteria infections that live in the body, known as the microbiome, attract many diseases.

Most research has been done on the "gut" microbiome, or bacteria in the digestive tract.

Researchers suggested that a "microbiome" exists within breast tissue and plays a role in breast cancer but it has not yet been characterized. 

The research team has taken the first step toward understanding the composition of the bacteria in breast cancer by uncovering distinct microbial differences in healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

"To my knowledge, this is the first study to examine both breast tissue and distant sites of the body for bacterial differences in breast cancer," said co-senior author Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute and director of the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare. 

"Our hope is to find a biomarker that would help us diagnose breast cancer quickly and easily. 

In our wildest dreams, we hope we can use microbiomics right before breast cancer forms and then prevent cancer with probiotics or antibiotics."

Published online in Oncotarget on Oct. 5, 2017, the study examined the tissues of 78 patients who underwent mastectomy for invasive carcinoma or elective cosmetic breast surgery. 

In addition, they examined oral rinse and urine to determine the bacterial composition of these distant sites in the body.

In addition to the Methylobacterium finding, the team discovered that cancer patients' urine samples had increased levels of gram-positive bacteria, including Staphylococcus and Actinomyces. 

Further studies are needed to determine the role these organisms may play in breast cancer.

Co-senior author Stephen Grobymer, M.D., said, "If we can target specific pro-cancer bacteria, we may be able to make the environment less hospitable to cancer and enhance existing treatments. 

Larger studies are needed but this work is a solid first step in better understanding the significant role of bacterial imbalances in breast cancer." Dr. Grobmyer is section head of Surgical Oncology and director of Breast Services at Cleveland Clinic.

The study provides proof-of-principle evidence to support further research into the creation and utilization of loaded submicroscopic particles (nanoparticles), targeting these pro-cancer bacteria. 

Funded by a grant from the Center for Transformational Nanomedicine, Drs. Grobmyer and Eng are collaborating with investigators at Hebrew University to develop new treatments using nanotechnology to deliver antibiotics directly to the bacterial community in breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women (after skin cancer) in the United States, where 1 in 8 women will develop the disease in their lifetimes.
The study was funded by a Clinical Research Mentorship Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation, Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute,, and Randy and Ken Kendrick. Dr. Eng holds the Sondra J. and Stephen R. Hardis Endowed Chair of Cancer Genomic Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

High Dosage of Vitamin D May Increases Bone Density in Premature Babies

Physicians have been prescribing vitamin D in premature and preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) to prevent rickets, a disease that causes soft, weak bones in children and is often associated with vitamin D deficiency.
In spite of this, a sizeable number of infants still develop rickets, said Ann Anderson Berry, M.D., associate professor in the division of newborn medicine and medical director of the NICU at Nebraska Medicine, UNMC's clinical partner.

She said current recommendations of vitamin D supplementation for preterm infants span a wide range of doses, even among major medical groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine, and the Endocrine Society. And response to vitamin D supplementation and impact on outcomes in preterm infants is not well understood, she said.
The study provided more evidence in regards to bone health and ideal supplementation. The objective was to evaluate changes in vitamin D in the blood over four weeks in two groups of premature infants born between 24 to 32 weeks gestation. Researchers studied 32 infants at doses of 400 or 800 IU/day of vitamin D.
Researchers saw an improvement in bone density and vitamin D levels in the blood at four weeks. They also saw improvement in growth that significantly decreased the risk of infants having very low bone density.
"We are hopeful that neonatologists will consider giving pre-term infants 800 IUs," Dr. Anderson Berry said. "We know that even with standard vitamin D dosing, we were still seeing a fair number of pre- term infants who suffered from impaired bone health. This is another form of NICU therapy that can help decrease that risk."
She said the study is one of the first to look at higher dosing of vitamin D in premature infants. Information will be incorporated as a recommended practice for health professionals.

New Strategized Method Could Help Fight HIV

White blood cells known as T cells play an important role in the immune system's of every human, it response to HIV infection, especially if a patient stops taking anti retroviral medications that normally keep the disease under control.

Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

Breast cancer is a disease leading the cause of early death among women globally, and routine screenings remain mostly reliable to detect the disease early, breast cancer expert says.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Every Man Should Be Aware Of His Prostate Cancer Status

It is no more news that a man dies from prostate cancer hourly.

According to medical personnels all men should be  aware of the fact that over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer yearly i.e approximately over 100 men are diagnosed daily.

Estimation shows that by 2030, prostate cancer will be one of the most dangerous common cancer in the world. One in eight men will be afflicted with prostate cancer.

In Asia, the incidence of this type of cancer is relatively low.

Diet is a major factor that cannot be sidelined out as African American food closely mimics many Nigerian diets of pork, beans and greens cooked with plenty of oil and fat. It is therefore, a Black man’s disease that Nigerian men should be concerned about.

The prostate gland is a round-sized organ located under the bladder, surrounding the urinary tract of men. It secretes a fluid that forms part of the seminal fluid, which is part of the semen produced at ejaculation after intercourse.

Prostate cancer is believed to be a disease of the aged. So as men aged, they should monitor the following symptoms and if noticed consult your professional doctor.

1. Slow urination

This symptom should be noted especially when the last few drops do not expel easily. Allow the doctor examine you if you notice any change in urination.

2. Frequent urination

This is another symptom of prostate cancer. Other symptoms include:

Nocturia, which is passing urine in the night.

Difficulty in urineating which is termed Hesitancy.

Reduced force of urination.

Reduced projectile pressure of urine (ejaculatory pressure).

Blood in the urine.

Causes Of Enlargement of Prostate Cancer

Aging, stress, chemical toxins that may be from the use of chemical products like dye, polluted water, and contaminated food, especially with heavy metals; genetics and infection have been identified as some of the factors that can lead to the enlargement of the prostate gland. With aging, there are hormonal changes associated with getting older, such as decreased production of the male testosterone, prolactin ad stress- related hormone will increase with age.

High prolactin level in the blood will lead to an increase in the uptake of testosterone in the prostate gland, which will result in the production of another male hormone called Di-Hydro-testoterone.

High levels of DHT in the prostate gland will enlarge the prostate. A stressful lifestyle also does not help the prostate. This will usually cause an increase in the level of circulating prolactin hormone.

The net result is elevated DHT and subsequent prostate enlargement. Prostate cancer is highly related to genetic factors, if one of the families has had prostate cancer, it is highly likely that other male members of the family will get it.

Frequent exposure to pesticides used on food crops and those used in our homes can expose men to cancer.

We also eat crops which contain pesticide that contain the chemical polychlorinated hydrocarbon, which accumulates in organs like the adrenals, the liver and the prostate and then, become diseased.

Cancerous toxins also exist in some food products, such as fruits and vegetables, large fish and stock fish from polluted fish farms.

Apart from narrowing the urethral passage and reducing sperm count, frequent sexually transmitted diseases from sexually active men may lead to prostate enlargement or cancer.

Eating a diet full of saturated fats and red meat is said to be bad for the prostate.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are not exempted.

Tobacco contains cadmium, which is a heavy metal that increases the activities of 5-alpha reductase enzyme. The enzyme converts testosterone to the active form called DHT, which is responsible for the abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland.

Alcohol increases the level of the prolactin hormone. This will increase the level of testosterone intake by the prostate gland, which eventually leads to its enlargement.

How to prevent prostate problems

Early diagnosis by rectal examination at the doctor’s clinic can be very helpful in detecting prostate enlargement. More recently, a very sensitive test has been put in place for early detection of prostate enlargement by checking the level of a substance called Prostate Specific Antigen, which can give an indication of an overactive prostate.

High PSA levels might give a clue to likely prostate problems. It is recommended that one should have a medical examination annually to rule out prostate enlargement.

Men are advised to take multivitamins that contain extra zinc along with Vitamins C, D and E, which are rich in antioxidants. Zinc is good for the prostrate because it is required in the normal functioning of the gland. Prostate secretion contains a high quantity of zinc.

Zinc removes the toxin cadmium and also inhibits the secretion of 5-alpha reductase, which is a toxin. A clinical trial dose of 150mg of zinc daily for two months and subsequent 50-150mg per day has recorded a 74 per cent success in treating abnormal enlargement of the prostate.

Prostate cancer patients have low levels of Lycopene. Lycopene is one of the major carotenoids present in light yellow or deep red fruits and aid the absorption of Vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene is found in fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces and pastes as well as in watermelon.

There is a growing amount of data supporting the claim that a diet rich in lycopene may help to prevent various chronic diseases, including cancers of the lungs and prostrate. Other non-prescription alternatives for benign prostrate enlargements are the mineral saw palmetto, a handful of pumpkin seeds chewed once a week, drinking plenty of water and eating a diet high in fibre.

As men grow older, they can actively take care of their health and safeguard against prostate cancer by eating a diet high in fibre. Fibre binds to testosterone and eliminates it from the system.

They can also reduce the cholesterol in their diets by reducing saturated fatty acid found in palm oil and groundnut. Instead, men should increase their consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids from such sources as cod liver oil, geisha, mackerel and when available, salmon.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Climber Kills Himself a Day After Girlfriend Dies

A skilled mountain climber killed himself on Sunday, just one day after his girlfriend died in an avalanche in Montana came crashing down as the pair skied together.

Hayden Kennedy, of Colorado, was found dead Sunday at a residence in Bozeman, Montana.

His death came one day after his girlfriend, 23-year-old Inge Perkins, was killed when the pair triggered an avalanche while skiing on Imp Peak.

Kennedy was also buried in the avalanche but managed to pull himself free, CBS News reported.

Kennedy never called 911 to report the slide, and instead left a note with “incredibly clear directions for where to find her,” Doug Chabot, of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, told Outside Magazine.

"Hayden survived the avalanche but not the unbearable loss of his partner in life," his parents wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The 27 year old's death comes just two weeks after he wrote a blogpost about his devastation at the multiple deaths of friends who were fellow climbers.

"Over the last few years, however, as I’ve watched too many friends go to the mountains only to never return, I've realized something painful," Kennedy wrote in the "Evening Sends" blog. "It's not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too.

"This is the painful reality of our sport, and I'm unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse," he continued.

Kennedy went on to talk about how he’d climbed a “big-wall route in Mexico,” with two friends who have since died.

“There’s no easy way to say this, but half that team is now dead,” Kennedy wrote. “Justin [Griffin] died in Nepal in 2015.

And Kyle [Dempster], along with his partner, Scott Adamson, vanished while climbing on a remote peak in north Pakistan a year later.

I think about Kyle and Justin all the time. Their absence from this world is felt by so many who are left in a wake of confusion, anger, and frustration.”

Kennedy, who was named the “best young climber on the planet” by Elevation Outdoors in 2014, had recently moved to Bozeman to get his EMT certification while his girlfriend studied at Montana State University.

The climber was well-known for climbing the Southeast Ridge in Patagonia’s Cerro Torre in 2012 and removing many of the bolts placed there more than four decades earlier by Italian climber Cesare Maestri, the Associated Press reported.

Kennedy, who began climbing in his early teens, and his climbing partner were later arrested, according to reports.

Kennedy’s father, Michael Kennedy, was also an accomplished mountain climber.

“He chose to end his life,” Michael Kennedy wrote on Facebook after his son’s death. “Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision.”


22-year-old Woman Shot Dead By Police Officer

A 22-year-old woman who was shot and killed by police after crashing into an officer with her car was an aspiring lawyer, her relatives have said.

Cariann Hithon had been celebrating her birthday when she crashed her black BMW into three vehicles in Miami.

As a crowd gathered around her car, Ms Hithon sped forwards, knocking one Florida police officer to the ground before another quickly fired three shots at her.
Her car then swerved across the road and crashed.

Ms Hithon was taken to a nearby hospital where she died of her wounds.

The police officer she hit, David Cajuso, has been released from hospital and is recovering at home, the Miami Beach police department said.

According to the Miami Herald, investigators believe Ms Hithon and her friend, who got out of the car before she accelerated, had been drinking heavily.

In social media footage of the shooting, one bystander can be heard saying the driver was "drunk as sh**."

Cary Hithon said his daughter's actions were "out of character."

He told CBS Miami the aspiring lawyer "wanted to make a difference in the lives of people who weren't as fortunate as her."

She had recently transferred from Hampton University in Virginia to Temple University in Philadelphia and was expected to graduate with a degree in political sciences.

Prosecutors have opened an inquiry into whether police acted lawfully in shooting and killing Ms Hithon.

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