Kenya’s leadership crisis…

Kenya’s leadership crisis…

Kenya’s leadership crisis…

In 2007, Kenya defied its standing definition of a free and democratic state when communities rose against each other in the worst civil warfare in Kenyan history. Hundreds were murdered and thousands displaced from their homes and left landless. On February 28th this year, Kenya was celebrating two years since the signing of a peace deal brokered by former Secretary General to the UN, Koffi Annan after the Post poll chaos that rocked the country: a deal that saw the marriage of two rivaling parties working under one government. Since its birth, the grand coalition has been hit by massive tidal waves ranging from massive corruption, betrayal in allegiances to competition for power and might, all of which have constantly threatened to submerge it. I dare assert that the solution to our crisis lies not in the wisdom of a mediator who facilitated the signing of an accord, neither does it lie on the pressure mounted on our administration by foreign governments but rather on our leaders recognizing the “authority and power of one who was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.”

I put it forth my position with great conviction and without the fear of contradiction that if the problem was with the leaders, then the solution will be based on the same leaders. But it’s not final with them. They have to recognize the power of the Most High. The leaders who acted as a dividing agent are the same leaders, in partnership with the church, under whose guidance this nation will stand up and move to be better than before.

To expound on this, I will use two classic examples:

First, there was Fiji. The documentary Let the sea resound, shows how it was transformed through fellowship and prayer from a place dominated by evil spirits, constant war and disease into a united and loving territory that fears and honors God led by the former president Josefa Iloilo.  It was moving to watch a president wake up early every morning to pray for wisdom before electing government leaders. It such a humbling act for a president to sacrifice his sleep and stand in the gap for the sake of his nation. Picture our president doing the same for our nation. Wouldn’t it be a great honor?

Then there is Pierre Nkurunzinza, current president of Burundi. A former rebel who took part in a massacre of civilians in his own country. He turned to God and became a hero in his country and a model of a mature Christian Servant Leader in the region. He transformed his country from a physical war zone to a spiritual prayer ground. He hosts a worship service every Sunday evening to pray and give thanks to God. When taking up office as the President, he committed himself to prayer every beginning of the week together with the speaker of parliament and other cabinet ministers.

See, our leaders only need passion and commitment like Josefa and purpose like Pierre to take our nation to greater heights. Only God can save us and our country from the mouth of the lion just like He did to Daniel in the lion’s den. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call upon my name and I shall show you great and mighty things that thou knowest not.” Our leaders can help write a new history of our country.

Water and Sanitation

WATER AND SANITATION

WATER AND SANITATION

Water and Sanitation

Water-related diseases cause a significant strain on Human health In Kenya and World At large. Most of the diseases occur due to unavailability of clean water either for drinking, cooking or cleaning food substances. Others occur as a result of poor sanitation and personal hygiene. Water-related diseases are largely preventable and affect a significant population in the world apart from being preventable in nature. These exert a toll on the Economy significantly affecting health services provision. The problem is more common in the developing World. Cholera outbreaks have been resulted in millions of deaths every year.

Water-related infectious Diseases can be classified into five main sub-types:

  • Water-borne
  • Water-washed
  • Water-based
  • Water-related insect vector
  • Diseases caused by Poor Sanitation

WATERBORNE DISEASES

Waterborne diseases are acquired when people drink contaminated water or eat food that has been prepared with contaminated water. This forms the bulk of all water-related diseases. The diseases are normally transmitted fecal-orally, acquired when human wastes find their way in water bodies or supplies.

They include:

  • Cholera
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Girdiasis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Amoebiasis
  • Hepatitis
  • Other gastroenteritis causing bacterial infections

Cholera is the most common and deadliest occurring in epidemics in developing world. It’s a bacteria infection caused by Vibrio cholerae bacteria. It causes severe diarrhea leading to dehydration and subsequent mass deaths.

WATER WASHED DISEASES

Water-washed diseases occur as a result of poor personal hygiene resulting from inadequate water availability. Improve water supply and enhanced personal hygiene comes hardy in prevention of these ailments.

THE INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE

THE INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE

THE INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE

We live in a world that is ever changing. Today, everything seems certain and peaceful and then tomorrow throws a spanner at the smooth machinery and our lives turn upside. Many times, we get all confused at this prospect of change that our solid grounds become quick sand and we lose ourselves.

We forget to ride on the wave of change and look for what is right at that particular moment and in that situation. We then fall into misery and wallow in pain and despair forgetting the words that were written by Solomon, the philosopher in biblical times; ”there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven”.

Seasons come and go. One body cell degenerate and regenerate until it reaches equilibrium, then we start growing old and eventually we die. Life is a series of beginnings and endings. Simple happenings like the passage of time and the changing weather patterns make us realize just how much of an illusion life is, that is, that nothing in this world is permanent, that everything always passes, eventually anyway, no matter how hard it may be to comprehend at the time. Persons pass, ideas pass, things pass, some quickly, others slowly.

Change is the wheel of life. Some change seen good, others bad. And as the saying goes, the only thing that is constant in our lives is change. With change, we are able to grow in many ways, so why do people oppose change so much? It is because we want to stick to our comfortable zones. We love routine, and comfortable routine at that. We forget that everything could happen at anytime. Our comfortable homes can be taken away, can be destroyed, our raging beauty can be snapped, just like that. Our loved ones can leave us, by dying or even by abandoning us. A major illness can leave you minus a body part, even more life changing.

Transitions are times of crossing or traveling from something old and familiar to something new and unfamiliar. Most transitions are small and go by almost unnoticed. Some, however, involve major disruptions in routines and force us to re- examine our values and lifestyle. We are fraught with worry when faced with the prospects of a new position, a new partner, a new home. We find it hard to let go of the past, we feel vulnerable. But we soon realize that change is part and parcel of life and that all of it is synchronized.

The best you can do in your journey through life is to look forward to the good times, at the same time hoping you shall be prepared, resilient enough to survive the tough times that are sure to come, hoping that you can find an oasis that will help sustain you as you pass through the desert. Go therefore, ahead and embrace the transitions that come your way. You never know what is awaiting you on the other side of the fence. See the opportunity in change and grab of it. It might seem scary but the results are ultimately refreshing.

Old age Diet

Old age Diet

Old age Diet

Want to know what to eat in old age? Here are some tips for a healthy Old age Diet!

  • Eat fresh fruit vegetables at every meal
  • Eat small quantity of nuts everyday because it contains protein which help to repair and restore your organisms
  • Bread, potatoes, rice or pasta in every meal aims at representing our body’s preferred source of energy
  • Include calcium rich foods such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and green leaved vegetables in your daily diet
  • Drink plenty of fluids everyday, one to two litres outside of meals. Water is the best drink although you may include some juices, skimmed milk or herbal tea
  • keep to regular meal times
  • Eat brown bread, wild rice, whole meal is recommended if you suffer from constipation due to lack of roughage in your diet
  • Your diet should have enough iron from spinach, cabbage, lentils, beans and eggs in moderation
  • Enough of vitamin D which is found in eggs and dairy product. Sunlight on the skin stimulates the production of vitamin D
  • Eat in moderation so as not to overload your digestive system
  • Avoid high calorie foods such as cakes, biscuits or sweets which do not provide other essential nutrients
  • Make meals a pleasant occasion and have a partner at meal times or if you live alone, occasionally meet up with a friend for a meal

Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

To the digestive System

  • The fish Oils in the form of concentrated supplements may cause Diarrhea in some people.
  • The oils in the form of concentrated supplements may cause temporary Gastrointestinal
    discomfort in some people.

To metabolism

  • The fish Oils may increase LDL Cholesterol ( bad cholesterol) levels after consumption of 12
    grams of Fish Oils per day. This causes an average increase in LDL Cholesterol levels of 8.5%.
    This increase can be negated by consuming garlic concurrently with the oils
    This is presently believed to be the only detrimental effect of Fish Oils and is not a reason to avoid
    consumption of Fish Oils as Fish Oils possess numerous other health benefits.

Fish Oils may Interfere with these Substances

  • The oils when taken regularly may cause the depletion of vitamin E. It is therefore advisable to
    consume additional vitamin E to counteract this depletion

Contamination of Fish Oils

There have been concerns raised that the fish oils do contain contaminated substances such as mercury
and organochlorines. The most contaminated fish include king mackerel, swordfish, shark and tilefish.
Studies have shown that the oils generally do not contain these contaminants as feared.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
concentrations of methylmercury (MeHg) in various species of fish cover a wide range, from less than
0.01 parts per meter (ppm) to over 3.0 ppm fresh weight, depending on factors such as pH, the
redox potential of the water, and the species, age and size of the fish. Human hair analysis for mercury
is a useful biomarker for determining long-term exposure to mercury from fish and non-fish food

Studies

In a study done by Foran, and his colleagues (The measurement of mercury levels in concentrated
over-the-counter fish oil preparations: is fish oil healthier than fish?) They found out that the levels of
mercury in the 5 different brands of fish oil ranged from nondetectable (<6 microg/L) to negligible (10-
12 microg/L). They also concluded that the mercury content of fish oil was that same as that found in
human blood. It was discussed that fish such as swordfish and shark are also a source of exposure to
the heavy metal toxin, mercury. The fish oil brands examined in this manuscript have negligible
amounts of mercury and may provide a safer alternative to fish consumption.

References: Arch Pathol Lab Med. 127(12):1603-1605, 2003.
Division of Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital and
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, USA.

Other studies were done by Melanson and colleagues
Ref: Arch Pathol Lab Med. 129(1):74-77, 2005.
Clinical Laboratories Division, Department of Pathology, Brigham and W omen’s Hospital and
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Dessert Cocktail

Cookies 'n' Cream Dessert Cocktail

Cookies 'n' Cream Dessert Cocktail

Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 12 (about 130 g) Oreo biscuits
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cup) pouring cream
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) Frangelico liqueur
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) Kahlua liqueur
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cup) pouring cream, extra

Method

  1. Place the biscuits in a bowl. Use the end of a rolling pin to gently pound until coarsely crushed.
  2. Use an electric beater to whisk the cream in a large bowl until firm peaks form.
  3. Place the Frangelico, Kahlua, Baileys, honey, ice cubes, extra cream and half the biscuit in the jug of a blender, and blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture among serving glasses. Top with a dollop of cream and sprinkle with the remaining biscuit to serve.

Nutrition

Energy
3246 kJ
Fat saturated
34.00 g
Fat Total
53.00 g
Carbohydrate sugars
41.00 g
Carbohydrate Total
50.00 g
Dietary Fibre
Protein
5.00 g
Cholesterol
134.00 mg
Sodium
142.60 mg

All nutrition values are per serve.

The power of faith

The power of faith

The power of faith

According to the bible, faith is a substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is the basis of many impossible things that we see happening around us.

Let’s look at two people from the Bible who did the impossible. But they did it anyway, because of God’s involvement.

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Sarah had a child when she was 91 years old. Physically, it was impossible. She had long since lost the ability to bear children.

But she did what she could not do.

Sarah achieved this impossibility because of God’s promise, and because she believed God would keep His promise.

When Samson came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him. Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.

He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.

Samson killed 1000 of the Lord’s enemies with a bone.

He did what he could not do.

No human being is capable of single-handedly killing 1000 people at one time, with no weapon but a bone. No matter how strong or skilled any man may be, he could easily be overcome by such superior numbers.

But with God’s anointing and help — the situation is different.

With God helping you: you have God’s ability to do God’s will.

You can do whatever God’s Word says you should do.

Your sufficiency is of God.

Whatever God wants you to do — He will help you. God does not play favorites. Just as He helped Samson and Sarah to do what they could not do — He will help you to do His will — even if «it is impossible.»

The Future Begins Today

One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

Today Is the first day of the rest of your life. And it will be what you and God make it.

Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can begin again. With God you really can have a fresh start.

God can forgive your past — and help you to forgive yourself.

But most importantly, God can change you. He can make you into the kind of person you know you should be.

Your life can be different. But don’t think it will be different if you continue to do things exactly the same as you always have.

For your life to change — you must MAKE changes.

If you want real change — God’s Word is the key. You must immerse yourself in the Word. What you feed in determines the output of your life.

«And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace–his message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

God’s Word will build you up. Jesus said it would make you free
— if you continue in

The Bible is God’s answer to man’s problems. It gives life and hope and instruction so we can walk in victory.

Prayer is also vital. Prayer is communication with God. All relationships require communication to keep from growing cold.

So, actively involve God in your life. Consult with Him on every decision. God is the best helper you will ever have.

The future can be better. The choice is yours. If you invite and involve God in your future — it will be bright!

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer

Catch that cancer before it catches you

Your 50 year-old auntie has been complaining of severe back pain for 2 months, she is also having difficulty holding her urine on and off. With your busy schedule you have done your best to take her to a clinic in your neighbourhood. She is being treated for lower back pain but the symptoms disappear for a few days and come back in full force. Finally she develops vaginal bleeding and you dedicate a whole day off work to take her to the gynecologist, where she is diagnosed with an advanced cervical cancer. The doctor mentions that the chances of survival are bleak.

Sadly this typical story could happen to any of your female relatives. It could be your sister, your mother, your grandmother or any friend within the child-bearing age. Of course cancer can be a scary ordeal for the patient and family members dealing with the disease. But the purpose of this article is to provide you with guidance and the HOPE that this disease is perfectly preventable. This is especially true if check-ups for cervical cancer are made routine within your medical care.

What does statistics show?

There has been a good deal of media and public health attention on breast cancer and screening programs for it. This is a good thing and should not be faulted. However, World Health Organization (WHO) statistics show that of the cancers affecting Ugandan women Cervical Cancer is the number one culprit, followed by Kaposi’s Sarcoma (an HIV/ AIDS related cancer) with Breast Cancer coming third in total cancer cases within Uganda.

  • In Uganda, Cervical Cancer is the leading cause of female cancer deaths
  • It accounts for 45 – 50% bed occupancy in Mulago hospital
  • Gynecological wards
  • The average woman diagnosed is 47years old

How does Cervical Cancer develop?

Cervical cancer is caused by a group of viruses called Human Papilloma Virus. These viruses are present in some men. Once sexual activity begins, there is exposure to Human Papilloma Virus from the woman’s partner. The lining of the cervix begins to change and grow. When this growth becomes excessive, it becomes what doctors call cancer. Furthermore women who are HIV positive, have a weakened immune system so being infected by HPV means that cervical cancer develops faster in their bodies.

Simple ways to identify Cervical Cancer

  • Vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Extra bleeding between monthly periods
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Persistent lower abdominal pain and backache
  • Difficulty holding urine or stool (incontinence)

Importance of Cervical Cancer screening

  • 3 years after a woman’s first vaginal intercourse encounter she should have a Pap test or Pap smear done by a trained medical professional
  • If the Pap smear is abnormal your doctor will recommend further testing such as an exam under anesthesia to fully visualize the cervix and to obtain cells for viewing under a microscope
  • If the test is normal the doctor or mid-wife will advise you on when next to make a return appointment based on your individual age and risk factors

Chest Radiography (Chest X-Ray, CXR)

Chest Radiography (Chest X-Ray, CXR)

Chest Radiography (Chest X-Ray, CXR)

Why its done

Chest x-ray is used to diagnose cancer, tuberculosis (MTB) and other lung diseases, and disorders of the mediastinum and bony thorax. The chest x-ray provides a record of the sequential progress or development of a disease. It can also be use to give valuable information about the condition of the heart, lungs, GI tract, and thyroid gland

How to prepare

No special preparation is required. However, the patient will be informed of the purpose and procedure process for the test. There there should be no discomfort. Pregnancy should be screened or at least inform of the last menstrual period.

Risks

The is an increased risk of fetal teratogenicity. The ould be a vasovagal response (hypotension, bradycardia) when instructed on breath-holding.

Results

There should be a normal appearing and normally positioned chest, bony thorax (all bones present, aligned, symmetrical, and normally shaped), soft tissues, mediastinum, lungs, pleura, heart, and aortic arch.

How its done

The patient is positioned sitting or standing upright in front of the x-ray machine, with arms held slightly out from the sides, chest expanded, and shoulders pressed forward. The x-ray film is placed against the anterior chest. For lateral views, the patientwill stand with arms raised from the shoulders. The film is placed against the right or left side of the chest. The patient is asked to hold very still and takes in a deep breath and hold as radiographs are taken. For portable x-rays, the patient is positioned sitting in a high-Fowler’s position, and the portable x-ray machine is moved into place in front of the chest for the radiographic exposure onto the plate positioned behind the back and chest.

Interpretation

The chest x-rays do provide records of progress or development of a disease. X-rays must be done after the insertion of chest tubes or subclavian catheters to determine their anatomic position as well as to detect possible pneumothorax related to the insertion procedure. A postbronchoscopy chest x-ray is done to ensure there is no pneumothorax following a biopsy. In addition, the position of other devices such as nasogastric or enteric feeding tubes can be determined and adjusted if necessary. Abnormal chest x-ray results indicate the following lung conditions: Presence of foreign bodies, aplasia, atelectasis, coccidioidomycosis, hypoplasia, lung or liver cysts, pneumonia( bronchopneumonia, lobar, aspiration, or viral ), brucellosis, abscess ( lung or liver), middle lobe syndrome, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, pulmonary tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and pneumoconiosis (eg, asbestosis).
Westermark’s sign (indicates decreased lung vascularity, sometimes thought to suggest pulmonary embolus)
Abnormal conditions of the bony thorax include the following: Hemivertebrae, Bone destruction or degeneration, Heart enlargement, kyphosis, Osteoarthritis, Osteomyelitis, Scoliosis, and Trauma.

Factors affecting results

  1. Misinterpretation of a chest x-ray is possible because of tumor, post-operative changes, massive pulmonary emboli, false ventricular aneurysm and esophageal varices. Knowledge of the patient’s history is importanten.
  2. Clothing, jewelry, and metal objects cause shadows on the film.
  3. Movement during the procedure obscures the clarity of the picture.
  4. Poor patient positioning makes x-rays difficult to interpret.
  5. Overexposure or underexposure results in inadequate visualization.
  6. The experience of the radiologist in interpreting the films affects the accuracy and outcome of the findings.

Female Condom

Female Condom

Female Condom

What is it?

  • A female condom is a soft, loose fitting polyurethane pouch. It is larger and looser than the male condom with a closed end that fits over the cervix, inside the vagina.
  • It is approximately 3 inches in diameter and 6 to 7 inches long and looks a bit like a miniature wind sock.
  • There is an open end that is made to hang slightly outside and helps to protect the lips of the vagina. The female condom has two flexible rings; the smaller ring that fits on the cervix and the larger ring that hangs outside the vagina and covers the lips (vulva).
  • The condom is lubricated form the inside.
  • It is stronger than latex and has less pores and tears less easily than the latex condom
  • Like the male condom, it is meant for one-time use.
  • You do not need a prescription to buy the female condom and anyone can purchase it from the drug stores.

How do I use it?

  • Browse the instructions that include it before using it thoroughly
  • The shut eliminate of the feminine condom is made to match over the cervix, and the open up eliminate ring addresses the lips of the vagina. To place the feminine condom, pinch small ring at the shut eliminate of the condom in the middle of your thumb and middle finger.
  • You may put in a drop or two of extra lubricant to the exterior of the shut eliminate of the condom to create it simpler to insert but understand that too very much lubricant can make it hard to understand the ring firmly.
  • Put the condom in so far as it shall go. Make sure it generally does not twist and that the external ring is hanging beyond your vagina. It could be inserted up to 8 hours before having sex anytime.
  • If you are unfamiliar with your vaginal anatomy, take a look before you try inserting the condom. To do this, you may use your middle finger to find your cervix at the upper end. The cervix feels somewhat like the end of your nose, and it is about 3 inches from the vagina’s opening.
  • Do find a comfortable position such as sitting on the edge of a chair with your knees apart, or sit on the toilet, or lie on your back.
  • Using your finger spread the lubricant evenly on the inside of the long pouch, from bottom to top. The lubricant is designed to make the inside of the condom feel similar to the normally lubricated vagina. You may even place a drop of lubricant either on the end of the male organ or at the starting of the condom. It could produce using the condom convenient also. The manufactures provide a little bottle of lubricant with the container of condoms.
  • When the person is inserting, if the penis will not slide in and out during make use of easily, you can add even more lubricant from the excess supply in the bundle. It really is good to steer the penis inside together with your hands also
  • Usually do not use both the feminine and male condoms simultaneously.
  • After the guy has ejaculated, stick to your back to remove the condom. You may do that by squeezing and twisting the outer ring. Carrying out this prevents the semen from leaking.
  • Grab the condom out and wrap it in a paper gently.
  • Discard it in the trash may.
  • Usually do not flush condoms down the toilet.
  • Don’t utilize the same feminine condom more often than once.

What are the benefits of female condoms?

  • The polyurethane material creating the sheath of the feminine condom better compared to the latex and will not allow penetration of the sperm, bacteria and viruses
  • The outer and internal ring prevents contact between your male organ and the vagina
  • Female condoms give females more control over safeguarding themselves from pregnancy, STIs, warts, herpes and HIV. By having it inserted independently, they do not need to convince somebody who could be unwilling to use a condom
  • It is certainly an alternative for individuals who are allergic to latex
  • It is less inclined to tear just like the male latex condom
  • You only utilize them when you need them.
  • Some women found that the ring part of the condom that lies outside the body tended to stimulate the clitoris, adding to their pleasure
  • You can put the female condom in place up to 8 hours before intercourse
  • You do not need a spermicide for extra safety.
  • It is stronger than latex and has less pores and tears less easily than the latex condom
  • It is easier for a woman to empower herself by using the female condom than trying to convince the males to wear a condom
  • It is not affected by some oil based products such as Vaseline
  • When it was tested in actual use, about 30% of the men said they preferred the female condom over the male condom because it was roomier and that it felt more natural to them because the penis could move freely in and out.

What are the disadvantages of female condoms?

  • Some women and men find it uncomfortable to use
  • It costs a lot more than the male condom
  • Some people find the appearance of the female condom unappealing or awkward, especially when using for the first time.
  • If lovemaking is usually lengthy, the lubrication may get used up and the polyurethane will become somewhat dry. Some condoms come with extra lubrication just incase
  • If not well guided by the lady, the penis goes in next to the condom instead of inside the condom.
  • The typical use failure rates are 12-22% for female condom
  • Some women find them hard to put in.
  • Some women statement that the condom could be noisy at period. That is when the lubricant inside isn’t spread around the external expire or if it’s not enough evenly

Who qualifies to really have the TCu380A IUD?

Who qualifies to really have the TCu380A IUD?

Who qualifies to really have the TCu380A IUD?

Read Intrauterine devices (IUD) first.

  • Lactating ladies or after delivery however, not after 4 weeks
  • Ladies with liver disease, hepatitis or using medicines that affect the liver
  • Women with breast tumor, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, background of ischemic cardiovascular disease, stroke or multiple risk elements for cardiovascular disease.
  • Ladies with current deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism.
  • Women who’ve had major medical procedures or trauma
  • Women with migraines with or without focal neurological symptoms.

Who qualifies for LNG-IUS?

  • Women with severe menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
  • Women with painful menses ( dysmenorrhoea)
  • Women with endometriosis.
  • Women with bleeding disorders or on anticoagulation treatment with heparin or warfarin
  • Women with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, or iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Breastfeeding women after 4-6 weeks post delivery

Read moreWho qualifies to really have the TCu380A IUD?

Staging bladder cancer using the TNM system

Staging bladder cancer using the TNM system

Staging bladder cancer using the TNM system

Read Bladder Cancer First.

  • T0 ; No tumor in specimen collected
  • Tis ; Carcinoma in situ ( CIS)
  • Ta: Noninvasive papillary carcinoma
  • T1: Tumor invades lamina propria
  • T2: Tumor invades muscle
  1. T2a: Invades superficial muscularis propria
  2. T2b: Invades deep muscularis propria
  • T3: Tumor invades perivesical tissue
  1. T3a: Microscopic perivesical fat invasion
  2. T3b: Macroscopic perivesical fat invasion (extravesical mass)
  • T4
  1. T4a: Invades adjacent organs (uterus, ovaries, prostate stoma)
  2. T4b: Invades pelvic wall, abdominal wall

Invasive of nodal status:

  • N0 No nodal involvement
  • N1-3 Pelvic nodes
  • N4 Nodes above bifurcation
  • Nx Unknown

Invasive of metastatic status:

  • M0 No distant metastases
  • M1 Distant metastases
  • Mx Unknown

Symptoms of bladder cancer

There is painless urination with bleeding( hematuria)

  • Persistent blood in urine
  • Frequency of passing urine
  • Some patients will experience pain on passing urine ( dysuria)
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Abdominal mass and swelling
  • Lymphedema
  • In severe cases, kidney failure as the cancer spreads to affect the kidneys
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Metastatic spread to other sites such as the bones will cases pain at the affected regions

Diagnosing bladder cancer

The healthcare provider will perform a thorough medical history and examination in trying to find out how it started. You will be asked about the pain on passing urine, any change in color of urine, any frequency of passing urine and changes to it among others.

The healthcare provider will request for urine tests to rule out any infections such as TB, schistosoma cysts, and blood in urine

The definitive test for diagnosing bladder cancer is the Cystoscopy test. Most urologists will perform these diagnostic cystoscopies in an outpatient setting using a 16F flexible cystoscope and local Intraurethral lidocaine for topical anesthesia.

If a bladder neoplasm is detected, an outpatient transurethral resection (TUR) or biopsy is done with anesthesia.

Radiological tests such as intravenous pyelogram (IVP), retrograde pyelogram, or computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) urogram are used to identify additional tumors and obstruction of the upper urinary tract due to bladder cancer

Other tests done include the complete blood counts, blood indices, Fibrin Degradation Products (FDP) and bladder cancer tumor markers.

Treating Bladder cancer

There are several modes used in treating bladder cancer including, the use of drugs, radiotherapy or both. Most bladder cancers recur in the bladder, but can be managed with a combination of transurethral resection (TUR) and intravesical medications or immunotherapy. Here are some guidelines

  • Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is the most effective agent for treating high-grade superficial lesions. The use of this vaccine leads to reduction in progression rates and increases survival
  • Radical cystectomy (removal of bladder) with diversion of urine bypassing the normal route is the most effective means to eliminate bladder cancer. Types of diversion include; orthotopic diversion with a neobladder.
  • Radiation therapy in combination with TUR and a drug such as cisplatin, has been shown to be effective in preserving the bladder
  • The use of medications using urinary catheters such as methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin, has shown high levels of toxicity with poor results.
  • New drugs such as paclitaxel and gemcitabine are active, and combinations of these agents with platinum-based compounds have better results with less toxicity.

Why cystectomy (bladder resection) is done

  • When there is a cancer within a bladder diverticulum
  • In cases of primary, and muscle-invasive or high-grade tumors that allow complete excision with adequate surgical margins
  • Patients in whom there is an inability to adequately remove tumor by TUR alone because of size or location
  • When there is a tumor overlying a ureteral opening that may require ureteral reimplantation
  • Patient refuses to have urinary diversion
  • In poor-risk patients where diversion is not possible

Epidemiology of breast cancer

Epidemiology of breast cancer

Epidemiology of breast cancer

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  • It is estimated that, worldwide, more than 1 million new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed yearly.
  • The incidence and death rates for breast cancer differ between races but the rates are more common in the Western nations and lowest among the developing world.
  • About 1% of breast cancers is found in males and 90% are estrogen receptor (ER)-positive
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age
  • The genetically defined group of women with BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 identified to carry lifetime risk of as high as 80%. Women who carry a germ line mutation in BRCA1 genes have a cumulative lifetime incidence of 50% to 85% of developing breast cancer and 40% to 60% of developing ovarian cancer

Genes and breast cancer

The genetically defined group of women with BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 identified to carry lifetime risk of as high as 80%. These genes function in cells in a variety of ways such as

  1. Repair of damages DNA
  2. Cell-cycle regulation
  3. Transcriptional regulation
  4. Remodeling of chromatin in cells. Chromatin are the gene carrying vehicles in all cells
  5. BRCA-2 is involved primarily in DNA recombination and repair

The reason why these genes predispose primarily to breast cancers remains unknown. BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can be carried and passed to children by men as well as by women. A drug tamoxifen has been shown to reduce the risk of contralateral breast cancer by about 50% in both BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers.

The characteristics of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes

  • BRCA-1 is located in chromosome 17 where as BRCA-2 in chromosome 13
  • The percentage contribution of BRCA-1 genes to hereditary breasts cancer is about 20 to 40% where as the BRCA-2 is 1- to 30%
  • The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer with is 60 to 85% in both genes
  • The lifetime risk of developing secondary breast cancer is about 50% in both
  • The risk of developing male breast cancer is minimal in BRCA-1 and about 4-6% in BRCA-2 genes
  • The risk of developing other types of cancers such as the cancer of the prostate , pancreas , stomach, ovary and melanoma

HER2 genes

Another gene, HER2 presents with its protein over expression in 20% of newly diagnosed breast cancers. HER2 stands for Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2.

HER2 gene positive breast cancer is associated with a more aggressive clinical course and decreased survival time compared to tumors with normal levels of HER2. Each normal breast cell contains copies of the HER2 gene found in the DNA of the cell. HER2 contains information that helps to make HER2 proteins.

The HER2 protein is the HER2 receptor found on the surface of some normal cells in the body. The proteins help send growth signals from outside the cell to the inside of the cell and pass the message for cells to grow and divide.

In HER2+ breast cancer, the cancer cells have an abnormally high number of HER2 genes per cell. When this happens, too much HER2 protein appears on the surface of these cancer cells. This is called HER2 protein overexpression. This causes the cells to grow and divide more aggressively. This contributes to growth autonomy and genomic instability where the cells growing hev no control at all.
Symptoms of breast cancer

  • Breast cancer is usually first detected as a palpable mass or as a mammographic abnormality. These masses and areas of asymmetrical thickening of breast tissue are the most common manifestations of breast cancer.
  • There is nipple discharge, retraction and flattening of the breast. Spontaneous bloody or watery discharge from the nipple is commonly associated with underlying breast neoplasm. Presence of milky discharge almost always has a noncancerous cause.
  • Changes in the skin over the breast. There is skin swelling, and erythema.
  • Breast pain. the breast pain typically is associated with a palpable lump
  • Paget’s disease of the nipple is a form of adenocarcinoma involving the skin and lactiferous sinuses of the nipple; it usually appears as an eczematous lesion of the skin of the nipple. It’s frequently associated with excoriation of the skin and discharge.
  • Lumps in the armpits and above the clavicles

What are some of the tests done in lung cancer?

What are some of the tests done in lung cancer?

What are some of the tests done in lung cancer?

Read lung cancer and How do those with lung cancer present first.

  • The most important examination at the early stage is plain chest x-ray.
  • Other tests include the endoscopic studies
  • CT scan of the chest
  • MRI of the chest
  • Tissue biopsy ( done during the endoscopy)
  • Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • A transbronchial needle aspiration: done via a special needle passed through the bronchoscope. This technique can be used to sample out mediastinal masses or paratracheal lymph nodes
  • Transthoracic fine-needle aspiration biopsy with fluoroscopic or CT scan guidance
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Pleural biopsy in patients with pleural effusion
  • Thoracentesis of pleural effusion and cytologic evaluation of the obtained fluid

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Treatment of Cervical cancer

Treatment of Cervical cancer

Treatment of Cervical cancer

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Treatment of cervical cancers depends on the staging and the depth of invasion. For example for invasion of less than 3 mm (stage IA-1) treatment includes a hysterectomy or the option of cervical conization in women who wish to preserve fertility. The staging of cervical cancer involves the following:

The International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO). It permits assessment through biopsy, physical examination, cystoscopy, proctoscopy, excretory urography (intravenous pyelography or IVP), and plain film x-ray of the chest and skeletal system. The American Joint Cancer Committee staging is also involved.

Staging in cervical cancer

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Menopause : What is it and why do I need to know about it?

Menopause : What is it and why do I need to know about it?

Menopause : What is it and why do I need to know about it?

You may have heard about another friend’s menopause stories but menopause is different for every woman. It is therefore important to be well informed about this third stage of life in a woman.

It is a time of change. Change can be exciting, a bit scary….. BUT MENOPAUSE need not be scary. All the changes are perfectly normal.

What is menopause?

It is a time when women stop having their monthly periods. It is a change of life. It is a new beginning. It is a time when one’s ovaries have run out of follicles (eggs) and therefore stop producing hormones, especially estrogen. It is a normal part of being a woman, and all women go through it.

When?

No one can be sure. Every woman is different. Most women reach menopause around 50 years, but many women start the changes in their 40’s.

Your best clue to timing of your menopause is your mother. Your menopause will be around the time when she had hers, with few alterations depending on lifestyle e.g. women who smoke get menopause about 2 years earlier than they otherwise would have.

How do I know?

  • It doesn’t happen all at once. It is a slow process, usually taking 3-6 years, and is complete only when a woman hasn’t had periods for 12months in a row.
  • Natural menopause: Your body will give you few clues that the process might have started.
  • Changes in your periods: – Missing periods, having more frequent periods, bleeding lesser or more than usual. This may happen for one or more years before they stop forever
  • Hot flashes and nights sweats – feelings of heat in the face and upper part of the body for few seconds or minutes on and off.
  • Dry vagina with possible itching and uncomfortable feeling during sex.
  • Bladder control problems: – some women may leak urine when they sneeze; cough and sometimes if they don’t get to the bathroom on time.
  • Mood swings and easy irritability.
  • Memory changes.
  • Having aches in the bones. Bones become weak after menopause because of deficiency of estrogen hormone from the ovaries. The main bones affected are the back, hip and arms.

Will all these changes happen to everyone?

No!! Menopause is different for every woman. Some have many changes, others just a few.

What can one do to feel better and stay healthy at this time of change?

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Exercise regularly-walk, ride a cycle, use stairs.
  • Eat healthy and get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stay in cool areas and wear loose clothing.
  • Talk to family and friends about it.
  • Learn new ways to relax e.g. meditation.
  • Laugh a lot.
  • Ask for HELP if you need it. Don’t suffer quietly.

Does one need to see a health care provider?

Yes. Your doctor can be a big help as you go through this transition. You can discuss about your changes in periods, how you are feeling and about your chances of having weak bones.

Does everyone need medication?

No!! Many women will not need medication during menopause, but some need them to help cope with severe symptoms.

Treatment options!

Treatment is varied and depends on the symptoms, ranging from dietary advice to herbal medicines (like soy proteins), to hormonal medicine for vasomotor symptoms and other medicines for bones only. One needs to see a doctor to advise an individualized management plan as per profile of the patient. Every woman is different and may require different treatment schedules.

Tips for Nail Maintenance

Tips for Nail Maintenance

Tips for Nail Maintenance

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Step by step procedure

Shop for items such as the nail coat, tip guide strips, neutral polish and white polish.  Note that the neutral polishes are very pale, sheer shades with a pink, beige or peach cast.  Look for manicure kits that come with everything in one convenient box. Here is what you also need; alcohol swab, nail brush and files, manicure scissors, nail buffers, cotton, nail clippers and cleaners. The procedure:

  1. Cutting the nails. Make sure you do clip, file and shape your nails properly. Follow the contour of the finger cuticle. Tend to your cuticles, then wash and dry the nails completely.
  2. Apply the base/top coat and let it dry for some minutes. Make sure you do not react to the chemicals provided.
  3. After everything has dried up, remove the guide strip by peeling it off then fix it below the tip of a nail, following its natural curve. The guide will allow you to paint an even white tip with ease and precision. That’s how great painters work by the way.
  4. Be sure you place all guide strips on the nails you want painted. The longer the nail, the longer the white tip should be. Be sure that the arch of the guide is smooth and rounded and the lengths of tips are equal to give it a greater uniform look.
  5. Start by painting each nail tip white. Perform this by extending the brush stroke from the top of the guide to the end of the nail. Avoid getting any white polish on the body of the nail below the guide. Let the tips dry.
  6. After they are dry, remove all the guides.
  7. Dissolve leftover adhesive by rubbing it gently with an alcohol cotton swab
  8. Now apply 2 coats of the neutral polish, first by letting the first coat dry then apply the second coat.
  9. Finish with a thin layer of base/top coat.
  10. You can have your own color combination just to be different from the French style. Instead of the neutral, you may consider the white, red with black tips, red with gold tips or white with silver tips. It’s up to you.
  11. As you finish up, keep your hands very still as the polish dries to avoid denting or smudging it.

Important things to note

  • DO NOT USE YOUR NAILS AS TOOLS OR WEAPONS. Instead use your fingertip or knuckle to perform tasks.
  • You may trim cuticles once each week. First soften them with a specialized cuticle cream, and then trim carefully with a clipper.
  • You may moisturize nail beds regularly by rubbing nondrying nail lotion over the entire nail bed at least once a day or oil the nails daily by using creams such as aqueous cream with vitamin E. This helps to hydrate your cuticles and prevents peeling and separating of the natural nail from the acrylic.
  • Wear gloves whenever coming into contact with cleaning chemicals (kitchen/bathroom cleaner, bleach, ammonia, etc) as well as when gardening – dirt, fertilizer, and chemicals used for plant growth are harmful. Gloves protect your skin as well as your nails!
  • Do not use glue on your nails. Temporary patching with glue may trap dirt and /or bacteria in the nail which may damage the natural nail. In addition, glue is water soluble – so it will break down when you come into contact with water and you may re-break the nail, causing even more damage.
  • Eat a balanced diet especially full of vitamin B, calcium and protein to get stronger nails. You may also take supplements
  • Clip your nails regularly in a rounded or squared shape. On the toes nails, if you easily get ingrown toes nail conditions, trim the nails horizontally than curving them. Not that the more your nails point especially at the tips, the more likely it is to break off.
  • Avoid biting your nails as it is a sure way to create unhealthy and unsightly nails

Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout: Causes and also Diagnosis

Gout is some sort of arthritis. An attack could be due to it of unexpected burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, the big toe usually. These attacks can occur again and again unless gout can be treated. Over time, they are able to damage your joints, tendons, and other cells. Gout is many common in men.

What causes gout?

Gout is due to too much the crystals in the blood. The majority of the right time, having too much the crystals is not harmful many many people might never get gout therefore. However, when the crystals levels in the bloodstream are too high, the the crystals might form hard crystals in your joints.

Your likelihood of getting gout are higher in case you are overweight, drink an excessive amount of alcohol, or eat an excessive amount of fish and meats that are saturated in chemicals called purines. Some medications, such as for example water pills (diuretics), may bring on gout also.

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Side Effects of cigarettes

Side Effects of cigarettes

Side Effects of cigarettes

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Smoking around children:

The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke to a kid:

  • Low birth weight for gestational age
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have an increased risk of SIDS.
  • The EPA estimates that passive smoking is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 of these infections in children under 18 months annually
  • Asthma – According to the EPA, between 200,000 and 1,000,000 kids with asthma have their condition worsened by secondhand smoke every year. Also, passive smoking may also be responsible for thousands of new cases of asthma every year
  • Chronic respiratory symptoms such as cough and wheezing may be attributed to secondhand smoke.
  • Children who breathe in secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from dental cavities, eye and nose irritation, and irritability
  • Middle ear infections – exposure to ETS causes buildup of fluid in the middle ear, resulting in 700,000 to 1 1.6 million physician office visits yearly in the U.S.

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Dating

Dating

DatingLooking for someone?

Dating is a kind of courtship, and could include any public activity undertaken by, typically, two people with the purpose of each assessing the other’s suitability as somebody in an intimate romantic relationship or as a partner. The word identifies the act of achieving and participating in some mutually arranged cultural activity. Traditional dating actions include entertainment or meals.

In lots of cultural traditions, a date could be arranged by a 1 / 3 party, who could be a grouped relative, acquaintance, or professional matchmaker. Internet dating is becoming popular recently.

Although dating etiquette is becoming more relaxed during the twentieth century, there are considerable differences between social and personal values. For example, when an activity costs money (for example, a meal), traditionally the man was expected to pay; but in recent times the practice of «going Dutch» (splitting the expenses) has become more common and more acceptable. With the wider availability of information about traditionally secretive issues individuals are more open about their interest in sexuality both in form of dating language and dress. The difference in expectation of a date in the male / female view of dating is very marked and obviously shown by the public guidance disseminated by popular media, e.g. magazines, which is in stark contrast. The average duration of courtship before proceeding to engagement or marriage varies considerably throughout the world.

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Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Testing for Fertility in Men part two

Read Testing for Fertility in Men first.

The semen liquefaction

Semen analysis should begin with a simple inspection soon after liquefaction. This is done preferably at 30 minutes after ejaculation but no longer than one hour to prevent dehydration or changes in temperature from affecting semen quality. Normal liquefied semen samples may contain jelly-like granules (gelatinous bodies) which do not liquefy. These do not appear to have any clinical significance. Poor liquefaction means the sperm may not be released to fertilize the egg.

The following are the normal settings

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Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

Toxic Effects of Fish Oils

To the digestive System

  • The fish Oils in the form of concentrated supplements may cause Diarrhea in some people.
  • The oils in the form of concentrated supplements may cause temporary Gastrointestinal
    discomfort in some people.

To metabolism

  • The fish Oils may increase LDL Cholesterol ( bad cholesterol) levels after consumption of 12
    grams of Fish Oils per day. This causes an average increase in LDL Cholesterol levels of 8.5%.
    This increase can be negated by consuming garlic concurrently with the oils
    This is presently believed to be the only detrimental effect of Fish Oils and is not a reason to avoid
    consumption of Fish Oils as Fish Oils possess numerous other health benefits.

Fish Oils may Interfere with these Substances

  • The oils when taken regularly may cause the depletion of vitamin E. It is therefore advisable to
    consume additional vitamin E to counteract this depletion

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Valentines Day time: A complete woman’s guide

Valentines Day time: A complete woman’s guide

Valentines Day time: A complete woman’s guide

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How to look good for him, on this day

Let’s put it plain, Men have many traits in common;

  • They love their cars
  • They like to look at good breasts
  • They scan the best hips in the neighborhood
  • They love cute faces and the hair too.
  • Read the book of Solomon

Men are visual creatures by all means. Ever wondered why beer commercials have contents with the best hips and legs? The sexy connotations are not taken for granted. In her book called; Find a husband after 35, Rachel Greenwald advises women to wear dresses at all times. Studies prove that men love to see their women in dresses. With these parameters, you can use them to spice up your love. Remember, once in his eyes, some things are hard to forget. If you are walking down the streets with him and he notices a cute woman with a great body, this will linger in his mind for a while, if not a long time. You must erase it immediately. Tell you the truth, if you don’t erase it, and it happens over and over again, one thing will remain to be true; that the reason he is with you is that he can’t do better!

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