Angelina Jolie Gets Double Masctectomy To Prevent Cancer


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While countless gossip sites and rags pitted Team Jolie versus Team Aniston,Angelia Jolie was fighting a real battle – the threat of breast cancer.

In an op-ed piece written in the New York Times, the 37-year-old actress revealed she underwent a double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene, which dramatically increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at age 56.

Calling the preventative procedure “proactive” and her “medical choice,” Jolie chose to share her story because there are “many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer.”

She thanked her partner, Brad Pitt, for being “loving” and “supportive” during three months worth of procedures and surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center.

The results have been positive, good news for the celebrity couple and their sixchildren, the driving motivation behind Jolie’s decision.

“My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%,” Jolie wrote. “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

She added, “I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Jolie remained in the spotlight during at last part of her treatment, speaking at the G8 Foreign Ministers press conference on sexual violence against women inLondon back in April.

Angelina Jolie Gets Double Masctectomy To Prevent Cancer


angelina-jolie
 
 
 
 
 

While countless gossip sites and rags pitted Team Jolie versus Team Aniston,Angelia Jolie was fighting a real battle – the threat of breast cancer.

In an op-ed piece written in the New York Times, the 37-year-old actress revealed she underwent a double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene, which dramatically increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at age 56.

Calling the preventative procedure “proactive” and her “medical choice,” Jolie chose to share her story because there are “many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer.”

She thanked her partner, Brad Pitt, for being “loving” and “supportive” during three months worth of procedures and surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center.

The results have been positive, good news for the celebrity couple and their sixchildren, the driving motivation behind Jolie’s decision.

“My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%,” Jolie wrote. “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

She added, “I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Jolie remained in the spotlight during at last part of her treatment, speaking at the G8 Foreign Ministers press conference on sexual violence against women inLondon back in April.

My reality show is unscripted, Jim Iyke


Jim Iyke dispels reports that his reality show was scripted.

Weeks after Nollywood bad boy Jim Iyke’s ex fiancé, Keturah Hamilton, said “Jim Iyke Unscripted” reality show was scripted; the actor has come out to dispel the statement issued by the Jamaican reality star’s publicist.

Jim Iyke said the reality show, which is jointly produced by Africa Magic and Oh Africa TV, is not scripted giving the camera angle, absence of lights and dark pictures. He said the imperfect setting is an attestation that the reality show is real.

“I am sure you saw part of the clips. Somebody sped off and jumped inside the river. That was a friend of mine. I don’t think anybody will accept a script in order to die. I don’t ever think anybody could have scripted that. If it was scripted, we would make sure that the lightning, the angles at which we shot was right. The dark pictures and angles at which it was shot is evidence that it was not scripted. As soon as I wake up and I am ready to go out, they clip something in my jacket to record every conversation that I made through out the day. There’s nothing hidden,” Jim Iyke said.

Pastor jumps bail after arrest for theft


 

The pastor has refused to appear in court.

A Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Celestine Odo, on Wednesday issued a bench warrant on a 39-year-old pastor, Francis Innocent, for jumping bail.

Mr. Odo issued the warrant after the accused failed to appear in court either in person or by proxy for the second time in violation of the bail terms.

The accused and his wife, Joy Francis, of Kurudu, Abuja, are facing a two-count charge of joint act and theft.

The accused persons were alleged to have stolen a large quantity of drugs from a pharmacy shop belonging to one Victor Onwuliri where Joy was employed as sales nurse.

The police prosecutor, Cpl. Glory Ihenacho, told the court that the matter was scheduled for opening of defence but the second accused was not present in court.

“I think it is a deliberate attempt by the second accused person to delay the case, which is in its second year now and that will not be accepted, your lordship.

“The first accused person, who is his wife, is in court, but he chose not to appear without a satisfactory reason from either his wife or the defence counsel.

“I hereby ask for bench warrant on the second accused and a notice to his surety to enable him to produce the accused if the police cannot reach him for arrest.

“I pray the court to grant us the application to produce the accused to enable him to clarify himself on the allegations brought against him in the court of justice,’’ he said.

The prosecutor told the court that M. Onwuliri reported the case at Kurudu Police Station, adding that the complainant told the police that he employed Joy to work in his shop, a patent chemist.

He alleged that the wife conspired with her husband and took away some drugs from his shop. Mr. Ihenacho said the drugs were discovered later in their possession and they could not account for them.

He said the valued of the drugs was unknown, adding that investigation into the matter was ongoing to ascertain the amount.

The magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 each following their non-guilty plea during their first court appearance on July 24, 2012.

Mr. Odo adjourned the case to May 22, for defence and ordered the police to arrest and produce either the second accused person or his surety on the adjourned date.

-Premium Times

Customs officer in sex-for-cargo mess


Customs officer in sex-for-cargo mess

 

The Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the Legal Unit, Tin-Can Island Port Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Chief Superintendent of Customs Ibrahim Badisha, may have landed himself in deep mess, as a Reverend Sister from the Daughters Eternal Father Mission has accused him of allegedly pestering her for sex before a container, belonging to the Catholic Mission is cleared.

The Reverend Sister, who pleaded anonymity, insisted that Badisha, who doubles as a lawyer, had consistently created unpalatable circumstances that made the clearance of the cargo container almost impossible except she goes to bed with him. She said the items in the container, which Badisha threatened to impound due to her “stubbornness” was for Catholic charity donated by another Catholic Mission in the United States.

Daily Sun gathered that the consignment included cars and relief materials for running a mission, catering for physically challenged persons and others with special needs. The Reverend Sister explained further that after the physical examination of the containerised consignment by the Customs, Badisha allegedly accused the Reverend Sisters of concealing the vehicles.

She claimed that, because she consistently rebuffed Badisha’s alleged amorous advances, the officer, cashing in on his position as Officer-in-Charge of the Legal Unit at the Tin-Can Island Port Area Command, had single-handedly registered the container as seizure, claiming the vehicles were concealed. “We have three cars duly paid for, wheel chair and used clothes and other relief items inside the container donated to us by Sisters in the United States. Our Superior had to travel from US down to Nigeria because of this very container to explain that the pattern over there is quite different from Nigeria.

Over there, if it is a donated item, they don’t bother to put it in bill of lading; they just put it in since it is for charity,” the victim said. She went on: “After physical examination has been conducted, we asked that he should raise a debit note for us, that we are ready to pay but he wouldn’t give in but for him to tell me I’m going to cry and suffer because of this very container, which means he knows what he is doing.” Continuing, she said: “We got to know him after we cleared a container at Tin-Can sometime ago.

But this is another container that was kept in his custody and he withheld it because he said he did not get anything from us from the former container that was cleared. When I started coming for the clearance of this container, he began making all sorts of advances to me, telling me that I was not yet a woman and I wouldn’t be a woman if I had not been taken to bed. That it was a man that would treat me right, saying he wanted to have me for a while.”

“The OC, Legal, made different advances to me, but God will not let him. He single-handedly registered the container as seizure, saying I was going to cry and suffer because of this container.” She added: “We used to be two but sometimes, because we don’t have enough money, one person will come. So, any time he sees me, he will be making advances, saying the other Sister is an ‘old school’, that I am the real person he is looking for. Some of his colleagues will even tell him that he should not make that kind of joke because these are holy women of God but he will tell them that there is nothing like being holy.”

The Sisters are, therefore, demanding a public apology from the Customs officer for the alleged sexual harassment as well as the prompt release of their container, which, according to sources, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), has directed to be released. It was learnt that the Commissioner of Ports Authority Police Command (PAPC), Mrs. Sherifat Disu-Olajoku, has ordered for the arrest of Badisha. When contacted, the Customs officer, Badisha, told CrimeWatch that the Reverend Sister was out to blackmail him.

“I did not make love overtures to her. My sin was that the container was under quoted. Some of the goods in the container were not quoted. So, that was what we call concealment. If a container comes in and some goods were concealed, the container would be seized.” “I am not the person, who discovered that some of the goods were concealed. I am just the O/C, Legal, who offer advice to the service.

Why on earth should I make advances to a Reverend Sister? She was only trying to whip up sympathy. She was turning the seizure of her goods to religious something. She should know that because she is a Reverend Sister does not give her the right to cheat on the Federal Government. I did not make love advances to her. God is the ultimate judge. So, He will judge everyone according to his deeds.”

-Daily Sun

NSCDC nabs man for allegedly duping facebook friend, Rev Father


 MEN of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Ondo State have arrested one Arowolo Femi for duping a girl he met on the Facebook of N850,000 and a Reverend Father.

Arowolo, according to the state Command of the NSCDC, duped the cleric of his Honda Accord 2007 model with number plate CU 730RSH under the pretext that he would help him sell the car.

A statement  by the image-maker of the Command, Mr Kayode Balogun in Akure said the suspect was arrested in Akure after duping a girl whom he met on social network.

Balogun said in March 2013, the suspect duped one reverend father (name withheld) of his Honda Accord 2007 model by lying to his younger sister that he would marry her. She then introduced him to the reverend and he prayed for them.

The suspect later told the Reverend Father that he was a car dealer to which the Reverend told him he wanted to sell his Honda Accord car 2007 model. The suspect then collected the car, promising to help him sell it in Lokoja but later ran away with the car in March this year.

Balogun said effort to reach the suspect since then had been futile until he was arrested in Akure.

According to the statement, the suspect was invited to Akure by the girl she met on facebook after they have been friends for a month.

Balogun added that the suspect after meeting the girl passed the night in her house but in the night the suspect checked her phone and found out that she had huge amount of money in her account and pleaded with her to lend him N850,000 to clear some of his goods at the port in Lagos.

When it dawned on the girl that the suspect who came back the second day was about to dupe her she reportedly contacted men of NSCDC who came to invite the suspect for questioning.

The statement said that the state commandant, Alhaji Popoola Waheed Bamidele has advised member of the public to avoid dating people they don’t know on social network.

Bamidele said the rate at which people have been duped on social network recently has been on increase and charged women to be careful with the use of social network.

The commandant said the car recovered from the suspects will be handed over to the Reverend while the N850, 000 he collected from the woman will be recovered.

Bamidele added that the suspect would be charged to court accordingly for prosecution.

-Vanguard

“Bitter kola” boosts libido, beats osteoarthritis, researchers confirm


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CAN eating at least a piece of bitter kola (Garcinia kola) daily be the treatment for low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and knee osteoarthritis?

Results of a study published in African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology have confirmed that bitter kola possesses sexual enhancing effects on male rats as evidenced by the increased mounting (MF) and intromission (IF) frequencies with increased number of subsequent ejaculations over the 20 min observation period.

The study is titled “Effects of ethanolic extract of Garcinia kola on sexual behaviour and sperm parameters in male Wistar rats.”

Another study published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research by medical doctors, pharmacists and nurses at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) concluded: “Garcinia kola appeared to have clinically significant analgesic/anti-inflammatory effects in knee osteoarthritis patients. Garcinia kola is a potential osteoarthritis disease activity modifier with good mid term outcome. Further studies are required for standardization of dosages and to determine long-term effects.”

The study is titled “Clinical effects of Garcinia kola in knee osteoarthritis.”

Botanically known as Garcinia kola, bitter kola belongs to the plant family Guttifereae. In Nigeria it is called oje in Bokyi, edun or efiari in Efik, efrie in Ejagham-Ekin, cida goro in Hausa, efiat in Ibibio, emiale in Icheve, igoligo in Idoma, aku-ilu or ugolo in Ibo, akaan in Ijo-Izon, okain in Isekiri, and orogbo in Yoruba.

Yet another study on bitter kola published recently in Science Journal of Microbiology showed that seed and leaf of bitter kola have antibacterial activity on clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Phytochemical screening of the extracts revealed the presence of some bioactive components like alkaloids, saponins, tannins, anthraquinones and cardiac glycosides. These components determine the antibacterial activity of the seed and leaf extracts. The results from this study, provides scientific evidence that Garcinia kola has the capability of inhibiting the growth of pathogenic micro-organisms; thus it will be useful in tropical medicine for the treatment of microbial infections.

The researchers wrote: “G. kola has been shown to be a popular treatment for diarrhea and fever. The seed extract is antiseptic and is active mostly against gram-positive bacteria. While the leaf, is active mostly against gram-negative bacteria. It is also very efficacious for hepatitis.

“In West Africa, is now being harnessed as a cure for the Ebola virus infections and also against flu. The stem, bark and the seeds are used for acute fever, inflammation of the respiratory tract and throat infections. Historically, Nigerians used Garcinia kola as an aphrodisiac.

“The seeds are also chewed to relieve hoarseness of voice, sore throat and cough. In folk medicine the seed is used for the treatment of liver disorder. It is also used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea. The leaves are used for stomachache and pains and is also anti helmithic. They also serve as good remedy for typhoid fever.”

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual activity or penetration at least 50 per cent of the time for the last six months.

Unfortunately, it is a problem often neglected by the health practitioners as they strive to deal with life threatening complications of disease. Successful treatment of ED may improve not only sexual relationships, but also the overall quality of life.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease, affecting the knee more than other joints. Several factors play a role in osteoarthritis risk; these include age, gender, genetics, behavioral influences and ethnicity.

Trauma is a recognised predisposing factor to development of osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) associated with raised intra osseous pressure and death of the chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis of the knees reduces the ability to avoid obstacles and supporting epidemiologic studies have found osteoarthritis to be a risk factor for falls. The pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knees increased the propensity to trip on an obstacle and underscores the importance of treating pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The South African researchers from Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa investigated the effects of oral administration of ethanolic extract of G. kola on male sexual behaviour, testosterone levels and sperm parameters.

A 70 per cent ethanolic extract of G. kola seeds was prepared and used for treating male Wistar rats in a group of eight; two doses of G. kola (200 and 400 mg/kg body weight) were used for the treatment group, while distilled water was administered to the control group.

All the treatments were orally administered daily for 28 days. On day 28, mounting frequency (MF), intromission frequency (IF) and ejaculation frequency (EF) were quantified during sexual behaviour tests.

At termination, body and organ weights, gastric ulceration and cauda epididymal sperm counts were determined. Serum was collected for determination of testosterone levels. Both doses (200 and 400 mg/kg) showed marked aphrodisiac activity with significantly increased sexual behaviour parameters compared to controls.

However, lower dose of G. kola was more effective than the higher dose. Testosterone levels were higher in both treatment groups compared to controls. Sperm counts were similar to controls however testes weights were higher in G. kola treated rats compared to controls. Thus these results show that G. kola enhances sexual activity in normal male rats.

Guardian