How to improve your bone health as world marks menopause day 2021

 

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The intent is to raise awareness of  menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.

You may notice some menopause symptoms like anxiety, hot flashes, fatigue or irregular periods, in your 40s.

Some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.

Moreover, menopause is signaled by 12 months since last menstruation.

Overall health experts want you to focus on your bones. Here’s why.

The drop in oestrogen levels that occurs around the time of menopause results in increased bone loss.weak-bones

Menopause and just after menopause is a time when osteoporosis commonly presents itself.

From exercise to supplements and alcohol, here is what you can do to improve your bone health.

You can get calcium through foods as well as supplements. Vitamin D is also found in some foods and supplements, and you can get it from spending time in the sun. According to breastcancer.org

  • calcium at 1,200 mg/day, taken through a combination of diet and supplements. Good sources of calcium include:
    • low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
    • goods such as leafy green vegetables, almonds, and beans
    • calcium-fortified foods such as fruit juices and cereals (check the label)
    • vitamin D at 800-1,000 IU/day or more. Multivitamins typically include 400 IU, so you may need an additional supplement.
  • quitting smoking
  • weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • limiting alcohol use

As with all medical conditions, consult your doctor for specialized treatment. You also need to know that in some cases, oral hormone therapy may be prescribed depending on severity and frequency of symptoms.

 

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Give Hope Save lives! Octobers Breast cancer awareness month theme

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.

It will be celebrated under the theme ‘Give Hope. Save Lives. ‘

Here’s what you can do to support the month – Stand in solidarity with survivors, their support teams, and families who’ve lost loved ones to the disease.

People who’ve battled the disease, loved ones, and supporters will be coming together to educate, amplify one another’s voices, and raise public consciousness about various aspects of breast cancer. So share these messages on your social media or on whatsapp.

According to studies, early detection of breast cancer can increase the survival rates of the patient. It is important to check for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Symptoms may include- presence of lump in the breast, pain in the breast, swelling in areas near the breasts, discharge from nipple other than breast milk, change in the shape of the nipple and swelling under arm. In some cases, these may not be the sign of breast cancer but any of these signs should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Who is at a risk?

Women above the age of 55
Consume excessive alcohol
Early menstruation or late menopause
Giving birth at an older age
Women who choose hormone therapy
And genetics may also play a role

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“I’ve never smoked” Comedian Kathy Griffin reveals she has lung cancer

 

 

American comedian Kathy Griffin is undergoing surgery following a lung cancer diagnosis.

She will have surgery to have half of her left lung removed.

Kathy is encouraging fans to stay up to date on medical check-ups as she reveals a stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis.

The comedian, 60, announced that she will undergo surgery to have part of her left lung removed, adding that she “hopefully” won’t need to have chemotherapy or radiation treatments afterward.

“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” Griffin wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”

“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she continued, adding, “Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’s save your life. XXOO, KG.”

 

 

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Miracle healer Babu wa Loliondo 86, died from pneumonia

 

Self-proclaimed ‘ miracle healer’ died Saturday after feeling unwell for 2 weeks.

He became a sensation in late 2010 by administering a concoction he claimed could cure any chronic disease.

An official from Ngorongoro Raymond Mangwala has confirmed that he died of  a severe case of pneumonia, that led to breathing complications.

He died on 30 July, after being taken to hospital for treatment for a sudden illness.

Back in 2010, people around the world scrambled for his concoction alleged to have been cure for HIV/AIDS is dead. He caused many deaths of people on queues as they waited for his attention. Some abandoned ARVs for eventual death.

Journalist John Allan Namu after news of his death recalled how they worked on the story.

“Babu wa loliondo: doing the story of the sensation of his concoction was perhaps one of the most bizarre but enjoyable stories I have done.”

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis admit they don’t bath regularly

 

American actors Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis are trending after confessing about their bathing habits which include washing only the armpits and privates.

The couple disclosed this information in a podcast with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman for the “Armchair Expert” podcast.

The two said they don’t believe in bathing their kids Wyatt Isabelle, 6, and Dimitri Portwood, 4 with soap every day.

One of the hosts advised about not using soap because it strips the body of essential oils and the actors agreed.

“I can’t believe I am in the minority here of washing my whole body in the shower. Who taught you to not wash?” Padman asked, before Kunis said: “I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway.”

“But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day,” Kunis went on. “I wasn’t the parent that bathed my newborns, ever.”

Kutcher added, “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”

Kunis and Kutcher then said they didn’t use soap on their entire bodies every day, with Kutcher admitting: “I wash my armpits and my cr*tch daily, and nothing else ever. I got a bar of Lever 2000 that delivers every time. Nothing else.”

Despite not washing their whole bodies every day, they do wash their faces.

“I do have a tendency to throw some water on my face after a workout to get all the salts out,” Kutcher said, as Kunis added: “I wash my face twice a day.

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6 health benefits of using olive oil that you can’t ignore

If you are looking for an alternative to regular oil, then perhaps consider olive oil.
More so if you like to make salad dressings with herbs and spices and barbeque meats that typically use lots of regular oil.
Some of the health and nutritional benefits that experts recommend include
Olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats
Olive oil contains large amounts of antioxidants
Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties
Olive oil may help prevent strokes
Olive oil is protective against heart disease
Olive oil is not associated with weight gain and obesity
Food and lifestyle bloggers Joy Kendi and Kris Njoki among others were drawn to such information at the launch of upfield at the Movenpick Hotel and Residences on Tuesday, July 20th.
Attendants heard that such olive oil is made from olives by cold extraction which ensures the oil offers extensive nutritional benefits

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Upfield, the largest plant-based consumer products company in the world and manufacturer of Blue Band introduced the innovation in the Kenyan market in the form of Altis Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Produced in Greece, Altis extra virgin olive oil is ideal for sauces, marinates and salad dressing and is a good source of energy and monounsaturated “good” fats, it is a rich source of antioxidants and helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins (Α,D,E) from food.

 

Here are more photos from the launch courtesy Classic 105’s Moses Mwangi

 

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From feeling jealous to hugs! 7 things that are good for your health

 

I bet you weren’t ready for this headline. But yes there are incredible everyday things that are good for your health.

  1. Talking to yourself – Talking to yourself can boost self-confidence and improve your ability to complete certain tasks.

2. Sleeping naked – Research suggests that sleeping naked may potentially positively impact reproductive health, connection with a partner, and self-esteem

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3. Sleeping with socks – Wearing socks in bed increases blood flow to feet and heat loss through the skin, which helps lower core body temperature. In turn, this helps a person get to sleep faster.

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4. Feeling Jealous – Jealousy can help strengthen your connection when you talk about it.woman-eating-ice-cream

5. Ice cream – it is a slow sugar release food that keeps you satisfied for a longer period of time ice-cream is made of milk which contains many essential nutrients and vitamins.work.stress
6. Stress – it can help boost the body’s immune system. In the first stage of stress (the “alarm” stage – often known as the “fight or flight” response) the body produces cortisol – a stress fighting hormone which has many benefits to the body. Stress can give a feeling of fulfillment – when this is the case it is called “eustress” as opposed to “distress”.Father-hugging-his-crying-son-545093904_1258x838

7. ]Hugs –  Hugs cause a decrease in the release of cortisol, a stress hormone, and other research indicates that hugs decrease your blood pressure and heart rate in stressful situations

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What men need to know before getting a Vasectomy

A vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control for men.

There are at least 8 questions you can ask your doctor before deciding on this procedure.

From what you should do to prepare for the surgery to how much downtime you will need here is a list of things to know:

  1. Vasectomies are usually done in your urologist’s office, but they may also be done at a medical facility like a  hospital.
  2. You and your partner should take time to talk it over and truly determine if it’s the right choice for your family.
  3. Time off from work. Recovery time from such a procedure is not long. You may return to work in two to three days. You may also get intimate after a week, while bruising and any swelling will heal in two week time.- 
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    You will still be a bedroom bully

  5. A vasectomy procedure takes 20 minutes
  6. A vasectomy can be reversed, but there are other options
  7. It’ right for you if you are interested in a temporary birth control means
  8. A vasectomy is generally safe and effective

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“Never saw it coming” Dr Dre says of brain aneurysm

Musician and business mogul Dr Dre has opened up about the health scare eh suffered back in January.

Dr Dre was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm and

The rapper and producer was taken to the intensive care unit at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital in January, after suffering the health scare.

Days after he was discharged from the hospital, Dre was pictured in the studiowith reports that he was actively working on his fabled album ‘Detox’. Fans urged him to slow down considering his health scare.dr dre

Speaking about the scare in an interview with the Los Angeles Times: “It’s a really weird thing. I’ve never had high blood pressure. And I’ve always been a person that has always taken care of my health. But there’s something that happens for some reason with black men and high blood pressure, and I never saw that coming. But I’m taking care of myself.

“And I think every Black man should just check that out and make sure things are OK with the blood pressure,” he continued. “And I’m going to move on and, hopefully, live a long and healthy life. I’m feeling fantastic.”

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Videos of girls struggling eating ugali with long nails entertains Kenyans

 

Let me tell you Maina!

Videos on Tiktok of girls eating with their long manicured nails have gone viral and everyone is asking; is it a must?

One Kenyan on Twitter shared the same thoughts and responses from his followers told us the struggle is real.

 

One lady responded @NjiraNjeri…responded saying  “We use spoons “.

But we all know utamu wa ugali is eating with the hands, isn’t it? KOT have responded with amusement to the video below.

@Tsharz
Hahahahaha this is pure torture

@tinniextine
Aki si must

@tinniextine
Aki si must

@m_williiiii
hahaha si must

@anastragoo
Which is this so cringe to watch?

@jombaste
Haha hadi kula ni mateso..slavery

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Be gone bad skin: Here’s a DIY tumeric and honey face mask to try

 

If you are an addict of video app Tik Tok, you must have noticed all the must try DIY masks women are sharing.

One that has taken my interest is the Tumeric and honey face mask that appears to be a favorite of Somali and Indian women.

But why tumeric? is a spice used in Indian food and in healing that promote glowing, healthy, fresh skin.

heal wounds
prevent breakouts (and lessen active ones)
fight eczema and psoriasis
reduce acne scarring
brighten dark circles
bring out your natural glowturmeric-masks-for-acne-and-pimples-1

Ingredients

1 tablespoon tumeric (any brand will do)
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon organic honey

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Directions

Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder.
Add a few drops of lemon juice if desired.
Mix into a thick paste and apply to skin.
Rinse with warm water after 10 to 15 minutes.

Pat your face gently dry.

Repeat this once every two weeks for the best results.

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Things your fingernails try to alert you about your health

Do you know that your nails tell alot about your overall health?

 

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Clubbed nails

If your finger nails have pores and swollen, it shows that they are clubbed. It can be a sign of liver illness or lung illness.

Dry nails

When the nails are dry, chances are that they may also be so brittle. These can be normal to you but if you seek medical attention, you will find out that you either have hormonal imbalance or some bacterial infection.

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Ridges

This is a sign of you having lupus, iron deficiency or inflammatory arthritis.

Pitted nails

Having pitted nails means that that your nails seem to be having dips or small pores on them. This shows that you may be suffering from a connective tissue dysfunction  or zinc deficiency.

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Concave nails

These can be signs of some iron deficiency that you may be having or a sign of coronary heart illness.

Thick nails

It is normal for one to have thick nails, but at times it can be due to health issue. It at times can be that your fingers have a fungal infection or you blood circulation has issues and your blood is clotting a lot.

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Discolored nails

Your fingernails can have colors that are wholesome like pink with white moons close to the bottom. When they show some blueish color, it is an implication that your body has low oxygen ranges. It can also be a sign of a bacterial infections or it maybe that you have a coronary heart infection.

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At times you can blame the nail polish especially for ladies. This can be a sign of malnutrition or even signs of you being infected by a protein deficiency.

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Esther Passaris shares post surgery video, reveals diagnosis

 

Nairobi Woman rep Esther Passaris has spoken candidly about her health status before ringing in the New Year.

The mother of two revealed that she flew to India during the festive season for surgery.

The 55-year-old politician said of the shock ordeal: ‘I thank God for the Gift of Life, my family for their unconditional love and everyone who whispered a word of prayer as I went in..’

She has posted a video of herself being attended to by a doctor in hospital, along with a hopeful message. A photo also shows her on a hospital bed with a respirator mask on her face (below)

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Passaris is seen in the video undergoing a post surgery consultation with a surgeon while walking around.

Audio from the video includes the doctor telling her, ‘You are doing 100 per cent better and you look more relaxed now.’

Passaris has not spoken on the record about the condition before, and there has been no further comment about it, only about confronting ups and downs.

She wrote

2019 was not short of ups and downs; from job losses to loved ones transitioning, many amongst us are currently unwell or struggling to make ends meet, but all in all, we give thanks for the blessing of a new year and for the promises it holds

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‘It brought me misery’ Anne Ngugi’s daughter speaks on health struggles

BBC journalist Anne Ngugi’s daughter has released a song describing the stigma she has faced beacuse of her health condition. It’s called The Story of my Life.

Angel was born with a birth defect called congenital hydrocephalus (build-up of fluid in the brain at birth) 15 years ago.

“I look different, and that difference has brought so much misery in my life, because every day I must be strong enough to stop the stigma and that I will do till my last breathe in this beautiful universe,” she sings

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Anne Ngugi with her daughter and Lulu Hassan

“Stop this stigma. I‘m talking to the world to stop the stigma against my type because disability isn’t inability. Stop my tears from flowing any more.”

Speaking to Word Is, Anne said her daughter has faced a lot of stigma in school and in public, which she has put in writing.

“…bullying and even being called names. Some even laugh at her, from young kids who seem to see her in a different light,” the journalist said.

As a mother, Anne says, she feels terrible.

“I can’t become Angel so I have to pray and talk to her a lot about being [resilient] and accepting her situation. Even adults get fake friends who go behind their back,” she said.

“I have taught her how to fight for her space and how to defend herself out of such a situation because not everybody will love her neither qualify her.”

Angel has been selected to attend MTM Awards 2019 in London, where she will have an opportunity to celebrate with diverse people, key players in the community and organisations, including mayors, lord mayors, civic and government VIPs as well as business elite.

Why your belly itches during pregnancy

 

Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching, and there’s no way around it girls.

Usually it’s thought to be caused by raised levels of certain chemicals in the blood, such as hormones.

Later, as your bump grows, the skin of your tummy (abdomen) is stretched and this may also feel itchy.

It is a common problem that creeps up on us on the second trimester, and may become worse.

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Don’t scratch: Tempting as it may be, grating away at your skin only causes more irritation.
Moisturize: A natural moisturizer like Shea butter, or Coconut oil can stop the itching. Also remember to apply it often during the day.

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Smooth on vitamin E oil: It’s very healing — and great for sore nipples after pregnancy too.

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If you have a bathtub, soak in it:   A bath with warm water can work wonders for dry skin. Just make sure the water’s not too hot, which can dry out your skin even more.

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6 Things no one tells you about C-Sections

 

Do you plan on having a c section when you finally begin a family?

If it’s in your future plans there are common things that can happen during and after a cesarean.

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One thing to note is that c-section experiences are different, each good and bad in their own ways.

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That people will assume something went wrong:
There’s this misconception we all have that a woman who does a c section is you gave or your birth plan went wrong. What you need to know is that many C Sections are planned with t full approval of doctors as the safest thing that can be done.

That it’s simpler than a natural birth because there’s no pain:
Who said this? You will feel the doctor pushing and pulling to get the baby out.

The drugs ill make you feel delirious:
When you come out of surgery you are on a LOT of morphine, which is good (because pain), but it can make it hard to know exactly what’s going on, and also can make it hard to breastfeed immediately.

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Itchiness:
That feeling is as a result of a reaction some women have to the anesthesia. Bear with it.

No lifting things after:
It’s a major abdominal surgery and it takes time to recover. The doctor will discourage you from lifting, and it may mean you will need help with your baby, something many mothers feel upset about.

Peeing and pooping may make you feel some type of way:
The medication makes you constipated, but a good doctor should give you some pills to help with the bowel movements.

 

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10 signs you may have Kidney disease

When your kidneys suddenly are unable to filter waste products from your body, you need to worry.

This is because dangerous levels of waste will accumulate.

Kidney problems can develop suddenly (acute) or over the long term (chronic). Many conditions, diseases, and medicines can create situations that lead to acute and chronic kidney problems. Acute kidney injury, which used to be called acute renal failure, is more commonly reversible than chronic kidney failure.

Symptoms that may indicate kidney disease are:
You’re more tired, have less energy or are having trouble concentrating. …
You’re having trouble sleeping. …
You have dry and itchy skin. …
You feel the need to urinate more often. …
You see blood in your urine. …
Your urine is foamy. …
You’re experiencing persistent puffiness around your eyes. …
Your ankles and feet are swollen.

 

 

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New and rare HIV strain discovered

A new subtype of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) has been discovered, Abbott Laboratories has confirmed.

In a report published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) on Thursday, the new strain is classified as subtype L in the group M family of HIV-1.

The “M” stands for “major” as it’s responsible for more than 90 per cent of HIV infections worldwide.

“This is the first new Group M HIV strain identified since guidelines for classifying subtypes was established in the year 2000,” Dr Kuku Apiah, Director Medical, Scientific Affairs – Africa tells the Star in an exclusive interview.

Jonah Sacha, a professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health & Science University said the findings serve as a reminder of the dangerous diversity of the HIV virus

“This tells us that the HIV epidemic is still ongoing and still evolving,” he said. “The calling card of HIV is its diversity. That’s what’s defeated all of our attempts to create a vaccine.”

Since the beginning of the global AIDS pandemic, 75 million people have been infected with HIV and 37.9 million people currently are living with the virus.

“People think it’s not a problem anymore, and we’ve got it under control. But, really, we don’t,” Sacha said.

Just like other viruses, HIV has the ability to change and mutate over time. It has several different subtypes.

There are 10 different subtypes in the group M family. Subtype L was first identified in 1983, and then seen again in 1990, both in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was found a third time in 2001, also in Congo.

But it’s taken this long for the technology used to sequence the subtypes to improve. Now scientists are able to test the entire genome to confirm the samples were all part of the same subtype.

NOT NEW

Mary Rodgers, author of the new study told BBC the strain is not new; rather, what’s changed is the technology used to study the virus.

“The subtype has been around as long as all the other strains have. We just didn’t recognize it as an official subtype until now,” Rodgers said.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes AIDS if not treated early and appropriately.

“Thanks to the work done by the global health community over the past few decades, the goal of ending the HIV pandemic is becoming feasible,” Rodgers said.

“This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to outthink this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution.”

Abbott is making this new strain accessible to the research community to evaluate its impact on diagnostic testing, treatments and potential vaccines

The science behind genetic sequencing to discover new viruses

Samples of blood were collected from  Kenya and 44 other countries across six continents.

“Abbott’s global viral surveillance collected samples from Kenya, Cameroon, China, Egypt,Uganda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, United States, Germany, India, Zambia and Vietnam,” read the report.

Other countries include Ghana,Colombia,Burundi,DRC,Croatia,Egypt,Equitorial Guinea,France,Greece,Guinea Bissau,Haiti,Honduras,India,Israel,Haiti,Ivory Coast,Nigeria,Saudi Arabia,Russia ,South Africa and Philippines.

To determine whether an unusual virus is, in fact, a new HIV subtype, three cases must be discovered independently.

The first two samples of this subtype were discovered in DRC in the 1980s and the 1990s. The third, collected in 2001, was difficult to sequence at that time because of the amount of virus in the sample and the existing technology.

Today, next-generation sequencing technology allows researchers to build an entire genome at higher speeds and lower costs.

In order to utilise this technology, Abbott scientists had to develop and apply new techniques to help narrow in on the virus portion of the sample to fully sequence and complete the genome.

“Identifying new viruses such as this one is like searching for a needle in a haystack,” Rodgers said,

WHERE DID HIV COME FROM?

Scientists first identified chimpanzees as the source of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections in humans.

The chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV) entered the human population through contact with infected blood from scratches, bites or meat consumption.

Additional strains of HIV resulted from cross-species transmission from other nonhuman primates, such as gorillas and monkeys. Over time, the virus has spread across Africa into other parts of the world.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TRACK HIV

Because HIV can evolve to produce new strains, it’s critical to make sure these strains don’t evade detection and treatment, which could cause new pandemics.

This prompted Abbott to launch our global Surveillance Program more than 25 years ago to make sure that the tests available can detect any strains that are present.

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