Kate Actress undergoes sh350k weight loss procedure

Catherine Kamau aka Kate Actress has shared details of a weight loss procedure she is undergoing.

The award winning actress told that the procedure named Gastric Balloon cost anything between sh350,000 to half a million shillings.

A gastric balloon is an inflatable silicone balloon that is inserted in your stomach. It works by making you feel full sooner so that you eat less.

The procedure is placement is a weight-loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach.

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Gastric balloon placement is a temporary, nonsurgical procedure that has been shown to reduce 10 percent of total body weight.

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Obesitycoverage.com explains about the procedure.

There are two key differences from the other gastric balloons.

  1. The balloon is inserted via a pill that is swallowed with a glass of water.
  2. It is inflated with gas. The gas may reduce the risk of acute pancreatitis that can occur with saline-filled balloons.

A total of 3 balloons are inserted. The second balloon is added a month after the first one, and the third is added during the second month.

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Signs you’re investing in the wrong people/things

There are many easy to miss signs that you are putting in too much and getting almost nothing out of it.

We invest a lot of our emotions, time, and energy, and the more we invest, the harder it is to let go.

But all hope is not lost.

Here are 13 signs that will guide you

constantly losing things
being in financial debt
scattered thinking or memory loss
not being prompt with time
low energy levels
losing more than gaining anything
clogged mind
unhappiness
lack of results
stagnation
depression or anxiety
paranoia or fear
having doubts and questioning things too much

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Worlds longest covid infection lasted 505 days

A UK patient had COVID-19 for 505 days.

The previous record for persistent infection — rather than repeated bouts of COVID — is thought to be 335 days

British researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said

The unnamed individual was diagnosed in mid-2020 with respiratory symptoms that later improved.

But they then tested positive about 45 times before attending hospital up to their death.

Consultant virologist Gaia Nebbia said persistent infection with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus which causes COVID-19 — has been described in patients with weakened immune systems.

She and her team studied how the virus from nine COVID patients in London changed over time, concluding that new variants may occur in immunocompromised patients.

“This is one of the hypotheses for the emergence of variants,” Nebbia told AFP.

“Regular sampling and genetic analysis of the virus showed that five of the nine patients developed at least one mutation seen in variants of concern.

“Some individuals developed multiple mutations associated with variants of concern, such as the Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants.

“However, none of the individuals in our work developed new variants that became widespread variants of concern.”

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One HPV vaccine protects against Cervical Cancer – Study finds

A new study from Africa shows that one shot of the HPV vaccine is highly effective in cancer causing types of HPV in girls.

These findings are from a World Health Organisation group of experts who said a single dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is enough to protect against cervical cancer.

The study found that one dose of the vaccine was around 90% or more effective at preventing infection from several cancer-causing types of HPV up to 18 months later.

At the moment, two- or three-dose regimens are recommended, but the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said the evidence showed that one dose was as effective.

“This could be a game-changer for the prevention of the disease; seeing more doses of the life-saving jab reach more girls,” the WHO said in a statement.

Some studies have suggested that even one dose should provide comparable protection, and research has been ongoing to test out that theory. The results from one such major trial—the KEN SHE Study conducted in Kenya, Africa—have finally been published today in the journal NEJM Evidence.

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Male contraceptive found to be 99% effective

A birth control pill for human trial coudl soon be launched.

This folows research findins that suggest the male contraceptive pill was 99% effective at preventing pregnancy in mice.

The team say they managed to keep mice sterile for up to four to six weeks.

According to Sky news, the proposed contraceptive is the product of researchers at the University of Minnesota, who say it works by targeting how our bodies interact with vitamin A, known to be essential to fertility in mammals. Diets deficient in vitamin A have been linked to sterility, for instance. After a lengthy search, they found an experimental compound that blocks a protein responsible for binding to a form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) in our cells, known as retinoic acid receptor alpha (RAR-α). RAR-α is one of three proteins with a similar function, and the hope is that its selective blocking is enough to induce long-lasting but reversible sterility while causing little to no off-target effects elsewhere.

Early human trials of the pill are expected to begin by the end of the year.

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Late DMx’s son has stage three chronic Kidney disease

DMX’s 5-year-old son has stage 3 kidney disease, late rapper’s fiancée reveals

Late rapper DMX’s youngest child is living with stage 3 kidney disease, the late rapper’s fiancée has told.

Desiree Lindstrom, who’s mother to 5-year-old Exodus Simmons, recently spoke out about her son’s diagnosis as well as how life had changed since losing her husband-to-be almost a year ago.

“He still has stage 3 kidney disease,” Lindstrom said on the “It’s Tricky with Raquel Harper” podcast.

Desiree Lindstrom. On Thursday (March 10), took to Instagram to thank fans for the well wishes Exodus has received since his diagnosis.

“Blessings from our family to yours!” Lindstrom captioned a photo of Exodus, who was celebrating National Kidney Day. “Exodus is a CKD Warrior and an amazing child! Thanks for all the love and support from @NationalkidneyFoundation.”

Exodus, the youngest of DMX’s 15 surviving children, reportedly took the rappers death the hardest, as he was very close to his dad and was the namesake of the rap star’s posthumous album, Exodus, which was released in May 2021 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

DMX died from a heart attack, caused by acute cocaine intoxication on April 9, 2021.

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TB treatment duration for most children to be shortened

Shorter treatment for non sever TB

Two thirds of children with tuberculosis have nonsevere disease, which may be treatable with a shorter regimen than the current 6-month regimen, according to research.

The WHO is expected to announce the shortening of the duration for treatment of children with TB.

This is according to findings in a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that the treatment duration for the majority of children with drug sensitive tuberculosis can be shortened from six to four months, thereby reducing the burden on families and healthcare systems around the world.

Principal Investigator, Professor Diana Gibb (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) said: “It is estimated that nearly one quarter of children with TB die, but the vast majority (90%) die because they are not diagnosed and started on treatment. A shorter treatment for children with non-severe TB allows savings of on average $17 (£12) per child, which can be used to improve the screening coverage and find the missing children with TB.”

Researchers from the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL worked with partners in South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and India on the SHINE study, the first randomised control trial to assess whether children with ‘minimal’ TB could be effectively treated with a shorter course of treatment.

until now their treatment length has been based on the results of trials in adults, requiring six months of a combination of daily medicines.

By contributing institutions EurekAlert and AAAS

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What you need to know about Kidney stones

Kidney disease can progress without much indication that anything is wrong, leaving many people unaware they have they have diminished kidney function.

March is observed as Kidney Awareness month.

One of the common issues people come across is stones formation that’s not only painful but leads to likely fatal health disorders.

Here’s what you need to know about treating kidney stones.

Kidney stones are also called nephrolithiasis

It is a small, hard deposit that forms in the kidneys and is often painful when passed.

Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine.

They can be painful when passing through the urinary tract, but usually don’t cause permanent damage.

The most common symptom is severe pain, usually in the side of the abdomen, that’s often associated with nausea.

Treatment includes pain relievers and drinking lots of water to help pass the stone.

Medical procedures may be required to remove or break up larger stones.

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1 in 3 Kenyans to be obese by 2030

The number of people with obesity is predicted to triple in low-income countries, compared to 2010.

Numbers are expected to triple with more women than men affected.

An estimated 74 million women in Africa will be living with obesity in 2030, compared with 26 million in 2010, and 27 million men in 2030, up from 8 million in 2010.

One in five adults and one in 10 children and teenagers are projected to be obese by December next year, in 10 high-burden African countries, if no robust measures are taken to reverse the trends, said the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Africa on Thursday.

Prevalence of obesity among adults in the 10 high-burden African countries will range from 13.6% to 31%, while in children and adolescents, the number will range from five percent to 16.5 percent, said the WHO regional office for Africa in a statement, citing its latest analysis released on World Obesity Day March 4.

“Africa is facing a growing problem of obesity and overweight, and the trends are rising. This is a ticking time bomb. If unchecked, millions of people, including children, risk living shorter lives under the burden of poor health,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Obesity has been associated with severe disease and the need for hospitalisation with Covid-19.

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First ever recording of a dying patients brain shows dream like state

rResearchers record the brain waves of a dying patient

Scientists have recorded the activity of a dying human brain for the first time ever, revealing brain wave patterns related to processes like dreaming and memory recall.

An 87-year-old man was admitted to an emergency unit in Estonia after a fall. The patient was operated upon but faced as many as 12 epileptic attacks post-surgery. As part of monitoring the individual, doctors used continuous electroencephalography (EEG) that provided a means to detect the seizures. Unfortunately, the patient suffered a heart attack during this time and passed away. However, the continuous EEG monitor provided the first-ever recording of human brain activity during death.

The researchers saw brain waves of all the different types but the gamma waves were more dominant among them. The researchers of the study speculate that these waves are possibly associated with a memory flashback during these last moments of life. 

The study wasn’t specifically designed to measure the brain’s activity around the time of death – it was just a matter of happenstance. The researchers were continuously monitoring the brain waves of the 87-year-old epilepsy patient using EEG, to watch for seizures. However, during the treatment, the patient suddenly had a heart attack and died.

As such, the researchers managed to record 15 minutes of brain activity around the time of death. They focused in on the 30 seconds either side of when the heart stopped beating, and detected increased activity in types of brain waves known as gamma oscillations. These are involved in processes such as dreaming, meditation and memory retrieval, giving a glimpse into what a person may be experiencing during their final moments.

“Through generating oscillations involved in memory retrieval, the brain may be playing a last recall of important life events just before we die, similar to the ones reported in near-death experiences,” said Dr. Ajmal Zemmar, lead author of the study. “These findings challenge our understanding of when exactly life ends and generate important subsequent questions, such as those related to the timing of organ donation.”

The team says that the observations indicate the brain is capable of coordinated activity even after blood stops flowing through it. Similar changes in gamma waves around the time of death had previously been detected in rats, but this marks the first time that such activity have been detected in humans.

Of course, the results should be taken with some caution, the team stressed. The data comes from just a single case study, and even that was in a patient whose brain had been injured and was undergoing unusual activity related to epilepsy. The researchers hope to investigate further in other cases.

“Something we may learn from this research is: although our loved ones have their eyes closed and are ready to leave us to rest, their brains may be replaying some of the nicest moments they experienced in their lives,” said Zemmar.

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Why you should take banana and spinach smoothie this holiday season

A smoothie is a snack fit for any time of the day.

These different types of smoothies have several health benefits because they allow you to consume several servings of vegetables and fruits in one sitting.

You should make one of the smoothies a part of your daily snack. Here are 6 major benefits of spinach and banana smoothie:

  1. It has vitamin k that triggers the generation of blood cells called platelets that help in the healing of wound and immediate stopping of bleeding during a cut.
  1. This smoothie helps in controlling blood pressure and facilitates muscle functions and nerves communications.
  1. It contains vitamin A, which helps in boosting the body immune system and retina. It guides in the development of newly produced cells.
  1. Banana and spinach smoothie helps in maintaining a proper digestion due to the high fiber content that prevents Constipation and promotes a healthy digestive tract.
  1. Spinach protects the skin pores and hair follicle to moisturize the skin and hair through the provision of vitamin A.
  1. Prevents cancer due to the chlorophyll found in spinach. Research shows that chlorophyll is effective in blocking the growth of cancer cells.
  1. Spinach and banana smoothies will provide you with a lasting source of energy.Fruits are a good source of energy that keeps you going throughout the day.

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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 happens to our bodies in our 30’s

Welcome to your 30s, where interesting changes are happening to  your body.
1. Hormonal changes

Both men and women produce fewer hormones once they hit 30. Estrogen – the hormone that controls a woman’s monthly cycle – begins to drop around the milestone and then takes another nosedive at 35. This can cause weight gain and lower libido than you’re used to. You may even enter early perimenopause, which can result in mood swings and anxiety.

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2. Depression or a Serious Mental Disorder
Your 30s are a time when reality can truly bite: Your youth is officially over, and responsibilities mount, between work, child rearing, older parents, and financial concerns. It’s also a time when relationships can falter. Depression and substance abuse issues such alcoholism or drug abuse (brought on by depression) may accelerate, and certain latent mental disorders such as panic attacks, schizophrenia, or bi–polar disorder can come to the forefront during this time. Finding the right doctor and getting the best treatment protocol is essential should you experience any of these conditions.

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3. Bone loss
This is a change you can’t really see – but it’s there. Bone loss begins in your 30s and by the time you’re 35 your body is breaking down bone faster than it can be replaced. You’ll also see a reduction in muscle tone, which can have a negative effect on your strength and balance.

Remedy: Take lots of calcium.

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4. Slower metabolism
If you’re seeing weight gain in your 30s, this may well be why. As you get older, your metabolism starts slowing down – meaning you don’t require as much energy to fuel yourself, despite still having a 25-year-old’s appetite. And when your muscles can’t metabolise energy efficiently, you’re more likely to put on weight. For men, this happens more gradually. However, pregnancy and menopause in women can slow things down a lot more dramatically.

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Remedy: As well as exercise, the best things to do to speed up your metabolism is get plenty of sleep and eat plenty of metabolism-boosting foods. These include spices, hot peppers, whole grains, broccoli, soups, citrus fruits, and green tea.

 

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4 things to do at home to ease endometriosis pain

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.

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Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue grows on your ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining your pelvis. The hormonal changes of your menstrual cycle affect the misplaced endometrial tissue, causing the area to become inflamed and painful.

Based on the results, the condition is ranked in one of four stages:
Stage 1 or minimal: There a few small implants or small wounds or lesions. …
Stage 2 or mild: There are more implants than in stage 1. …
Stage 3 or moderate: There are many deep implants. …
Stage 4 or severe: This is the most widespread.

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Here are some things you can try to help ease your symptoms at home:

1. Take warm baths. …
2. Stay hydrated. …
3. Keep medication on hand.

4. Place a hot water bottle on the lower abdomen can help to relax cramping pelvic muscles, which should reduce pain.

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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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