Khadija to be airlifted to Nairobi for treatment

The 16 year old girl from Mandera who was burnt  and locked up for months by her husband will be airlifted to Nairobi later on Wednesday for specialised treatment.

Khadija has remained admitted at the Mandera district hospital since last week on Friday after she was rescued by a relative.

The girl who was married off at the age of 15 was burnt following a disagreement about 4 months ago.

A Mandera court is also expected to rule on her husband’s bail application.

Zambian president to receive treatment abroad

Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s doctors have recommended he seek specialised treatment abroad after he collapsed at a Women’s Day event in Lusaka, the presidency said Monday.

“Doctors have recommended that President Lungu undergoes a high-tech medical procedure which is currently unavailable in Zambia and therefore he has been referred for specialised treatment abroad,” spokesman Amos Chanda told reporters.

Lungu, who only came to power in the small southern African country six weeks ago, is currently in a military hospital in the capital after collapsing on Sunday.

The presidency initially said Lungu was receiving treatment for malaria but on Monday also disclosed he was suffering from achalasia, or a narrowing of the oesophagus, which led to his collapse.

“The medical team attending to president Lungu has explored options of correcting the narrowing of the food pipe that led to his illness on Sunday,” said Chanda.

Lungu won a snap election in late January called after the death in office of president Michael Sata in October.

Rumours that Sata was ill had circulated widely before his death, but were always denied by the government.

Sata was Zambia’s second leader to die in office in six years, sparking calls for presidential hopefuls to undergo medical checks to guarantee their fitness.

Chanda said Lungu, who fell after standing for about 20 minutes during Sunday’s ceremony, had previously had the same condition corrected 30 years ago, but that it had recurred.

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8 year old girl suggests a cancer treatment

Camilla Lisanti an 8 year old girl suggested using antibiotics to cure cancer, after she was asked by her dad how she would cure cancer.

Her parents, a husband-wife cancer research team were sceptical at first but tested out her theory in their Manchester University lab. And to their surprise, several cheap and widely-used antibiotics killed the most dangerous cancer cells.

The antibiotics fought seven of the most common cancers – including breast, prostate, lung and hard-to-treat brain tumours.
One antibiotic, doxycycline, is widely used to treat acne and is thought to be particularly promising.

Camilla’s parents showed that cancer stem cells – the deadly ‘mother cells’ that give birth to tumours, keep them alive and ease their spread around the body – have particularly high numbers of mitochondria.

They also showed that four common antibiotics killed these stem cells in samples taken from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin and brain cancers. Importantly, healthy cells were not harmed.

The experiments on cells in a dish suggest that antibiotics could be used to stop cancer in its tracks and prevent it from spreading through the body – the main way it kills.

Professor Lisanti says that antibiotics could prove to be an inexpensive and safe one-size-fits-all treatment for cancer.

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab

Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.

In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or themselves.

Researchers said the next stage was to test the procedure in humans. A stem cell expert said this was “the future” of cancer treatment.

The study, published in the journal Stem Cells, was the work of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

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One breast, different types of cancer

Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast — the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between. Unknown to many, the breast may be one organ but the cancer can attack different parts of the mammary glands.  There are  different types of breast cancer, including non-invasive, invasive, recurrent, and metastatic.

Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) – The term “in situ” or “in place” refers to a very early form of cancer that has not spread. DCIS is a type of pre-cancer inside of the ductal system that has not attacked the nearby tissue. This is a very common type of non invasive cancer with 1 in 5 diagnosed as DCIS. If diagnosed early and treated well the patient may have fully recovery. This ofcourse varies from different people.

Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) – IDC is the most common type of breast cancer. It starts in the milk ducts of your breast and spreads to surrounding tissues. IDC could spread through the lymph system or bloodstream to other parts of your body.

Mucinous Carcinoma (Colloid) – Mucinous (colloid) carcinoma is a rare type of invasive breast cancer that rarely spreads to your lymph nodes. It is formed when cancer cells inside your breast produce mucous. This mucous contains cancer cells that are very distinct from normal cells under a microscope. The mucous and cancer cells combine to form jelly-like tumours.

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