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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Violent protests as Ukraine delays signing trade deal

Violent clashes erupted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as more than 100,000 people protested against a government decision to delay an association deal with the EU.

Riot police and angry demonstrators fought each other in front of government buildings as one group tried to break into the Cabinet of Ministers offices.

The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Pro-EU supporters want Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich to sign the trade pact with the European Union as agreed, during a summit in Lithuania on Friday.

His decision to pullout due to pressure from Moscow has been roundly condemned by Ukraine's top opposition figures.

Protesters have set up a tent city in the capital vowing to stay there until they get their way.


VIDEO: Amarachi – Amarachi’s Dance

Winner of the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Got Talent, 8-year-old Amarachi Uyanne, releases the video for her debut single “Amarachi’s Dance”

Too little sleep linked to heart disease risk.

People who do not sleep a lot are more likely to suffer from negative health effects than people who sleep more than eight hours a night.

People who tend to get less than six hours sleep a night are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and tend to be obese, a large US study has found.

The research is the first to look at differences in risk between racial and ethnic groups and also finds the strongest effect among black and Hispanic Americans.

"This is important, since racial minorities are generally at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity," said Michael A. Grandner, who led the study at the Centre for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

"And if they also tend to have more sleep difficulties, that could be making things worse," said Grandner.

Poor health

Using nationwide survey data from 2008, researchers divided results from more than 5 000 respondents representing the US population into three groups: people who were sleeping less than five hours a night; the next group who slept between five and six hours and people who slept more than nine hours a night.

Grandner's team reported in the journal Sleep Medicine that people who didn’t sleep a lot and the next group were both linked to poor health. 

People who didn’t get a lot of sleep were twice as likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, compared to people who slept around seven to eight hours a night. People who slept the less were also 75% more likely to have diabetes and 50% more likely to be obese. They were 20% more likely than normal sleepers to report high blood pressure and obesity. 

Blacks were most likely to report sleeping less than five hours and the same group was also most strongly linked to obesity.

Sleeping just a few hours at night was strongly linked to high blood pressure among blacks, whites and non-Mexican Hispanics, while people of Asian descent had the strongest link between short sleep and high cholesterol.

People who slept the longest at night did not appear to experience any negative health effects once researchers adjusted for other factors. 

There is no consensus on what the ideal minimum amount of sleep should be for good health, Kristen L. Knutson said.

She studies sleep and heart health in different populations at the University of Chicago’s  Department of Medicine.

Younger people

There’s no set number for sleep, in part "because there is likely to be some variability in how much sleep different people need," Knutson said, but the majority of large studies had found that people who said they slept between seven and eight hours a night were the healthiest.

"Recommendations vary by age, with younger people generally needing more sleep than older people.

"Like most aspects of health, too little is bad for you and too much is also likely bad for you," Grandner said.

"It’s hard to say that short sleep is worse than sleeping too many hours - it's just that we currently have a better idea of why short sleep is detrimental to health," she said.

Quantity of sleep isn't the only important factor though, Grandner said.

Insomnia, sleep apnoea and waking frequently during the night may be related to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Stress on  the body

"These data do suggest that short sleep, whatever the cause, is associated with important negative health outcomes," Knutson said.

Sleep and health are likely linked in a two-way relationship, Grandner said. 

Less sleep may negatively impact health and certain health conditions like obesity might make sleep more difficult.

"Lack of sleep limits your body's ability to keep itself healthy, increasing risk for disease, which puts stress on the body, making sleep harder," he said. 

"It is likely a cycle like this."

Obese kids more affected by asthma!

Overweight and obese kids are more likely to struggle with asthma than other kids, a new review suggests.

Overweight and obese kids are more likely to struggle with asthma than kids of normal weight, according to a new review of more than 623 000 children.
Researchers found that children carrying extra weight are between 1.16 to 1.37 times more likely to develop asthma than normal-weight kids, with the risk growing as their body-mass index a measure of body fat encompassing height and weight – increases.
Obese children also experience more frequent and severe episodes of asthma, requiring more medical attention and drug therapy, found the study in the 7 August issue of theAmerican Journal of Epidemiology.
For example, heavier kids required more visits to the doctor to treat their asthma, and needed to use inhalers more often to help restore normal breathing.
Inflammation caused by body fat is suspected to be one factor in the kids' increased risk of asthma, said study lead author Mary Helen Black, of the department of research and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
The extra pounds also might affect the severity of asthma by placing additional weight on a child's chest, Black said.
Greater perceived symptoms
"Overweight and obese youths have greater perceived symptoms of asthma," she said. "When they have difficulty breathing, it seems more extreme to them than to kids with normal weight." This could be due to the added weight constricting their breathing.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness in the United States, affecting one out of every 10 kids, according to study background information.
For the study, the researchers examined electronic health records maintained by Kaiser Permanente for 623 358 children and classified them from normal weight to extremely obese based on their height and weight.
The link between asthma and obesity was particularly pronounced among moderately and extremely obese girls between 6 and 10 years old, who had between 1.36 and 1.56 times higher risk of asthma than normal-weight girls their age.
Moderately and extremely obese Asian-Pacific Islander children also were inordinately affected, running between 1.41 and 1.67 times higher risk of asthma, the investigators found.
The new study confirms a common-sense link between the effects of obesity and the causes of asthma, said Dr Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet, an allergy and asthma specialist in Gaithersburg, Md., and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. She was not involved with the study.
Reservoir of toxins
"Really you could have figured this out if you lined up all of the boxes neatly on your table," Eghrari-Sabet said. "Fat is a huge reservoir of toxins. Toxins can of course cause inflammation. This is kind of like, what do you expect?"
Eghrari-Sabet noted that the inflammatory response caused by obesity already has been linked to other chronic conditions such as heart disease.
"If we explored this idea a little further: Is that the same cardiac disease you see in the adult? It would make you take the asthma in the young person so much more seriously because the problem is, so many people do not take asthma seriously," she said. "If you said your asthma is linked to heart disease, you would get that kid treated so much faster for asthma."
Study author Black said physicians and families should monitor overweight and obese children closely for signs of asthma.
"If they already have asthma, parents should think about their medication regimen and do everything they can to prevent some of these symptom exacerbations [flare-ups] from happening, knowing that kids who are obese are more likely to have these exacerbations," Black said.
Source - health24.com


 Lola Okoye is really beautiful!!!


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This year's Elite AWARDS NIGHT holds on the 7th of December,2013.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Governor Oshiomhole Apologizes to WIDOW.

 Gov. Oshiomhole Apologizes For Harsh Public Dismissal of Helpless Benin City Widow

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has apologized for his abominable dismissal of a helpless widow on a Benin street during a “sanitation tour.” 

A fast-circulating online video shows the governor, who was leading a large team of officials, telling the crying woman, who was on her knees begging him, to “go and die.”


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Henry Mic [real name - Henry Damola Oloyede] puts out this Raggaeton-infused offering titled “Whyne It On Me“, as produced by K-SlimThe singer/entertainer poises his own unique style and stage presence which has yearned him towards the hearts of many in Ukraine. His sound and versatility endears him to prioritize music as his utmost focus. Listen up and share your thoughts. | ENJOY!!!


Food addiction: myth or reality?

The announcement that binge eating disorder (BED) has been included as a psychiatric condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), did not come as a surprise. 

The DSM-5 is the current edition of the major reference book  of Psychiatry and Psychology defining the many different deviations of the psyche for purposes of classification, treatment and therapy. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and even obesity have been included in DSM for over 30 years (Kaplan & Sadock, 1981). 

But now Dr Suzanne Dickson, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is reported to have suggested that binge eating obesity may be a type of food addiction (Brauser, 2013). Dr Dickson was speaking at the 26th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Addiction theory

The popular press has been buzzing with articles that liken foods, especially fatty and sweet foods, to narcotics and claim that sugar is as addictive as a drug. 

“Sugar’s secret power over the mind” an article by Cherrill Hicks published in the Sunday Times (2013), explains the concept of “hedonic hunger”, a powerful drive that makes certain foods irresistible. According to the article, hedonic hunger is how our bodies respond under the influence of the brain’s reward centre which makes us eat certain foods for the simple pleasure of eating them. These foods are invariably not broccoli or steamed fish, but high-fat, high-sugar and also high-salt foods. Evidently our brains light up during neuro-imaging when we are exposed to such foods in the same way that the brains of opiate and alcohol addicts glow when they are presented with their chosen drugs. The reaction is linked to the release of dopamine in the brain which is in turn associated with the reward system. In addition, ghrelin the hormone we usually produce in our stomachs when we need energy that stimulates hunger and the eating response, is also produced when we see or smell or even think of these high-fat, high-sugar foods. 

The theory postulates that this hedonic hunger system was developed as a survival mechanism over aeons of feast and famine during human evolution. Because food was scarce for millennia, when energy-rich, calorie-laden foods suddenly became available (e.g. a successful mammoths hunt or finding a bee hive!), hedonic hunger made humans overeat so that we would have a store of energy tucked away in our fat depots for the lean and hungry times which dominated until about a century ago. Then alas, we became adept at controlling our food supply and famines were no longer the rule in certain areas of the globe. But our primitive neurological make-up which is probably closer to that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors than that of an astronaut, still drives us to overeat when we are faced by these survival foods.

Dutch reaction

Lawmakers in the Netherlands have called for legislation to force sweetened drinks to carry health warnings that sugar is ‘highly addictive and dangerous’ (Daily Telegraph, 2013). According to a front-page article in The Times, the head of health services in Amsterdam, Paul van der Velpen, said that “Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug.” He went on to state that, “The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers.” This concern about a newly identified addictive substance in a city where dagga can be purchased legally, does make one wonder about the priorities of these Dutch lawmakers.

The obesity conundrum
While the addiction theories of food consumption are plausible, the suggestion that obesity is a food addiction as suggested by Dr Dickson, needs additional investigation. She argues that up to 20% of obese patients also suffer from binge eating disorder, but that people of normal weight also often suffer from this condition without gaining weight.

At this point Dr Dickson says that “The evidence itself is insufficient to support the idea that food addiction is a mental disorder.” I, for one, am relieved that although binge eating disorder has been included in the DSM-5 as a mental condition, binge eating obesity has not yet been classified as such. Although we are wired to react physiologically to signals from our nervous system and brain, obesity is such a complex condition which has its origins in multiple interwoven factors that I would not welcome this type of classification. On the one hand it would make life marginally easier for obese patients not to be judged as ‘weak and out of control’, but it could also be used as an excuse for overeating. “I can’t help gorging on fat and sugar because I have a mental illness!’

Opposing views

I was interested to read that Dr Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, who acted as session moderator at the above mentioned Congress in Barcelona, cautioned the delegates that trying to classify some types of obesity as an addiction due to a mental illness, was “premature. “ As one of the individuals who was responsible for the development of DMS-5, Dr Wittchen from the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, said that it is difficult to say if certain food components actually do create some disturbance in the brain that would justify classifying them as addictive. He also disputes the claim that the supposed reaction of the brain to high-fat and high-sugar foods is a ‘brain disease’ (Brauser, 2013). 

A word of caution

I have always believed that moderation in all things is the golden rule and that also applies to witch hunts of certain foods, knee-jerk reactions to dramatic-sounding new research and trying to solve a global problem with multiple origins with one blanket solution. If we ban all high-energy foods, or force them to carry ‘health warnings’ and our population continues to suffer from obesity because of genetic factors or lack of physical exercise or poverty or lack of accessible healthy foods, then we may be doing our species a disservice. A many-pronged solution is required to solve a problem as great as the obesity epidemic here and globally and until more concrete evidence is produce by a large body of scientific research, I think the theories of food addiction and the classification of obesity as a mental illness should not yet be embraced as gospel until more research evidence is gathered.

Source - health24.com(References: Brauser D (2013). Is ‘Food Addiction’ real? http://www.medscape.com/article812650/; Daily Telegraph (2013). Sugar high too much for Dutch. The Times, Page 1, published on 18 September 2013; Hicks C (2013). Sugar’s secret power over the mind. Sunday Times, Page 17, published on 15 September 2013; Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ (1981). Modern Synopsis of Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry/III, 3rd Ed., Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.)