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16 Signs A Person Might Have HIV

1)Fever
One of the first signs of ARS can be a mild fever, up to
about 102 degrees F.
The fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by other
usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph
glands, and a sore throat.
“At this point the virus is moving into the blood stream and
starting to replicate in large

2)Fatigue
The inflammatory response generated by your besieged
immune system also can cause you to feel tired and
lethargic. Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of
HIV.

3)Achy muscles, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes.

4)Sore throat and headache.

5)Skin rash
Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/
AIDS.

6)Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

7)Weight loss
Once called “AIDS wasting,” weight loss is a sign of more
advanced illness and could be due in part to severe
diarrhea.

8)Dry cough.

9)Pneumonia.

10)Night sweats
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11)Nail changes:
Another sign of late HIV infection are nail changes, such as
clubbing (thickening and curving of the nails), splitting of
the nails, or discoloration (black or brown lines going either
vertically or horizontally).
Often this is due to a fungal infection, such as candida.

12)Yeast infections
Another fungal infection that’s common in later stages is
thrush, a mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of
yeast.

13)Confusion or difficulty concentrating
Cognitive problems could be a sign of HIV-related
dementia, which usually occurs late in the course of the
disease.
In addition to confusion and difficulty concentrating, AIDS-
related dementia might also involve memory problems
and behavioral issues such as anger or irritability.

14)Cold sores or private part herpes
Cold sores (oral herpes) and private part herpes can be a sign
of both ARS and late-stage HIV infection.
And having herpes can also be a risk factor for contracting
HIV. This is because private part herpes can cause ulcers
that
make it easier for HIV to enter the body during s*x. And
people who have HIV tend to have more severe herpes
outbreaks more often because HIV weakens the immune
system.

15)Tingling and weakness
Late HIV can also cause numbness and tingling in the
hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy, which
also occurs in people with uncontrolled diabetes.

16)Menstrual irregularities.
Please, go and check your status. Protect yourself in
everyway you can against this deadful scourge

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Bleaching Can Cause Kidney Failure, Infertility – Experts

Dr Akinlolu Siyanbola, a Medical expert has warned
Nigerians on the dangers of using bleaching products.
Siyanbola, a dermatologist at the Ladoke Akintola University
of Technology Hospital, Osogbo, in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, maintained that
consistent usage of bleaching products over a long period
could lead to kidney failure, cancer and infertility. His
assertion was also corroborated by Dr Abimbola Ibrahim in a
separate interview.
According to Dr Siyanbola, consistent usage of bleaching
products over a long period could make the kidney to fail,
and could cause diabetes. He explained that bleaching
products could also cause osteoporosis (loss of bone
density), psychiatric manifestation and systemic
hypertension among other ailments.
The dermatologist said that bleaching products contain
chemical agents that reduce the activities of the natural cell
which protects the skin from the adverse effects of sunlight.
The agents, he said, change the skin to occhronus manifested
in different colours of the body.
However, in his reaction, Dr Abimbola Ibrahim, disclosed
that people who use bleaching products may end up being
infertile. Ibrahim said products lighten the skin and cause it
to lose its natural protective barrier, making it to be
vulnerable. The medical expert added that infection spreads
faster and broader, thus leading to skin cancer

To the ladies and men hope you hear this ???

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5 Reasons Why You May Be Single

There is a huge difference between the guys who get
girls on a consistent basis and the one’s who just can’t
seem to get attention from the opposite s*x no matter
how hard they try. If your love life is on the skids, it’s
safe to assume that you are probably guilty of one of
these 5 blunders.

1. You’re too needy
If you want to run a woman off quickly, one of the best ways
to do it is to be overly needy, i.e., excessively calling, emailing
or sending text messages early in a relationship, always being
available and doing everything she wants. Furthermore,
women are not attracted to the type of man who needs too
much support, validation, and constant reinforcement.

2. You don’t know how to build attraction
Many men fail in this area because they don’t know how to
talk to women in a way that makes them more interested as
time goes on. You need to learn the trigger points in women,
i.e., how they think, react, and speak. You also have to know
how to project your best qualities and use these to build
attraction.

3. You’re looking in the wrong places
Trying to meet women in bars and clubs is a waste of time!
Many women do not like meeting men at bars and have a
natural resistance to men who approach them in these
settings. Some of the best places to meet single women are
shopping centers, coffee shops, concerts and gyms. Women
KNOW that guys who are in bars and clubs are looking for
one-night stands, but they don’t expect to be hit on in the
above scenarios (element of surprise).

4. You don’t have confidence
Women are attracted to men with self-confidence, period.
Nobody wants a guy who acts unsure of himself. A sexually
confident man who is secure about his sexuality and is
comfortable being who he is will always attract more women.

5. You’re not persistent
Second to not even trying, giving up too early is the most
common mistake guys make. You may need to get rejected a
few dozen times before you come across a girl that likes you.
Remember, meeting women is about numbers, so continue to
go out and meet as many women as possible to improve your
chances.

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Want to drive safely? Listen to Elton John, Aerosmith or S Club 7

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Among the top ten safest songs to drive to are Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith and Tiny Dancer by Elton John.

Each of the songs have an optimum tempo of a song for safe driving, mimicing the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.

The Scientist by Coldplay and Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River also appeared in the top 10.

The study, conducted at London Metropolitan University, also revealed the type of songs that cause motorists to drive dangerously.

Unsurprisingly, music that is noisy, upbeat and increases a driver’s heart rate can be a deadly mix.

Genres of music were also measured during the experiment and revealed variations between male and female drivers.

Hip-hop made a female driver drive far more aggressively, breaking harder and accelerating faster, than her male counterpart. The heavy metal playlist caused the fastest driving among males in the group while the dance playlist had the same effect among women.

The male and female drivers who listened to the classical playlist drove the most erratically.

The experiment involved eight people driving 500 miles each using the confused.com MotorMate app, which monitored driving behaviour through GPS technology.

The top 10 safest songs to drive to are:

1. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

2. Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars – Travie McCoy

3. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

4. The Scientist – Coldplay

5. Tiny Dancer – Elton John

6. Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake

7. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

8. Karma Police – Radiohead

9. Never Had a Dream Come True – S Club 7

10. Skinny Love – Bon Iver

 

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New research may explain why obese people have higher rates of asthma

Findings suggest that therapies that increase leptin-signaling may relieve asthma in obese people
Findings suggest that therapies that increase leptin-signaling may relieve asthma in obese people

New York, NY — A new study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers has found that leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in energy metabolism, fertility, and bone mass, also regulates airway diameter. The findings could explain why obese people are prone to asthma and suggest that body weight–associated asthma may be relieved with medications that inhibit signaling through the parasympathetic nervous system, which mediates leptin function. The study, conducted in mice, was published in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

“Our study started with the clinical observation that both obesity and anorexia can lead to asthma,” said Gerard Karsenty MD, PhD, professor and chair of genetics and development and professor of medicine at CUMC, and lead author of the study. “This led us to suspect that there must be a signal coming from fat cells that somehow affects the lungs —directly or indirectly.” The most likely candidate was leptin, a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream and travels to the brain.

Extensive evidence shows that obesity can cause narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction). When obesity develops in people with asthma, it exacerbates the breathing disorder and hampers its treatment through mechanisms that are poorly understood. The current study was designed to elucidate the genetic and molecular bases of the relationships among obesity, airway diameter, and lung function.

Through mouse studies, the researchers showed that abnormally low or high body weight and fat mass results in bronchoconstriction and diminished lung function. Next, they showed that leptin increases airway diameter independently of, and at a lower threshold than, its regulation of appetite.

Leptin affects the airways by decreasing the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, a branch of the autonomic nervous system not usually associated with leptin. The researchers also showed that regulation of airway diameter occurs regardless of local inflammation in the bronchi.

The researchers conducted two subsequent experiments to determine if these findings might have bearing on asthma therapy. In one, they took obese, asthmatic mice and administered a substance that increases lung inflammation. When they infused leptin in the brain of these mice for four days, “There was no effect on inflammation, but airway diameter and lung functions were normal,” said Dr. Karsenty. “This showed that, at least in the mouse, you can cure obesity-related asthma without affecting inflammation.” In the second experiment, the researchers treated obese, asthmatic mice with drugs that decrease parasympathetic tone, or rate of neuronal firing. Again, the asthma abated after several days.

“The therapeutic implication is that it may be possible to correct asthma in obese people with drugs that inhibit parasympathetic signaling—and thereby increase leptin-related brain signaling,” said Dr. Karsenty. Such drugs are already available. One is methacholine (Provocholine®, manufactured by Methapharm Inc.), which is used primarily to diagnose bronchial hyperreactivity, the hallmark of asthma. Clinical trials are needed before this or a more active and selective drug can be recommended for the treatment of body weight–associated asthma, Dr. Karsenty added.

In Praise Of Corruption

One of the most frightening things about the Jonathan
administration is the President’s palpable lack of
appreciation of the problems that confront us and “the
fierce urgency of Now”. This phenomenon rears its head at
every opportunity the President has to reassure Nigerians
that he has the capacity to lead the country out of its
current morass.
It is clichéd now to refer to the President’s response when
asked last June why he was unwilling to declare his assets
publicly as a mark of his commitment to fighting corruption.
The President told a bewildered nation that he didn’t “give a
damn” about Nigerians not knowing what he is worth. That
comment reverberated and still reverberates around the
country, particularly whenever the words fighting corruption
and the Jonathan administration are used in a sentence.
Those who thought that was one presidential gaffe too many
were surely mistaken. The President upped the ante during
the 2012 Christmas service in Abuja when he said his
government appeared to be slow because it did not want to
make mistakes. “By human thinking, our administration is
slow; I won’t say we are slow, but we need to think through
things properly if we are to make lasting impact,” the
President said in his homily. “If we rush, we will make
mistakes and sometimes it is more difficult to correct those
mistakes.”
Slow is an understatement. The President is simply telling us
he doesn’t know what he is doing. The truth is that there is no
governance going on in the country. We all know the President
is not circumspect or afraid of taking decisions, particularly
when such decisions will benefit his friends in the oil
industry. We witnessed that a year ago when, to the chagrin
of the mass of our people, the President increased the price
of petrol even when negotiations were ongoing with the
Nigeria Labour Congress and civil society. Since then, the
President has followed that insensate decision with numerous
anti-people actions like spending N22.6bn of our collective
wealth to offset bank loans owed by 84 rogue stock broking
firms.
The major headline of the preceding week was not the
hardship Nigerians had to endure during the Christmas and
New Year holidays or the death and destruction that stalk
the land. It was the pronouncement of President Jonathan in
what appeared as an official endorsement of corruption
during the funeral service of Gen. Owoye Azazi in Yenagoa,
Bayelsa State. Presidential aide, Reuben Abati, has
admonished us not to take the President literally when he
speaks. But this is one time we have no option but to pay close
attention to the President for “out of the abundance of the
heart, the mouth speaketh”.
Bishop of Bomadi Catholic Diocese, Vicarage Hyacinth
Egbebor, probably didn’t know he was stirring up a hornet’s
nest when he blamed the December 15 helicopter crash at
Okoroba in Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State,
that killed the former National Security Adviser, Azazi,
former Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, and four
others, on corruption. “Corruption is the only underlying evil
that is responsible for the air mishaps. If the military cannot
guarantee the safety and security of their own, who else can
they protect?” Egbebor noted in his sermon. “If there is
anywhere one looks for excellent performance, it is the
military. Now we have compromised excellence for money.
Money has taken over.”
An obviously peeved President Jonathan remarked in
response to Egbebor, “But most of these things we talk about
corruption are not even corruption. It is true that most cases
we talk about corruption as if corruption is the cause of most
of our problems. No. Yes, we have corruption in this country,
no doubt about that. The government is also fighting
corruption.” The President reminded us that “Nigeria has
more institutions that fight corruption than most other
countries”. His solution: Attitudinal change on the part of
Nigerians and concerted efforts by at least half of the
population to follow in the footsteps of the late Azazi.
It’s a good thing that President Jonathan, while rejecting
corruption as the problem, returned to the theme of attitude
as the bane of Nigeria’s development. As a result, the
President apparently demonstrated the logic of rational
analysis in locating corruption in the wider cosmic of
attitude. In that context, he is right to call for a change of
attitude. But Nigerians would expect the change of attitude
he preaches to begin with him. The only way to do this is for
him to lead by example; to practise what he preaches.
President Jonathan should not expect the man on the street
to heed the call to imbibe new ways of doing things when he
himself is not demonstrating it. Unfortunately, he has
refused to drive the process by, amongst other things,
arrogantly failing to publicly declare his assets, apportioning
over N1bn to the Presidency for feeding and expanding the
presidential fleet while saner countries are reducing theirs.
Unfortunately, the President failed to mention that the
attitudinal change we need most is one that de-prioritises
corruption as an ingrained culture of the Nigerian people. By
so doing, he ignored the consensus among not just the
dispossessed majority, but also in the circle of elite of which
he is one, that corruption, contrary to what he believes, is the
number one problem facing Nigeria today.
All the negative indices routinely ascribed to virtually every
sector of the Nigerian life are the consequence of
widespread sleaze perpetrated by government officials and
their collaborators outside government. As long as the status
quo continues to endure in the midst of rapid degeneration in
the quality of life and infrastructure, corruption will
continue to get the pride of place as the major cause of
Nigeria’s problem.
Though he never misses any opportunity to dish out rhetoric
about his government’s anti-corruption credentials, the
President’s mindset is one that places corruption at the lower
rung of the socio-economic evils bedevilling the country.
Thus, the will to confront it headlong does not exist. What
exists is the impulse to nurture it in order to continue to
sustain the plutocracy which he and the Peoples Democratic
Party have dishonestly sold to the people as democracy.
Evidence of this intent is the recent appointment of a
notable party chieftain, popularly known as “Mr. Fix It”, as
the chairman of Nigeria Ports Authority, the cash cow which
produces a large chunk of the money the ruling party uses to
fund its political campaigns. The President disregarded the
mountain of allegations of corruption sitting on the
appointee’s head to make the appointment. It is a mark of a
President who is not only out of touch with the people, but
one that doesn’t give a damn, indeed, about corruption and
its deleterious impact on our society.
In a sense, I agree with President Jonathan. It is time to
disband our anti-corruption agencies and set up an agency
for attitudinal change, that is, if we can’t revive the National
Orientation Agency. The first task of the new agency — the
National Agency for Attitudinal and Behavioural Change —
will be to get President Jonathan to change his attitude
toward corruption. And the reason is simple. Corruption,
regardless of the President’s stance, is Nigeria’s number one
problem, and it manifests itself in different ways whether
Jonathan sees it or not.
Martin Luther King, Jr., clergyman, activist, and prominent
leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, once
reminded Americans about the “fierce urgency of Now”. In
his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered almost 50 years ago on
August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.,
he noted: “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling
off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is
the time to make real the promises of democracy”.
I think President Jonathan should read that speech if he
hasn’t done so. Even though its focus was race relations, its
unifying idea was a warning for every people to frontally
confront their national “demon” and “make justice a reality
for all of God’s children”.
Corruption is Nigeria’s “demon” and unless the President
wants us to believe he is granting a national amnesty to
corruption, now is the time to end the platitudes and
confront it head on.

BY CHIDO ONUMAH (CONUMAH@HOTMAIL.COM)

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18 year-old student auctions her virginity to pay for mother’s medical bills

Auctioning off her virginity – High-school student Rebecca Bernardo is offering her deflowering to the highest bidde
Auctioning off her virginity – High-school student Rebecca Bernardo is offering her deflowering to the highest bidde

An 18-year-old Brazilian, Rebecca Bernardo is auctioning off her virginity in an effort to raise money for her sick mother, who recently suffered a stroke.

Bernardo announced the auction via YouTube and has so far received three bids, the highest being $35,000. ‘I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday. That’s when my mother suffered a stroke’, she told CNN.

The Sapeacu native says she has worked as a waitress but the cost of taking care of her mum which includes paying for a caretaker is too much for her to handle. Her mother is unable to feed herself or go to the bathroom alone.

Bernardo’s mother however doesn’t want her daughter to ‘prostitute herself’, saying she should look for work elsewhere.

‘She shouldn’t prostitute herself,’ she said.

Bernardo says she was inspired by another Brazilian Catarina Migliorini, 20, who auctioned off her virginity three months ago for $780,000 through an Australian website

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Lady Gaga To Counsel Teens On 2013 Born This Way Ball

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, popularly known as Lady Gaga will be providing therapy on her upcoming Born This Way Ball tour. Gaga announced on Saturday that the 2013 leg of her BTW Ball will feature the BornBrave Bus, where fans can come aboard before each show and receive counselling.
Why are you scared? Gaga won’t be doing the counselling herself, but little monsters can dream. The advice and pep talks will come from members of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends,” Gaga wrote on Facebook. “There will also be food and games, DJ White Shadow and Lady Starlight will DJ with host BREEDLOVE to keep the experience fun.
“BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don’t look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around “help” and make it fun.”
The mother monster and her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, came up with the idea for their Born This Way Foundation in the wake of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
“Now more than ever, our kids need access to support within their communities, including mental health services,” read a statement from Mama Gaga. “By connecting youth to these local resources, we hope to plant the seeds that will help them deal with today’s challenges and inspire them to continue exercising their strength and bravery well after the Born Brave Bus leaves town.”
The Born The Way Ball relaunches on Jan. 11 in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

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