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Donald Trump To Undergo Medical Check Amid Swirl of Allegations Over His Health

By Ben Riley-Smith, US Editor
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Donald Trump will attempt to end speculation about his mental and physical suitability for the presidency next week by undergoing a formal health check.

The US president is to be examined by the same doctor as his predecessor Barack Obama and a summary of the results will be made public.

The physical test will last around two hours and include blood and urine tests, heart checks and even questions about his sleeping habits and sex life, according to medical experts.

It will be carried out at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the edge of Washington DC, the country’s largest military hospital, on Friday.

By undergoing his first formal medical check since entering the White House, Mr Trump hopes to put to bed allegations about his mental state that emerged this week.

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A controversial new book by journalist Michael Wolff claimed Mr Trump was failing to recognise old friends and often repeated stories “word-for-word” .  The White House called questions about his mental suitability for office“disgraceful”.

However those hoping for a tell-all medical reveal may end up disappointed, according to Arthur Caplan, founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine.

“The president has the same right as any citizen in the United States to keep his medical information private,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. “There’s never been legislation requiring that he does otherwise.”

The examination is merely a custom that has become norm for presidents in recent years, rather than a constitutional or congressional requirement.

Nonetheless Mr Obama, the former president, set the bar of expectation pretty high.  His two-page medical summary released in March 2016 goes into remarkable details.

Mr Obama’s exact height (73.5 inches), weight (175 pounds), body mass index (22.8 kg/m2), resting heart rate (56 bpm) and blood pressure (110/68 mm Hg) are all listed.

Everything from alcohol drinking habits – “occasionally and in moderation” – to his use of nicotine gum and cholesterol levels were spelled out in the official release.

The specificity has raised hopes that some Trump mysteries can finally be solved. Is he really 6 feet 3 inches tall, as the president has claimed despite evidence to the contrary?

Has a diet known to lean towards cheeseburgers and KFC had any impact on the wellbeing of the oldest man ever elected US president?

But the president has the power to hold back any details he wishes – as did Mr Obama, whose clean bill of health came with barely a single negative point.

It will not be the first time Mr Trump, 71, has released medical records. Facing calls for transparency during the 2016 election campaign, the candidate’s personal physician put out a statement .

“Mr Trump has suffered no form of cancer, has never had a hip, knee or shoulder replacement or any other orthopedic surgery,” read a note from Harold N Bornstein, MD.

“If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Reports of how the glowing assessment was procured – written in five minutes while a limo sent by Mr Trump waited outside, according to NBC News – dented its impact.

Dr Bornstein declined to comment on next week’s medical when contacted by this newspaper.

US history is littered with past presidents hiding illnesses.  Grover Cleveland used the cover of a fishing trip to have secret cancer surgery on a yacht in 1893, fearing the impact on the markets if the news got out.

Franklin Roosevelt was said to have hidden the fact he was at “death’s door” when he sought re-election in November 1944. He won, but passed away within six months.

And it is only recently that the full scale of John F Kennedy’s numerous medical problems, and the drugs he used to relieve the pain, have come to light.

The lack of legal requirement for presidents to publish medical examination results has led to calls for the custom to become a rule.

Barbara Perry, the director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, said: “Having come of age in the Watergate era, I am very keen on transparency in presidents.”

She added: “Just as I want to know the pilot of my airplane is physically and mentally fit for service, the American people have the right to known the condition of their candidates and presidents.”

On Friday, Mr Trump will follow a long line of presidents into the examination room. Critics and supporters alike will be carefully watching the results.   (The Telegragh)

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Some Health Benefits Of Oily Fish You Do Not Know |The Republican News

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Oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Both white and oily fish are good sources of lean protein. White fish contains fatty acids, but only in the liver, and in smaller quantities.

Cardiovascular disease

Consuming oily fish can help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA. A study published by the American Physiological Society suggests that fatty fish oils can also protect the heart during times of mental stress.

Rheumatoid arthritis

A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journallinked an average daily intake of at least 0.21 grams (or 210 milligrams) a day of omega-3 with a 52 per cent lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Other research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids might protect against the future development of RA.

Dementia

Among people who abuse alcohol, fish oil may offer protection from dementia. Brain cells that were exposed to a mix of fish oil and alcohol had 95 percent less neuroinflammation and neuronal death compared with brain cells that were only exposed to alcohol.

Mouth and skin cancers

Oily fish consumption may protect against early- and late-stage oral and skin cancers. Omega-3 fatty acid has been found to target and selectively inhibit the growth of malignant and pre-malignant cells at doses that do not affect the normal cells.

Sensory, cognitive, and motor development

Consuming oily fish during the last months of pregnancy can have positive effects on a child’s sensory, cognitive, and motor development, research suggests. The same study did not find that breast-feeding offered the same benefits.

Asthma

The children of women who regularly consumed salmon during pregnancy may be less likely to show signs of asthma at the age of 2.5.

Protecting vision and memory

DHA can protect against vision loss. Scientists have identified a link between oily fish consumption and a lower risk of vision loss in older people. A study published in PLOS One indicates that eating oily fish may improve working memory.

Breast and prostate cancer

One meta-analysis of nearly 900,000 women has linked a higher consumption of oily fish with a lower risk of breast cancer. However, another team found that men with high quantities of omega-3 oil in their blood had a higher risk of prostate cancer.

Many people take fish oil supplements for health reasons. Learn more about fish oils and their benefits here.

Although eating oily fish promotes many aspects of good health, overconsumption may not be beneficial. A recent study found a risk of premature death in people with both high and low levels of HDL, raising the question of whether more HDL is always better.

Also, high levels of HDL can be harmful for people who are undergoing dialysis, because it can increase levels of inflammation.

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Cholestorol Finally Removed As Nutrient That Contributes To Heart Disease Or Clogs Arteries

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The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern doing a U-turn on their warnings to us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.
This means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as safe and have been officially removed from the nutrients of concern list.
The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.
“The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology)
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.

US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”
“When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up .
The Real Truth about Cholesterol
The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol. It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids. High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication
which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.
Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century
Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time
There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol
So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
OUR BODY NEEDS 950 mg OF CHOLESTEROL FOR DAILY METABOLISM AND THE LIVER IS THE MAIN PRODUCER.
ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT. If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver
Got to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.
Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.

(Source: Washington Post)

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Instead Of Burger And Fries You Should Always Eat Two Burgers – Nutritionist |RN

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Most food advice makes us sad.

Not a week goes by without us being told that our favourite food is making us ill, or we should be eating more of the thing we hate.

But now a registered dietician and nutritionist has come up with a fast food tip that we’re most definitely on board with.

Her advice: the most sensible way to enjoy fast food is by ordering two burgers instead of one.

Now don’t get carried away – you don’t get to splurge on an extra Big Mac without making any sacrifices.

What Emily Field wants you to do is give up your order of fries for that second burger.

If you’re a chip fan, you’ll struggle with this change, but for those of us who’ll choose a big juicy burger any day of the week, it’s the perfect scenario.

It’s less about the calories though (you’ll eat the same or more calories in many instances), but about the composition of the food.

Protein keeps you feeling full, carbs give you energy, and fat helps you absorb vitamins and minerals.

Emily says the secret with a fast food splurge is to make sure you keep those three things balanced.

She says you’ll end up with fewer cravings later in the day, and less desire to binge.

She told Business Insider: “I want people to be able to approach any food, any situation, and know that they can still make a responsible choice for their body.”

In the body, fats and proteins slow the breakdown of carbs into sugar.

This buffers us against dips and spikes in insulin which can lead to binge eating.

Cereal is an example of a breakfast dish that’ll give you a sharp energy spike that quickly fades.

But Emily says throwing some protein-rich Greek yoghurt or some nuts onto it will help avoid the crash.    (The Independent)

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Life Insurance: Nigeria’s Grave Oversight |The Republican News

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Life insurance is one of the most important aspects of personal finance and family security and yet it’s a topic that is surrounded by a lot of confusion and skepticism in Nigeria. What is it? Why do I need it? Is it expensive? Which policy is right for me?

Joining us here to answer your questions and shed some light on the subject is Yomi Onifade, who is a Divisional Director at AXA Mansard. Yomi and his team at AXA Mansard are running a campaign tagged Bonus Life on their Life Insurance Savings Plan. AXA Mansard wants every eligible Nigerian to gift themselves with Bonus Life which is an amazingly simple Savings plan with great investment returns and Bonus life-long insurance cover.

So Yomi, let’s start with the basics: what is life insurance?

Life insurance is a protection against financial loss that would result from the premature demise of an insured person. The named beneficiary receives the proceeds and is thereby safeguarded from the financial impact of the demise of the insured. The amount paid by a life insurer depends on the the level of cover in the agreement.

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How many Nigerians have life insurance?

Based on the statistics our team has compiled, less than 1.5% of Nigeria’s adult population has life insurance cover which is extremely low. This was even lower before the Regulator National Insurance Commission – NAICOM commenced a series of initiatives over the past few years to improve penetration. So we are getting there and working towards improving Insurance coverage in Nigeria to get to the levels of other countries like in Finland where 59% of the people are covered. Other countries we could compare Nigeria with include Norway with 55.1% coverage. In Africa, South Africa has 27% of its adult population with life Insurance and Kenya also with 15% adult life insurance. In summary, there is a need for all stakeholders to continue working to improve life insurance coverage in Nigeria and this is one of the key reasons why AXA Mansard’s  Bonus Life is good for Nigerians

Why is life insurance important?

If you are retired or you have no financial dependents, the reality is that you do not need life insurance. In Nigeria, however, most people have a number of dependents. Even if your children are old enough, most of us have other people we care for: spouses, parents, extended family members etc. In the case of an accident or demise, life insurance helps to compensate those left behind for what are often considerable financial consequences: final expenses, outstanding debts, school fees and lost income.

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Why don’t more Nigerians have it?

The main reason people are not covered is that they perceive insurance as being extortionately expensive. A typical premium will cost in the range of N20,000/ month. This might seem like good value when said in the same breath as the financial consequences discussed above. But, when taken as a standalone expense without contextualisation, many see it as being too expensive.

For this reason, many Nigerians prefer to put their money in a savings account to provide some psychological reassurance in case of an accident. Today, there are significant number of Nigerians who leave their money in traditional savings accounts that are often yielding less than 2% interest.

How does the Bonus Life savings solve a problem for the Nigerian consumer?

Being sufficiently covered would provide real peace of mind for a huge number of Nigerians. As mentioned above, we know that there are a number of barriers preventing many from taking out policies. That’s why we have Bonus Life.

Bonus Life allows Nigerians to benefit from life insurance without having to pay a N20,000 premium. It is essentially a savings plan like the one you have with your regular bank. You enjoy all the returns of a regular savings plan but the key differences are two-fold: a) you earn superior interest (more than 5%) and b) simply for saving regularly, you get Bonus life insurance cover in case of an accident.

Getting started is easy – simply click here to share a few details and a member of our team will be in touch to explain how you can start enjoying your Bonus.

What’s the catch?

No catch. AXA Mansard is offering Nigerians Bonus Life because we want to build strong relationships with our customers and address the problem that we were well placed to solve.

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Fill out a few details here and one of our teams will be in touch to help you get started.

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Why You Should Not Drink While On Antibiotics |The Republican News

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You were responsible enough to go to the doctor and get antibiotics for your pesky urinary tract infection, but you also have a happy hour tonight that you do not want to miss. Technically, you’re not “supposed to” drink when you’re taking antibiotics, but what’s the worst thing that could happen if you crack open a cold one tonight? You might have heard from a well-meaning friend that drinking on antibiotics just “makes you get drunker, faster,” but it’s actually more complex than that.There are two main reasons why you should avoid alcohol while on a course of antibiotics: There’s potential for increased side effects, and the alcohol could interact with the drug’s ability to do its job, explains Stephen Ferrara, RN, DNP, RNC-BC, associate dean for clinical affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing, who oversees its faculty practice, ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group. And those side effects are way worse than just your typical hangover.

If you do decide to have a few drinks while on antibiotics, you could experience a slew of gorgeous symptoms, such as increased heart rate, changes in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal pain and discomfort, headaches, redness of the skin, dizziness, drowsiness, and damage to the liver, Dr. Ferrara says. Yikes. There are certain antibiotics (such as Metronidazole, Ketoconazole, and Griseofulvin, for example) that will definitely cause an intense and significant reaction to alcohol, so you really shouldn’t drink, he says. “Outside of these medications, a drink or two should not cause significant reactions while on antibiotics, although the potential always exists.” So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Besides possibly making you feel terrible, if you drink alcohol on antibiotics it’ll take you longer to recover from whatever infection you’re treating, Dr. Ferrara says. “Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption increases liver enzymes released in the bloodstream,” he says. “Since the liver is responsible for metabolising antibiotics, the effects of antibiotics can be reduced.” So, while that carafe of wine might be calling your name at the end of a long week, you’ll just end up having to take your antibiotics longer, so it’s better to just wait until you’re recovered..

As for the whole “getting drunker, faster” thing? That’s somewhat true, according to Dr. Ferrara. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, increasing the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream, he says. “When someone has an infection, they may already be partially dehydrated.” Alcohol is also a central nervous system depressant, so when it’s combined with antibiotics (or medications) that also affect the central nervous system, “the effects of both can be potentiated,” he says. “In other words, symptoms like poor coordination, dizziness, somnolence are increased since both are acting on the central nervous system.” And those are all symptoms associated with being drunk, so you can see how people assume that they’re just getting “drunker.”

Let’s be clear: Drinking on antibiotics to fast-track your buzz isn’t a good idea. While you’re treating an infection, whether it’s a UTI or bacterial infection, it’s extra-important to rest, stay hydrated, and take the entire course of the antibiotic as prescribed, Dr. Ferrara says. Even though you can’t get sloshed with your friends this weekend, you will be feeling better sooner — which is worth it, right?  (Refinery29)

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Senate Says Ailing Buhari Has Not Violated Any Law |The Republican News

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From Fred Itua, Abuja and Gyang Bere, Jos

The Senate, yesterday, came out in stout defence of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he has not violated any known laws of the country.

It also cautioned sponsors and participants in the ongoing protests by a coalition of civil society organisations, operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo and demanding the resignation of President Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, to stop heating up the polity with their unreasonable demands.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said the protesters were only creating unnecessary tension in the country and seeking to divert the attention of the Presidency from the economic and security issues, which were being tackled with vigour.

It noted that Buhari had complied with the provisions of the Constitution, which stipulated that he must hand over to the vice president and duly inform the two chambers of the legislature about his medical vacation.

“The president has broken no law and therefore we do not see any justification for this diversion and noise making. The sponsors are merely seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the peace of Nigeria. We, in the National Assembly, are satisfied that there is no vacuum. The Federal Government is working. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is providing the required leadership. So, there is no reason for the protests.

“All Nigerians now should focus on praying for the safe return of the president. We in the Senate are happy about the report by the governors and party leaders who recently visited President Buhari in London and we know he will soon return to continue to provide leadership to our people and the rest of Africa.

“We, therefore, call on the protesters to stop all these demonstrations and let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the President, the acting President and Nigeria as a country at this critical period,” the senate stated.

Meanwhile, a cleric, Prophet Isa El-Buba has accused the kitchen cabinet of Buhari of restricting Osinbajo from taking major decisions that would better the lots of Nigerians.

He advised Buhari to give critical attention to his ill-health and not hurry back home until he is fully certified by his medical doctor.

Prophet El-Buba, who stated this in Jos during a press conference, said if the acting president is given full capacity to act without restrain, Nigeria would transform into an enviable nation in less than one year.

“There is no need for President Buhari to rush back if he is not fully recovered, he should take the time to attend to his health and give the acting president full capacity to act without the interference of certain personalities from the cabinet.

“From my observation, the acting president has been slow down by certain powers bent on holding the country to ransom. He started at a very high speed towards economic recovery that had placed the country on hardship.

“He had visited market women to know the actual cost of foodstuff, he visited Niger Delta to address the militancy problem and currently, he is addressing the challenges of insecurity in Kaduna State and agitation for secession by some interest groups, but some people are not happy with the steps he has taken so far, they felt he is stealing the show from the president.”

El-Buba flayed some individuals who he claimed were working round the clock to puncture Osinbajo’s political will to place Nigeria on the track of steady growth and development.

He said such elements should be identified and showed the way out from the Presidency. (The Sun)

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