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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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Man Cuts Off His Penis With Razor In Public In Ondo |The Republican News

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The residents of Obanla area in Akure, Ondo State were astonished when a middle-aged man identified as Oluwole Aiyeloja cut off his penis with a razor blade publicly on Thursday.

According to an eyewitness, who did not want his name in print, Aiyeloja, after cutting off his penis, was trying to cut the scrotum to pull out the testicles, but a Good Samaritan ran to him, took the razor and rushed him to a police station.

The source said, “We were at Obanla Junction (Akure) when we saw a well-dressed man sitting on a bench. Suddenly, he just started pulling off his clothes right there. Later, he started cutting his penis to the shock of everyone.

“It was very gory; blood started gushing out of his private part. One man had to run to him (Aiyeloja) and collected the razor from him before other people went to the ‘A’ Division Police Station to invite the police. He was later rushed to the hospital.”

According to the eyewitness, the appearance of Aiyeloja did not show any visible sign that he was mentally challenged.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the command had commenced an investigation into the matter and that preliminary investigation showed that Aiyeloja might be suffering from “a spiritual or psychological problem.”

Joseph said, “When we interrogated him, he said a ‘monster’ had been talking to him to take some weird decisions. He said it was the ‘monster’ that instructed him to cut his penis for a donation which he did. He added that the ‘monster’ also instructed him to donate his testicles.

“He really needs help, which we are trying to give him. At present, he is responding to treatment at the police hospital.”

Joseph, however, said the victim would not be charged for any offence, despite causing harm to himself as the concern of the police “for now is how to get him necessary help.” (Punchng.com)

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These Are The Personality Traits Of People Who Like Being Alone |RN

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These are the personality traits of people who like being alone© Henry Arden / Getty These are the personality traits of people who like being alone

 

Boring, unsociable and potentially a little bit weird – these are some of the common stereotypes surrounding people who like to be alone.

There are also negative stereotypes about singletons; there’s a prevailing idea that there must just be something a little bit, well, off.

But new studies have found that people who like being alone, and enjoy being single, can actually be more outgoing and confident than those who are most comfortable in the company of others, according to Psychology Today.

Researchers measured participants’ key personality characteristics – neurotic, open, extroverted, agreeable and conscientious – against either their desire to be alone or their fear of being single.

The studies of people unafraid to be single were also measured on their relationship-contingent self-esteem, their need to belong, sensitivity to rejection, how easily their feelings are hurt, loneliness and depression.

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The studies found that people who like spending time alone, and who are unafraid to be single, are especially unlikely to be neurotic; they are not tense, moody or prone to worrying.

They are also more likely to be open-minded and extroverted, going against common stereotypes.

However, perhaps obviously, the ‘loners’ were less likely to be sociable; although you’d think to be extroverted and sociable would go hand in hand, but evidently not.

They also found that people – both single and currently in relationships – who quite enjoy being single are less likely to be lonely or depressed.

So perhaps it’s time to ditch our long-held assumptions; let’s embrace the loner life.  (New Country Living UK)

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Seven Million Nigerians Living With Depression – Medical Doctors

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The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) has said no fewer than seven million Nigerians are living with depression.
National President of the society, Dr Akin Moses, disclosed this on yesterday at a press conference to mark the 2017 World Family Doctors Day in Abuja.
Moses said based on research conducted by some physicians between 2015 and 2016, 29 million people in Africa were depressed while 322 million were affected with the condition globally.
He said the study showed that an estimated 788,000 suicide deaths worldwide occurred in 2015, while 10 suicide deaths per 100,000 population were recorded in Nigeria within the period.
According to him, there were a few unfortunate suicide deaths in Nigeria which were attributed to severe stressful life events.
He noted that depression played a role in more than half of all suicide attempts and up to 15 per cent of those that were depressed died by suicide. The physician said if not checked and treated, a depressed person has a 20 per cent chance of committing suicide.
The president of the society described depression as a common mental health problem that affects moods, resulting in a change in the way person feels, thinks and acts.
He said apart from stressful conditions, negative life events like bereavement, job loss, financial difficulty, divorce, loneliness, childhood abuse and neglect could also trigger depression.
Moses added that people with chronic pains and medical disorders; as well as patients on certain drugs and those abusing drugs like cocaine, amphetamine, narcotics and alcohol were all at risk.
He disclosed that a combination of medication and psychotherapy; as well as support and care from family members were appropriate treatment for depression.
According him, primary care physicians in the country will continue to create awareness to reduce negative perception and stigma.
He also pledged their readiness to recognise and support those at risk of developing depression.    (The Sun)

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Neighbours In Disbelief After Woman Found In Grave-like Pit

 

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CINCINNATI — The police chief shook his head. His eyebrow twitched and he laughed. He could think of little else to do, exasperated at the question he just posed.

“How did he get released?” asked Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

Reinbolt was talking about Dennis Dunn, a 45-year-old man with a history of mental health issues and interactions with police.

Police accused Dunn on Wednesday of kidnapping after a woman was reported missing at 2 a.m. and then found in a small grave-like pit in Dunn’s backyard shed. Neighbors had heard cries for help and called police.

An officer found the woman, 30-year-old Jennifer Elliott, in the pit in the floor of the shed with wood over top of it. Police said heavy objects covered the wood, preventing her from getting out.The pit was about 3 ½ feet deep and 2 feet in diameter. It was not clear how long she was there.

Elliott was shaking and appeared to be having a seizure, but police said she showed no outward signs of physical trauma. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Dunn is at the Clinton County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.

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Earlier this month, he was accused of disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. Chief Reinbolt said Dunn was hearing voices and called police on more than four occasions claiming someone had entered his home.

At one point, his neighbors called police when they saw him in the yard with a pistol.

Police took him to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation on April 2, Reinbolt said. Two days later, Dunn called police again claiming someone was pounding on the windows of his home. An officer responded and found no one there but Dunn.

“Obviously the problem wasn’t solved,” said Reinbolt, discussing the mental health treatment Dunn received. “Obviously this is somebody that I think would be better served in a controlled environment where he can receive regular care and, mainly, so he’s not a threat to the Jennifer Elliotts of the world.”

Dunn’s father showed up to the house on Central Avenue Wednesday morning and apologized to the chief for having to deal with his son.

“To me, it’s sad. It’s not his responsibility to provide mental health care for his adult son,” Reinbolt said.

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It couldn’t immediately be determined whether Dunn had an attorney who could comment on the accusations against him.

In October, Elliott told police she had been receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from Dunn, but ultimately declined to participate in pressing charges.

Several Blanchester residents referenced the movie Silence of the Lambs Wednesday afternoon, as news trucks lined the street and several cars drove by just to see what was going on.

Emily Noe was spending the night at her father’s house. She said she has been friends with Dunn for five years.

“I cannot picture him doing that,” said Noe. “I’ve seen him do too many kind things.”

She remembered Dunn coming over for cookouts on July 4th and buying diapers for her young son when she couldn’t afford to. She said she once helped Dunn clean out the shed in which Elliott was found.

But while she was sitting on her father’s porch defending Dunn, her husband, Jeff Drake, sat down and without hesitating said, “He’s crazy.”                  USA TODAY

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Undergraduate Attempts Suicide, Jumps Into River In Imo |The Republican News

Undergraduate attempts suicide, jumps into river in Imo

Tragedy was on Saturday averted at the Federal University of Technol­ogy, Owerri, Imo State, when an undergraduate of the institu­tion, identified as Sydney Prince, jumped into a river in a bid to end his life.

It was gathered that Prince, studying Materials and Metallur­gical Engineering, is the leader of the Man O’ War, a campus secu­rity outfit in the university.

An eyewitness identified as Stellamaris, an undergraduate of FUTO, disclosed that Prince jumped into the Otammiri River, which is within the school en­vironment after making several phone calls.

She said, “While I and my friends were doing our morning exercise at the Otammiri River bank, he was at the other side of the river crying as he was making phone calls. We ignored him and kept jogging. But after about 20 minutes, he jumped into the river. That was when he started shout­ing and screaming for help from passers-by.

“He was struggling and gasp­ing for breath. My friends ran to the street to solicit assistance from people and immediately I saw his head, I started encouraging him to hold on to a tree in the river. He finally lost consciousness and was already drowning when pro­fessional swimmers arrived and rescued him.”

A source close to the victim, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Prince attempted suicide because he was frustrated by what he believed was unjust treatment by the school manage­ment.     (Authority)

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Prince Harry Unable To Process The Grief Of Diana Death Until 20 years Later, Sought Counselling


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Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after spending nearly 20 years “not thinking” about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief – following two years of “total chaos”.

But he was in a “good place” because of the “process I have been through”.

The 32-year-old prince also said boxing “saved” him after he took it up as a “good way of letting out aggression”.

The Telegraph says Prince Harry had decided to talk about his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Along with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he is promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon’s charity of the year.

Speaking to the paper’s Bryony Gordon, Prince Harry said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.”

He added: “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

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The Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

Prince Harry said: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?”

He described himself as a “typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it.

“And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.”

He said he decided to act after his brother, told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”

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Prince Harry said: “Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever – the Americans call them shrinks – someone you have never met before.

“You sit down on the sofa and say ‘listen, I don’t actually need your advice. Can you just listen’. And you just let it all rip.”

Asked whether he had counselling, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”

But he said he could “safely say” his concerns were not related to his service as a soldier in Afghanistan.

On taking up boxing, Prince Harry told the paper: “Everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression.

“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone.”

Prince Harry said: “Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”

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