Vasalgel an experimental new type of male contraceptive that uses gel to block sperm flow has proven 100% success rates in monkey trials. This is news we all have been waiting for since we want to reduce the burden of contraception from our women. Contraceptive pills for male had been developed but later withdrawn due to their many side effects. Men contraceptive options are use of barrier method i.e condoms, withdrawing and vasectomy a permanent form of male contraception. Vasalgel brings hope to men who want to reduce the burden of contraception from their women as a reversible option for them. Currently, about 20% of men are already using the available options of male contraception. Vasalgel is injected into vas deferens the tubes that sperm flows down into the penis and acts as ...
Beyonce, 35 year old singer announced that she is pregnant with twins on her social media. Beyonce Jay-Z’s wife announced the news by putting her big bump in an Instagram snap posted on Wednesday 1/2/2017. She didn’t say her due date but according to the picture she is believed to be four or five months pregnant. 'We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.’- Beyonce Knowles. The news thrilled her fans who congratulated her. We also congratulate her. Having multiple pregnancy in which twin pregnancy is the commonest is not an easy task since it is associated with many complications for both the mother and the babies. We will highlight some
A lot has been said about virginity in our societies. Proof of virginity before marriage is so important in many communities such as the Somalis, Swahilis, and Arabs among many others, often making them go to extreme lengths to confirm the virginity status of a woman after marriage. I have heard of weird stories of the wedding night where relatives wait outside the door or some go to the extent of waiting inside the room for evidence that the lady was a virgin. This is sometimes followed by a bizarre occasion where the bride’s family dance in pride with the blood stained bed sheet, celebrating the ‘chastity’ of their daughter. This could turn to be quite the embarrassment to those who had already lost their virginity, forcing them to look for herbal medicine or even surgery to repair o
Genital herpes is mainly caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) but can also be caused by herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) due to oral sex, the latter recently being increasingly common. Type 1 herpes causes oral herpes associated with cold sores around the mouth. Most people are carriers of the infection and are not exhibiting any symptoms hence unaware that they have been infected. The herpes virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact and can be transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sex. A study done in 1998 indicated that genital herpes is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the number of cases and 1.1 billion people around the world (15.9%) had asymptomatic genital herpes by 2013. The most common symptom is lesions on the genitalia, other symptoms may include pain,...
A lot of research has been done to determine the health effects of using social media and well-being in general with conflicting results. Some of the studies found that using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram results in increased risk of depression, reduced self-esteem and increased feeling of insecurity. While other studies found the opposite of this, a simple comment by a friend can boost significantly the user’s mood. According to a new study on 12 Million Facebook users, social networking sites are associated with a longer life when used right that is used to enhance and not replace real-life social interactions. People with larger real-life social networks tend to live longer, and now it has been seen that online friendships play a significant role too. “I
By Dr Ali Omar Scopolamine also known as Hyoscine or ‘Devil’s Breath’ is a drug used to treat motion sickness and post-operative nausea and vomiting among other medical uses. Its common side effect is sleepiness which is used commonly by criminals to commit crimes with the hope that the victim becomes unconscious or unable to effectively resist robbery. Scopolamine is derived from the flower of the Borrachero shrub, common in the South American country of Colombia. In Colombia, 50,000 criminal incidents of Scopolamine usage are being reported yearly. Scopolamine is been used for criminal activities in Kenya especially in Nairobi. What make Scopolamine effective in criminal activities are its effects of sleepiness, victim’s inability to effectively resist robbery and loss of me
By Dr Ali Omar As I was watching international news, there was this report about depression on medical students that really caught my attention. According to Research analyzed by the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than a quarter of medical students report depressive symptoms or depression (26.7%) while one in ten (11%) experiences suicidal thoughts. The analysis reviewed almost 200 studies involving 129,000 Medical Students in 47 countries. Medical students are two to five times more likely to experience depression compared to the general population of the United States of America with variations across the regions. The rate of Depression Is even higher (29%) in residents-Doctors who are further training for Masters or specialization in the medical field. The anal...
By Dr. Loise Mbau Shisha, sheesha or Hookah is now the new ‘it’ drug consisting of fruit flavoured tobacco. Shisha is the new Trend especially among the youth of Kenya. Its popularity seems to be increasing by the day and is a booming business for club owners in Kenya some even opening shisha lounges. It is seen as a ‘cool’ behavior. A smoking session last about one hour and the cost ranges from 300 shilling to 2000 shillings here in Kenya. Until recently, shisha was a drug used mainly by the Asian community in Kenya. Unknown to many however, shisha has been used for more than 500 years. The flavoured tobacco tastes smooth and smells sweet making its smoking an enjoyable experience. There’s a misconception that smoking shisha is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Accord
By Dr. Sally Getugi The other day in a group conversation, a fellow classmate made the remark that ‘in medicine life begins at 40’. You can only imagine the conversation that followed, especially the responses of the ladies. As a woman popping your first child at 40, is unquestionable, some argued. Others opinions that how can life start at 40 when many husbands should be retiring at 40 and the family enjoying the good life. To start having babies and paying fees for the next 20 plus years! The conversation was truly one for the books. Heated to just the right temperature and for once no insults, an actual constructive debate that had equally sensible arguments from both sides. This got me thinking, at what age would one start life especially considering you’re a medical student.
By Vincent Mageto Have you ever been bitten by bedbugs? If you have never, then count yourself lucky and I mean very lucky those little bloodsucking things are a great nuisance. My experience with bedbugs has been one journey I cannot forget, just the thought of it makes my body itch. The marks I had about two years ago told the story by themselves, the swellings all over my body that constantly itched was a great bother. I had just moved in a new room with a friend of mine whom I had lived with for more than one year. The excitement I had was evident because as we all know in a university compound it is not easy to find a large room to live in. This was my big luck, I made all the arrangements, the décor was set and I moved to my new room. The first night I slept I just kept itc