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I wish you good health to fulfill your promises to Nigerians, Atiku tells Buhari

By Nwafor Sunday

Former Vice president Atiku Abubakar, Saturday, welcomed president Buhari, who returned to his country after attending to his health for over 103 days in London.

Buhari, who received a warm welcome yesterday by Nigerians was charged by the former vice president via his tweeter handle, to fulfill his campaign promises to Nigerians.

In his words, “Welcome back Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari, Wishing you good health to fulfill the promises to Nigeria.”

Recall that Buhari and APC had promised Nigerians ‘change’ during his campaign period and that change is yet to be seen by Nigerians who voted him into power.

See his tweet:

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Letter to the editor: Here’s a good health plan that should work for you

This letter may be of some use to the general public, with regard to the health care delivery system in this great country. I came up with the following plans for each individual willing to empower themselves with a good health plan that works for them.

Eat less, drink less, safe sex, less gun violence, fewer drugs, think goodness. Any of these plans is cost- effective. The benefit to you and your loved ones, family and friends will be noted. If you plan to continue to live on Planet Earth and in America, any plan will be good for you.


True, we are comparing ourselves with other industrialized nations and their health care delivery, but any of those nations have the sum total of our health issues.

The bottom line is always the cost of your individual plan, and this should be a guiding principle: The best things in life are free.

Franciska Needham






Send questions/comments to the editors.

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UNRWA and the European Union promote good health practices among Palestine refugee students in Lebanon

In May 2017, 120 grade 7 students from the Saida and Burj Shemali areas visited three newly renovated UNRWA health centres, all of which were rehabilitated and refurbished with European Union (EU) support: the Ein El Hilweh Health Centre II, the Saida Polyclinic and the Burj Shemali Health Centre. The aim of the visit was to teach students about the Agency’s health-care services and see them in action, as well as to expand their knowledge of key health issues.

For Palestine refugees in Lebanon, access to affordable health services is difficult. Palestine refugees do not enjoy public health coverage in the Lebanese health system and are not recognized under any of the Ministry of Public Health programmes. On average, Palestine refugees spend around 12 per cent of their total expenditures on health (AUB Survey 2015). As such, the primary health-care services that UNRWA provides free of charge to Palestine refugees are critical, as are the Agency’s efforts to raise awareness in the community about public health issues and our services.

The students visiting the health centres were accompanied by health tutors, who are sponsored through the EU regional trust fund ‘MADAD,’ and taken on an interactive tour of the health centres by the head nurse. The MADAD Fund is used by UNRWA to support the needs of Palestine refugee children from Syria in Lebanon and covers educational material (including health materials) and recreational activities. The Fund ensures the dignity of Palestine refugee students from Syria and that they receive quality and inclusive education. The Fund also promotes healthy living by supporting health tutors who lead the children through the health curriculum, which covers healthy eating, proper hygiene and oral health.

The students visiting the health centres engaged with the medical staff and learned about their operations and good health practices from the doctors. All of the participating students wrote about their experience – you can read some of their accounts about what they learned during these visits below.

The European Union and UNRWA have been long-time partners in offering affordable and high-standard health care and providing a decent standard of living for the most vulnerable Palestine refugees through the rehabilitation of shelters and health centres. The three health centres were rehabilitated to better serve the needs of the camp inhabitants, allowing for better utilization of space and for the adaptation of the Family Health Team approach, focusing on the comprehensive history of the patient rather than treating the specific ailment and allowing for a more person-centered approach to their health-care needs.


The Health Centre is an organization that delivers medical services to Palestine refugees in Burj Shemali camp. We visited the centre one day and the nurse, Sheikha, welcomed us with love and respect. We entered the first room and it was full of files and lockers for the patients who wanted to heal. Then we met all the doctors, and every doctor is assisted by a nurse. We also went into the drugs room that was filled with drugs, the dentist’s room, the delivery room and the laboratory. In my opinion, the Health Centre is perfect and has no problems. It helps keeps us and our families healthy and safe.


I went with some students with our teacher Lina Jaafar and the health counsellor Zahra El Hussein to the UNRWA Health Centre to learn about its sections. When we got there, the chief nurse Sheikha welcomed us and updated us. She explained to us how patients are treated; each family has its own file. We went into all the rooms and learned about the changes they underwent. Each nurse has a specific room in which they treat the patients. I thank teacher Lina and Miss Zahra because I learned details about the Centre I did not know about.


On May 3rd, 2017, we, the students in Grade 7, Qibya school, visited the UNRWA clinic in Ein El Hilweh camp. We listened to a lecture from the doctor in charge about the services that UNRWA secures for the Palestinian refugees. The doctor told us new information about personal [cleanliness], lice infection and healthy food.
At the end, we [advise] other [classes] to visit the clinic in the future.


On 3rd May, 2017, we made a visit to [Ein El Hilweh] camp to have a lecture about health education. One of the doctors gave us a lecture on three topics:

How to protect ourselves from lice infection
Personal hygiene
Healthy food
At the end, many of us asked the doctor many questions. He was very kind and cooperative. We were very happy to have this kind of visit and hope we have similar visits in the future.


UNRWA provides primary health-care services through 27 health centres in Lebanon, with 12 centres located inside the camps and 15 located in Lebanese cities and Palestinian gatherings in Lebanon. UNRWA provides a comprehensive package of both curative and preventive services, which include consultations with general practitioners, ante- and post-natal health care, family planning, and specialist care (e.g. cardiology, gynaecology and ophthalmology). Essential drugs and a range of simple diagnostic tests (laboratories and radiology) are also provided. In addition, with the influx of Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) into Lebanon since 2012, UNRWA has significantly expanded its beneficiary caseload for its health services, supporting some 32,000 PRS (as of December 2016) and providing them with direct access to basic primary health care and hospitalization services.


The EU regional trust fund MADAD provides concrete assistance for refugees and host communities for basic education and child protection, training and higher education, better access to health care, and improved water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as support for projects promoting resilience, economic opportunities and social inclusion in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.


Since 1971, the European Union and UNRWA have maintained a strategic partnership governed by the shared objective to support the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees and promote stability in the Middle East. Today, the European Union is the largest multilateral provider of international assistance to Palestine refugees. This reliable and predictable support from the European Union enables UNRWA to provide core services to more than 5 million Palestine refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, including quality education for roughly half a million children and primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients. Collectively, the EU and its Member States are also among the largest contributors to the Agency’s humanitarian emergency appeals and projects in response to various crises and specific needs across the region. The partnership between the European Union and UNRWA has allowed millions of Palestine refugees to be better educated, live healthier lives, access employment opportunities and improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the development of the entire region.

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Guys, Grills and Good Health men’s event planned Thursday – Loveland Reporter

LOVELAND — Banner Health Northern Colorado Spirit of Women will host a Guys, Grills and Good Health event Thursday focused on general health and wellness at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the First National Bank Building — The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle.

The free program also will look at barbecue grilling tips, classic cars and dune buggies, exploring your favorite sports, hunting and fishing, all while offering tips about prevention and wellness screenings that will keep attendees healthy to enjoy these activities for years to come.

A moderated physicians panel, including specialists from Internal Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Sleep Specialist, and ENT-Hearing Loss, will speak on common health concerns and answer audience questions.

Participants also can sample a variety of grilled and non-grilled appetizers, along with paired beers, and enjoy desserts, tea, water and coffee.

Both men and women are welcome.

Register online at or call 800-230-2273.

Walk-ins will be accepted.

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What are the secrets of good health?

This Is When I Feel Grateful: Day 13 Countdown

may-2014This was a blog post that I wrote May 2014 about being healthy. Through a combination of exercising and eating healthy, I was able to shed 20 pounds. Fast forward to today, and I have gained it all back. I have never been the healthiest person with my food choices, but luckily I have always been healthy. As I near the age of 53, I still have poor eating habits and now I am less active than I ever was.

I love this quote about life was from Jack Welch who said, “Change before you have to.” It made me reflect on my health and habits today. Then I also read an article that said trying to accomplish something through sheer willpower doesn’t work. Instead you need to change the environment to accomplish your goals. I am guilty of that even though I know that real accomplishments require a lifestyle change.

Often in my experience, I resist change so much that I have it thrust upon me. I don’t want to be forced into changing my life by illness or disease. Today I know that my health is something to be grateful for, and I no longer want to take it for granted. I will begin to follow Julia Child’s advice. “Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.”

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.

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Alcoa and Rio in good health

The Healthier Workplace WA program wants WA workers to be the healthiest in the world by supporting development of health and wellbeing programs focused  on smoking, healthy eating, alcohol, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

According to statistics, workers who make healthy lifestyle choices are at lower risk of developing chronic lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Workers are also more likely to enjoy life, both at work and at home.

For Healthier Workplace WA manager Emily Davey, the growing enthusiasm and commitment to workplace health in WA and the Recognised Healthy Workplace program is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate leadership and success.

Davey said recognition brought direct benefits to employees and could also enhance business reputation and grow workplace culture.

In addition, research shows workplaces that actively invest in health and wellbeing can expect staff to take fewer sickies and to be more motivated and productive; which in turn can boost staff retention rates.

Healthier Workplace WA supports workplaces in planning, delivering and reviewing health and wellbeing programs.

This can involve catering, smoke and alcohol-free workplace policies and strategies that encourage physical activity.

Companies can access free resources to develop policies and strategies or use one of Healthier Workplace WA’s specialist programs and implement changes to encourage healthy behaviour.

Workplaces that show commitment and leadership in creating healthy workplaces can achieve recognition as either a gold, silver or bronze Recognised Healthy Workplace.

Rio Tinto and Alcoa received gold and silver status respectively. 

In Rio Tinto’s case it was recognised for its comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program operating on-site in the Pilbara and at its Perth offices and operations centre.

The program recently focused on eliminating the stigma of mental illness and on making sure proper support was available for injured or sick workers.

Wellbeing activities include a voluntary, anonymous wellbeing survey of employees; a wellbeing education program focusing on building resilience, health, purpose and belonging; and the consideration of new community partnerships supporting wellbeing.

On-site, a health and lifestyle coordinator holds education sessions on specific health topics each month and facilitates working groups that meet regularly to discuss employee health and wellbeing for each site.

Also on-site workers are encouraged to walk or cycle or use on-site gyms, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools and squash courts to exercise before, during or after work.

Healthy catering guidelines in place mean service providers must design healthy menus with low cholesterol, sugar, fat and sodium content.

Rio Tinto also gives staff subsidised entry to events such as City to Surf and the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

Meanwhile aluminium giant Alcoa was recognised with silver for its health and wellbeing achievements. 

Its wellness committee meets monthly to discuss opportunities across the company’s sites, and the committee recently developed a health and wellbeing action plan to guide future activities.

Alcoa also encourages workers with quit smoking courses, a greatest loser competition and the Global Corporate Challenge.

Healthy messages are also transmitted through noticeboards, email alerts, posters, crib room folders and health toolbox sessions.

Healthier Workplace WA is a federal, state and territory government Initiative developed under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

The program is delivered in WA by the Heart Foundation and the Cancer Council.

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Cowboys hoping to make it through preseason in good health …

DALLAS – It’s training camp, so players are getting injured. It’s very frustrating. Brice Butler sprained his foot, Sean Lee is a little gimpy, Ryan Switzer has a hamstring strain – so do I, as I write this, for the record. Writing about the NFL is a contact sport.

Probably most concerning of all, Tyron Smith, a huge part of the best offensive line in the league, is having back troubles – returning to practice on Monday after missing nearly a week. You need your back to play offensive line. Usually.

Such is football, in ways both mundane – let’s say the hamstring – and terrifying, as in pretty much every report about how prevalent brain damage is among football players. I no longer play fantasy sports with the intensity and focus I once did, but the major difference between how I play, say, fantasy baseball, and fantasy football is how upset I got about injuries.

In fantasy baseball, you might reasonably expect a player to play the full season. In football, that’s often an unreasonable expectation. I started stocking up on WRs instead of RBs several seasons ago because of how rarely the latter seemed to make it through the season. Injuries, in football, are not a bug, they’re pretty much the thing that’s going to happen when you have large people running into each other at full speed.

For the Cowboys, last year was blessed with good injury luck. They’re unlikely to have a complete repeat of that experience, and it’s amazing what can change the complexion of your football team. I remember a lot of ‘Boys teams that seemed to be in pretty good shape until they lost an offensive lineman or two. If you’re lucky enough to have an elite CB, you probably don’t have three of them.

And so, once you know all this, you don’t enjoy the pre-season all that much. A long training camp is great, and not great. Four preseason games, even if the best players don’t play for much of them, seems gratuitous and unnecessary. It’s nerve-wracking to watch, and nerve-wracking to wait through.

So, for now, we’ll probably all feel a little more sane if we don’t think too hard about any of it ‘til we have to. Signing the punter to a four-year deal is a great kind of news to consume this time of year, Sean Lee’s muscle tightness is not. There will, of course, be plenty of time for all that.

Send your condolences to Andy for his old, failing body by tweeting him @andytobo.

© 2017 WFAA-TV

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Electronic pacemaker won’t keep heart beating forever

Dear Dr. Roach • How does a person with a pacemaker die? Won’t the pacemaker keep the heart beating? My husband is 87 and on his seventh pacemaker. — G.D.

Answer • An electronic pacemaker is implanted for a variety of electrical problems with the heart when a person’s natural pacemaker, located high in the right atrium, fails to do its job of stimulating the heartbeat.

When someone dies, the heartbeat irreversibly stops. That’s part of the legal definition the physician uses most commonly when declaring someone deceased. Patients also may be declared dead with irreversible cessation of brain function, which is the case for most organ donors. In that case, machines, including mechanical ventilators, keep the body alive.

The electronic pacemaker will keep sending electrical signals until its battery runs out, but the heart cannot respond mechanically. The electrical signal is imperceptible.

Dear Dr. Roach • I’m 67 and overweight, and I understand I have spinal stenosis. Overall, I feel pretty good, and my back feels just great, except that I have pain in the back of my thighs, with the worst being at the joint where my thighs connect to my hips.

But it’s not just the joint, it’s also all of the muscles in the backs of my thighs. I cannot sit on a hard chair for very long, and therefore I sit on very soft chairs with extra cushioning in order to be semi-comfortable. No matter what I sit on, when I get up I don’t have a lot of strength in my legs. It is quite painful, the process of going from sitting to standing.

I am writing because this whole situation has gotten much worse lately and is becoming a problem. — H.K.

Answer • I am quite concerned. If your problem is due solely to spinal stenosis, it’s time to get re-evaluated.

Spinal stenosis is when arthritis and abnormal bone growth in the spinal canal compress the spinal cord and its nerve endings. This can cause the pain you describe. On a careful physical examination, the clinician can find numbness and decreased reflexes. However, weakness in spinal stenosis is a big red flag, since it means the compression is very severe.

It is possible that there is another problem going on. There are many conditions that can cause muscle weakness and diffuse pain, from very serious (degenerative nerve and muscle diseases) to more easily treatable (including vitamin D deficiency).

The bottom line is that it’s time to get back to your doctor.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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Ignore the clickbait: Metformin still prescribed for diabetics

Dear Dr. Roach • I have read online and in our local newspaper that doctors are no longer recommending metformin as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Can you please explain why metformin is no longer being prescribed? — P.K.

Answer • I, too, have seen online ads saying that doctors no longer prescribe metformin, and if you click through enough times, you find that “one weird food” cures diabetes, and that a special diet totally eliminates the need for medication for all diabetics. This is referred to as “clickbait,” and I encourage you not to pay attention to it.

Metformin remains an important medication for many people with Type 2 diabetes, especially if they are overweight. For those people with diabetes who need medication despite an appropriate diet and regular exercise, metformin has been shown to be more beneficial, in terms of preventing diabetic complications and death, than most of the other medication options. It isn’t right for everyone, and people with poor kidney function may not be able to safely take it. Only your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant knows what is best for you.

Dear Dr. Roach • I started researching information about early dementia and also Alzheimer’s disease. I have perused numerous articles about cholinesterase inhibitors increasing acetylcholine levels that benefit the brain. Some medications are anticholinergic and might increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these medications are everyday, over-the-counter drugs. Shouldn’t the public be made aware of these drugs and their possible effect on our brain? — P.C.

Answer • One type of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is a class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors. These include donepezil (Aricept) and others. Pharmacologically, these oppose drugs with anticholinergic properties. It makes sense, then, that anticholinergic drugs might make Alzheimer’s worse. The three classes of drugs that are strong anticholinergics — and which a recent study linked to Alzheimer’s — are older antihistamines, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl); tricyclic antidepressants, like amitriptyline (Elavil); and drugs for overactive bladder, like oxybutynin (Ditropan). These drugs still may be appropriate for some individuals, but they should be periodically evaluated to be sure they are effective and are not causing side effects. I tend to avoid prescribing these, as there are usually other alternatives that do not have the possible link to dementia.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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Ensuring everyone has opportunities to achieve good health [Commentary]

Part of our series of essays from leaders imagining the future of Columbia.

When Columbia took root 50 years ago, its founders worked with Johns Hopkins and established a group of medical doctors to provide health care to our earliest residents. They emphasized the importance of preventing illness and promoting wellness. They understood that the health of the community is directly intertwined with the health of the people.

As Columbia grows in diversity and density, it is increasingly important that we stay true to these roots while recognizing the community’s changing needs. These changes call for a renewed commitment to building a Howard County that supports good health.

We are one of the nation’s wealthiest and most educated counties – yet despite these factors typically associated with better health, we still face serious health challenges.