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Top Somali Health Stories in 2007
« on: December 31, 2007, 12:57:44 AM »
These are the headlines of Somali health stories in global media for the past 12 months

Statement By Executive Director Ann M. Veneman Concerning The Situation Of Children In SOMALIa 19 Dec 2007
SOMALIa: Displaced Fleeing War In Mogadishu Face Humanitarian Crisis 12 Dec 2007
UNICEF Immunises 100,000 Children And Women In Camps In Southern SOMALIa 11 Dec 2007
Alarming Rise In Substance Abuse In SOMALI Combatants 10 Dec 2007
SOMALIa: No Safety In Mogadishu 08 Nov 2007
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) reports major increase in visceral leishmaniasis in War-Torn SOMALIa 30 Oct 2007
WFP Welcomes French Offer To Protect Ships From SOMALI Pirates 28 Sep 2007
UNICEF Warns Of Critical Levels Of Malnutrition Amongst SOMALI Children 16 Sep 2007
MSF Denied Access To SOMALI Region Of Ethiopia, Despite Worsening Humanitarian Crisis 06 Sep 2007
WFP Needs US$22 Million To Secure Food For 1.2 Million In SOMALIa 30 Aug 2007
Access To Medical Care Dangerously Scarce In And Around Mogadishu, SOMALIa; Needs Increasing Amidst Ongoing Violence 21 Aug 2007
UNICEF Calls For Protection Of SOMALIa's Children, Warns Of Unexploded Ordnance 05 Aug 2007
Situation Worsens For Newly Displaced Families In SOMALIa 29 Jul 2007
SOMALI Religious Leaders Join The Fight Against Polio 22 Jul 2007
WFP Warns Of Food Supply Line Break To SOMALIa As Needs Grow 19 Jul 2007
WFP Appeals To Kenyan Authorities To Allow Food Into SOMALIa 26 Jun 2007
New Pirate Attack On Aid Ship - WFP Urges High-Level International Action Against SOMALI Piracy 22 May 2007
WFP Steps Up Food Deliveries In SOMALIa; Warns Of Growing Piracy 19 May 2007
Rift Valley Fever In Kenya, SOMALIa And The United Republic Of Tanzania 12 May 2007
Cholera Epidemic And Several Weeks Of Intense Fighting In Mogadishu, SOMALIa 23 Apr 2007
WFP Food Aid Ship Hijacked Off SOMALIa North East Coast 26 Feb 2007
WFP Humanitarian Operations In SOMALIa Start To Return To Normal 03 Jan 2007


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Top 10 Strangest Health Stories of 2007
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2008, 05:25:47 AM »
1.) Eight-Limbed Girl Has Four Limbs Removed: Two-year-old Lakshmi was born joined at the pelvis to a "parasitic twin" that stopped developing in her mother's womb. She absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped twin and was born with eight limbs. On Nov. 7, more than 30 surgeons operated for 24 hours on the child, removing her extra appendages. She left a hospital in Bangalore, India in mid-December and is doing well, according to doctors.

2.) Woman Almost Dies Following Bikini Wax: The Brazilian bikini wax may be popular with women all over the world, but an Australian woman nearly lost her life undergoing the hair-removing procedure. A 20-year-old Melbourne, Australia woman with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes made the news last July after her brush with death was detailed in the June issue of the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

"Our case is notable, because it illustrates the infectious risks of pubic hair removal in a patient with diabetes," wrote the article’s authors. "The beauty industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and more invasive and potentially harmful procedures are increasingly available."

3.) One-Year-Old Has Two Dead Triplets Removed From Abdomen: In December, a 1-year-old girl's deceased siblings were removed from her abdomen by Indonesian doctors at a Sumatra island hospital. The two bodies, believed to be triplets that did not fully develop, were successfully removed from the girl during a five-hour surgery. Doctors initially diagnosed the girl with stomach tumors.

4.) Girl Has 10-Pound Hairball Removed From Stomach: Surgeons in Chicago removed a 10-pound hairball from the stomach of an 18-year-old girl suffering from a psychological condition in which she ate her own hair, according to a report in the Thanksgiving edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The hairball measured 15 inches by 7 inches by 7 inches when it was removed. The patient was later discharged from the hospital and given psychiatric help.

5.) ‘Tree Man’ Sprouts Roots: Dede, a 35-year-old fisherman from a rural Indonesian town, is living with a rare and peculiar medical condition that has transformed his life and his body. Tree-like warty “roots” cover his skin, and grow outward from his arms and feet. The condition developed after Dede cut his knee as a teenager. An American doctor attributes the infection to the human papilloma virus and an immune system deficiency, and believes the condition can be cured with regular vitamin A treatments.

6.) Jawless Boy Undergoes First of Many Surgeries: A 17-year-old from Ireland, who has a rare disease that left him without a jaw or chin, underwent the first of many surgeries in June at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York with the hope of someday having a "normal" face to show the world. Alan Doherty has an almost unheard-of condition called otofacial syndrome, which has rendered him unable to eat or speak. He had his second surgery in November. The operations will continue into 2008.

7.) Man With Almost No Brain Lives Functional Life: French doctors were amazed in July to find that a 44-year-old civil servant with an abnormally small brain has led a normal life with a slightly lower than normal IQ. The condition is called Dandy Walker complex and is a genetically sporadic disorder that occurs in one out of every 25,000 live births, mostly in females.

8.) Parasitic Worm Ravages Woman’s Body Following Two-Week Bender: Alcohol brings out the worst in some people. For one woman in the Netherlands, years of alcohol misuse topped off with a few weeks of binge drinking brought out a parasitic worm, which had been inside her for more than a quarter-century, according to a report in the June issue of the Lancet. Doctors believed the woman contracted the parasite in Suriname, South America (where she was born) more than 27 years earlier. It was only after chronic alcohol misuse and malnutrition that the infestation manifested, causing havoc in her digestive tract, including uncontrollable vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

9.) Sixty-Year-Old N.J. Woman Gives Birth to Twins: was the first to break the story of Frieda Birnbaum, a 60-year-old from New Jersey who gave birth to twin boys in May, becoming the oldest woman to give birth to twins in the United States. The babies were delivered at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., by caesarean section. "Baby A" weighed 4 pounds, 11.4 ounces, and "Baby B" weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces.

10.) Man Oozes Green Blood Before Operation: Doctors about to operate on man suffering from compartment syndrome were having trouble inserting a line, but what happened next seemed like science fiction. The man began oozing dark green blood out of the catheter, not unlike Mr. Spock might have done if he had been on the operating table. The man, who was taking a number of medications, is believed to have developed sulfhemoglobinaemia, a condition that forms when a sulphur atom is incorporated into the hemoglobin molecule. The condition was attributed to the migraine medicine sumatriptan.


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