Haemorrhage tops causes of maternal deaths

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MORE than 2 400 pregnant women die in Zimbabwe annually due to over bleeding, abortion and poverty, the United Nations Population Fund has said. Addressing journalists during an ongoing sexual reproductive health rights advocacy workshop here yesterday, UNFPA reproductive health survey specialist Dr Edwin Mpeta said 63 percent of the women die after delivery. He said unsafe abortions are also a major contributor to maternal deaths especially among adolescent girls. “Our maternal mortality rate remains at 640 per 100 000 births according to the current Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey but…

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A Group Of Elderly Women Had A Cheeky Surprise Guest For Dinner

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Things got a bit hot under the collar for a group of elderly women when they were visited by a couple of hunks. Residents at Milton Lodge Care Home, in Essex, had been pleading with managers to grant their one ‘cheeky’ wish, to have their dinner served by a group of scantly clad beefcakes. Well, their wish was finally granted when they were visited by ‘butlers in the buff’, who treated them to dinner and a show when they served the ladies a slap up three-course meal. I was going…

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“EAT COCKROACHES FOR PROTEIN” – CNN REPORT

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According to CNN, Scientists have found that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its bug babies a formula which is remarkably rich in protein, fat and sugar. Don’t expect to find it next to the regular milk in the dairy section, however, at least not for now. “Any liquid harvested from a cockroach is not true milk. At least not as we think of it,” said Becky Facer, director of school and educator programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Most people would agree. After all, the insect liquid…

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According To Science, Husbands Are A Bigger Cause Of Stress For Wives Than Children

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It’s no surprise that women who are married with children are stressed. After all, they have to play some roles as a mother and wife: cook, doctor, teacher, maid, event planner, and so much more. But, a recent survey found that nearly half of women find their husbands more stressful than their kids. In a survey done by Today.com, which interviewed more than 7,000 moms from the United States, they found that on average, most moms would rate their stress levels at an 8.5 out of 10. According to the…

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Lilly’s diabetes drug shines in study, rival Novo shares slips

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Eli Lilly and Co said on Thursday data from a mid-stage trial of a new two-in-one diabetes drug lowered blood sugar and reduced weight in type 2 diabetes patients, hurting shares of arch-rival Novo Nordisk. The novel drug targets two key gut hormones – GLP-1 and GIP – at the same time, and could pose a threat to currently available single-hormone drugs, focused on GLP-1, which form a large and growing part of Novo’s business. The data showed Lilly’s treatment reduced blood sugar levels by up to 2.4 percent and…

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DETROIT WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO HER 14TH CHILD FROM 14 DIFFERENT FATHERS

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A 36-year-old woman from Michigan has made a crashing entrance into the Guinness Book of World Records yesterday at the Harper University Hospital by giving birth to her 14th child all born from different fathers. According to the internationally recognized authority on the cataloging and verification of world records, Anita Sullivan has just become the first woman in recorded history to conceive children with more than thirteen different men. “I’m extremely proud to have broken a World Record,” Ms. Sullivan told reporters. “My mother always told me that I was…

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More mental patients at Ingutsheni

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THE number of patients seeking mental health services at Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo continues to rise with latest statistics showing that a total of 2 400 outpatients were seen in August. This came out during a visit and donation by 26 doctors from the United Kingdom who applauded the hospital for maintaining health standards with measly resources. Dr Wellington Ranga, the clinical director, said most of the outpatients were referrals from other health institutions. He said the common illness affecting patients at Ingutsheni, which has 616 patients, is schizophrenia.…

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Zimbabwe scientists discover rare disease

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ZIMBABWEAN scientists working in collaboration with their counterparts at the University of Edinburgh (UK) have discovered a rare disease – systematic lupus erythematosus – that affects mainly black people. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex chronic autoimmune disease that can affect multiple organs, including the skin, joints, hematopoietic system, kidneys, lungs and the central nervous system. Previous studies report differences in the prevalence and severity of SLE in different ethnic groups. SLE-associated mortality in Black American patients is 24 percent, compared with five percent among Asians with comparable demographic…

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Lack of resources hits Mpilo operations hard

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Mpilo Central Hospital has bemoaned a shortage of equipment which has resulted in the institution transferring patients to Harare hospitals when is it is supposed to be the referral centre for southern parts of the country. The hospital is a referral centre for patients from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South, the Midlands and Masvingo. Speaking at a handover of wheelchairs for Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South hospitals by Lodzi Hunters in partnership with a United States based organisation in Bulawayo yesterday, Mpilo Central Hospital chief executive officer Mr Leonard…

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Father of quintuplets ‘dumped’ fiancée

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While the country celebrated the news of the birth of a set of quintuplets last week, a Johannesburg bride-to-be was reeling in shock after learning through the media that the lucky father was actually her fiancé. Sowetan has learnt from well placed sources that the woman had been planning a white wedding with Joe Buthelezi who made headlines after his partner gave birth to five infants at the Clinix Botshelong-Empilweni Private Hospital in Vosloorus on September 6. However, Buthelezi denied the allegations that he had been planning a wedding. “I…

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