Thursday, January 31
Nurse is praised after inserting a gastric tube into her nose for a day to empathise with her patients.
A healthy nurse has been praised by hundreds of people online after she spent the day with a nasal gastric tube just so she could better empathise with her patients. Dorcas Boamah, 27, often has to insert nasogastric (NG) tubes into her patients' noses, which go down the back of their throats and into their stomachs. Patients often find this daunting and ask Ms Boamah what it is like with her being unable to give them an honest answer. Determined to be more truthful with her patients, Ms Boamah who works at Royal Free Hospital had a colleague fit the invasive tube on January 7. Ms Boamah then wore the tube all day before catching two trains and a bus home and even went out for dinner attracting cruel stares from strangers. After posting a picture of herself with the NG tube on Instagram which has got nearly 800 likes 'the incredible nurse' claims it has helped her be better at her job. Speaking of why she had the tube fitted, Ms Boamah said: 'I just wanted to see how it felt. Now I know so I can go back to my patients and tell them what they can expect.'I wanted to put me in my patients' shoes. Often patients old and young will need an NG tube, and many of them are nervous.
NG tubes are fitted to deliver liquid food, as well as fluids and medication if it is unsafe for the patient to take them via the mouth. Ms Boamah now feels she can answer patients honestly when they ask what the tube feels like when it is being fitted. '[Before] I could say "yes it will be a little bit uncomfortable" but I didn't actually know,' she said.'Now I do. It has definitely made me a better nurse.'Although Ms Boamah felt 'quite anxious' while having the tube fitted, she found taking a deep breath and trying to start calm helped make the process run smoother. 'Now I really understand how taking an extra few moments to chat and relax the patient can make such a difference,' she said. Ms Boamah also understands how daunting it can be going out and about with the tube fitted, something many patients are forced to do. 'It did make me feel quite isolated and tearful,' she said.'[And] I found eating was quite uncomfortable.'
Ms Boamah later posted a photograph of herself with the tube on Instagram in an attempt to 'normalise' NG tubes. 'A lot of people live their lives with them and there is no reason to hide,' she said.'It's a very physical thing you can see on your face, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't live your life.'Impressed by her brave 'experiment', social-media users flocked to praise the 'incredible nurse'.The user feeding tube. fitness said: 'oh my gosh!!!! you're so amazing!!! wow! proud of you. I am so grateful for incredible nurses like you in the world!!! 'And nakeysha-king said: 'THIS IS SOOOO SO POWERFUL ****** THANK YOU..******IF ONLY ALL DRS NURSES ETC COULD BE MORE EMPATHETIC IT WOULD TRULY RESULT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. '[I] WILL HAVE TO HAVE A PEG TUBE PLACED IN TWO WEEKS AND IM SCARED TO DEATH.'Ms Boamah took the opportunity to reassure nakeysha-king, writing: 'It is a common procedure and I am sure your medical team will reassure you'.While the post on her Instagram page has attracted 196 likes, it got 'programmed' by the campaigners NHS Million, gaining a further 599 likes.
Nasa has revealed a stunning insight into what happens when a black hole gobbles up a nearby star.NASA used an instrument mounted on the International Space Station to detect X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short). They were lucky enough to study the black hole as it consumed material from a companion star. The resulting waves of X-rays formed 'light echoes' that reflected off the swirling gas near the black hole and revealed changes in the environment's size and shape. Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station. NICER detected X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole, called MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short), as it consumed material from a companion star. The researchers will give astronomers a new glimpse into the inner working of a black hole.'NICER has allowed us to measure light echoes closer to a stellar-mass black hole than ever before,' said Erin Kara, an astrophysicist at the University of Maryland, College Park and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who presented the findings at the 233rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.
'Previously, these light echoes of the inner accretion disk were only seen in supermassive black holes, which are millions to billions of solar masses and undergo changes slowly. 'Stellar black holes like J1820 have much lower masses and evolve much faster so we can see changes play out on human time scales.'A paper describing the findings led by Kara appeared in the Jan. 10 issue of Nature and is available online.
“Falling”, a song about stone birds, captured and released in Great Zimbabwe, with the exception of one. The song is performed by 27-year-old artist Sethembile Msezane who also happens to be a professional photographer. At the Tyburn Gallery in London, she opens her first solo exhibition entitled “Speaking through Walls”.Nine photographic works from South Africa and Zimbabwe are on display under the theme dreams and ancestral worship.“Showing my work here in London means that there is a different audience, but that doesn’t mean that people can’t necessarily connect to that work. And in the work, you know, there are people who find their own humanity, who feel loneliness in a landscape, but also who find themselves and capture the reflections that occur in these spaces. And so, I don’t think showing it in a different context means that the message won’t be heard.”Images showing either South Africa or Zimbabwe have been widely distributed in both countries, but with a wider appeal. Sethembile says that the deeper philosophical ideas of solitude and reflections in different settings transcend geography. Two photographs, entitled ‘Water Body – Ishinquomo I and II’, show the living Sethembile accompanied by her spirit embodiment in a boat, on a body of water – free from all connection with a particular country. The artist may not be a spiritual medium in the usual sense of the word, but her encounters with her own ancestors, whether in dreams or in her daily life, inform much of her work.“I love her work. There’s a very good interaction with her spirituality and her ancestors, where she comes from and the roots – her roots. And also the politically charged circumstances in which she takes photographs, where she places herself and how she places herself.”The general themes of his work are mostly influenced by dreams and spiritual encounters.
There was a time when skipping breakfast was nothing short of dietary blasphemy. But recently, breakfast’s status as the “most important meal of the day” has come under some scrutiny, especially its key role in common weight loss strategies. Proponents of the idea that eating breakfast is important for weight loss to have just dealt another blow. An analysis of 13 studies published Wednesday suggests there’s no reason to force breakfast upon yourself if weight loss is your goal.
Lead study author and clinical epidemiologist Flavia Cicuttini, Ph.D., tells Inverse that breakfast’s reputation for weight loss is built on two main pillars: the idea that eating breakfast can keep you satiated for longer (which leads to less overall caloric intake) and the idea that eating in the morning actually increases the rate of calorie burning throughout the day. While there are numerous studies that have demonstrated this individually, her analysis of 13 of them, published in the BMJ, suggests that the combined findings actually don’t support these two concepts.“The key message is that if a person likes to eat breakfast, that is fine,” she tells Inverse. “However, there is no evidence that we should be encouraging people to change their eating pattern to include breakfast in order to prevent weight gain or obesity.”Cicuttini, a professor at Australia’s Monash University, adds that although previous studies have shown that eating breakfast leads to weight loss, many of those conclusions were based on observational studies. This makes it impossible to completely rule out the idea that weight loss can’t be attributed to other aspects of the participants’ lives, like healthier eating patterns or healthier lifestyles. That’s not to say that their findings aren’t legitimate, but maybe it’s enough to warrant taking a second look at whether breakfast promotes weight loss.
When Cicuttini grouped all the data from the past observational studies together, she found that, on average, people who ate breakfast ate approximately 260 more calories per day than those who didn’t and that those who skipped breakfast were actually slightly lighter — but only by a very small amount (roughly one pound). Still, her paper indicates that these results are enough to cast doubt on the two pillars of the breakfast for weight loss dogma. It’s not a surefire way to curb calorie intake throughout the day or jumpstart metabolism.“Over the years I was often struck by the number of patients who sought help for their weight and were advised to eat breakfast as part of their weight management plan, some who even felt obliged to force themselves to eat breakfast, even if they didn’t feel like doing this,” says Cicuttini. Importantly, Cicuttini’s study is not evidence that abandoning breakfast is a good idea for everyone. For some people, breakfast may still have important implications for health, regardless of what a morning meal may or may not do for weight loss. As examples, she suggests that children who need to concentrate in school benefit from a morning meal, as do athletes who find that a meal helps improve a workout. Diabetics may also need to maintain a certain eating schedule to manage medications and blood sugar spikes.
The Case for Eating When You Want to the point of Cicuttini’s paper is that the evidence suggesting that breakfast isn’t the silver bullet for weight loss that it may have once appeared to be. Rather, it might be better to embrace your preferences when it comes to food timing, which Tim Spector, Ph.D., professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, adds in his accompanying commentary. Spector is also the scientific founder of a personalized nutrition company, Zoe Global Ltd. In his commentary, Spector adds that the circadian clocks that help our bodies regulate when to burn energy and when to intake more are highly individualized. If your specific biological rhythm doesn’t leave you craving an early morning meal, he suggests it’s not worth forcing one down for the sake of weight loss.
The 13-year-old dominated some worthy opponents at the US figure skating championships on Friday and became the third woman to land a triple axel cleanly at a US national after Tonya Harding (1991) and Kimmie Meissner (2005). On Friday, she became the first to land two in a program. And the exceptionally talented young woman was only competing with one person on the day - herself. She told NBC:"I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program."
The president said he had suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen who has been asked to appear before a tribunal over allegations of breaching asset-declaration rules. Onnoghen has not responded to the charges and his lawyers say the tribunal does not have the authority to try him. Buhari, who was a military ruler in the 1980s and voted into office in 2015, is seeking a fresh term in an election scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. At stake is control of Africa’s top crude oil producer and one of the continent’s biggest economies. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians and members of the international community to rise in defence of democracy and save our nation from this imminent slide into tyranny. Nigeria’s judiciary has helped resolve electoral disputes after past votes, some of which have been marred by violence and vote-rigging. The chief justice could preside over a disputed election result.“In the first instance, we are suspending our campaign for 72 hours. It is our hope that President Buhari will listen to the voice of all lovers of democracy the world over and restore democracy in Nigeria immediately and without qualifications,” the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said in a statement. A spokesman for the Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party and a presidency spokesman both did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment following the PDP’s campaign suspension. Buhari on Friday said a court order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which is looking into the asset declaration allegations, directed him to suspend the judge.The action of President
represents a constitutional breach and a direct attack on our democracy. This must never be allowed to stand, as there is no way by which democracy can survive under these autocratic tendencies.The PDP, the main opposition party which was in power from the start of civilian rule in 1999 until Buhari’s 2015 election victory with his APC, said the judge’s suspension was a “brazen assault on the constitution”.“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise in defence of democracy and save our nation from this imminent slide into tyranny,” it said in its statement. The party’s candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, is the main challenger to Buhari in the upcoming poll. At the moment, President
has effectively suspended the constitution under whose basis the elections are being contested.
Alarming rise in number of flesh-eating night crawlers invading Irish homes and Dublin is the worst affected.
- Deny them food by vacuuming and keeping dust and debris to a minimum.
- Store food in containers with tightly sealed lids.
- Homes and businesses should also dehumidify their premises through the use of fans, dehumidifiers, or by opening windows to air them out.
- Make sure all cracks in walls and skirting boards are filled.
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