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  • Pakistani man who weighs 68-STONE and plays tug o' war against a TRACTOR eats 36 eggs for breakfast

    The Incredible BULK: 6ft 3in Pakistani man, 25, weighs 68-STONE Gentle giant Arbab Khizer Hayat has already been named Pakistan’s hulk man, and has gained fans throughout the country for his strongman stunts, which include stopping cars with his bare hands. ‘My aim to become the champion. I am thankful to God for giving me this body. It is a matter of time before I get into the world weightlifting arena,’ said Hayat. Hayat’s daily diet is as fascinating as his massive build. He consumes an incredible 10,000 calories a day – a diet that includes 36 eggs for breakfast, 7lb of meat, five litres of milk and much more. Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Hayat adds that he faces no health issues because of his phenomenal weight.

     

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  • 5,000 victims of Boko Haram, mostly women infected with HIV/AIDS

    Borno state in northeastern Nigeria are HIV-positive.

    Mr Hassan Mustapha, the Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno, said on Thursday that most of the patients were women who had been rescued from Boko Haram captivity.

    Mr Mustapha, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing anti-retroviral therapy because of stigmatisation.

    He lamented that many had died of the scourge, lacking proper counselling and sensitisation on the need to enrol under the HIV/AIDS control programme.

    He said there are more than 1,000 patients in the Bama camp and 3,000 in Gwoza while over 1,000 others are taking refuge in host communities.

    “We have heard of many supporting non-governmental organisations in Borno but none of them has approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs with the virus,” he said.

    “The IDPs with such ailment are constantly challenged; they do not go out to access drugs. Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers.

    “They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centres.

    “The honest truth is that the government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” Mr Mustapha said.

    The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has caused havoc in northern Nigeria through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions.

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  • Women with big bums are healthier, says science

    Scientists at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Oxford University and the Churchill Hospital have found that women with big bums are increasingly intelligent and more resistant to chronic illnesses.

    The number of health benefits make booty akin to a miracle cure.

     

    Behind the data

     

    Population studies cited in the research found that women with larger bottoms are more likely to have lower levels of cholesterol and produce more hormones to metabolize sugar.

    Moreover, the adipose tissue on a bum and upper thigh catches the harmful fatty particles and prevents cardiovascular disease.

    Having a big butt also favours the hormone which regulates weight, and ones with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and anti-diabetic attributes.

    The protective properties of booty are exerted through long term fatty acid storage.

     

    Smart arse

     

    The increased intelligence is due to the amount of Omega 3 fats required to get a big bum in the first place.

    Omega 3 fats are proven to catalyze brain development.

    The traits appear to be passed on. The research also showed that children born to women with larger hips were more intelligent.

    The research shows a good sized posterior is good for posterity.

    Published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2010, the study concluded that if a person is going to carry body fat, the thighs and buttocks at least offer some protection.

    The lead researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos explained.

     

    Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you but around the tummy is bad.


    The study ‘Gluteofemoral body fat as a determinant of metabolic health’ focused on the distribution of fat around the body, rather than looking at whether or not more fat was healthier.

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  • This USB Stick Performs an HIV Test

    Scientists in Britain have developed a type of HIV test using a USB stick that can give a fast and highly accurate reading of how much virus is in a patient's blood.

    The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and the privately-held U.S. firm DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device.

    The researchers say the technology, although still in the early stages, could allow patients to regularly monitor their virus levels in a similar way to diabetes patients checking their blood sugar levels.

    It could be particularly useful in remote settings to help HIV patients manage their treatment more effectively, since current tests to detect virus levels take at least three days and involve sending a blood sample to a laboratory.

    "Monitoring viral load is crucial to the success of HIV treatment. At the moment, testing often requires costly and complex equipment that can take a couple of days to produce a result," said Graham Cooke, who co-led the research from the Imperial's department of medicine.

    "We have taken the job done by this equipment, which is the size of a large photocopier, and shrunk it down to a USB chip."

    The test, which uses a mobile phone chip, requires a drop of blood to be placed onto a spot on the USB stick. Any HIV in the sample triggers an acidity change, which the chip transforms into an electrical signal. This is sent to the USB stick, which shows the result on a computer or electronic device.

    Published in the journal Scientific Reports, results showed the stick test was 95 percent accurate over 991 blood samples, and the average time to produce a reading was 20.8 minutes.

    Some 36 million people worldwide are infected with the human deficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and the majority of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Current AIDS drugs, called anti-retrovirals, reduce virus levels in a patients blood to near zero.

    But in some cases the drugs stop working - sometimes because virus has developed resistance to them - and the first sign of that would be a rise in a patient's so-called "viral load".

    Virus levels can't be detected by routine HIV tests, which can only show whether or not a person has the virus.

    (Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

    Source: reuters.com

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