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  • New research discovery hopes to “finish-off” diabetes

    (by Andegna.com) Diabetes, one of the world’s most rapidly growing non-communicable diseases, seems to be arrested after researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and Oxford University said they have discovered an appetite-reducing hormone, which they hope can be used in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

    The sensational discovery came about because of the after effects of the operations of morbidly obese people, TV 2 writes, reports NorwayToday, which many of the patients experienced a decline of diabetes after operations, and scientists have now proven that this effect is caused by the appetite-reducing hormone PYY.

    However the drug is not yet tested on humans, the researchers conducted experiments on rats, and these experiments have shown that the medicine that stimulates the production of Peptide YY (PYY), can stop type 2 diabetes.

    “The discovery is quite revolutionary, because the number of people who have type 2 diabetes is believed to reach 600 million worldwide in 15 year time,” Magnus Kringstadbukta Olsen, PhD student at the Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at NTNU, says.

    In 2014; 422 million people worldwide had diabetes, according to the research site Gemini.

    Image: pixabay.com@NorwayToday


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  • Man who’ve taken steroids for 27 yrs is now 310 lbs muscly

    (by Andegna.com) Rich Piana, 45, is a 310lbs body-builder, who has been reported for his ten gut-busting meals per day and who admit taking steroids since he was a teenager. He began competing at the age of 15 and is open about drug usage, even posting drug-taking schedules online.

    Piana and his insanely massive physique, has been reported for being familiar for anyone who has ever picked up a body building magazine. Therefore, achieving a body like Piana’s is far from easy and takes an immense amount of determination, self-control, and discipline, it also takes steroids, according to Piana himself.

    In a latest interview the body-builder has explained about his steroid usage that from the tender age of 18, he has spent the last 27 years of his life on and off the juice. Piana says he wouldn’t “change a thing” and is happy with the life steroids have brought him.

    It all started for Piana when he was 11 years old and would go to the gym to watch his body-building mother train. From that point on Piana got addicted to weightlifting, and by 15 he was attempting to enter competitions, wrote independent journal.

    However, Piana failed to qualify in most competitions, and when he did make the cut, he got swept away by the competition. That’s when Piana decided to take his training to the next level.

    To become the body-builder he is today, Piana would begin eating 8 to 12 meals a day, not to mention spending over USD 2,500 on human growth hormone per month, without even taking steroids into account. By the time steroids had become an integral part of his lifestyle, Piana had gone beyond the point of no return. While Piana says he does not regret his choices, he doesn’t advise his lifestyle.

    Despite this fascinating physique story of Piana, here’s what doctors and scientists have to say about the reality behind steroid use, reports independent journal. On a physicality level, while steroids can give an advantage when it comes to gaining size, they can cause:

    • acne
    • breast development in men
    • low sperm count
    • painful erections
    • decreased testicle size
    • ingrown hair
    • impotency
    • menstrual irregularities
    • enlarged clitoris
    • reduced breast size for women
    • masculinized female fetus
    • However the dangers do not simply end there.

    Steroids are also associated with:

    • liver cancer
    • heart attacks
    • blood clots

    However, this seems a matter of choice for Piana. He says “but if you want to become a professional bodybuilder…you’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.”

    Image: Rich Piana and his wife Sara





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  • Antonov goes on long trip

    (by Andegna.com) Known in Ethiopian, the Russian made, world’s largest airplane has set off on a long journey from Europe to Australia.

    Designed and built in Ukraine in the 1980s, the immense ‘Antonov 124’ once was used to transport Axum obelisk from Rome to Ethiopia, with each section of the obelisk weighing between 70 and 80 tons. The transporter had to find a plane strong enough to carry Axum’s huge weight. At the time, only two planes could handle that weight which were the US made Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and the Russian Antonov 124. Since all the Galaxy planes were employed in Iraq, the Antonov was chosen to carry out the flight.   

    The six-engine, 600 tons aircraft – which once was also used to transport a Soviet space shuttle on its roof – took off from Gostomel airport in Ukraine on Tuesday and will land in front of a huge crowd of aviation enthusiasts in Perth at 10am on Sunday morning, reports African Leadership.

    ‘Antonov An-225 Mriya’ will have to pass through a number of refueling stops across Eurasia, India and South East Asia during its long journey before its 42 tires hit the tarmac. The giant carried an enormous 117 tons of power generator to Perth in Australia.

    Image: Antonov An-225 Mriya





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  • S Africa launches campaign to warn young girls about sugar daddies

    (by Andegna.com) The Health Department of South Africa has plan to launch an initiative to persuade young girls not to turn to sugar daddies, according to sources.

    Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health speak during his department budget vote in South African Parliament that they will launch a three-year campaign to educate women between the age of 15 and 24 about the dangers of sugar daddies.

    In South Africa, reportedly, sugar daddies increased teens’ HIV infection risk, therefore, students and young women have been warned about sugar daddies.  

    Over 25 percent of schoolgirls in South Africa are HIV positive because ‘sugar daddies taking advantage of them’, said the minister on March 2013.    



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  • Equatorial Guinea’s FM running for AUC Chairmanship

    (by Andegna.com) Equatorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy said he is running for the African Union Chairmanship up on launching his campaign for the Union’s top post in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the permanent seat of the Commission.

    Mba spoke about the possibility to address the challenges of the African nations are facing at this time which he said is a task that needs to be handled humbly through strong leadership of the Commission. “AU needs strong leadership to preserve peace, stability and security for its member states,” Mba said in a press briefing on Thursday.

    He vowed to work hard to address the difficulties and suggest solutions highlighting climate change, resolving water scarcity and food security as the main concerns for the continent at this time.

    Equatorial Guinea’s FM Mba has previously served as a senior advisor to the president on international affairs. He also worked for 18 years as international staff member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    Mba will be vying for the Chairmanship with two female candidates from Botswana and Uganda on the election to be held in the July, 2016 African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Image: equatorialguineainfo


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