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Nigerians react as National Union of Electrical Employees embark on nation wide strike (photos)

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There have been panic among Nigerians today as Electricity Distributing company popularly known as NEPA has threatened to go on nation wide strike, although a 21 day ultimatum has been given to the government to settle them.

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SCAM ALERT: SARS Operatives Allegedly Extorts Netherland returnee of ₦600,000

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An operative middle men known in Nigerian as SARS has alledgedly extorted an amount of N600,000 from a Netherland returnee.
The Nigerian man identified as Dennise took to his Twitter account to narrate his ordel with SARS operatives
He stated that he was on his way to the eastern part of the country when he was stopped by SARS operatives along Benin road.
He was extorted the total sum of N600, 000 before they could let him continue his journey.


“My name is Dennise and I am a Nigerian based in Netherlands . I came into the country for the holiday. On Sunday 8/12/2019 on my way from Lagos to east along Benin road, I was stopped by men who claimed to be men of #sars and extorted #500,000 via bank transfer
After the N600,000 extortion, they further insisted I must make it up to N600,000. I have to give them the balance of N100,000 cash.

He has put every detail on his Twitter account asking social media users to help him find the person who extorted money from him.

Please I beg of you to use your influence to find out if the bebeficiarry of this account has any link with #sars” , he tweeted.

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Sleeping Over 9Hours Daily Will Kill You

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If you like sleeping a lot then you might want to reconsider as it isn’t as healthy as you think. A new study by Chinese researchers has shown that sleeping for more than nine hours a night increases the risk for stroke by 23% compared to sleeping for seven to eight hours a night. The study, published in Neurology followed 31,750 men and women with an average age of 62.

The researchers documented the respondents for six years on average using physical examinations and self-reported data on their sleep patterns. However, those who slept for less than six hours a night did not show any increased risk of stroke incidence.

The results also showed that those who took a nap in the day for more than 90 minutes had a 25% higher risk for stroke compared with napping for 30 minutes or less. What’s more, if you like to take midday naps and sleep for more than nine hours every day then you might want to break the habit. The study showed that people who slept over nine hours at night and took more than 90 minutes nap were 85% more likely to have a stroke.

Other important factors such as the health and behavioural characteristics including smoking, drinking, exercise, family history of stroke, body mass index were taken into consideration as well. During the entire study period, there were 1,557 participants who suffered from stroke.

Sleep quality also plays an important part as well, as those who said they had poor sleep quality had a 29% increased risk of stroke. The reason for this increased risk is unclear, but the researchers said that sleeping for too long could be associated with an inactive lifestyle that makes it more likely for a person to get a stroke.

Senior author, Dr. Xiaomin Zhang, a professor at Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, China said, “Maintaining appropriate sleep duration might hold great promise as primary prevention of stroke. More research is needed to understand how taking long naps and sleeping longer hours at night may be tied to an increased risk of stroke, but previous studies have shown that long nappers and sleepers have unfavourable changes in their cholesterol levels and increased waist circumferences, both of which are risk factors for stroke.”

While there are some limitations to the research and more study is needed to find out the reason for the higher risk of stroke, it is always better to keep active and eat a balanced diet so you can stay healthy!

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If Your Face Goes Red When Drinking, You May Be More Prone To Alzheimer’s Disease

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Asians who drink may very well know exactly what follows.

The Asian flush, which is the facial and skin redness that follows after alcohol consumption, is something many of us are unfortunately familiar with.

Bad news though, as a study by Stanford University School of Medicine has found that the redness, caused by a mutation in mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), increases the damage in cells in mice and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

This means that those who experience the Asian flush are more prone to the disease.

“Our data suggests that alcohol and Alzheimer’s disease-prone genes may put humans at greater risk of Alzheimer’s onset and progression,” Daria Mochly-Rosen, Ph.D, who is a professor of chemical and systems biology and the senior author of the study was quoted saying.

“This is based on or patient-derived cell studies and our animal studies, as an epidemiological study in humans should be carried out in the future,” she added.

ALDH2 plays a key role in removing toxic aldehydes, which is a product of alcohol metabolism, in the body and its deficient variant, called the ALDH2*2 genotype, has a significantly lower ability to remove the toxic byproduct.

Prevalent in the East Asian population, ALDH2*2 causes an increase in acetaldehyde instead, and in its presence, the body responds with skin flushing and inflammation.

Mochly-Rosen also admitted that further studies are required to fully establish whether alcohol drinkers with the ALDH2*2 mutation develop Alzheimer’s disease at a higher-than-average rate. And if so, such studies can determine whether reduced alcohol consumption might help reduce the progression and effects of Alzheimer’s disease in patients.

Well, I guess it’s about time to cut down on those drinks if you want to still remember the good ol’ days when you get old!

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