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Painkiller causes sterility among men- study



Painkiller causes sterility among men- study


A new study has found that numerous intake of ibuprofen painkiller may lead to unproductiveness among men.

The study, conducted by a group of Danish and French scientists, was carried out following concerns over declining male reproductive health. It showed that the pain reliever affects the hormonal balance in adult men.

The drug is often used by athletes, among other groups of people, to treat minor aches and is often used as an alternative drug by those sensitive to aspirin.

This could mean hundreds of athletes, Kenyans included, are at risk, though unaware of its side-effects.

Also, the study indicated that men who are used to over-the-counter drugs to relieve minor aches could be at a higher risk of suffering even more serious health problems.

Apart from pain, this drug is used to treat fever and inflammation.

“Use of over-the-counter ibuprofen results in a disorder in the human testis caused by a boost of the male hormones,” said the study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Men who take about 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen a day experience hormonal imbalances that are associated with infertility, the researchers found.

“Our study addresses this issue by extending data showing anti-androgen effects of analgesics (compounds found in ibuprofen) and suggests that such compounds may be involved in adult male reproductive problems.”

The study recruited 31 male volunteers between 18 and 35 years.

Of these, 14 were given a daily dosage of ibuprofen and were given a 1200 mg-per-day dose.

This is the maximum limit as directed by the labels of generic ibuprofen products. For the men taking ibuprofen, within 14 days, there was a sign of dysfunctional testicles.

Among the main brand names of ibuprofen are Advil and Motrin.

The research followed an earlier one that had found the testicles of male babies were affected by the use of over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

An earlier research published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (EHJ-CVP) – also linked ibuprofen to increased risk of cardiac arrest.

The research warned that increased cardiovascular risk is a global concern because the drugs are widely used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and bring down temperature.

Yet another research indicated that infertility among African men was on the rise. Changed lifestyles had led to decline in sperm count by 57 per cent around the globe.


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VIDEO: For Kimani Wanguhu, 22 years in US have borne fruits as he owns 2 successful business in two worlds




Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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Kenyan Community Church in Ohio, US invites you to a fundraiser this Sunday



This Sunday March 25th ,  Go Ye Outreach Ministries in Columbus, Ohio will be having a fundraiser as it seeks to get a new place to worship The Lord.

“Over the past year, we have experienced tremendous growth with people coming forward to serve not only in the church but also in the community. With growth we need a bigger facility and more resources to continue to sustain this,” says Mr George Njoroge, the Media Director.

“We would like to invite you to help support us to build this house for the lord. We need the support of the community. This church will be here to be used by the community at large and by anyone that needs it,”  he adds.

The function starts at 1230 on March 25th 2018 at 4251 Maize Rd, Columbus Ohio 43224.

Donate online.



Thank you and may God bless you.

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Heart-rending photo of ailing Njambi Koikai after surgery moves Kenyans



Radio journalist Njambi Koikai has posted a photo of her admitted in a United States hospital that has moved thousands of her fans, who are wishing her a speedy recovery.Koikai, a former radio presenter with the Nation Media Group, has been battling Thoracic Endometriosis, an abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside the uterus, which has seen her move from one hospital to another both in Kenya and overseas seeking treatment.

She says she has been in hospital for two weeks now and had four chest tubes inserted and also needs a walker to go to the bathroom and for physiotherapy.

She laments the endometriosis, which first manifested when she was 13 years old, had spread so much and the scar tissue plus the placement of wrong chest tubes back at Kenya created the mess.

“My cardiothoracic surgeon here cannot believe all what had been to my chest and right lung area.
God has been so great. Your prayers are reaching God’s ears, heart, soul and mind. He sees and hears all. Thank you for all your prayers, love and support. We all focusing on healing and therapy. So the last two weeks have been filled with agony, pain, tears and more tears. But we serve a living God. 3 chest tubes were removed 2 days ago and i only have one small one left. I’m now able to walk on my own. Breathe easy. Talk and laugh etc,” she writes.

Before the disease took a toll on her, Njambi was popular figure in the entertainment industry. Through her Street Empire Entertainment Company, the former Metro FM and QFM host and DJ organised and held various gigs across the country.

She is now appealing to well wishers to assist her financially through Jahmby Koikai Fund. Paybill Number is 490681. She has previously undergone a series of surgeries, the last one being in the United States last year.

We wish her a speedy and full recovery as soon as possible.

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