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Babies of older fathers at risk of health complications

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Women are usually encouraged to have children when they are young, preferably in their twenties or early thirties, so as to reduce health complications linked to advanced age pregnancies.

Over the years, such messages have mainly targeted women, leading to the rollout of various health interventions aimed at reducing their vulnerability to the complications.

Men rarely feature in these conversations. And this has led many people to believe that they can sire healthy babies at any point in their life.

But new research published in The BMJ paints a different picture. The study found that as the age of the father increased, so did the risk of the infant being born prematurely, having a low birth weight and requiring healthcare support after delivery.

“A significant number of these negative birth outcomes were estimated to be prevented if older fathers had elected to have children before the age of 45 years. The risks associated with advancing paternal age should be included in discussions regarding family planning and reproductive counselling,” the researchers stated.

Even though the absolute risks remain low, they stress that the findings emphasise the importance of including men in preconception care-and the need to further investigate the public health implications of rising paternal age.

Changes to public health messaging and primary care are needed to promote awareness of the role of male factors, including paternal age, in perinatal (immediately before and after birth) outcomes,” said Hilary Brown, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, in an editorial linked to the study.

In the study, researchers at Stanford University in California accessed data on all 40,529,905 live births that took place in the US between 2007 and 2016 to look at the impact of paternal age on a range of outcomes for the infant and the mother.

They found that as the age of the father increased so did the risk of the infant being born prematurely, having a low birth weight, and requiring healthcare support after delivery – such as antibiotics, assisted ventilation, and admission to neonatal intensive care.

Aside from being born earlier, children of fathers aged 45 years or more had a 14 percent higher chance of being premature (less than 37 weeks) compared to those whose fathers were aged 25 to 34 years.

Moreover, they were born lighter by 20.2g and had 18 percent higher odds of having seizures, compared with infants of younger dads.

The risk of gestational diabetes for pregnant women also increased in line with the age of the father, with women carrying the child of a man aged 55 years or older having a 34 percent higher risk of gestational diabetes.

Past studies have noted that advanced paternal age might be associated with a slightly higher risk of pregnancy loss (miscarriage) or stillbirth, as well as certain rare birth defects, pertaining to the development of the skull, limbs and heart.

Research also shows a link between older paternal age and an increased frequency of autism spectrum disorder or the risk of developing mental disorders like schizophrenia with symptoms that are likely to be noticeable at an early age.

It is thought that the increased risk of health conditions might be due to random genetic mutations in sperms that occur more commonly in older men than in younger men.

Despite these concerns, the overall risks tied to older men remain small and less certain than those associated with maternal age over 40.

Nevertheless, health experts recommend that older couples wishing to conceive children should be better informed of the risks of conditions that can occur in their offspring so they are not caught off guard when complications arise.

In addition, where possible, adequate measures need to be put in place to mitigate risk factors such as regular antenatal check-ups as well as screening tests for high blood sugar or pressure that can be detrimental to both the mother and child.

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“I cry alone daily in my Sh100 million dollar mansion” Lonely Ringtone desperate for a wife

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan gospel singer Ringtone is desperately searching for a God fearing wife.

The singer whose real name is Alex Apoko shared a photo on social media of himself gesturing at an empty seat in a lawn depicting he needed a partner.

Ringtone wrote how he cries daily in his Sh100 million mansion, asking God why no beautiful, God loving girl wants to marry him.

“Mimi ni mpweke sana. Am so lonely. Miaka yangu ya kuoa imefika but sijui ntaoa nani. I cry alone daily in my 1m dollars mansion. I ask god why all the beautiful god loving girls dont want me. Please pray for Me🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏,” wrote the singer.

In May this year, Ringtone bought a brand new Range Rover sport 2017 o catch the attention of Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan after declaring his love for her.

His effort failed to charm the Uganda-born socialite.

Instead of getting prayer support, the singer got many women commenting how they are ready to marry him.

One wrote; “We exist dear one its only you who cant see us.”

Another added; “Marry me with my 4kids and your life will be more than good 😂😂😂zari na waschana warembo kando.”

A woman wrote; “Swallow your pride come marry mi socialite wachana nao.”

Another commented; “I love you but it is not good for me to propose to you.”

A user stated; “Vile umesema 1M mansion ndo umeharibu..we ngoja ma gold digger sasa.”

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Woman who allegedely stabbed TV actor to remain in custody for five days

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The main suspect in the gruesome murder of TV actor Jamal Nassul Gaddafi ,Grace Kananu, will remain in remand for five days.

Ms Kananu was arraigned before Mavoko Law Courts on Thursday morning.

The five days in detention will assist detectives gather evidence in their investigations into the murder which reportedly happened on Wednesday morning at Arks Hotel in Mlolongo.

The suspect had earlier on told police officers that the late Gadaffi fell on a kitchen knife.

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However, it has been reported that the suspect stabbed the deceased after a quarrel.

This is after he questioned why she was dancing and accepting drinks from men who attended a party she had organised at the entertainment spot.

The two had been in a relationship for nine months.

Meanwhile, the family of the slain actor is demanding for justice with an appeal to the police to speed up the investigation and prosecute the suspect.

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No honeymoon for Kenyan man who married two wives on the same day

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27-year-old Tom Junior Mako has been the talk of town this week after marrying two women on the same day.

Elizabeth Simaloi, 25, and Joyce Tikoiyan, 23 were all smiles during the ceremony as they stood on either side of their man in a one-of-a-kind ceremony.

Mako, however, revealed that he might not go on honeymoon due to financial constraints.

“Tough economic times have condemned me and my wives to my residential home in Kajiado. For now, I cannot afford honeymoon.

“How I wish a sponsor would come on board,” he was quoted by a local news website.

Apparently, the trio has been living under the same roof for a year and during this period, Mako got to find out the ‘excitement, worries, fears, strengths, weaknesses, anger levels and general character’ of his wives.

He further added that he made the bold decision to assure the two women that he is not eyeing any other lady.

“I would want to urge young men to shun multiple dating or extramarital affairs. If you must be in a romantic relationship with more than one woman, then take the new woman in your life home so that she can be officially known and recognised by your kinsmen.

“That is the right thing to do,” he said.

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