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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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38-year-old DJ Makena says she’s not yet ready for marriage: Searching for someone who really speaks to my heart is not easy

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DJ Pierra Makena isn’t ready to walk down the aisle any time soon because she hasn’t found someone worth it.

The mother of one who recently clocked 38 years revealed that she’s not in a rush to settle down because she’s looking for someone who will understand her.

“I’m not ready for marriage, not ready to be someone’s wife yet. I’m not in a rush. Searching for someone who really speaks to my heart is not easy,” she said in an interview with Mpasho. 

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Makena said that though her love with her baby daddy went sour and he walked away, she’s still not afraid of loving again. But, she’s keeping everything private now more than ever.

“I believe in love. Many people thought that after the breakup I would not love again. I tend to give a lot of love, I get to receive a lot of love. But you know what, I never put my love life in public. I am a loved girl. I really like to keep my life private,” she said. 

Adding:

“Nowadays I look for the heart. It’s not all about material things. I love someone who speaks to my heart.” she posted. 

source:Ghafla

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Why Zahra Moi declined appointment to Nairobi Hospital board

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Zahra Moi has explained why she turned down her nomination to be a director at the Board of Management of Kenya Hospital Association, the owners of the Nairobi Hospital.

Zahra, who is the wife of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has expressed her reservations regarding the nomination through a letter sent to the Nairobi Hospital Company Secretary.

“It is with regret, however, that I must decline your invitation. Due to time constraints, my schedule simply will not allow me to participate meaningfully on your board at this time,” Zahra explained in her letter.

“I have immense respect for the work you do, and fear that the demands on my time will prevent me from giving the KHA the attention it deserves,” she explained further.

STANDOFF

She also noted that she did not participate in any of the meetings leading to her nomination, nor did she offer herself for election.

Zahra said she had not been at the Nairobi Hospital in recent times, contrary to media reports on the recent change of guard at the facility.

On 17th April there was a standoff at the Nairobi Hospital as the newly-elected board members tried to access the premises.

The current board members said that they were still running the hospital as they had been given a court order barring the elected members to assume office pending hearing.

REAPPOINTMENT

“We are happy to inform you that the court has issued an order restraining those purported to have been elected from assuming office pending inter-party hearing,” the board members said in an advert in local dailies on Friday.

“We wish to assure you that the validly elected Board of Management continues to run The Nairobi Hospital and is making the best efforts to implement strategic decisions to enhance the governance and operations of the hospital,” read the advert.

Last month, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala reappointed Mrs Moi to sit in Tourism Research Institute Board, a post she has held since 2016.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 54 (1) (h) of the Tourism Act, 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife re-appoints Zahra Bahwela Moi to be a member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute, for a period of three years, with effect from the 1st June, 2019,” the notice read.

source:Nairobi News

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Kenya to deport foreigners in betting

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has issued deportation order against foreigners who entered Kenya for other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.

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