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    Benjamin Button: The story of a man born old and age backward (True story) As a child, Daisy meets Benjamin Button who suffers from a rare ageing ailment wherein he ages backwards. They keep in touch as she gets older and he turns younger. A book with a seemingly fictional character was published inRead more

    Benjamin Button: The story of a man born old and age backward (True story)

    As a child, Daisy meets Benjamin Button who suffers from a rare ageing ailment wherein he ages backwards. They keep in touch as she gets older and he turns younger.

    A book with a seemingly fictional character was published in 1922 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was the story of a man born old who aged backwards and dies young. This was called ‘the curious case of Benjamin Button’. This became very popular at the production of the movie in 2008.

    Many had thought it was mere story that was never real, and of course the movie was based essentially on a fantasy that recreates the flavour of Forrest Gump. You may have to watch the film for it’s curious flavour, as we would only be talking about the disease as a reality of our time rather than fiction/fantasy.

    The disease Benjamin Button is commonly known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). Progeria is a progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly.

    Benjamin Button progeria disease

    The disease is not sex or gender based.  It affects about 1 in every 4 million births worldwide. So its noticeably scarce.

    A single mistake in a certain gene causes it to make an abnormal protein. When cells use this protein, called progerin, they break down more easily. Progerin builds up in many cells of kids with progeria, causing them to grow old quickly.

    Progeria is not inherited, or passed down in families. Most kids with progeria look healthy when they’re born, but they start to show signs of the disease during their first year. Babies with progeria do not grow or gain weight normally.

    A few cases of Benjamin Button disease are as seen below:

    Sam Berns:

    Sam Berns

    He became the face of Progeria ‘Benjamin Button disease’, died at the age of 17. His parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, reacted to his diagnosis by creating the Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to find the cause of the disease and a cure. Source ABCNews

    Devin Scullion:

    Devin Scullion

    Lived in Hamilton, and one of the oldest to have lived with the disorder. He died at the age of 20 in 2017.

    Hayley Okines:

    Harley Okines
    Lived in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. Her condition was diagnosed at the age of two, when her parents were told that she would probably not live past 13,  but eventually died at 17 years old. Source Independent.co

    This rare genetic disorder affects only 1 in 4000000. No treatment is effective to cure progeria. Doctors usually treat these patients to reduce complications like risk of cardiovascular diseases with bypass surgery or low aspirin doses. These patients are also advised to take a high energy diet, stay well hydrated and do regular physical activity. People around progeria patients should treat them equal and boost their morale.

    Do you know of any uncommon disease you would like to share? Kindly share by commenting or post a new topic/question about it.

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  2. How to care for someone who has been stabbed Getting stabbed is scary, terrifying and deadly in nature, but unfortunately, this happens sometimes even to good people. The goal of this post is to give a summary and simple tips on how to care for someone who has been stabbed. Do not attempt to run aftRead more

    How to care for someone who has been stabbed

    How to care for someone who has been stabbed

    Getting stabbed is scary, terrifying and deadly in nature, but unfortunately, this happens sometimes even to good people. The goal of this post is to give a summary and simple tips on how to care for someone who has been stabbed.How to care for someone who has been stabbed

    1. Do not attempt to run after the assailant for your own safety and do not panic. It might be difficult but its necessary to stay as calm as possible.
    2. Call the nearest medical health agency available immediately, for example 911.
    3. Lay the victim down in a best comfortable position, tilting the head up.
    4. Examine the wounds, check the depth and extent of injury.
    5. Check victims’ ABC (airway, breathing, and circulation). This includes checking the victim’s pulse, consciousness and listening to the heartbeat.
    6. If they are not breathing, the first thing to do is a CPR, to unsure the victim is breathing again, you can’t be treating someone already dead.
    7. If breathing, then remove the clothing over the stab wound and treat. Ensure you use clean materials to clean and treat wounds (Definitely avoid direct contact with victims blood if you have any open cuts, you want to be secured too).
    8. If its a deep and intense wound, apply direct pressure on the wound to lessen bleeding. How to care for someone who has been stabbed
    9. If there is anything stuck in the wound like the weapon or any object, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT.
    10. After treating the wound, cover with sterile wool or bandage. Remember to apply pressure till the medical team arrives.

    What if you are the victim yourself? Remember to first call for help, but while you wait and hope help comes, you have to be your own hero. Stay calm, and carefully follow the steps listed above.

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    For purposes of clarity, it’s important to state that there are actually two bills out there agitating the minds of social media users in Nigeria at the moment.

    There is the ‘Hate Speech Bill’ and the ‘Social Media Bill’. Both bills are not one and the same, even though they have been conflated in discourses on the internet.

    The hate speech bill, otherwise called the ‘Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill’ is being championed by Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Deputy Chief Whip), while the social media bill, otherwise called the ‘Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill’ is the brainchild of Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa.

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