We Pigs News for 08-12-2018

Drama as heads of pigs abandoned outside Kiambu hospital :: Kenya

Drama unfolded at Kiambu Level Five Hospital after residents found six heads of pigs abandoned at the gate. The heads which were dropped by Operation Ondoa Panya, a human rights Organisation had a ribbon written ‘Kiambu Hospital Thieves’ on them. The organisation’s National Coordinator John Wamagata said they had put the heads at the hospital gate to protest alleged poor leadership and service delivery at facility. Curious residents thronged at the hospital gate as they angled to get a glimpse of what was transpiring there. Samson Njoroge, a hawker outside the hospital said they saw a car come early in the morning and drop the heads before speeding off. 

The hospital which was last year elevated to the level five status has for the last couple of months been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Patients have been complaining about lack of enough food, drugs and congestion at the hospital. On Tuesday, there was drama at the hospital after a family from Karia village in Githunguri which had come to collect the body of Stephen Mburu from mortuary found it missing. The hospital medical superintendent, Jesse Ngugi, said the body was transferred due to a mix-up. Last month, doctors at the hospital were on the spotlight after they declared a 20-day-old baby dead and even issued a burial permit to the family. 

Kiambu Health Executive Dr Joseph Murega denied that county hospitals were facing medicine and food shortage crisis but acknowledged that the health facilities were overcrowded. Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Tuesday said there was nothing his administration could do at the moment to ease congestion at Kiambu hospital. 

Keywords: [“Hospital”,”patients”,”County”]
Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001291295/drama-as-heads…

Flu cases linked to pigs at Paso Robles Mid-State Fair

San Luis Obispo County health officials confirmed Thursday two cases of influenza A have been diagnosed in patients that had extended contact with pigs at the California Mid-State Fair. Influenza A is a virus that spreads among pigs and can occasionally be transmitted to people who have close contact with the animals, according to statement from the county health department. Officials said both patients experienced brief illnesses and have since recovered. When humans are infected by the virus – known as variant influenza virus infections – the effects are usually mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal influenza, the health department said. When the virus is transmitted from a pig to a person, it generally does not spread widely to other people. 

It also cannot be transmitted by eating pork, the county said. Officials warned that anyone who had extended contact with pigs at the Mid-State Fair to be alert for symptoms of the flu. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue and may also include vomiting and diarrhea, according to the county. Symptoms typically appear within one to four days of exposure and last for two to seven days. Local news matters: We rely on readers like you more than ever before, and we currently offer free access to five stories a month. 

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Keywords: [“health”,”influenza”,”pig”]
Source: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article216396765.html

Hydrogen in drinking water attenuates noise-induced hearing loss in guinea pigs.

Hydrogen in drinking water attenuates noise-induced hearing loss in guinea pigs. It has been shown that molecular hydrogen acts as a therapeutic and preventive antioxidant by selectively reducing the hydroxyl radical, the most cytotoxic of the reactive oxygen species. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that acoustic damage in guinea pigs can be attenuated by the consumption of molecular hydrogen. Guinea pigs received normal water or hydrogen-rich water for 14 days before they were exposed to 115 dB SPL 4-kHz octave band noise for 3h. Animals in each group underwent measurements for auditory brainstem response or distortion-product otoacoustic emissions before the treatment and immediately, 1, 3, 7, and 14 days after noise exposure. 

The ABR thresholds at 2 and 4 kHz were significantly better on post-noise days 1, 3, and 14 in hydrogen-treated animals when compared to the normal water-treated controls. Compared to the controls, the hydrogen-treated animals showed greater amplitude of DPOAE input/output growth functions during the recovery process, with statistical significance detected on post-noise days 3 and 7. These findings suggest that hydrogen can facilitate the recovery of hair cell function and attenuate noise-induced temporary hearing loss. Substance Hydrogen in drinking water attenuates noise-induced hearing loss in guinea pigs. 

Keywords: [“Hydrogen”,”water”,”guinea”]
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20888392

Vegan Ceviche Avocado Boats – GUINEA PIGGING GREEN

This recipe is delicious and healthy and perfect for summer. Ceviche is a Mexican dish usually prepared with seafood or fish and can be easily served as an appetizer. I made something very similar to this recipe from Vegan Yack Attack, except instead of combining the avocado, I used them as boats, like Rose does in this seabass recipe on The Londoner. Scoop about 1/3 cup of the ceviche mixture onto each avocado half. Firmly roll the lime in between your palms to get the juices flowing before cutting it open. 

Another option is to microwave the lime for about 15 seconds, which achieves the same thing. Halve the lime and use a fork to help release the juices by twisting while you squeeze the lime with your other palm. Removing the seeds inside a jalapeño pepper will remove a lot of the heat. I find the easiest way to do this is to slice it open and remove the seeds under a running tap. If you like can handle the heat, leave the seeds in! 

You’re going to be left with a lot of fresh cilantro. Here’s a really easy guide to keeping it fresh longer. 

Keywords: [“lime”,”seeds”,”remove”]
Source: https://guineapigginggreen.com/vegan-ceviche-avocado-boats

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