Blessing Okagbare–Otegheri, 33, was Nigeria’s hope for a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but was suspended for testing positive in a drugs test taken in Slovenia in July 2021 in which the presence of Human Growth Hormone was found. Nigeria’s Minister of Sport Sunday Dare described the findings as “unfortunate”.
Okagbare-Otegheri has been Nigeria’s star track and field athlete. She holds the Olympic and World Championship records for long jump, and is a world medalist in the 200 meters. She also holds the Women’s 100 meters Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds.
Just two days before her suspension, Okagbare-Otegheri criticised the Nigerian sports administrators for the handling of the July 31, 2021 disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes for their failure to meet for the mandatory three out-of-competition tests. The athletes took to the streets of Tokyo at the time, to protest their banning.
“Blessing Okagbare remains one of our best athletes who has served Nigeria well. We empathise with her. Nigeria will monitor closely developments around her temporary suspension and appeal,” Dare said at the time.
In October 2021 the Athletics Integrity Unit issued more charges against Okagbare-Otegheri in relation to three separate disciplinary matters.
The U.S. Department of Justice has revealed that a man linked with Okagbare-Otegheri has been charged in a U.S. court for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, including Nigeria’s celebrated queen of the tracks.
6 Things that kills the male pen*s
There are many things that kills a mans pen*s when it’s action time but these 6 made it to the top of our list. It’s really important you know the things that can weaken your boners and affect s*x with your partner.
Below are 6 things that kill your p*nis
If you want hard-rock boners, you need to limit your sugar intake. Sugar affects your body’s testosterone production, making it tougher for you to get it up.
2. INADEQUATE SLEEP:
I understand you have to work real hard which means lesser sleep but if you desire to maintain your boners, then you need to get adequate sleep. Sleep is essential for testosterone production.
You probably didn’t want this to be in this list but I am really sorry to disappoint you. Taking too much alcohol lowers your testosterone levels. So easy with the booze.
4. RUNNING TOO MUCH:
Running 40 or more miles a week can drop your testosterone level by 17% according to a University of British Columbia research.
5. SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME INDOORS:
Spending too much time indoors affects your boners due to lack of vitamin D you fail to receive from the sun and this vitamin is important in the production of testosterone.
Too much of everything they say is bad and that also includes soy which according to a Harvard Medical School research if consumed too much over an extended period of time could affect your boners.
Uncovered! Why Kids Have a Better Immune Response to COVID-19 Compared to Adults, New Study Says
Data has shown that children, as a whole, have less severe cases of COVID-19 infections than adults. Now a new study may explain why: They have a better immune response to the virus.
The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, analyzed immune responses in 65 children and 60 adults with COVID-19 at a hospital system in New York City by looking at blood and cell samples. The researchers discovered that the children had a shorter length of stay, less of a need for mechanical ventilation and a lower mortality rate than adults.
Previous research has found that a dangerous immune response to COVID-19 has been linked to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which can have severe outcomes in adults, including a great need for mechanical ventilation and a higher risk of death. It’s less common for children to have those severe consequences, which has caused some experts to theorize that their immune response to the virus is suppressed.
But the study found that children actually produce higher levels of two immune system molecules called cytokines, specifically interleukin 17A (IL-17A), which helps prompt an immune system response early in an infection, and interferon gamma (IFN-γ ), which tries to stop the virus from replicating. The researchers found that the younger the patient, the higher their levels of IL-17A and IFN-γ. “This suggests that IL-17A and IFN-γ or the cells that produce them contribute to immune protection, particularly against lung disease,” study co-author Dr. Betsy C. Herold, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, tells Yahoo Life. “Our findings suggest that boosting innate immune responses early in the disease may be beneficial.”
A boy arrives for the first day of school at the Lincoln-Hancock Community School in Quincy, Mass., on Sept. 17. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
“Takeaway message: Kids do get infected and can get very sick but, in general, do better when infected with the virus,” Herold says. “This age-associated difference may reflect differences in immune responses.”
Looking at specific forms of cytokines is important here, Dr. Danelle Fisher, a pediatrician and vice chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., who did not participate in the study, tells Yahoo Life. Cytokines are a group of proteins in the immune system, she explains. “Every cell in the human body has cytokines in it,” she says. “If the cells release the cytokines, then they have effects on the immune system.”
Each cytokine has a slightly different impact on the immune system. “Some can be helpful, some can have dangerous effects,” Fisher says. “But the ones children are releasing more of seem to be more effective at fighting off SARS-CoV-2 than other cytokines that adults tend to release more.”
That appears to be what’s sparing children from severe illness from COVID-19, she says. According to one analysis of pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about eight per 100,000 children were hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to 164.5 per 100,000 adults.
“There has always been this mystery of why children have milder cases of COVID-19 and are less represented among the hospitalized,” Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, who did not participate in the study, tells Yahoo Life. “The immune response in children seems to be different.”
While the study’s authors didn’t explore why the immune response is different in children versus adults, Adalja says it’s likely evolutionary. “Immune systems develop over time, and children’s immune systems face different threats than adults’,” he says. “They evolved this way.”
The study results are exciting, but Dr. Chris Carroll, a pediatric critical care physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, cautions against putting too much weight in them. “This study provides an important clue in investigating the differences in immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” he says. “But more work needs to be done to determine the specifics of why children have less severe infections.”
Carroll is also wary that the study only took a snapshot of the patients’ immune response. “The immune response to an infection may change over time, so future studies need to examine how that response changes with illness,” he says.
Overall, though, experts say this study may help with finding a treatment for COVID-19. “Learning about this is important because some of the treatments we’re thinking about for COVID-19 are immune modulators,” Adalja says. (Immune modulators are a type of immunotherapy that enhances the body’s immune response.) “It will be interesting to see if we can harness how children respond to the virus to make better treatments,” he says.
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