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  • Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016

    After setting a 10,000m world record on her way to winning Olympic gold, Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016.

     

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, center right, and Ethiopian long-distance runner Almaz Ayana, hold their " 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards" , surrounded by Prince Albert II of Monaco, left, and the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe, during the 2016 World Athletics Gala Awards, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Monaco.


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  • Liver Fluke

    Liver fluke disease is a chronic parasitic disease of the bile ducts. Infection with this parasite occurs through eating fluke-infested, fresh-water raw or under cooked fish.Human liver flukes are parasitic worms called trematodes. The adult (mature) flukes are found in the bile ducts and liver of infected people and animals, such as sheep and cattle.Two Fasciola species (types) infect people. The main species is Fasciola hepatica, which is also known as "the common liver fluke" and "the sheep liver fluke." A related species, Fasciola gigantica, also can infect people.

    People living along rivers are prone to infection by flukes because they have a habit of eating raw or under cooked fresh-water fish. This food-borne malady is an important public health issue.Liver fluke infection can be asymptomatic or may cause symptoms related to the biliary system (the liver bile ducts and gallbladder).Patients with severe infection suffer from fatigue and abdominal discomfort. Long standing infection may cause stone formation in the bile ducts and the gallbladder, recurrent bacterial secondary infections in the bile ducts and cancer of the bile ducts.Severe infection can cause an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) and complaints such as abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting and indigestion. Jaundice is due to the mechanical obstruction in the bile ducts caused by a multitude of flukes, or it is due to bile duct obstruction caused by stones, or bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) as a late complication of chronic infection.

     Prevention

    Cook water-grown vegetables thoroughly before eating and avoid sewage contamination of growing areas.

     

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  • Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria dead at 81

     

    According to guitarist Terrie Hessels of venerable Dutch art-punk band the Ex, Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria died yesterday at age 81, following several years of poor health. Mekuria began playing professionally in 1949, and though he was most active before the 80s, he enjoyed a heartening late-career renaissance—he collaborated with the Ex, making two fantastic albums that complemented his muscular, vibrato-rich tone with wiry, chattering guitars, and with Boston jazz group Either/Orchestra. [...] read more

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  • World Record Holder Meseret Defar to Headline Women’s Race at Sunday’s Carlsbad 5000

     — The Ethiopian flags began to be unfurled about the time Meseret Defar rounded the corner, heading down the Carlsbad Village Drive finishing stretch. Then came the chants.

    “Messi number one! Messi number one!” cried a partying crowd of Ethiopians near the Carlsbad 5000 finish line.

    It had been six years since Defar, the two-time Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 meters, had raced at the seaside layout. But judging from her performance Sunday, the 95-pound whippet hasn’t forgotten her way around the downtown village.

    Defar, 32, sped to victory in the professional women’s race in 15 minutes flat. Average pace per mile: 4 minutes, 50 seconds. Caroline Kipkirui of Kenya finished second in 15:11.

    Source: sandiegouniontribune.com

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