Mystery illness causes woman to grow fingernails instead of hair

A young woman has been labelled a medical mystery after falling victim to an unidentified illness which causes human nails to grow out of her hair follicles.

Shanyna Isom, 28, suffered an allergic reaction three years ago which caused the debilitating syndrome which has left her struggling to walk and carry out daily chores.

The university student was left covered in hard scabs as ‘nails’ replaced the hair on her body and doctors are still in the dark about how to cure Shanyna’s mysterious illness.

Shanyna Isom lives with her family in Memphis and was in her first year at university when the nightmare began.

In September 2009 she was prescribed steroids after suffering an asthma attack and within hours the law student was ‘itching’ all over her body.

Soon black bumps covered her legs and doctors treated her for everything from eczema to Staphylococcal infection to no avail.

Shanyna became bedridden as the illness took over and doctors tried to determine what was wrong.

In 2011 she began treatment in Baltimore where doctors established that the bumps were in fact human nails slowly covering Shanyna’s body.

She produces 12 times the normal number of skin cells per hair follicle, suffocating her skin.

‘Where hair grows, nails are growing,’ Shanyna told WAFB news.

Today doctors have yet to diagnose her but have been able to control her symptoms.

‘I couldn’t sit up and I couldn’t walk, but now I can walk with a cane and sometimes I can walk on my own.’

The criminal justice major describes it as a nightmare she is trying to wake up from.

‘They’ve tested me from A to Z and everything was coming back negative.

‘ Right now, I am the only one in the world with my illness.’

The illness has left Shanyna and her family deep in debt as state-issued insurance does not cover her care at the specialist unit she attends in Baltimore and only covers five of the 17 medications she is prescribed.

The family savings accounts are dry and her outstanding medical bills are currently up to £160,000 ($250,000).

Shanyna has set up the S.A.I Foundation to raise money for her treatment but fears she may not be able to continue.

She relies on family and friends for financial help and they have rallied around her for support.

‘At this point I just do everything I can to get the help that’s needed for her,’ her friend Tolungia Webb said.

Shanyna hopes that the foundation will be able to raise enough money to cover her medical bills and help others in the same situation.

She said: ‘If it means me dealing with this to help someone else, I’m willing to go through it.’

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Olympic Tennis: Williams Sisters into doubles semi finals

They were full of zeal, eagerness as the Williams sisters Venus and Serena powered their way through to the Olympic tennis doubles semi-finals today.

It was a match so tensed that there was collision between the sisters when a shot came for Serena to hit, the shot was taken eventually and they got the point for the shot on their way to securing their much desired win with a 6-1,6-1 score against the Italian duo of No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

Venus and Serena has been on a jolly ride since the beginning of the London 2012 Olympics as they are yet to lose a set throughout the three rounds of each engagement against any opponent which is why they say they are very sure of a medal in this tournament.

The sisters are seeking their third gold medal in doubles while Venus seeks a record fourth gold medal in tennis.

Serena is also into the semi-finals in singles.

Jakarta, most active Twitter City-Study

The most active tweeting city in the world has been known and this is according to a study conducted by France-based social media monitor Semiocast.

According to Semiocast, Indonesia had the two most active cities one making number one on the list which is Jakarta while Bandung a second Indonesian city came 6th on the same list. The study was made public on Monday on the website of the social media monitor,

On the survey details, for the month of June about 10.6 billion tweets were posted and more than 2% of those came in from Jakarta.

Jakarta was followed closely by Tokyo while London, Manchester, New York, Bandung, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago and Riyadh followed each other on the table.

It means with this ranking the mentioned cities according to standings show that users from these locations boost the activity of the social media network in their respective cities.

English remains the most used language on Twitter, followed by Japanese, Semiocast said, pointing out that the US is the most active Twitter country, with US-based users posting 25.8 per cent of all public tweets, followed by Japan-based users who posted 10.6 per cent.

Although, Jakarta came in fifth in terms of accounts creation on the social media network after the United States of America, Brazil, Japan and Britain while India, Mexico, Canada, Spain and the Philippines occupied 6th to 10th positions.

Indonesia boasted 29.4 million Twitter user profiles as at the end of June, lower than Britain’s 32.2 million Twitter user profiles, Semiocast said.

Semiocast said up to 517 million Twitter user profiles had been created before July 1, including more than 140 million in the US alone.

Oregon Woman sentenced to jail for tax fraud

The State of Oregon in the United States of America has sentenced a 25 year old woman to five and a half years in prison after she pleaded guilty to three counts of felony fraud and a felony count of tax evasion.

Remorseful Krystle Marie Reyes admitted she had collected $2.1 million in tax refund from the State of Oregon and so far the State has recovered close to $1.9 million from the stated amount. Resigning to fate, Marie said she will be taking responsibility for her actions.

According to report, Marie received a refund on her debit card and lavished $150,000, after which she reported lost or stolen card twice, an incident that aroused the suspicion of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Working at a retirement/care homes, Marie was reported to be earning less than $15,000 per year in 2009 and 2010 but her way of living escalated as she went on spending spree as she bought with cash a 1999 Dodge Caravan which cost $1,800 and $851 on tires and wheels.

Other purchases Marie made included a queen-sized air mattress, a deep fryer, an air conditioner and a cream and grey floral rug. She bought a sofa and recliner with brown leather trim.

It was further reported that Marie filed in January an electronic tax return where she made a request for refund of $2.1 million which automated system of Turbo tax red-flagged. She also claimed she had earnings of more than $3 million.

Due to the request being red-flagged, the request tagged a potential fraud by the processing staff and managers, it was also set aside for review but was later shelved by a Revenue employee who overrode the flagged and the refund was issued.

The return was set aside for review by processing staff and managers for potential fraud. But “sometime later,” the affidavit said, a Revenue employee overrode the flagged payment and the refund was issued.

According to card policy, at least three employees are required to give verification to the override but no one responsible for reviewing the return opened the file to look at it or looked at the W-2 form Reyes filed, the affidavit stated.



Non-Custodial Sentencing: Lagos introduces community service orders

The introduction of the non-custodial sentencing option is one of the reforms of the Lagos state government which is aimed among other things at decongesting the prisons and ensuring a more pragmatic criminal justice system.

On our big story tonight, our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele shows the shift from not only seeking to punish but also to rehabilitate offenders.

Nigerian pleads not guilty to ID theft charge in US

A Nigerian man who worked as a private security guard at Newark-Liberty International Airport on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to identity theft of a man killed in New York 20 years ago, prosecutors said.

Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole, 54, is accused of using the identity of Jerry Thomas and taking up work as a security guard by way of a phony name

Mr Oyewole is also believed to have been using the Social Security card and birth record of Thomas, who was murdered in Queens, New York in 1992, about the same time the suspect resumed work at the airport – which is one of the busiest in the world.

Officials say Mr Oyewole is an illegal immigrant in the US but passed numerous background checks with the New Jersey State Police and Border Protection.

Until his arrest at his residence in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Monday, Mr Oyewole was a supervisor with FJC Security Services, a private security company at the airport, where he was in charge of about 30 guards.

What US intelligence community is currently looking at is how he successfully scaled through several background checks carried out by his employer, the New Jersey Police, and the US Customs and Border Protection, over the years undetected.

FJC Security Services Spokesman, Michael McKeon said, “In all cases, he passed the background checks,” adding, “during his time with FJC, he had nothing in his record or his performance to indicate a cause for concern or a reason to question the state police and federal government’s background checks.”

Mr Oyewole’s arrest is also raising questions on the effectiveness of some of the post 9/11 security measures put in place, particularly with regards to airport security personnel screening. Coincidentally, Newark Liberty International Airport was one of the airports from where the 9/11 highjackers took-off.

Though, no other motive, apart from identity theft had been established in his arrest, investigators may however be looking into whether there is a nexus between the murder of Thomas and his stolen identity, which Oyewole assumed shortly after the victim’s death.

A statement issued by the Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Tuesday said a hearing on airport security breaches would hold on Wednesday (today).

Though the statement did not make reference to the arrest of Oyewole, it however said the hearing would be on, “Access Control Point Breaches at Our Nations’s Airports: Anomalies or Systemic Failures?”

Obama to cite new technologies in rights abuses: report

President Barack Obama will issue an order on Monday to allow imposition of sanctions on foreign nationals who use new technologies such as cell-phone tracking and Internet monitoring to help carry out human rights abuses, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after touring the Port of Tampa in Florida

The newspaper quoted a senior administration official as saying that the executive order was designed to target companies and individuals assisting Iran and Syria, but future orders could expand the list.

The paper said the order noted that while social media and cell phones had helped democracy advocates organize in the Middle East, they had also enabled security services of autocratic nations such as Syria and Iran to conduct surveillance of dissidents and block access to the Internet.

The order will acknowledge these dangers and the need to adapt U.S. national-security policy to a world being remade rapidly by technology, the Post quoted the official as saying.
It said Obama would announce the move in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The newspaper noted it comes at a time when his policy toward Syria — where a year-long government crackdown has killed thousands of civilians — has been criticized by Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

The Post said Obama would say that he had asked for a first-ever National Intelligence Estimate — a consensus view of all U.S. intelligence agencies — to include an appraisal of the potential for mass killings in other countries and their implication for U.S. interests.

As part of the initiative, the president will also create a high-level panel to serve as a clearinghouse for real-time intelligence, policymaking and other issues related to mass killing.

He will also encourage the participation of the private sector through a program of grants to encourage firms to develop technologies to help people vulnerable to mass killings better detect and quickly alert others to impending dangers.

The Post said the White House would announce new sanctions against both Syria and Iran on Monday. It said these would include a visa ban and financial restrictions on two Syrian “entities,” one Syrian individual and four Iranian “entities.”

Administration officials did not identify the targets of the sanctions and say the term “entities” describes both government agencies and private companies in Iran and Syria.

The Washington Post said Samantha Power, the National Security Council’s senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights, would chair the Atrocities Prevention Board, a panel whose creation was announced in August.

2face welcomes sixth baby on Easter day

Pero Adeniyi, one of 2face’s baby mamas has dropped another baby for the talented musician in faraway Washington DC on Easter Sunday where she is based with two other kids which she earlier had for the musician.

Tuface’s manager also confirmed the news.

Tuface as we hear is yet to visit mother and baby boy in the United States where he presently is with his fiancée Annie Macaulay after he proposed to her on the 14th of February this year at one of the clubs in Lagos.

Annie Macaulay happens to also be one of the Tuface’s baby mamas and with the arrival of the new born baby boy; the African Queen Talent now has children to show as his gain of fatherhood.

Pero Adeniyi the daughter of Jide Adeniyi who was once married to Tunde Borokini has been receiving congratulatory messages from family, friends and loved ones both from Nigeria and America via the social networks.