Trump Undergoes Annual Medical Exam

File Photo: President Donald Trump

 

President Donald Trump will undergo an annual medical checkup Friday.

The Marine One helicopter will take him to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington suburb of Bethesda for a full four hours of prodding, poking and testing, the White House said.

It was not clear how many of the results would be made public or when, but last year everything from the president’s cholesterol levels (high) to weight (too high at 239 pounds (108 kilograms) was released.

Trump’s then chief physician, Ronny Jackson, also held a press conference in which he declared Trump to be in “excellent health.” Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has since run into trouble over alleged ethical misconduct and a different team will assess 72-year-old Trump.

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On the plus side, Trump doesn’t smoke and is a noted teetotaler. He says he’s never even had a beer.

Less good: the former real estate tycoon and reality TV performer unashamedly embrace the couch potato life.

Not for Trump the basketball sessions that Barack Obama sweated through in the White House, or the bike rides of George W. Bush.

Trump loves the more sedate game of golf, but rides a cart between holes and has said that anything more strenuous is actually bad for your health.

“All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements —- they’re a disaster,” Trump told The New York Times in 2015.

Trump has described his chief exercise as walking around the White House compound and standing up at public events.

The 45th president’s diet, reportedly involving legendary amounts of Coke and red meat, also seems to defy most doctors’ orders.

In January, Trump hosted the strapping athletes of America’s champion college football team, the Clemson Tigers, with a mountain of hamburgers and pizzas.

According to Jackson last year, Trump’s secret is genes.

“Incredibly good genes,” he said. “It’s just the way God made him.”

AFP

New York University Makes Tuition Free For All Medical Students

New York University Makes Tuition Free For All Medical Students
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 4, 2012, a flag flies from a building at New York University in New York. STAN HONDA / AFP

 

New York University said Thursday it would offer all its current and future medical school students free tuition in an effort to tackle soaring debt levels and encourage more applicants.

The move — which it said was financed by the generosity of the university’s “trustees, alumni, and friends,” amounts to a reduction of $55,018 in annual fees, regardless of financial needs or academic merit.

It does not cover living and administrative costs averaging $27,000 a year.

“A population as diverse as ours is best served by doctors from all walks of life, we believe, and aspiring physicians and surgeons should not be prevented from pursuing a career in medicine because of the prospect of overwhelming financial debt,” said Dr Robert Grossman, dean of the NYU School of Medicine.

In its statement, NYU also pointed out that high student debt was putting graduates off pursuing less lucrative specializations including paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median debt of a graduating medical student in the US is $202,000 — while 21 per cent of doctors who graduate from a private school such as NYU face over $300,000.

“Our hope -— and expectation —- is that by making medical school accessible to a broader range of applicants, we will be a catalyst for transforming medical education nationwide,” said Kenneth Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health.

Thursday’s announcement came as a surprise ending to the school’s annual white coat ceremony, which marks the start of first-year students’ medical careers.

Those 93 students will benefit from the scholarship, along with 350 others enrolled further along in the program.

NYU said it is the only top 10-ranked medical school in the US to offer such an initiative.

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Governor Bello Joins Nigerians To Welcome President Buhari

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello said the successful return of President Muhammadu Buhari from medical vacation has shocked mischief makers and death wishers.

The Governor expressed gratitude to God Almighty for answering the collective prayers of all Nigerians by returning the President back home in good health.

Bello said that the President’s return on Friday has laid to rest various concern and speculations surrounding his health condition, assuring that he would continue to lead the country.

While commending religious bodies and political organizations for their prayers, outpouring love and solidarity during the President’s medical trip to London, Governor Bello urged all Nigerians to always be positive and pray for their leaders.

“Positive thoughts and prayers are a fundamental instrument necessary to overcome challenges facing the nation, I am particularly excited at the level of solidarity shown to the President by Nigerians” the governor said.

He prayed that Allah will continue to grant Mr. President sound health, greater strength, wisdom and courage to continue with the good governance of this country.

Lagos Doctors’ sack is also affecting medical school

Dr Akeem Alawode, a Senior Resident Doctor LUTH explains to Sunrise Daily, why doctors with the federal government hospitals have joined the doctors’ strike in Lagos.

He notes that the mass sack of the almost 8oo doctors is not only affecting the health sector but also the academic sector as some of the sacked doctors were senior medical academics that teach in the Lagos state University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).