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Dr Samuel Achilefu receives prestigious St. Louis Award

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On Jan. 14, Achilefu’s mother, wife and two teenage children watched as the scientist received the St. Louis Award at the Eric P. Newman Education Center. The honor, awarded almost every year since 1932, recognises area residents whose achievements reflect positively on the community. Achilefu was recognised for leading a team that developed high-tech goggles that help surgeons “see” cancer.

Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see, even under high-powered magnification. Achilefu’s eyewear is designed to make it easier for surgeons to distinguish malignant cells from healthy cells, helping to ensure that no stray tumor cells are left behind during surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. The glasses could reduce the need for additional surgical procedures and the subsequent stress on patients, as well as time and expense.

Read the full story on Washington University in St.Louis’ website by clicking here.

Kimberly Anyadike, youngest African American female to pilot plane cross-country

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Inspired by the Tuskeegee Airmen, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike flew a single-engine Cessna cross-country from her hometown of Compton, Calif., to Newport News, Va. Anyadike is thought to be the youngest African American female pilot to complete the journey, which took 13 days. She arrived home in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11.

Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons in an after-school program for disadvantaged youths, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was their plane that she flew on her cross-country trip.

Read the full story on New Your Daily News by clicking here.

Asisat Oshoala wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year

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Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.

She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour. “I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted,” she said.

Read the full story on BBC’s website by clicking here.

Flying doctors save lives in Nigeria

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Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who’d gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the nearest hospital couldn’t deal with her condition.

Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to rapidly transport the girl, a sickle cell anemia sufferer, to a more suitable healthcare facility. They searched all across West Africa but were stunned to find out there was none in the whole region.

Healthy Eating

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Ever heard the phrase “You are what you eat”? Bearing in mind that the “what” comprises both the “how” and “when” of what we feed on, I am sure you will agree that if we scrutinised a snapshot of our regular nourishment and eating habits, the disclosure would be somewhat sobering at best, and staggering at worst. The computer geeks call it “Garbage In, Garbage Out”… so I ask: what do YOU eat?