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March 24/31, 2015

Naltrexone Extended-Release Plus Bupropion Extended-Release for Treatment of Obesity

 

In September 2014, a proprietary formulation of naltrexone extended-release (ER) plus bupropion-ER (brand name Contrave) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),1 becoming the fourth medication approved for long-term weight management in patients with obesity.2 Liraglutide (brand name Saxenda), a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist, was also approved for obesity treatment in December 2014. This Viewpoint discusses naltrexone-bupropion ER and its potential use for the adjunctive treatment of patients with obesity.

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The need for enlightenment in the community led Humphrey Musila, a US-based Kenyan student to launch African Tutor an online platform where young people across the African continent can access information such as scholarships, jobs and many other opportunities.

According to Musila, the idea was born last year November while in college and he registered the company in Kenya in a move to fill the gap.

“I realized that there was a wide gap between young people in a country like US and countries in Africa in terms of access to opportunities and resources. Despite many miles away from my home country, I decided it was my responsibility to bridge that gap by giving back to my community- to the best of my knowledge.” Read more

A Shared Challenge Requires Collective Action

“A collective effort is required to address a challenge that is collectively shared”. We await the outcome(s) of the AU’s Summit on Terrorism. See article below:

Africa: Kenya to Host AU Summit On Terrorism

Nairobi — Kenya will host the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism, to be attended by a number of Heads of State and Government from the continent on Tuesday.

Already, six presidents have confirmed attendance at the one-day summit among them the leaders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia.

The presidents of Tanzania and Uganda will also be present.

The meeting is expected to agree on concrete steps meant to enhance the ongoing efforts to effectively address the threat of terrorism, including the early ratification and domestication of the relevant AU and international instruments.

Prime Ministers of Namibia and Algeria will lead their countries’ delegations as will Burundi’s First Vice President. Delegations to be led by ministers include Gambia, Ethiopia, Libya and South Africa.

High level ambassadors from Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique will represent their countries.

The summit will also seek ways of mobilizing for additional support to Africa’s efforts and the enhancement of international coordination and collaboration in the war against terror. Read more

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In Concourse Village in the Bronx, Sylvester Donkor, left, and Ataa Serwaa, immigrants from Ghana, waiting for a cab to church. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Threatened with arrest in 2009, Lamin F. Bojang fled Gambia after publicly contradicting its president’s claims that he could cure AIDS. Now 31, Mr. Bojang lives in Concourse Village in the Bronx with his wife and 2-year-old son and works as a receptionist at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, while working toward a bachelor’s degree in political science at City College.

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