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 World Sickle Cell DayWorld Sickle Cell Day by The Ovi Team
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a serious condition that affects people all over the world; the complications that arise from it are usually fatal. Sickle cell disease is a set of red blood cell disorders that are mostly inherited. In sickle cell
 World Thalassaemia DayWorld Thalassaemia Day by The Ovi Team
Thalassaemia is the name of a group of genetic inherited disorders of the blood. More specifically, it is a disorder of the haemoglobin molecule inside the red blood cells.
 Scientist finds Aids virusScientist finds Aids virus by The Ovi Team
April 23rd 1984; Scientist finds Aids virus. The discovery of a virus which may cause Aids, the fatal disease sweeping through America, has been hailed as a \"monumental breakthrough\" in medical research. The development was announced in Washi
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 World Leprosy Day - Easing Pain and Giving HopeWorld Leprosy Day - Easing Pain and Giving Hope by The Ovi Team
\'The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.\' - Mother Teresa World Leprosy Day, which falls on 31st January, is a day to increase public awareness about
 Bhopal Chemical AccidentBhopal Chemical Accident by The Ovi Team
December 3rd, 1984; Thousands of people die from the effects of toxic gases which leaked from Bhopal Union Carbide Factory near the central Indian city of Bhopal. The leak also caused injuries to nearly 250,000 more with over 10,000 have since
 World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day by The Ovi Team
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response
 Diabetes and childrenDiabetes and children by The Ovi Team
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases to affect children. It can strike children of any age, even toddlers and babies. If not detected early enough in a child, the disease can be fatal or result in serious
 Living with a father who suffers from bipolarLiving with a father who suffers from bipolar by Abigail George
My father gives a unique, relevant and compelling voice to the invisible voice that prevails when it comes to the invisible thread of mood disorders. He has suffered from bipolar mood disorder from his late teens. During his own personal life e
 Why Medicare and Medicaid Cuts? by Leah Sellers
El Supremo Rancid-o Limberger, Sir! You keep shouting out to all of your Radio Airwave Listeners about Medicaid and Medicare cuts. You continue to stir up the Fear Monger Stew Pot for the elderly and disabled concerning these proposed Medicaid and
 Cinema's Calorie Cuisine by Asa Butcher
"Last time I went to the movies I was thrown out for bringing my own food. My argument was that the concession stand prices are outrageous. Besides, I haven't had a Bar-B-Que in a long time."- Steven Wright
 Trouble at The Lancet: Wakefield and the Medical Profession by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 World Cancer Day 2010 by The Ovi Team
World Cancer Day 2010, led by UICC, its members and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), will raise awareness of cancer prevention. Each year, over 12 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million
 Healthcare: Time Doesn't Wait by Bohdan Yuri
Already the Republicans are attacking --- and promoting defeat of health care reform. Now would be the time for President Obama to come forth and act as a true leader --- a Leader of both the Nation and the Democrat Party. If he doesn’t d
 Let's Play Monopoly...Or Not! by Leah Sellers
Uh-oh! Before we Spin the National Roulette Wheel on Healthcare, America - let’s have a Reality check! The Insurance Companies (and the Banks They own and that in turn own/and or run the Insurance Companies - Is tha
 Jorge Pesantez: Thank you for a great birthday present!Jorge Pesantez: Thank you for a great birthday present! by Alexander Mikhaylov
Oh, my! Am I getting older? Apparently I am. Just last week I celebrated my birthday (43rd, it was). I received two presents. One was from my wife (she knows I love presents). The other one was from the guy whom I had never seen before and will
 The Giant Insurance Squids are Circling by Leah Sellers
Yo-ho-ho, and a Bottle of Slog! The Giant Insurance Squids and Profiteering Fascist Sharks live 20,000 leagues (or more) below in the Watery depths of the American Republic's Capitalistic Consciousness. Circling ever
 Lemons to Lemonade by Leah Sellers
This is a True Life allegory.  One in which I did not intend to participate. But as Life would have it (for all Human Beings), we often find the Path of Life writhing and alive with unexpected twists and turns created by
 The Real Solution to Healthcare Reform by Bohdan Yuri
Let’s cut through the veils of deception.The simplest form of healthcare is to have some sort of single payer program.There is, presently, an entity which has had experience in dealing with this type of natio
 HVA's Ethiopian fluoride poisoning? by The Ovi Team
In December 2007 I went to Ethiopia to attend the wheelchairs distribution event for fluoride victims who are bed-ridden for over 35 years in Wonji/Ethiopia. When I met those victims there was a flow of tears from victims and their family and f
 Disabling Labeling by Leah Sellers
“Well, little lady, you’re Lucky. You get a high disability rating today.”“Lucky? Excuse me, doctor, but how does a ’high disability rating’ make me, or anyone else caught up in the American
 Managed Coincidence or Divine Providence? by Leah Sellers
 Diesel users suffer more lung cancer; a simple solution is to hand by The Ovi Team
 "Cheating death" by Jack Wellman
This poem is dedicated to two desperate parents, enduring a night of living hell. That of a dying child, spending the night, battling a life-challenging and ultimately, like-taking cancer…only to have their only son die i
 The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, Happiness and Healthcare by Leah Sellers
I was asked to write a letter to Senator Ogden (by one of his staff members) explaining my thoughts about Workman's Comp and healthcare in general, which did not use any 'fancy' metaphors (as he is a man who sees things in black and white)
 The war against horror! by The Ovi Team
From the very beginning when HIV AIDS appeared, at least for everybody and mainly in the media, was something that had nothing to do with us, identifying this with something very far away from us. And from the very beginning HIV AIDS was the mo
 No toilet humour by Asa Butcher
Yes, today is World Toilet Day. No, the world hasn't gone around the U-bend. Why shouldn't 24-hours of the year be dedicated to the faithful lavatory, loo, WC, khazi, dunny, privy, netty or latrine? Where would we be without it or should I
 Former South African President Blamed for 330,000 HIV/AIDS Deaths by Newropeans-Magazine
Zackie Achmat, a prominent South African AIDS activist has recently blamed the former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, for 330,000 HIV/AIDS related deaths in the country.
 Twice a day by Asa Butcher
The imminent arrival of our late-maternal Grandma when my brother and I were children would send us into a dental frenzy. The first thing Grandma would do was check that our teeth were nice and clean, so as their car pulled up the drive we would b
 International Day Against Alzheimer's Disease by Alexandra Pereira
Two men, side by side, stroll through a green summer garden, with their backs turned to the photo camera. One of them, the taller one, has his arm around the other man’s back and the right hand resting on his shoulder. The pudency and delica
 Donors Vs. Cancer by Jack Wellman
 Castles in the Air by Valerie Sartor
As of May 1, 2008 stricter anti-smoking regulations went into effect around Beijing in accordance with international treaties that guarantee a smoke-free Olympics. Earlier, in 1995 and 1996 the People's Congress established the first set of la
 Beauty or the beast: Notes on glorified anorexiaBeauty or the beast: Notes on glorified anorexia by Alexander Mikhaylov
You know what? I think there is something wrong with my head. I came to this poignant conclusion when I realized that… Well, come on! Let us say it aloud, like a brave guy: I DO NOT LIKE THIN WOMEN! I do not like beefy men either, but sin
 What does it mean to be an American? by Leah Sellers
I am an American - a teacher - an artist. So, why am I living in a tent in the woods?As a teacher, an idealist, I have struggled for many causes during my lifetime. I believe in standing up for and struggling for principals or situat
 Betting on addiction by Asa Butcher
There is rarely a news story that jumps out and waves its arms for attention, but this week I couldn't fail to overlook YLE Online News' headline "Finns Lose Millions in Online Poker to Foreign Firms Yearly". Look again at the he
 Death of the behemoth: An essay on smokingDeath of the behemoth: An essay on smoking by Alexander Mikhaylov
Apparently, this animal has never suffered from a lack of publicity. Soviet military complexes, US military complexes, and now even ‘Phillip Morris’ corporation were all called a ‘behemoth’ at least dozen times. Speaking
 The Cradle Project by Alexandra Pereira
The Cradle Project seeks to fill an abandoned warehouse (former train station) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with one thousand cradles and cribs made by artists from around the world, in June 2008.
  Chile - The health of the Nation by Newropeans-Magazine
Alvaro Vargas Llosa, in the quarterly newsletter of Washington's Independent Institute, recently joined (February 7) the increasing cynicism about Chile's success story with an article that started by saying: "Chile's economy is t
 Do girls have willies? by Asa Butcher
I have a problem, which began last weekend when I took my two-and-half year old daughter swimming. We had just finished a marathon splashing session and had returned to a private cubicle in the changing room. I dried an
 My Cancer and The Others by Thanos Kalamidas
If I'd written about World Cancer Day a few years ago it would have been quite different from my thoughts today and I would have definitely focused more upon the stats and the warnings. I would definitely have overlooked the human part, but
 Spinaloga: The graveyard of Hansen's disease by Thanos Kalamidas
Off the shores of Crete there is a small island that symbolizes a very old embarrassing story, not only for Greece, but for the whole world and that’s why you will not find long reports or historical facts in any encyclopedia. Spinaloga is a
 A Healthy Argument by Asa Butcher
There is a sage piece of advice often handed out to newly-weds: Don't go to sleep on an argument. I totally agree, especially since it is far comfier to go to sleep on a bed. Seriously, according to recent research, it now appears that the adv
 Paz, Pao, Saude, Educacao by Luis Alves
O início de 2008 tem sido marcado pelo encerramento de vários serviços de saúde por todo o país, gerando protestos das populações contra estas medidas governamentais. Num pa
 Forgiveness by Jack Wellman
When I saw an old acquaintance of mine from my High School days, I waved but inwardly stewed. I just could not forgive that man…for changing my life, destroying my car and my insurance rating…many, many year
 Where there's smoke by Asa Butcher
According to the Finnish National Rescue Association and Finland's Safety Technology Authority, 90 people died in fires last year, which is a 23% decrease from 2006's 118 fatalities. Those aged between 40 and 60
 China and Food: Gobbling up the Goodies by Valerie Sartor
Everything in China is in a state of transition. The Chinese government is enacting new legislation; people are migrating to better jobs; young people soaking up western culture via the Internet and family dynamics are evolving into new patterns.
 America's Workman Compensation: The Nation's Good Samaritan? by Leah Sellers
The Good Samaritan is a metaphor and story that warmly resonates within the hearts and minds of most Americans. What have I learned this past year about the concept of the Good Samaritan within our present Workman's Compensation system? That i
 Is there a way we can become immortals?Is there a way we can become immortals? by Joseph Gatt
I remember a case when an old man put his dead wife in a freezer instead of burying her. He thought science would one day be able to resuscitate her. That sparked a debate concerning whether or not we could one day become immortals.
 Remember AIDS by Thanos Kalamidas
The word 'AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)' appeared in our vocabulary sometime in early eighties and since then it has killed over 30 million people. AIDS, despite its controversy in the beginning, doesn’t recognize sex, e
 World Diabetes Day by Thanos Kalamidas
According to the World Health Organization, in 2006 at least 171 million people were diagnosed as suffering from diabetes. Diabetes in one of the top five most significant diseases and, in combination with the other
 Chinese toying with the Olympics by Thanos Kalamidas
Another blow for Chinese toys manufactures was the latest news from the USA and Australia with the recall of millions of toys due to a drug contained in the coating of the toys. I decided to check in my daughter’s room, not to make sure what
 Empty arms, shattered dreams by Asa Butcher
Here at Ovi magazine we are an emotional group of people, with acute awareness and sensitivity for many global issues. Our heightened conscience has inspired us to fight against the abuse of the environment, inexcusa
 One horrible day by The Ovi Team
One of the Ovi team has been brave enough to share her own painful experience of a recent miscarriage with us and we present it below. * * * * * * * * * I cannot express how pleased my husband and I wer
 World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation by Jack Wellman
What would drive people to sign up to donate organ(s)? Plenty!
 Sunday plans changed by Asa Butcher
Last Sunday was a day that I would dearly like to forget and pretend never happened, yet my enthusiasm for sharing a story and writing for Ovi could never let any part of my life remain private for too long, so prepare for a candid insight into Su
 Health care by Judy Eichstedt
Imagine your child is crying because he or she does not feel well. Your child has a fever and is throwing up. You walk the floor; child in arms doing your best to comfort the child but nothing seems to work. A cold towel is placed on the child
 Wireless by Jan Sand
In the latter part of the 1930s, Astounding Science Fiction Magazine acquired a new editor, John W. Campbell, whose outstanding accomplishment was to put together a team of contributing writers that created a golden age of science fiction
 Elogio Sociologico da Cultura das Saunas na Finlandia by Alexandra Pereira
A nudez torna os homens mais iguais entre si: expõe fragilidades (as nossas e as dos outros, de mulheres e homens, crianças e velhos de todas as raças, eunucos, doentes, deficientes), não deixa que as posses materiais se interp
 The joy of motherhood by Thanos Kalamidas
A woman’s pregnancy should never become a media case with analysts spending their time writing about it. On the contrary, it should be seen as a positive act against the aging population of Europe and America, furthermore how this woman conc
 The disabled reality by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a really long time since I saw a film that I value a lot and was one of the first movies that I bought on VHS. It is a very dark film that often crosses the line of a dramatic biography to a nightmarish and oft
 Information saves lives by Thanos Kalamidas
Sometimes it is easier to write about international peace than to write about an event that has touched you personally. Before I started writing this article, I spent quite a long time thinking about what I was going to write and then after having
 28 days of life by Amin George Forji
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with nine other organizations released the results of their recent study on infant mortality in Africa in a report titled: Opportunities for Africa’s newbo
 Incapacitated by Asa Butcher
Way, way back in time, before the first creatures crawled out of the oceans and decided to develop lungs, there were only single cell organisms bereft of any bones and they were called invertebrate. Now, you may not know this, but my family line d
 Massaging the mind by Asa Butcher
"Please take off your clothes," the masseur instructed as he entered the dimly lit room, its walls adorned with warm yellow curtains. Thankfully, I had been warned by my family, also previous customers, tha
 Is my life going up in smoke? by Richard Berman
Here I am trying to work out why I smoke, calculating that over the last 17 years - 6205 days - I have smoked around 160,000 cigarettes, 8,000 packets and at a cost of about 32,000€, why? All those other things that I could have done w
 Life after deathLife after death by Asa Butcher
"Why the hell does the world need a dedicated day for people to donate their pipe organs, electronic organs or any other keyboard instruments? Is there a global shortage of the piano's frumpy cousin that I don't know about? How can I
 Become an organ donorBecome an organ donor by Thanos Kalamidas
Every day over 100 people die internationally while waiting for an organ transplant and every five minutes somewhere in this world someone is added to one of the national organ transplant waiting lists.
 Skydive for cancer: The aftermathSkydive for cancer: The aftermath by Tony Butcher
Last weekend I had the experience of a lifetime. So many people that I spoke to in the lead up to my Skydive said it was something they would never do - do not be so quick to rule it out too.
 Unripe cherries by Amin George Forji
BBC Radio 1, in conjunction with Durex, BBC 1 Xtra and MTV, has just released the results of the BareAll06 online survey. The BareAll06 campaign was launched on Monday, 22nd May, to run throughout the summer. It wa
 Malaria on the back foot? by Amin George Forji
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have announced the production of a new vaccine, which they claim can combat the most severe form of malaria that, until now, has been very difficult to treat, hence claimi
 Biblical beatings for babies by Asa Butcher
Forget the Koran as the most misinterpreted religious text of our time because the Bible is still firmly on the scene. It is now being used to excuse the chastising of babies and small children with a nine-inch long
 I Spy E by Asa Butcher
Ears, usually found secured to each side of the head and occasionally on the back of a mouse, are an ingenious device that have a variety of uses, aside from hearing stuff that goes on around you. They stop hats and
 Skydive for cancer by Tony Butcher
Standing at the edge of an aeroplane’s door, looking down 10,000ft (3048m) at terra firma whipping past is probably a good time to start reflecting on life. Fortunately, I will have a parachute attached to my b
 Toxic waist by Jan Sand
Modern life has presented many threats to humanity. When added to the standard ammunition humanity has to shoot itself in the foot, our progression in technical capability represents an accumulation of direness that
 World Suicide Prevention Day by Asa Butcher
One of the most shocking images of September 11th, 2001, was watching workers inside the World Trade Center take their life into their own hands by choosing to jump to their death. The two women holding hands, the m
 Delivering the goods by Asa Butcher
Last month Thanos was taken by surprise at my review of a board game. Well this month I felt a profession deserved an iKritic, so midwifery goes under the microscope. Over the course of a week staying in hospital with my wife, I met a number of di
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