Category Archives: Health

Follow up on Affordable Care Act (ACA) Obama care

 By Solomon Alemu Feyissa, M.D.  This is a follow up to an article posted on this site on November 4, 2013 on affordable care act (ACA), Obama care. The writer encourages readers to read the original article (if they have … Continue reading

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Are you feeling stressed? The emotional impact of following social media news of traumatic events

By  Dr Bikat Sahle While social media publicity have been playing a crucial role in the effort to bring to light the human rights violations and abuse of migrant Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia, the excessive exposure to the gruesome details … Continue reading

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Fikir Eske Mekabir : medical analysis

By Dr Surafel K Gebreselassie Part I : Bezabih’s Illness The late Haddis Alemayehu was arguably Ethiopia’s best novelist. He is primarily known for his classic work, Fikir Eske Mekabir (later translated to English as Love Unto Crypt by Sisay … Continue reading

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Basics on Diabetes Mellitus and Complications

By Dr . Abay Taddesse Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic illness that results from absolute or relative deficiency of insulin ( hormone which controls blood glucose) that leads to excessive amounts of glucose in the blood which leads to … Continue reading

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Cancer 101

By Dr Lemma Cancer is an expensive disease to treat. This is true anywhere in the world although most challenging when resources are limited. Although there are childhood cancers, most cancers are common in older ages. The commonest cancers worldwide … Continue reading

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Obesity in Ethiopian Immigrants ( a personal observation)

by Surafel K Gebreselassie We are four old classmates seated in a popular Ethiopian restaurant in the Washington DC metro area, home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia. The restaurant was packed. It was a Saturday evening. I … Continue reading

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Dr Solomon Alemu Feyissa American Health Care System prior to the Affordable Care Act ( ACA) is primarily financed by a combination of private medical insurances ( mainly employer sponsored like blue cross blue shield, united, etc with employee contribution), … Continue reading

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Challenges of dialysis in Ethiopia

By Dr Elias B Managing chronic kidney disease in Africa is very challenging; Ethiopia is no exception. Assume I am sitting in a clinic in Addis Ababa seeing patients with end stage kidney disease that require dialysis. What do I … Continue reading

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Bed wetting (nocturnal enuresis)

By Dr Lemma I would like to disclose that I am not an expert in the field but I thought it would be worthwhile to post a short summary.  Bed wetting: also called nocturnal enuresis is defined as incontinence episodes … Continue reading

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Tenayistilign Tips : Potassium

Potassium is a mineral (nitre-neger) that is found in many foods in Ethiopian diet. The kidneys play a key role in maintaining normal potassium which regulates the heart to beat regularly and the muscle to function properly. Normal potassium level … Continue reading

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