26 Nov
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

In recent days, internet rumors have been circulating that Barron Trump, the youngest child of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, might be autistic. The speculation began when some people noticed Barron’s “peculiar” behavior during his public, but very limited appearances throughout the presidential election season. Some critics have said that Barron’s lack of eye contact, inconsistent hand clapping, and somewhat distance emotional behavior are all signs that he is autistic.

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20 Sep
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

Clinical research is at the epicenter of medical development and patient care.  People typically volunteer to enroll in clinical research as needed. Candidates for such trials are supposed to be protected at all times with the potentials of risk explained to them and the possibility of care in case of any adverse clinical emergency. Unfortunately, basic human and humane courtesy was not extended to the patients of Willowbrook Institute who were mentally challenged. While the Willowbrook Institute was initially meant to be a safe place for people with developmental challenges, it became synonymous to a house of horror, where many of the vulnerable minors by every human standard were systematically abused by an institution that should have protected and cared for them.   

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15 Sep
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

It occurred on March 19, 2008, the death of my beloved grandmother, Mrs. Eliza W. Maddox. This was a true turning point for me spiritually, emotionally and physically. The person I loved so dearly and with my entire being was gone and she wasn’t coming back. I know the essence of my faith, but now it was being put to the test. My grandmother died of dementia, a disease many of many of our young and old face today. It doesn’t discriminate nor does it announce its presence to all. It is a silent killer. My family first began to see signs of the disease when she would forget names of close family members, but she would sharply remember things of the past. I would come home regularly on weekends while my mother and brother would assist her during the week. She would attend a nursing care facility during the day, which she loved. She would be ready early in the mornings just as she did as a teacher and principal for over 50 years. This was her routine and she loved it. Often times when we would pick her up after my mother’s day job as a teacher, we would find her “teaching” her friends at the nursing center about various subjects. It was as if she could recall the past with the greatest of clarity and the sharpest of mind.

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