July 18, 2015 |
A new diabetes research project aims to develop medicines by marrying chemistry expertise from Rowan University with animal physiology knowledge at Rutgers-Camden. Researchers at Rowan have begun work on some promising medicines, while Rutgers-Camden professors hope to examine plant-based folk medicines from Africa. Rowan scholars have the background to explore the mechanisms behind the medicines, while Rutgers-Camden will focus on testing them on diabetic mice. "We need each other, because the people at Rowan are unable to test the results of their medicines on the physiology," said Joseph V. Martin, a biology professor and associate dean at Rutgers-Camden, who is one of the primary researchers on the project.
July 12, 2015 |
Imagine if you could carry a credit card-size record of all the three billion A's, T's, C's, and G's that make up the alphabet soup of your genome. A simple swipe of the card could inform your physician right away if a drug being considered will help you - or even hurt you. This is the kind of promise behind President Obama's $215 million initiative to develop personalized medicine. "We've arrived at the point where this could happen, and is going to happen," Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said at a recent biotechnology conference in Philadelphia.
July 3, 2015 |
In the 10 weeks since the new antiobesity drug Saxenda came on the market, Elias S. Siraj has prescribed it for "a few patients. " It's too soon for Siraj, who directs the diabetes program at Temple University Hospital , to judge whether the Novo Nordisk medication will overcome diet drugs' history of being barely effective, unsafe, or both. As the headline of his editorial in the current New England Journal of Medicine says: "Another Agent for Obesity - Will This Time Be Different?"
June 8, 2015 |
For Christina Williams, 19, rebellion against type 1 diabetes set in during her middle school years. "I would refuse to test, refuse to give myself my insulin doses," the Pennsburg teen said. "I wanted to have a normal life and live just like my friends without diabetes. " The result was consistently elevated blood glucose, which translated into constant tiredness for Williams, a competitive swimmer. What finally turned the Lock Haven University sophomore around was her diabetes educator telling her during her freshman year of high school that if she wanted to think about driving a car, she had to lower her A1C, the test that shows the average of blood glucose readings spanning three months.
April 6, 2015 |
TO HEAR his advocates tell it, Mumia Abu-Jamal is still in danger, even after being discharged from a small-town hospital in the Coal Region. "When we saw the state he was in, it's very clear what's happening here," Pam Africa, a member of MOVE and longtime Abu-Jamal supporter, told the Daily News yesterday. "They're trying to kill Mumia," she said of the staff at the state correctional institution at Mahanoy. Africa said Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken back to the prison early yesterday from Schuylkill Medical Center, located about 10 miles away in Pottsville.
April 2, 2015
WE AMERICANS pride ourselves on doing everything big: We eat more supersized meals, we spend more money, we spend more time in front of our TV/computer/movie screens, and we even work more hours than our European cousins. There's just one problem: We're becoming increasingly less active, and inactivity increases our risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, to name a few illnesses and conditions. To help you take the first important steps to a healthier lifestyle, join the millions of Americans across the nation today, April 1, as we celebrate National Walking Day, a health initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association.
April 2, 2015 |
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is "not doing well," his family said Tuesday. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the state Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville on Monday after passing out, his wife, Wadiya Jamal, said outside the hospital. His blood sugar level was very high, 779, when he arrived at the hospital and remains above 300, she said. Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.
March 8, 2015 |
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
February 8, 2015 |
Lord, I'm sick an' down Can't tell my head from my feet Lord, I'm sick an' down Can't hardly tell my head from my feet Well, I got the sugar diabetes Somebody please. Lord have mercy on me. When Delta Blues guitarist and singer Big Joe Williams sang "Sugar Diabetes Blues" on his posthumous 1999 album, Going Back to Crawford , he was singing about a problem haunting his Mississippi hometown, the Delta, and the nation. As of 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, 20.9 million Americans had diabetes, a nearly fourfold increase since 1980.
December 7, 2014 |
A few things I adore: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. A few things I no longer eat: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. (OK, I did indulge in a scoop of homemade butter pecan in Cape May over the summer, which I downed in record time. But it was the first time I had eaten ice cream in a year.) I'm not talking about giving up gluten or going on a weird crash diet. Not even about the currently trendy paleo lifestyle.