Controlling diabetes depends largely on the individual

When hemoglobin, which is the carrier of oxygen in our blood, is exposed to sugar, some part of it changes permanently and becomes glycated (or sweetened). The more sugar in our blood, the more of the hemoglobin gets changed. By measuring what percentage of hemoglobin has become “sweet,” we can clearly know how high the sugar in the blood is for the entire three-month life span of the red blood cell. Most doctors check these levels at least two, and sometimes four, times a year. A normal glycated hemoglobin number is below 6. If a diabetic person wants to be as close to normal as possible, the number most doctors are striving for is 7.
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Mississippi’s Diabetes walk/run is Sept. 14 in Gulfport’s Jones Park

90 in Gulfport. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress as a favorite superhero and to have people pledge money to support their efforts.
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In Type 2 Diabetes, Gut May ‘Taste’ Sugar Differently

Young found that the control of sweet taste receptors in the intestine of healthy adults allowed their bodies to regulate glucose uptake 30 minutes after the receptors detected glucose. However, people with type 2 diabetes had abnormalities that resulted in more rapid glucose uptake, according to the study published in a recent issue of the journal Diabetes. “When sweet taste receptors in the intestine detect glucose, they trigger a response that may regulate the way glucose is absorbed by the intestine. Our studies show that in diabetes patients, the glucose is absorbed more rapidly and in greater quantities than in healthy adults,” Young said. “This shows that diabetes is not just a disorder of the pancreas and of insulin — the gut plays a bigger role than researchers have previously considered,” he said.
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Obamacare and voting rights clash over health exchanges

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Whether Washington could logistically or legally force states to link federally run exchanges to state voter registration systems is worrisome enough to give elections administrators headaches already. The difficulties and complexities make it likely courts will weigh in, as they have over the years when states failed to comply with the Motor Voter Act. For Lisa Danetz at Demos, a left-leaning voting and equality advocacy organization, the specter of a drawn-out legal fight isn’t a welcome one, especially as she sees the exchanges as an opportunity to improve voter outreach. But she said she has little doubt courts will see the exchanges as covered under the Motor Voter Act, much as other state offices have in the past. “However it’s organized, the actions of the exchanges are closely intertwined and are essentially the actions of the state,” said Danetz, who wrote a report on voter registration and exchanges. “In the long run, they’re going to be doing it,” she added.
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Texas health officials issue measles alert, urge people to be immunized

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Dallas and Denton counties each reported two measles cases, Harris County has one. Agency officials say Texas had six reported cases of measles in 2011. State health officials are asking health care providers to watch for potential exposures and patients with measles symptoms, especially in North Texas, the agency said in a statement. Measles can be spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Tarrant County Public Health experts traced some of the area’s measles cases to an adult who had traveled outside the U.S., the agency said.
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Aetna Collaborates With CVS Caremark And Dovetail Health To Help Members Manage Their Prescriptions

Truven Health Analytics conducts a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of healthcare issues. The survey asked respondents about a recent decision by a large cancer center not to offer a new medication that has similar benefits and side effects to an existing drug, but is more costly. In total, the poll found that 40.5 percent of Americans agreed with the centers decision, while 37.5 percent disagreed. However, agreement with the cancer centers decision varied with the respondents exposure to cancer. Those who had a family member, friend or loved one with cancer, but had not experienced cancer themselves, were the least likely to agree with the decision (36 percent), while those who had a family member, friend or loved one with cancer and also had experienced cancer themselves were the most likely to agree (50.8 percent).
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Truven Health Analytics Poll Finds Opinions Split Between Cancer Patients and Non-Patients on High-Cost Drugs

“Working with Aetna and CVS Caremark allows us to deliver a complete and coordinated approach to reduce readmission rates for some of the highest risk patients.” The six month pilot program will be offered in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Readmission rates and member satisfaction of enrollees will be measured at the conclusion of the pilot. 1. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Report to Congress: Promoting Greater Efficiency in Medicare, June 2007, Chapter 5. 2.
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Canceled Egypt exercise was in planning phase

Obama denounces Egypt massacre, cancels joint military exercise

Its at least the third time the U.S. has canceled the exercise since it began in the early 1980s Washington and Cairo postponed the 2011 installment amid the Arab Spring and scrapped it in 2003 as U.S. forces were committed to Iraq and Afghanistan. reset Obama condemns Egypt violence A spokesman for U.S. Central Command told POLITICO that the last Bright Star, in 2009, involved about 5,000 American troops, as well as units from the United Kingdom, Europe and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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Egyptian tanks are shown. | AP Photo

But Obama stuck by his administrations decision not to formally label the ouster of deposed President Mohammed Morsi by the military a coup, a step that under U.S. law would require suspending American aid. We appreciate the complexity of the situation. While Mohammed Morsi was elected president in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive and did not respect the views of all Egyptians, Obama said.
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Study: High blood sugar, but not necessarily diabetes, raises dementia risk

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“This is part of a larger picture” and adds evidence that exercising and controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are a viable way to delay or prevent dementia, he said. Because so many attempts to develop effective drugs have failed, “It looks like, at the moment, sort of our best bet,” Anderson said. “We have to do something. If we just do nothing and wait around till there’s some kind of cocktail of pills, we could be waiting a long time.” People who have diabetes don’t make enough insulin, or their bodies don’t use insulin well, to turn food into energy. That causes sugar in the blood to rise, which can damage the kidneys and other organs – possibly the brain, researchers say. The new study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine , just tracked people and did not test whether lowering someone’s blood sugar would help treat or prevent dementia.
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Blood sugar linked to dementia, even without diabetes

Dr. Paul Crane advocates talking walks, as getting adequate physical exercise has been linked to later onset and reduced risk of dementia.

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Safety of Diabetes Drugs

Your body turns your food into glucose, so your blood sugar levels depend not only on what you eat but also on your individual metabolism: how your body handles your food, Crane said. However, he does advocate taking walks. The ACT study has previously linked physical activity to later onset and reduced risk of dementia, including Alzheimers disease. Crane emphasized the results come from an observational study.
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But the leading regulatory agencies both in Europe and the U.S. seem to think that those studies are flawed. We call this class of drugs incretin-based or GLP-1 agonists. They include Byetta, Victoza, and Bydureon. The most recent investigation of this class of drugs came out last month in the American Diabetes Associations journal Diabetes Care.
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You need guts to be happy no matter what: The importance of a healthy digestive system for enhanced immunity

Parts of the Digestive System

Expressions such as “butterflies in my stomach” and “gut wrenching” are actually saying more than what we read on the surface. Whether one’s tummy is in knots over a speech or one lacks the guts to undertake something, the fact remains: We think and feel with our guts as much as we do with our brains. Isn’t it logical, then, that a strong and healthy gut will spawn a healthy body and strong mind? Research suggests that the gut micro-flora lining the intestines are much more than just “good” or “bad” bacteria, and that their most important function is to regulate the body’s immune response, especially when faced with stress. This is a two-way street: Psychology and psycho-social factors influence the physiological functioning of the gut, and a healthy strong gut can help one stay mentally agile and fit.
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This is typically a slow-growing cancer that is often survivable if caught early. Many diseases and conditions of the digestive system including irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, diverticulitis, GERD, Crohns disease, celiac disease, peptic ulcer and hiatal hernia can be chronic and are difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the diseases of the digestive system are tied to the foods we eat, and many sufferers must restrict their diets. [ Tips for Preventing Stomach Aches ] There are a number of tests to detect digestive tract ailments. A colonoscopy is the examination of the inside of the colon using a long, flexible, fiber-optic viewing instrument called a colonoscope. Other testing procedures include upper GI endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and endoscopic ultrasound. Study of the digestive system Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on studying and treating the digestive system disorders.
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Digestive System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Infographic: all about your stomach and how digestion works.

It also contains glands, nerves, and lymphatic vessels. The muscular layer contains two types of muscles that are responsible for contracting and relaxing the parts of the canal. These muscular movements are responsible for two kinds of movement within the alimentary canal. Mixing movements, like that of the stomach, combine food with digestive enzymes. Peristalsis is the process of moving food forward within the canal. This is done within the small and large intestines.
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How your dog’s digestive system works

Here are some tips to help keep your digestive flow on track this year: 1 Incorporate healthy bacteria in your diet Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, antibiotics, illness, aging and poor diet choices can often lead to an imbalance of your digestive tract bacteria. Certain probiotics, mostly found in dairy products and some fortified cereals, can help to maintain the balance of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. Try a daily helping of yogurt with probiotics, such as Activia. 2 Keep the fiber on deck Consistently eating the right amount of fiber can help promote bowel function. High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy. 3 Hydrate Water is one of those essential elements for a healthy digestive system.
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Digestive health: 10 Tips for getting your digestive system back on track

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Dogs in the wild will eat herbs and plants. One is in the form of partly digested stomach contents of their prey. Occasionally a dog will eat fresh plant material but this is usually for a very specific purpose and in response to an instinctive need to treat an immediate health problem. None of the dog’s digestion takes place in the mouth, as it does in human beings. It begins in the stomach, but the main process of digestion occurs in the dog’s small intestine.
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Eating a big breakfast could speed weight loss

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In a study published in the journal Obesity, researchers studied 93 obese women assigned to one of two 12-week diet plans. The first eating plan required the women to consume 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner. The second plan reversed that order, requiring the women to eat 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 700 at dinner. The types of foods in the 700 calorie meal were the same whether consumed at breakfast or dinner and included foods such as cake and cookies. Overall, the women who consumed their largest meal at breakfast lost 17.8 pounds and 3 inches off their waistline, while the group that consumed their largest meal at dinner lost only 7.3 pounds on average and 1.4 inches off their waistlines.
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An Open Letter To The Government Of Dubai On The Topic Of Its Weight-Loss Campaign

Think collaboration, not just competition While the program director has described the initiative as a healthy competition, nudging people towards healthy collaboration might work even better. Some studies show that tackling weight loss challenges as part of an explicit group can be more effective psychological strategy. One study recruited participants to do a weight loss program alone, or with 3 friends or family members. Participants with greater social support were more likely to complete the 4-month program and maintain their weight loss after 10 months. Another study showed that group therapy produced significantly greater reductions in weight and body mass than individual therapy.
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Weilos Wants To Pair You With An Online Weight Loss Coach Who Has Shed Pounds Themselves

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Where Wu and Perelmans concept differs from most is that it recognizes 1) theres no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to well-being and weight loss, and 2) the best way to promote continued use of a program is to build in some kind of direct personal interaction, and personal accountability, rather than just trust users to follow a program on their own. The reason were really excited about it is because obesity, weight loss, is one of the biggest health issues were facing today, and we just wanted to create an effective solution that really works by empowering passionate people who have succeeded themselves and allowing them to help others, Wu explained in an interview. The one unique thing that were doing is that our coaches are people who themselves have lost weight, and the most exciting thing for me is actually meeting people and seeing how knowledgeable they are and how excited they are to help others. Wu and his team carefully screen all coaches signing up to provide their services on the platform, and have received over 100 applications so far but approved only around less than half that to actively participate. Making sure that coaches on the platform have demonstrated their own success, and are trustworthy individuals is key to Weilos ability to attract users, and pre-screening, as well as coach ratings are in place to help ensure that happens. I asked Wu about the legal implications of providing a platform where amateurs provide health advice to the general populace. He says that Weilos itself is just connecting people, not providing advice itself, and that the company is very careful to advise coaches not to provide any actual medical advice to their clients. There are also tools in place to help both coaches and users report activity that might be detrimental to user health, like if someone were to use the platform to seek out or promote pro-anorexia or pro-bulimia behaviour, for instance.
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Noise Between the Sheets: How Snoring can Affect Your Relationship

Get the Most Out of Your Zzzs: Simple Ways to Stop Snoring

But its no secret that too much of a good thing can have troubling consequences and the sun is no exception. UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk […] Daddy Boot Camp Fri, Jun 14, 2013 Katie’s Take So youre going to be a new dad and have no idea what to expect, aside from many sleepless nights. Help is on the way in the form of daddy boot camp. No, you wont have to do nursery army crawls or diaper bag crunches. But you will learn the basic fathering […] Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad Tue, Jun 11, 2013 Katie’s Take The modern-day father is a far cry from the traditional married breadwinner of the past. Nobody knows that more than stay-at-home dad Scott Benner. With 13 years as Mr.
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Interview with ‘Snoring Beauty’ author Bruce Hale

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August 14, 2012 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply me @cure autism. I am confused as to what ‘ These parents need to get over it’ has anything to do with the study on snoring and mood disorders in preschoolers. My stepdaughters are are autistic but recently deemed ‘recovered’ and I can tell you now that putting down other parents in times of their own different situation is not a way to get The word out on autisim. It is about supporting our children by supporting each other and providing Information for those uninformed. NOT putting others down. August 14, 2012 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply ser August 14, 2012 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply Portland tony Certainly hope this study was peer reviewed, because it contains more “may cause’s” than a political ad.
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Snoring in kids could mean other problems, doctors say

– Lose weight. Gaining weight around the neck squeezes the internal diameter in your throat, which will make it more likely to collapse and cause that loud, annoying sound. If you didn’t snore before you gained weight but you do now, this might be a solution for you. Exercise can help you to fall asleep faster and sleep deeper as well, so it’s a win-win.
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‘Playing with Fire’ is the first in my new School for S.P.I.E.S. series, a sort of mash-up between Oliver Twist and James Bond. It’s an adventure with lots of humor, intended for ages 9-13. I’ve also got a fun picture book called ‘Clark the Shark’ debuting this month — about a hyperactive shark who learns how to chill out. Henry: Oliver Twist and James Bond!? Please M, may I have some more gadgets? What aspect of writing do you find most challenging? What’s hardest for me is turning an *idea* for a book into a workable plot.
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What Can I do About My Husband’s Snoring?

Obstructive sleep apnea is not the only cause of snoring. Other factors, such as being overweight, alcohol consumption, allergies, cold or flu, sleep positions, abnormal anatomy of the mouth and/or sinuses, or a combination of these options, may be involved. Therefore, chances of successfully reducing or eliminating your snoring issue depend in large part on the cause(s). If you or a partner experience mild to moderate snoring and want to try natural methods to manage it, here are some home remedies to consider.
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Home Remedies for Snoring

Dr. Hibberd’s answer: Snoring usually reflects some degree of airway obstruction. Be sure his doctor is aware of this. Appropriate screening for sleep apnea is advisable, especially if your husband has pauses in breathing, awakens at night, or if he seems tired or has a headache in the morning.
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