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Researchers have found a link between hydroxychloroquine and a decreased risk of developing type-2 diabetes . Hydroxychloroquine has been in use for approximately 50 years. It was first developed as an anti-malaria drug, and then as treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other rheumatic diseases. In type-2 diabetes, the formerly healthy body either stops producing enough insulin or no longer uses insulin effectively. Type-2 diabetes is associated with obesity and for years was also referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes until recent years when the numbers of children with type-2 diabetes have begun to soar along with the growing levels of childhood obesity. Of the nearly 21 million Americans that have diabetes, most have type-2 diabetes. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also have risk factors for diabetes, such as being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle, but the actual number of people with RA who develop diabetes is lower than expected. The r...
Many people take time to think about the year just passed and the new one arriving; some of these memories are not necessarily happy or positive ones, but many also show amazing growth and achievements of ourselves and those we love.
Last year, I was probably sitting in this same chair in an internet café in Tanzania as I am today, taking a brief break from the insufferable temperatures, my active volunteer work with natives and my photo-journalism. Last year, I was in incredible pain much of the time (compliments of OA of course) as my right knee continued to completely disintegrate. I am forever grateful for my incredible orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. (as well as my healer in Africa) who have made radical changes in my life. The healer suggested I change my diet to help my body heal better (a small change that excluded spicy foods). My surgeon was astounded, when four weeks after a total knee replacement including a patella, he observed that my incision was completely he...
Living with diabetes has its moments… maybe I should say memories. When I was diagnosed my parents struggled for a bit with, “My 5 year old is diagnosed with what?” My father thought I ate too much sugar and my mother sat in silence taking it all in and assessing.
While my father had a very hard time dealing with his grief over my situation, my mother, true to form, sprung into action. She talked with our pediatrician who had made the diagnosis, and he assured her if any little girl were to thrive in life it would be me, because of my mother’s strength and ability as a parent. My mother, by profession, was a social worker and as she waded through the information, she decided how she could best help me emotionally. For her, the job was clear, figure out how to help me be independent.
For my father, his direction was far less clear. As a matter of fact, he emotionally had a hard time figuring out what to do for me. My mothe...
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