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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review December 6, 2013/ 3 Teves, 5774

Good news grows in the fight against diabetes

By Deroy Murdock and Brett A. Shisler




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SAN FRANCISCO - First, the bad news:

Diabetes is America's No. 7 cause of death, killing 71,000 annually. This disorder endangers nearly 26 million Americans and adds 1.9 million new patients annually or 5,205 daily. Left unchecked, one third of American adults will be diabetic by 2050. U.S. diabetic care consumes some $245 billion annually and devours 20 percent of Medicare's budget.

And now the good news: Scientists and entrepreneurs are working hard to manage, treat, and ultimately defeat this disease. And they are making progress.

? "Researchers are not choosing diabetes as their area of study," warns Dr. Karen Talmadge, who chairs the American Diabetes Association. "One reason is the level of funding."

Enter the ADA's new Pathway to Stop Diabetes.

Over the next 10 years, Pathway aims to award $160 million to 100 promising young scientists who will invent new treatments and seek possible cures. Researchers will compete for these portable, five-year grants of up to $1,625,000 each. ADA wants to initiate researchers and accelerate the work of those already targeting diabetes. ADA particularly wants to introduce experts from unusual specialties to begin battling diabetes with "new or even radical ideas," in ADA's words. This could include using materials engineering to create benign cells and tissues to improve diabetics' metabolisms.

The first five to seven Pathway awardees will be unveiled in January, with grants totaling between some $8 million and $11 million.

? Dr. Taylor Wang, a physicist and former astronaut, invented the bio-artificial pancreas. It emerged from research he conducted in zero gravity aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in April 1985. Dr. Wang now leads Encapsulife, a company dedicated to developing and marketing this device.

The bio-artificial pancreas contains tens of thousands of living pancreas islets harvested from pigs or live human donors. These cells would be encased in a polymer capsule, fashioned into a pancake-like patch the size of a half-dollar coin, and implanted beneath the skin. Encapsulife says this device protects the islets from a diabetic's auto-immune system. It welcomes the patient's digestive glucose. This stimulates the islets to produce insulin and then secretes it automatically into the diabetic's system - as would a working pancreas.


Dr. Wang successfully reversed diabetes for up to seven months in nine dogs in 2007. More recently, he, Harvard's Dr. James Markmann, and the living-cell patch counteracted diabetes in small monkeys without using immunosuppressants. A patent appears imminent.

? Vmersion Health, a San Francisco-based start-up, has developed Gluco-Share. It lets diabetics use their smart phones to monitor their self-treatment and reward those who test their blood glucose, take insulin on schedule, and otherwise vigilantly care for themselves.

"Young diabetics often do not understand the dire consequences of going off of their treatment regimens," says Joe Madden, a 48-year old as broad-shouldered as the ballplayers his sportscaster father, John Madden, described across hundreds of games in his career. Sipping his coffee at the Cup of Joe Cafe on Sutter Street here, Madden adds, "We believe Gluco-Share is a promising way to give new diabetics incentives to keep doing what their doctors prescribe."

Madden launched Gluco-Share after his son Sam was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5. As most parents of diabetics recognize, material inducements motivate their children to manage their disease more carefully. Through Gluco-Share, diabetics - especially young ones - use their smart phones to record their glucose checks and insulin injections. Soon, users will be able to track diet and exercise. The points generated from each smart-phone entry can be redeemed for video games from Electronic Arts (the makers of Madden NFL), online-game currency, and Lego (and other) toys from King's Variety Stores.

The parents and doctors of diabetics can use Gluco-Share's data to evaluate patients, confirm their adherence to treatment plans, and correct them when they stray.

Many miles, millions of research dollars, and countless hours of laboratory time remain before diabetes follows smallpox into oblivion. But, for now, the momentum is undeniable and positive.

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



Previously:

11/08/13: Health insurers don't deserve Obama's scorn

10/25/13: On Obamacare, Cruz, et al., can say 'We told you so'

08/30/13: Do GOPers have a death wish?

08/23/13: Obama administration devolves into Obama regime

08/15/13: GOP must move on Obamacare substitute

08/09/13: PROOF confirmed! IRS caressed liberals, harassed conservatives

08/02/13: ObamaCare should be defunded now

07/26/13: Obama drowns Americans in yet another geyser of words

07/19/13: Conservatives should fight liberal word games

07/12/13: Lies are fueling those who'd kill us

07/05/13: Washington merits Declaration of Incompetence

06/21/13: Celebs should visit, not boycott, Israel

06/14/13: Revive America's can-do spirit

06/07/13: What the IRS will do for ObamaCare

06/03/13: Quin Hillyer throws his metaphor into ring

05/24/13: Meet a few of the illegal aliens with rap sheets whom Team Obama flung onto America's streets

05/20/13: Big government's new legacy of scandal

05/10/13: Why Benghazi is biggest coverup since Watergate

05/03/13: Obama puts U.S. at risk to slam GOP

04/25/13: U.S.-Mexican border welcomes terrorists

04/19/13: In Boston bombing, left wrongly blames right

04/12/13: U.S. tax code, 74,000 pages, lots of laughs

04/05/13: Obama should share in Americans' sacrifices

03/29/13: Karl Rove has no right to lecture conservatives

03/22/13: Black votes could be GOP's secret weapon

03/15/13: Dems, choose between rhetoric, reality

03/08/13: GOP leaders need courage and stagecraft

03/01/13: Sequester should chop federal fat, not bone

02/22/13: Chuck Hagel's Greatest Hits

02/08/13: Control government's guns

02/01/13: GOP lacks guts, imagination on spending cuts

01/25/13: How to guarantee the rich flee

01/18/13: Limitless and lawless bipartisanship

01/11/13: The most frightful environmental nightmare isn't

01/04/13: 'Fiscal cliff' leaves GOP dazed, confused and fractured

12/21/12: How sad that nearly every Democrat and too many Republicans cannot grasp a concept self-evident even to a Cuban Communist

12/07/12: A simple fact on which every American should meditate

11/30/12: GOP should hammer Left about racism

11/21/12: How Squanto became a Thanksgiving symbol

11/09/12: Obama's re-election bewilders

11/05/12: Actually, Obama is growing the economy

10/26/12: Romney's ignored Mitt-zvahs

10/19/12: Obama's most dangerous disappointment

10/12/12: About Behghazi, Obama lied, people died --- and few bother to cry (out)

10/05//12: Obama the exacerbater

09/28/12: Barack Obama, slacker-in-chief

09/24/12: Citizens or subjects? Candidates offer choice

08/17/12: Dems ignore own issues with Medicare

08/13/12: Speech Romney should give on Bain

07/20/12: Obama's green projects bleeding red

07/13/12: EPA, why fine oil firms over fantasy biofuel?

07/06/12: How about remembering Mexican victims of 'Fast and Furious'?

06/29/12: Health-care victory will give Obama headaches

06/22/12: Mitt Romney, get on bus

06/18/12: The 'racist' Florida vote purge obeys federal law

06/08/12: Scott Walker's win should propel big reforms, stiffen pols' spines

06/01/12: Regulators regulate, and that's a problem

05/25/12: WWII hero Karski to receive U.S. Medal of Freedom

05/18/12: Not the behavior of normal Americans

05/18/12: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming

05/04/12: Libs want to plunge the penthouse

04/27/12: Obama and company are pushing hard on the pedal for deadlier cars

04/20/12: We don't need no stinkin' budget?

04/14/12: New Reasons to Hate Obamacare

04/06/12: Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs

03/30/12: Twitchy Dems need to let workers put tax-cut money in retirement funds

03/23/12: Why not $100-an-hour minimum wage?

03/15/12: The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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