July 19th, 2008

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People with HIV can now legally travel & immigrate to the US

Jesse Helms is probably turning in his grave. Helms opposed funding for AIDS programs, foreign and domestic. The U.S. travel and immigration ban for people with HIV/AIDS was his creation. He got it passed as an amendment on another bill. Because of the "Helms Amendment", the US has banned HIV+ people from visiting even for a day for two decades. On this planet only 13 nations ban HIV positive visitors and immigrants. A few of those nations include Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
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Diabetes Update: ~8% of Americans have it

--Juvenile-onset (type 1) diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes
--adult-onset (type 2) accounts for the remaining 90 to 95 percent.
--CDC 2007 data shows 3 million case increase over 2 years
--CDC estimates 57 million in "pre-diabetes"
--if you lump together diabetes and pre-diabetes, one in four Americans have it
--number of Americans with diabetes = ~24 million people (~8% of the pop)
--diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S
--fasting blood sugar of 125 required for a diagnosis of diabetes.
--high blood sugar is a symptom, not the cause
--lowering sugar while raising insulin levels can exacerbate the metabolic problem
--type 2 diabetes is a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling, both regulated by diet
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