HealthLifestyle Early-warning diabetes test hope by: – March 21, 2011 Share Share Share 33 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Experts believe a simple blood test could spot diabetes up to 10 years before the first symptoms of the disease occur.By looking at levels of five amino acids in the blood US researchers were able to correctly identify people who went on to develop type 2 diabetes.Ultimately the Harvard team hope a test like this could be used to screen for type 2 diabetes, Nature Medicine says.Early detection can help prevent related complications like blindness.Risk prediction Dr Victoria King, head of research at Diabetes UK, said: “Early diagnosis and effective management of type 2 diabetes are crucial in reducing the risk of developing diabetes complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.“Therefore finding ways to identify those who are at risk of developing the condition are important.“This research, in future, could lead to ways to help us identify those at risk as well as giving us new insights into how and why type 2 diabetes develops.”The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle and eating an unhealthy diet.In many cases the condition can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, Dr King said.Aside from keeping an eye on a person’s weight and blood sugar, doctors have had little else they can use to identify at risk individuals.The test used in the study looks for levels of small molecules in the blood. Among the 2,422 health volunteers tested, 201 later went on to develop diabetes.And the researchers found that the early blood tests readily identified these patients years before they developed any symptoms.Those with the highest levels of amino acids in their blood were five times as likely to develop diabetes within the following 12 years of the study.Dr Robert Gerszten and colleagues who carried out the work say more studies are needed before the test could be recommended for general use.Source: BBC News
(Image: Franklin County Government)BROOKVILLE – Franklin County’s Area Planning Commission (APC) is currently operating without an executive director.Director Larry Franzman served the position for more than twenty years prior to announcing his resignation at the APC meeting August 13.Franzman cited that APC members were undermining his authority making it difficult to do his job, the Franklin County Observer reports.The executive director position remains vacant as commission members will meet early next week to determine following steps.The APC is responsible for issuing building permits, administrating zoning regulations and conducting building inspections throughout the county.
An impressive crowd turned up at the equally impressive Akwa Ibom International Stadium to watch the Eagles in action with youngster Victor Osimhen, goalkeeper Ikechuwu Ezenwa and Shehu Abdullahi seeing action, while the likes of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho were rested.The Eagles under new coach Gernot Rohr won thanks to first half goals by Brown Ideye and Nosa Igiebor with Watford striker Odion Ighalo wrapping up the win after the interval.Franco-German Rohr insisted on the game to ascertain the match fitness of his call-ups for the AFCON dead rubber which will serve as a dress rehearsal for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 3 in Zambia.Nigeria will then welcome Algeria in another Russia 2018 showdown in November.Meanwhile, in a mark of solidarity, the Akwa Ibom State Government has declared the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between Nigeria and Tanzania scheduled for the Ibom International Stadium on Saturday free for football enthusiast to watch.The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Monday Ukoh, said yesterday that the government decided to throw the gate open for fans to cheer the Super Eagles to victory.According to him, the gesture would attract more fans to watch the Eagles and to ensure the 30,000 capacity Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo is filled during the encounter.It is new Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr’s first competitive test on the Nigerian job. He is hoping to use it to test players ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in October.The state government, the commissioner said was not unaware of the economic challenges facing many Nigerians especially youths, hence the need to assist them with free tickets to watch the game.Football fans in the state have called on the state government not to politicise the tickets as such actions in the past have denied genuine football fans in the area of watching the Super EaglesAccording to one of the fans, Abasiama James, the free tickets by the state government is commendable but it should be made available to everybody on first come first serve basis.“Nice one, but the tickets should be made available for everybody; they should notpoliticize it as usual.“It is not a political event, it’s a football match of the national team not a political party team, so the idea where only political groups are given the tickets should be stop.” he declared.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD NIGERIA VS TANZANIA Akwa Ibom Govt throws gates open to fans to come cheer EaglesOkon Bassey in UyoSuper Eagles wednesday defeated Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club side, Akwa United FC, 3-0 in a test game ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania also in Uyo.
Jamaican dancehall singer Tanya Stephens has joined the ongoing controversy surrounding a social media rant by female Deejay Ishawna who posted a rant which is considered disrespectful to Jamaica’s foremost cultural icon, Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley.Stephens supported Ishawna who was last week hauled over the coals for posting on her Instagram page that she did not wear tablecloth like Bennett-Coverley, who is affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’.‘Miss Lou’ has been credited with making the Jamaican dialect of patois fashionable and accepted worldwide as part and parcel of the Jamaican identity.Self-imposed limitationsBut in her defense of Ishawna, Stephens posted a video in which she declared that “Jamaicans really need to stop mandating their self-imposed limitations.”She also challenged those criticizing Ishawna to post a photo of themselves dressing like ‘Miss Lou’ or a video of themselves reciting one of the icon’s poems.Stephens elaborated on her stance in a video posted on her Instagram page. In response to the argument that Miss Lou allowed the Jamaican patois dialect to be generally accepted from people like herself, Stephens said: “She didn’t liberate me… as soon as I was born, I was talking patois.”Her position has brought her squarely under attack by Miss Lou’s supporters. Some took to social media to air their disagreement with Stephens’ position.“Tanya Stephens has done a fine job of regulating herself to the fool’s corner, wearing the dunce cap and all. You are wrong on this one. You are doing an excellent job of diminishing your already minute fan base. Stop now. We hear your voice crying out in the wilderness,” one social media user posted.Dissed Simpson MillerTanya Stephens was recently under fire for her criticism of former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. She lambasted Simpson Miller on social media the same day she was being honored by politicians on both sides of the aisle in Jamaica’s House of Parliament.