“There are 30 million Americans with type 2 diabetes and 84 million with prediabetes. There are 324 million people in this country, so that's half the population right there,” said Viola Davis who joined forces with the pharmaceutical company Merck to narrate “A Touch of Sugar,” which also depicts how the disease affects all communities (Photo: violadavis.net)
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Viola Davis Reveals Diabetes Diagnosis and Campaign to Raise Awareness

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Growing up, we just said they had ‘the sugar’ which didn’t sound that concerning. But, when you look at the facts, there’s nothing harmless about diabetes – it’s a chronic disease that needs to be taken seriously if we’re going to get it under control,” said Viola Davis. […read more]

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The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative seeks to develop cures for a far broader group of individuals with the disease, and it is initially focusing on gene therapies that modify the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which make red and other blood cells.
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NIH launches initiative to accelerate genetic therapies to cure sickle cell disease

“This initiative is giving patients, families, and communities a reason for hope. I’m particularly pleased that we are able to make this announcement during Sickle Cell Awareness month, when we are shining a spotlight on the toll of this devastating disease,” — ADM Brett Giroir, M.D. Asst. Sec. for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) […read more]

Politics

NIH, FDA Tied to Fetal Tissue Firm

(Politico) – One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among its customers, earning at least $300,000 for material used in research of treatments for HIV and eye disease, officials confirmed to Read More

Health

U.S. to Test if Vitamin D Prevents Diabetes

[Xinhua English News] WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said Monday that it’s to launch a large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes, and are Read More

Op-Ed

Stop the Shutdown, Prevent Economic Meltdown

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Since the government was forced to shut down on October 1, one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children—or, more accurately, worse than most children. Even 5-year-olds understand that Read More