Tag: diabetes

FDA approves ‘artificial pancreas’ to manage diabetes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind “artificial pancreas,” a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed. The device from Medtronic was approved Wednesday for patients with Type 1 diabetes, the kind usually diagnosed during childhood. About 5 percent of the nation’s 29 million Americans with diabetes have this type. Type 1 diabetes patients now have to manage their insulin through multiple injections throughout the day or a drug pump that delivers it through a tube. Their own pancreas doesn’t make insulin, a...

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HIV Cases Increasing in Rio Grande Valley Despite National Decline

HIV cases in the valley continue to climb especially among young adults and the elderly population. The latest numbers are concerning for the only HIV AIDS support organization in the valley. Lucy Trainor is celebrating her 47th birthday. 19 years ago she was infected with HIV and she’s still kicking.  Her tattoos are a reminder of the day she was diagnosed with the virus. Devastating news that had her thinking of death. “If I make it through the first 24 hours without killing myself then I’ll do everything possible to make myself better” — Lucy Trainor She says she...

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Studies: Beyond scales, fitness and body fat key for health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bathroom scale may show a good number but how much of that weight is fat, not muscle? New studies are adding to the evidence that the scale doesn’t always tell the whole story when it comes to weight-related health risks. Keeping body fat low is more important for healthy aging than a low overall weight, researchers reported Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. A separate study found young people who aren’t physically fit are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life even if their weight is healthy. Here are...

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Holiday Stress takes a Toll on your Heart Health

Family visits, gift buying, excessive eating… All of these factors–common during the holidays–take a toll on your health. When that stress builds up, oftentimes it’s your heart that suffers. That’s why one valley doctor is offering up some advice on how to keep your heart health during the holidays. “I’m not the poster child for health.” Gerardo Gonzalez isn’t a first time patient at the McAllen Heart Hospital. Today, he’s here to get excess fluid drained as a result of complications due to diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. “If I’d have known i was going to live...

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2,000 Valley Residents Living with HIV; World AIDS Day and the Importance of HIV Testing

Texas has the third highest rate of HIV infections across the U.S. one out of every 345 Texans is HIV positive. Here in the Rio Grande Valley, there are currently 2,000 people infected with HIV. That number could be reduced, if people knew just how easy it is to get tested… I found out in tonight’s FOX 2 special report. Reporter: “how long does this process take?” Miramontes: “about one minute.” According to the valley aids council, five people in the Rio Grande Valley are diagnosed HIV positive each week. Of those people, at least one is between 13...

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