@fatjoe Knows Why #Diabetes Ain’t #Cheap

cashcowDiabetes is an alarmingly expensive disease. Add-up the cost of healthy food, designer medications, and the test strips, sensors, and rising cost of insulin and the register’s gonna blow. Yes, insulin is one of those life-necessary medications that continues to rise, despite the market being saturated with options. At the rate the nation is going, the governing powers need to grow a pair and control the spread of the manufacturer’s cost and the price you pay. In a perfect world, there’d be rainbows and butterflies. In a world ridden with diabetes, we see test strips and co-pays. If diabetes is the “cash cow” of the pharmaceutical industry let’s slaughter the pigs that are inflating the price tags. Just an idea. As expensive as diabetes maintenance is, diabetes complications put the pharmaceutical industry profit margins all the way up.

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Behold #MaleBirthControl on the Horizon

vasalgelLadies can breathe a sign of relief now that male birth control is being developed. It’s an injection called Vasalgel that’s 96% effective. Yes, the injection goes where no man wants a needle to go – the vas deferens. But the redeeming quality to this method of male birth control, unlike a vasectomy, is that it’s likely reversible. At this point the side effects are less-than-desirable like depression, muscle pain, and acne but some men reported an increased libido. Vasalgel was given every 8-weeks for up to a year and a half. Of the participants in the study, more than 75% said they’d be willing to use Vasalgel as their preferred method of contraception. How soon can we expect this male birth control? Hold your horses, men. It’s estimated to be 5-10 years away.

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New Approach to Stop #FGM

FGMPeople, far and wide, are looking for a viable answer to abolish this nonsensical and heinous practice of partially or completely cutting off females external   genitals. A study found that the incidence of women who have undergone female genital mutilation, or being “cut”, have a higher likelihood of babies surviving. Apparently, FGM is looked at as a social status which means the women have more social support, increasing the chances of baby survival. People in nations that practice FGM believe that women who are uncut are typically unclean. In a twisted way, some women believe guys who are not circumcised are more unclean and can harbor bacteria in their foreskin. Then again – it’s nothing a little soap and water can’t clear up. Myth busted. In addition, those regions also believe that women who are uncut are less likely to get married and therefore less likely to bear children. It sounds causative, not effective. Here in the US when a girl comes of age we do things like throw them a sweet 16 or a bat mitzvah. The regions of the world that still practice female genital mutilation need to reconsider their coming of age tactics.

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When #Sounds Drive You #Nuts

eatingsoundsIf you are triggered by the sounds of things like eating, breathing, chewing, or nails scraping on blackboards… there’s a scientific explanation for you. The condition known as misophonia (hatred of certain sounds) is now clinically tied to the fight-or-flight response and structural differences in the emotional response area in the brain. At the very essence of the fight-or-flight response, the body is triggered by a noise which fuel-injects adrenaline into our blood stream. This is why people with misophonia are either angered or compelled to flee the triggering noise. Misophoniacs have abnormal activity in their anterior insular cortex when they hear certain mundane sounds that most of us don’t notice. This unusual response is why they have a visceral emotional response to crunching, slurping, package ruffling – sounds that could be considered ‘rude’ in certain environments but usually nobody cares. Back to the hardwired stuff, this is something that is ingrained into our heads during formative years in life. Now that we know there’s a structural abnormality, perhaps we’ll have better insight to treatment and resolving it, altogether.

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An #App to End Awkward #Conversations

AIwatchIf you’re one of those people who aren’t quick on the social uptake – we’re spirit animals. No, really. When it comes to picking-up on social cues, I’m the living example of failure. But MIT has seen this problem and developed a wearable app to rescue us social misfits. Enter the app that can detect emotion in conversation. The wearable app can identify emotional sentiments in conversation with 83% accuracy. Using a health tracker, the wearable app is able to identify temperature changes, heart rate, blood flow, and physical movements to discern a specific emotion. The emotional perception is launch once every five seconds. Often times our tone, body language, and eye contact are a disguise for the way we feel behind the words. For a person like me who is emotionally inept– M IT has created the perfect solution. How soon can I get my hands on this piece of intuition? It still has a little ways to go but it’s on-track and hitting high on the accuracy. Bravo AI!!

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#When You Eat Important for #HeartDisease Prevention

eattimingTiming is more important than we realized, when it comes to preventing heart disease. Not only is skipping breakfast a no-no but it also can hinder your body metabolize food but lion’s share of calories consumed earlier in the day is a good plan. Also, spreading meals equally throughout the day is also a great asset for your metabolism and it ability to properly assimilate the calories consumed into the body. This guideline holds true for kids when it comes to peanuts. People who work-out, first thing in the morning, have fat-burning in mind. People who are looking to alleviate the stress on their metabolism to thwart heart disease — eat early, then get in your heart-pounding workout.

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The #CanYouHearMe #Scam

scamIt’s always fun to hear a friendly-voice on the other end of the phone but not when it leads to cart Blanche of your credit. A new scam involves a stranger calling on a recorded line prompting you to somehow say “yes”. People have reported receiving calls and the person on the other end asks “can you hear me?” As the line is recorded, this essentially is a recording of you consenting to authorize a major purchase, in your name. So the moral of the story is next time anybody asks “can you hear me now” – hangup immediately.

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Perfect #Phone for a #Germophobe

washphoneThe last time I washed my phone it was accidental. Something tells me I’m not the only person stricken with nightmares of a water-logged phone. Honestly, though. Have you any idea how many germs inhabit the surface of your phone? If you’re faint-of-heart, you don’t want to know. But take my word for it — it’s alarming. Kyocera has found a way to sanitize your cell with its 2nd generation washable SmartPhone. It’s not a secret, it’s just soap and water. However if you’re ride-or-die for your current brand of SmartPhone, grab yourself a spray bottle and fill it with alcohol. It does the trick. The phone’s not available till March but in the meantime you can decide on the color: pale pink, clear white, or light blue. For now, shop Amazon because you’re feeling philanthropic and want to get a head start on Valentine’s Day! Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like alcohol wipes for your germophobe.

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#FatShaming Never Ends Well

icon-fatshamerRecognize her? That’s Nicole Arbour . She made a YouTube video that outraged people of all shapes and sizes. She’s a comedian who made a video that typifies “click bait”. Okay so here’s the study findings of how well fat shaming works: it doesn’t! In fact, most of the time it results in mental health issues that inflict more adverse effects on health than obesity. A study even proved that fat shaming caused higher levels of inflammation in the body. To cope with this, many people avoid exercise and turn to food. Haven’t you heard the saying you’ll get more bees with  honey? That’s a good phrase to explain why fat shaming is not effective whatsoever in helping to foster weight loss.

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#Trump Inspires @lyft to Send #Drivers Letter and #Donate to @ACLU

lyftI’m afraid the events that have unfolded with President Trump signing an order to nullify valid visas to refugees, foreign nationals, and green card holders is unsettling on many levels. This is unlike anything I’ve known in my lifetime and something tells me it’s not the first ‘order of business’ that will leave me feeling shook. The co-founders of Lyft, Logan Green and John Zimmer, wrote a letter to their drivers standing behind their core values that include a world that is diverse, inclusive, and safe. They will be donating $1 million to the ACLU to protect the constitution and rights to all those who are being shunned from entering this nation that has turned into an elitist private club, with one signature. To you, sirs, I tip my hat for being the type of people that we need more of in this world. Heck, that letter makes me want to be a Lyft driver and join their nation. The fallout for the aforementioned have resulted in President Trump making a statement that clarifies his actions. “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe . The details are much appreciated but I’m still rattled by the knee-jerk signing, last Friday.

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