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No Wedding Day for Jay Cutler – Diabetes

In ALL ARTICLES on October 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

No Wedding Day for Jay

by on July 26, 2011 in Entertainment, Sports

It appears Jay Cutler will not be walking down the aisle next spring. The Chicago Bears quarterback broke off his engagement to The Hills star, Kristin Cavallari just weeks before the start of football season. Cutler, now 28, was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago. He has Type 1, sometimes referred to as “juvenile diabetes,” which is a misnomer. While the onset typically occurs in children and adolescents, people of any age can be affected. Cutler himself was 25. He exhibited all the classic signs of diabetes: weight loss (he went from 238 pounds to 203 in a few short months), frequent urination, insatiable thirst, and lack of energy. As a result of untreated diabetes, his game suffered. It was not until a routine blood test (required to participate in offseason training), that Cutler learned he had diabetes.

Diabetes, generally speaking, is a condition in which the body’s cells do not receive adequate supply of sugar, in particular, a sugar called glucose. When our food is digested,  glucose makes its way into our bloodstream. Our cells use the glucose for energy and growth. But glucose cannot enter our cells without insulin. It is insulin which enables our cells to take in glucose. Without insulin, the sugar levels in the bloodstream rise.

Cutler’s adult-onset type 1 diabetes highlights the importance of distinguishing the three different types of diabetes:

Type 1 may more accurately be termed “insulin-dependent” diabetes. This is because people with the condition require daily, subcutaneous injections of insulin for the rest of their lives. In type 1, the body’s immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that make insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes referred to as “adult diabetes.” This is another misconception. In fact, recent studies conducted by the CDC have found that children and teenagers are being diagnosed with the disease at an alarming rate. About 95% of those children were obese at the time of diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, suffers from “insulin resistance”, or both.  Insulin resistance means that the cells no longer respond properly to the insulin present.  An unhealthy weight is a major risk factor.

A third type, gestational diabetes, occurs in pregnant women, and is usually temporary. Complications can still endanger the health of the woman and her fetus.

There is also an uncommon medical condition called diabetes insipidus which actually has nothing to do with insulin. In diabetes insipidus, the kidneys are unable to conserve water as they filter blood. This problem arises either directly from the kidney, or from a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which produces a hormone, called ADH, that controls water conservation.

Despite the differences between type 1 and 2, the complications are often the same. The higher the blood sugars over an extended period of time, the greater the risk for complications such as blindness, stroke, nerve damage,  limb amputation, kidney failure, and premature death.

Celebrities with Diabetes (type 1 or 2)

Type 1

Type 2

  • Halle Berry – actress
  • BB King – musician
  • Sugar Ray Leonard – boxer
  • Drew Carey – actor; comedian; game show host
  • Tommy Lee – drummer for Motley Crue
  • Billie Jean King – tennis player

Salma Hayek (gestational diabetes)


In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on March 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Elizabeth Taylor dies of congestive heart failure!!

A devastating loss to American and World culture, film and screen and one of the most cherished and greatest characters of our time.  What strikes me as particularly troubling is that perhaps it could have been avoided.  Elizabeth Taylor suffered from congestive heart failure since 2004.  Congestive heart failure has been treated successfully outside the USA since 2004…and I’ll bet she and her loved ones (all multiple millions of them)  had no idea that there were other options out there. Adult stem cell treatments can lower a congestive heart failure patient from stage 3 or 4 to stage 1 or 2, can double Ejection Fractions and can do so in about 70% of patients.  A tragic loss. -dg

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, seen here in 1953, has died in a Los Angeles hospital following a lengthy illness

Acting legend Elizabeth Taylor dies of congestive heart failure in hospital

  • Actress passed away from congestive heart failure after suffering from the condition since 2004

Elizabeth Taylor dies of heart failure in hospital aged 79 | Mail Online.

Her last show: Elizabeth was snapped celebrating her 79th birthday a month early in January before she was admitted to hospital a few days after

Her last show: Elizabeth was snapped celebrating her 79th birthday a month early in January before she was admitted to hospital a few days after

Virgin Founder Ready to Launch Stem Cell Bank

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on April 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Now, even Sir Richard see’s the future! -David


On Thursday Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson geared up to launch his stem-cells and biotech business. The new venture allows parents the ability to store the cells from their child’s umbilical cord.

Scientists believe the cells are useful to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
According to BBC reports, many parents of new born children have already used stem-cell storage. The parents are provided with collection kits at the time of birth of their child. The kits are then taken for processing and storage to companies who deal in the business.
Stem-cell storage saves human blood from the placenta or umbilical cord after birth. This blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells, which are capable of adapting in the body and replacing damaged or diseased cells.
The controversial procedure is gaining popularity in the United States with many private firms intervening into the business. Many celebrities have also opted for cord blood registration.

Virgin Founder Ready to Launch Stem Cell Bank.

Angels + Demons + Stem Cells + Tom Hanks

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 15, 2009 at 1:59 pm

What can Angels and Demons tell us about stem cells and religion?  Not much.  Here are a few snippets of analysis from different sources. – dg


Angels & Demons

…Ron Howard has grown into a more confident director of florid action sequences.Gift-wrapped in production design lifted from The Godfather and a score by Hans Zimmer that sounds like the rumbling tummies of a thousand underfed monks, Angels is studded with capably brutal set pieces building to an impressive, if ineffably silly, bit of business involving a helicopter, a parachute and a huge crowd fighting over stem cell research in Saint Peter’s Square.

via Houston Movies – Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks – page 1.



The film refers to making anti-matter as a new form of energy to power cities. Is this possible?

Professor Wark: “No…we have looked for billions of light years and all we can see in the Universe is normal matter.”

But don’t let the science spoil your fun. It’s not often you watch a thriller and get lines like: “If science is allowed to claim the power of creation what is left for God?”

Or a crowd scene with people yelling: “Stem cells are murder.”




Even the current “faith vs. science” debate over embryonic stem cells is briefly depicted in Angels & Demons in a balanced way.

As if to counteract his cinematic love affair with Catholic Rome, Howard takes a couple visual pot shots. One of the first scenes has the cardinals entering into conclave crushing out cigarettes and flipping off cell phones (something one would never see). Given that modern sensibilities generally equate smoking with the bad guys, this is a gratuitous dig.

Howard improbably has Catholics protesting stem cell research in Saint Peter’s Square, where a riot breaks out over church and science–during the papal conclave, no less. This bizarre vignette mercifully fades quickly from memory as the movie moves to a fast-paced car chase through Rome, capturing the real energy of the Eternal City.
I get a kick out of grammatical errors (when my overworked and sleep deprived brain catch them)…errors like dangling modifiers, “eats, shoots and leaves” errors and errors of omission that completely change meaning.  In the case of stem cells in the media, the word “EMBRYONIC” is almost always omitted before “stem cell” in statements like: “STEM CELL RESEARCH IS MURDER!”  Only one out of 4 of the above reviews included the term “EMBRYONIC.”  So what, you ask?

There are 3 main branches of stem cell research…2 of which almost never get positive mention in the US media despite their history of success.
1.  ASC = adult stem cell
•used in bone marrow transplants for 40 years
•can currently treat 130+ diseases
•~zero problems (virtually zero side effects)
•comes from blood, umbilical cords, marrow, fat, nose, breast milk, menstruation, etc etc etc

2.  iPSC = induced pluripotent stem cell

•fairly new
•lotsa potential (needs more research)
•may be the best of both worlds
•comes from regular skin cells that are then magically transformed by scientists into stem cells

3.  ESC = embryonic stem cell
•can currently treat zero diseases
•lotsa problems (tumors, rejection, controversy, etc)
•comes from embryos

“STEM CELL RESEARCH IS MURDER” only refers to embryonic stem cell research.  The only stem cell research that has no approved, successful clinical trials, virtually no success, produces tumors and has rejection issues.- dg

Ethan Zohn looks to survive Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (+chemo)

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Ethan Zohn

Three months of chemotherapy this past summer weren’t enough to knock out Ethan Zohn’s case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. So he’s back in the hospital, connected to tubes and wires, undergoing even more chemotherapy – and in his latest video diary, he takes viewers inside his tiny room to share the experience and let his fans know how he’s doing.

“I have been locked in this room for three days, and I’ve gone a little bit stir crazy, I’m not gonna lie,” says the Survivor: Africa winner, reclining in a hospital bed in part one of a new three-stage battle he’s waging against the resurgent cancer.


Ethan Zohn_ & Jenna Morasca

In late August, Zohn discovered that the cancer he had been treating since May had actually spread. Last month, he began an intense treatment regimen, starting with two new chemo sessions. Those will be followed by radiation therapy, and – in December – a complete stem-cell replacement therapy that will keep him in the hospital for 30 days straight.

Finding a way to break his stir-craziness after three days, the always-driven athlete says in the video that he was excited to finally get up and walk around – just before taping his message to viewers.


Ethan Zohn - Survivor

“They finally let me out in the hallway where I could do some walking,” he says. “Fourteen laps [around the hall] is a mile, and of course I tried to break the record – so I did 28 laps. Which I’m pretty happy about.”

Showing his usual upbeat nature, Zohn adds that he’s feeling positive about the new chemotherapy: “So far so good. I feel it killing all the cancer in my body, and I’m excited to keep doing what I’m doing – and I’ll see you soon,” he says.

via {alltv} Getting Chemo with Ethan Zohn | Hottest Celebrity Photos 2009.

Bossip.com » Archive T-Boz had a Brain Tumor for 3 Years and Survived… Now That’s Gangsta «

In ALL ARTICLES on October 3, 2009 at 3:45 am

T-Boz recently revealed to People magazine that she battled a brain tumor for three years. Who knew…

T-Boz says she battled her tumor secretly because she didn’t want any pity from people who could be helping or paying attention to other people with bigger issues. She even failed to talk about her brain tumor while participating on Celebrity Apprentice which we’re sure would have earned her major pity votes, but that’s besides the point.

T-Boz underwent a 7 hour surgery in 2006, which involved the doctor peeling the tumor from the brain stem by making a cut behind her ear. T-Boz is staying in high spirits and says it will take a lot more than a tumor to stop her. Got to love her determination; hope something good comes her way, and rarely do we feel that way.

via Bossip.com » Archive T-Boz had a Brain Tumor for 3 Years and Survived… Now That’s Gangsta «.

The Ray Romano + Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit Advancement in Vision Research

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on October 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The Ray Romano and Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit Advancement in Vision Research

https://i2.wp.com/blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/files/2009/04/aug2006-ray_romano.jpgLA JOLLA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Ray Romano and Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California. This year’s golf classic will benefit the advancement in vision science at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

The celebrity tournament is an annual event hosted by television and film stars Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age) and Kevin James (The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop). Each year, Romano and James choose a cause to support that is close to their hearts. Funds raised by this year’s golf tournament will support the research and treating of such debilitating vision diseases as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.

“My scientific team and I greatly appreciate Ray and Kevin for choosing The Scripps Research Institute as the beneficiary of this year’s golf tournament. The Ray Romano & Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic’s contribution will be dedicated to research on stem cells for RP and MD patients,” said Scripps Research Professor Martin Friedlander, M.D./Ph.D., who is also a practicing ophthalmologist at the Scripps Clinic.

via The Ray Romano and Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit Advancement in Vision Research.

Dustin Hoffman Advocates Stem Cell Research – DrDonnica.com – The First Name in Women’s Health

In ALL ARTICLES on March 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Dustin Hoffman Advocates Stem Cell Research

By John Morgan, Spotlight Health

With medical adviser Stephen A. Shoop, M.D.

Dustin Hoffman’s roles in Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie and Rain Man, challenged our perceptions of what it is to be a parent, a man and a brother. Now Hoffman is using that same sense of humanity to appeal to California voters to support stem cell research.

via Dustin Hoffman Advocates Stem Cell Research – DrDonnica.com – The First Name in Women’s Health.

Dustin Hoffman says patients with Type 1 diabetes will benefit from stem cell research.

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