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Effective New Treatment For Type 2 Diabetes In Youth

The National Institute of Health has performed a new study to determine the most effective treatment for the type 2 diabetes in youth. The study has shown that the combination of metformin and rosiglitazone is much more effective than metformin alone.

Type 2 diabetes in young patients is much more difficult to treat because it progresses more rapidly; therefore, doctors at the National Institute of Health have been performing studies to find a better treatment. For that, they have tested their premises on three groups of young respondents, ages 10 to 17. The first group received only metformin, the second a combination between metformin and rosiglitazone, whereas the third group received only metformin coupled with important lifestyle changes.

After 46 months, respondents were subject to another series of tests and doctors found out that the combination of metformin and rosiglitazone was much more effective. The first group had a blood glucose level of 51.7 percent, whereas those in the second group reached 38.6 percent. Lifestyle changes seem to play an important part in patients’ health condition given that the respondents pertaining to the third group had a blood glucose level of 46.6 percent.

Philip Zeitler, the leader of the research, told reporters that the study proves that youth with type 2 diabetes require a more aggressive treatment in order to counteract the negative effects of the disease. If patients don’t receive the right treatment, the disease could degenerate into complications, such as, coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney and eye disease, as well as nerve damage. The only way to prevent these affections is to keep the level of blood glucose at a low rate.

Doctors claim that drug treatment is necessary for youth patients because they tend to ignore lifestyle changes. Unlike adults who easily adopt a healthier lifestyle, children and young patients don’t understand how important these changes are for their condition. The majority of the children who suffer from type 2 diabetes have been diagnosed with childhood obesity, which why doctors recommend physical activity and healthy food.

Adam Lambert’s Trespassing Makes It To No. 1 In Billboard 200

Fortunately for Adam Lambert, his bold hair dues aren’t the only ones to make music history. His album, “Trespassing”, makes it to No. 1 in Billboard 200, thus giving Adam Lambert the honor of becoming the first “American Idol” to replace a peer at the lead of this list.

Some might say thank God Adam Lambert is focusing on something more than his hair. The truth is that his staying with “American Idol” worked out for the best. Perhaps his first album, “For Your Entertainment” wasn’t that successful, but over the past three years Adam Lambert improved his act. His last album “Trespassing” is all the proof we need.

If “For Your Entertainment” managed to climb at No. 3 in Billboard, selling 198,000 units in the first week, Adam Lambert’s second album sold only 77,000 in the first week since release. That changed over the months, and now it managed to get Adam Lambert a leader position in Billboard 200.

Billboard writes that “Trespassing has the smallest sales week for a No. 1 debut since Amos Lee’s Mission Bell started in the penthouse with 40,000 on the Feb. 12, 2011 chart”. Well, Adam Lambert should thank the gods for the slow sales of music records these past few weeks.

Even if Adam Lambert managed to bring a little something new to the table with his new album, it would have been pretty difficult to outpace Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Adele’s “21”. Carrie Underwood’s album dropped to No. 3 with only 54,000 sales, while Adele’s album is second to Lambert’s with 63,000 record sales.

At least from one point of view, Adam Lambert’s Billboard ranking at No. 1 is a good thing. He now makes it to the list of sixteen other “American Idol” finalists that made it atop the Billboard 200 list. Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McGreery, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood (of course) and Ruben Studdard had albums that made it at No. 1 in Billboard 200 at some point.

And that’s not all. According to Billboard, Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” is the longest album produced by an “American Idol” to last atop the list. “As an Idol finalist rules the chart for the third straight week, it’s the longest that Idol has monopolized the No. 1 slot”.

Rod Blagojevich’s Last Speech Before Prison

Earlier this year the court was giving the sentence in the Rod Blagojevich case. It was one of the most intense and serious corruption cases of the recent years as prosecutors urged for the maximum sentence. Yesterday, Rod Blagojevich gave his last speech before having to present himself at the prison.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appeared yesterday in front of supports outside of his home in Chicago. Convicted for 14 years in prison over two trials and 18 criminal charges, Rod Blagojevich is set to start his time in jail March 15.

Rod Blagojevich will be Illinois’ second governor to go to prison over corruption charges. The 55 year old politician was originally a sort of golden boy in politics with cameras and supporters following him all around. Yesterday he got to enjoy a last media shower as he talked about going to prison as “the beginning of another part of a long and hard journey that will only get worse before it gets better”.

The politician began his speech accompanied by his wife Patti and kids. “Tomorrow, saying goodbye to Patti and my kids will be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’ve been putting off the thought about what that’s going to be like. I can’t even think about it now” he said in front of reporters and supporters. He talked in complimentary terms about how his wife Patti was so supportive of him, from the time she took her vow, but neither of them imagined it would come to this.

He used his last public speech to reinforce his opinion that everything he hid as governor was legal. Blagojevich’s speech also mentioned: “While my faith in things has sometimes been challenged, I still believe this is America, this is a country that is governed by the rule of law, that the truth will ultimately prevail”.

What’s puzzling everybody is that despite the corruption charges, Rod Blagojevich is still popular among voters. There has been a crowd a supporters following him during the trial and without a doubt will join him until the prison’s gates. But, in the end that’s politicians for you. Enough charisma to have people throw their support even when you’re going to jail.

Dave Matthews Band announces new album

Dave Matthews Band announced on Wednesday that they plan to release a new album and host various concerts throughout the country, according to CBS News. The famous band was absent in 2011, but they are determined to come back and host 40 shows across the United States this summer. The tour dates have been announced on the official website of the band.

The first concert of the Dave Matthews Band will take place in Woodland, Texas starting this May. There will be other artists that will go up on stage, such as, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The spokesperson of the band further declared that DMB will perform on stage with acts like Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Delta Spirit as they tour the main cities of North America.

The band was very successful during the period between 2000 and 2009. They even managed to sell an impressive number of 11 million tickets during these nine years. In 2010, the Dave Matthews Band sold more than one million tickets to their concerts and earned $61.2 million. 

After the 2010 tour the band decided to take a break from the media. Luckily, they have managed to gather the strengths they needed to sing again and fans will soon be able to see their favorite band on the road. In addition, the Dave Matthews Band announced that they plan to record a new album, as well.

Based on their previous declarations, the boys in the band will join forces with Steve Lillywhite to produce their 2012 album. This is not the first time they have worked with him. He also helped DMB produce their first three studio albums, that is, “Under The Table And Dreaming”, “Crash” and “Before These Crowded Streets”.

The rock band was founded in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. This would be the eightieth album that the singers recorded in a studio. DMB has also released 18 live albums and one compilation volume.

What’s Good For Your Brain? Scientists Say The Mediterranean Diet

The benefits the Mediterranean diet delivers go beyond having a healthy body. A recent study shows that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, whole grains, little red meat and a glass of wine every now and then is good for your brain too.

ABC News writes that according to a new study published in the Archives of Neurology, the Mediterranean diet may reduce small vessel damage to the brain. Researchers from the University of Miami and Colombia took part in the study that analyzed 966 food frequency questionnaires to identify risk factors for stroke and coronary disease.

Researchers had their 966 study participants to undergo MRI brain scans and analyzed their white matter hyperintensity volume to seek traces of small vessel disease. After they put together their results, researchers found that those participants following a Mediterranean diet had fewer brain lesions. Another finding showed that people who exercised regularly were more likely to consume foods based on the Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Clinton Wright, associate professor of neurology at Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami Medical Center and senior author of the study: “We saw that there was a relationship between diet and this marker of small vessel disease. Those who adhered to a more Mediterranean diet had less small vessel damage”.
 
The small vessel disease affects the small arteries in the heart by narrowing them. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, these disease causes chest pain, artery blockages and it is a common problem of women and diabetics.

Dr. Wright explains that the small vessels are “like wires that connect computers”. When factors such as hypertension, diabetes, smoking and the like, damage the small vessels they “become thicker and blood doesn’t flow to the brains as well, or there is fluid from the vessel leaking out, and that’s what causes those white matter lesions”.

The lesions are linked to cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. “Normally, these lesions are associated with hypertension, high-cholesterol, diabetes and age” added Dr. Clinton Wright.

In the end, a Mediterranean based diet is without doubt full of gains. Studies show that eating a Mediterranean diet is linked to a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke and even dementia.

Christian Dior released its Spring 2012 Couture Collection

The prestigious fashion house Christian Dior released the first photos of its Spring 2012 couture collection on the official website. The new clothing items were also present during the fashion show which was held in Paris this week. The majority of the critics who were present at the event were delighted with the new Dior creations.

Designer Bill Gaytten, the predecessor of John Galliano at the House of Dior created an amazing vintage-glam couture collection for the upcoming spring season. He has worked for the last 16 years for Dior; therefore, it was not very difficult for him to capture the essence of the Dior brand and transpose it into the new collection.

The new collection encompasses various models that are fit for any occasion and for any personality. The majority of the dresses were made out of soft and silky materials. Jackie-O inspired dresses did not miss from the new collection. Gaytten manifested a particular interest in vintage Victorian dresses which were often displayed at the presentation.

Although there were many vintage looking designs, the modern accents were also visible at the show. The modern elements that House of Dior proposes for Spring 2012 are leather insertions and the use of sheer layers that expose the beautifully constructed garments.

Almost every single model of the show included elements of exclusive embroidery. This technique is specific for the Christian Dior brand which was always praised for its artistic craftsmanship.

Pencil skirts, A-line and Jackie-O dresses continue to be the favorite items of the warm season, a trend which is continued from the previous years. Crocodile skin and leather will be in great demand next season, according to Gaytten. The key element for a great look is to contrast tough garments like crocodile skin jackets with dresses and skirts made out of soft and sheer materials.

Celebrities will most likely queue in front of the House of Dior next year in order to get one of the Victorian-like dresses. These models left everyone speechless at the fashion presentation due to their flirty billows of tulle that caressed the floor while the models strolled down the runway. A red carpet-worthy collection, indeed!

Amber Rose Feels Bad She Called Kim Kardashian A Homewrecker

Earlier this month, Amber Rose got fed up with all the questions regarding the romantic relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and set things straight. The model said that Kanye cheated on her with Kim and pointed out the reality show star was one of the main reasons behind their break up. In a recent interview, Amber Rose added that she feels bad for calling Kim a homewrecker.

In an interview for Star Magazine, model Amber Rose, fed up with questions, finally came clean and told everybody the deal behind her break up with rapper Kanye West. It seems that one of the main reasons, their relationship was done, was Kim Kardashian’s involvement.

During that interview she called the reality show star a homewrecker. “Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together. She’s a homewrecker!”

The model claimed that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had an affair during the time the reality show star was still together with NFL player Reggie Bush. According to Rose’s claims, “they were bore cheating. They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other”.

Last night, Amber Rose had an interview on the New York radio station Power 105.1 to speak about her debut single “Fame”. Obviously, reporters could not miss the chance to get the model to talk live about the deal with Kim and Kanye.

“The story is very, very true, what I said to Star Magazine. I just felt bad, ’cause I’m not the type of person to hurt anyone’s feelings, even if they hurt mine first” she said after explaining that she does not want to talk about it anymore.

Amber Rose continued “I feel bad for calling her a homewrecker, even though what happened in the situation. I’m all about women empowerment and I feel like I stooped down to her level by calling her a homewrecker”.

The model also mentioned that she was upset because she feels like Kim and the whole Kardashian family are manipulating the media to make it look like Rose and Reggie have done the bad thing, or that she was the one to step between Kim and Reggie.

All in all, things look better for Amber Rose now, as her first single, “Fame”, seems to be poised for success and so is her love life.

“Doomsday Clock” shows five minutes towards destruction

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the hands of the “Doomsday Clock” on Tuesday, according to a recent report published by Fox News. Based on a series of recent events and destructive factors, the scientists have set the “Doomsday Clock to show five minutes towards destruction.

This tradition was first begun in 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The symbolic clock shows how close humanity is to global destruction based on how many minutes are left till midnight. Scientists take into account wars, natural disasters and international events when they set the clock every year on January 10.

This year’s estimation is one minute less than the one set two years ago. Back then, the Bulletin considered that humanity is six minutes away from destruction because there were worldwide talks about climate changes and arm reduction treaties. In 2012, scientists’ optimism has dropped one minute because of the recent nuclear terrorism threats and climate change issues.

The most optimistic anticipation was in 1991 when the Cold War thawed and the United States and Russia began cutting their arsenals. The Bulletin estimated back then that the world is 17 minutes away from destruction, the longest estimation that scientists have made so far. Since 1991, BAS gradually lost its hope that the world is ever going to be saved by destruction and clock’s hands grew closer to midnight every year.

Kennette Benedict, director at BAS told the press that the Fukushima nuclear meltdown made a big impression on scientists which is why they have decided to set the clock to five minutes to midnight. He also stated that the estimation is a way of reminding people about the incident, of helping people decide to give up this new technology. The bulletin was also influenced in this year’s decision by the growing interest in nuclear power of countries like Turkey, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

The pessimistic prospects should not influence people into thinking that the world is indeed going towards destruction. There have been many other similar foresights and none of them turned out to be true.

Universal to celebrate centennial anniversary all year long

It’s been 100 years since Universal Pictures first delighted us with some of its best movie productions. Deadline was the first to announce that Universal is celebrating its centennial anniversary through a special year-long program. Be prepared to re-view some of the most beautiful movies of the century as the company is determined to restore 13 of its classics.

Everything is possible in the surreal world of the movies and Ron Meyer, the president of the studio wants to recreate this impression by planning some of the most unusual celebrations in 2012. For that he will reorganize the company by adopting a new logo and by making available numerous Blu-ray movie packages.

Various parks will be redecorated to give people the impression that they actually star in a movie with their favorite celebrities. The theme park celebrations will be accompanied by many other special events, premieres and, most important, a major social media campaign. However, the most significant moment of the year-long campaign remains the restoration of 13 classic movies produced by Universal during this century.

If you love American classics, you will be thrilled to hear that a restored version of “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Schindler’s List” will be available this year. Besides these two movies, you will also be able to re-view the two versions of “Dracula”, Frankenstein” (1931), ‘The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates” (1941), “Pillow Talk” (1959), “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962), “The Birds” (1963), “The Sting” (1973), “Jaws” (1975) and “Out of Africa” (1985).

“Pillow Talk” is one of Universal’s biggest hits thanks to the great interpretation of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The movie won an Original Screenplay Oscar and Doris Day’s nomination. Speaking of “Pillow Talk” Meyer confessed that the production is one of its favorite movies of all time. He considers that it was a good choice to restore this movie because the majority of the young viewers today didn’t have the chance to view it.

The President of the Universal Pictures told the press that he hopes all the company’s movies will be restored in the future because they represent great part of the American culture. Comcast and Steve Burke will collaborate with Universal to organize the centennial celebration.

Aretha Franklin is engaged!

While most people struggle to recover after the New Year’s Eve party, Aretha Franklin is already making plans for another celebration. The famous singer told the Associated Press that she is engaged to her long-time friend William “Willie” Wilkerson.

The wedding is due to take place this summer, preferably in a sunny location. According to Aretha’s declarations, the most eligible location for her wedding would be Miami Beach, Florida. After the ceremony, the newly wedded couple will welcome all their guests at a reception on their private yacht.

Knowing that most people will be surprised when they will hear the news of her engagement, the 69-year-old Soul singer reassured reporters that she is not pregnant. As a matter of fact, Aretha Franklin is fitter than ever thanks to the diet she kept last year.

This would be her third wedding as Aretha went through two other marriages before. In the 60s she tied the knot with her manager, Ted White, whereas in 1984 she divorced Glynn Turman after a five-year marriage. She has four children from these two relationships.

2010 was a difficult year for Franklin. She went through various health issues back then, but she refused to uncover the nature of the medical treatments. According to some anonymous declarations, the singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but this rumor was immediately denied by Ms. Franklin. So was the news that she underwent gastric bypass surgery. In fact, Aretha told reporters that she would never go under the surgeon’s knife in order to lose weight.

Although she refused to make any second commentaries in relation to her health issues, the singer reassured everyone that she is now feeling fabulous. According to her declarations, the surgery prolonged her life with 15 to 20 years.

Franklin and Wilkerson decided to get engaged over the holidays. The singer also stated that she plans to work with a famous designer to prepare her wedding dress. She will probably talk to Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan because these three designers are the most appropriate for her preferences.