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Vaccine against diabetes is officially announced

Vaccine against diabetes is officially announced and everyone celebrates the news

Vaccine against diabetes is officially announced and everyone celebrates the news
Just in USA, 1.25 million people have diabetes. The good side is that a vaccine is used a century ago for tuberculosis and is a good vaccine for reversing the damage. These days, medical experts and doctors use this vaccine for bladder cancer since it is safe.
At the 75th scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association was said that FDA will test this vaccine on 150 people in advanced diabetes stage.

A person that has diabetes has not enough insulin inside due to the immunity killing the cells that make the insulin. The body makes T cells and this makes pancreas issues where the insulin is made. The vaccine removes these T cells.

People that have diabetes and have received the vaccine had increase in an item called tumor necrosis factor. This increase in TNF annihilated the T cells which were in the way of making insulin.

In a previous experiment, patients with diabetes 1 got injection with this vaccine 2 times in a month. The danger T cells were removed and in some of these people insulin got produced.
These results showed the BCG was good and this thrilled Dr. Denise Faustman, director of General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory, Massachusetts in Boston.

In the preliminary stage of this trial we had stats regarding the BCG but the aim was to make a good lasting response, said Denise. She added that this will work on people with diabetes. This is not mere prevention but more a regimen for advanced stages curing.

A new trial will use the same format on people between 18-60. Those that will participate will get injection with this vaccine 2 times a month and 1 yearly during 4 years.

In the Diabetes journal was said that a previous study proved the effects of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin on kids with diabetes, ages 5-18 is not as good and the BCG does not keep beta cells work good or makes an increase in the remission.

Quality Thoughts = Quality Life

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
— Roy T. Bennett

In theory, we understand we are beings that think. And because of this unconscious knowledge it is easy to be lulled into not thinking too much throughout our everyday lives which tends to have many of the same routines, responsibilities and expectations of us.
In truth, thinking, thinking well, is initially difficult, and thinking well must be practiced so that it then becomes a habit.

What does thinking well look like?  Thinking critically.

The French philosopher René DesCartes famously stated in Latin cogito ergo sum, (“I think, therefore I am”), and whether we are thinking well or thinking by default in a manner that keeps us in the world we have created for ourselves, he is absolutely correct.

Thinking critically requires of each of us to examine the source of the information that surrounds us closely.

Examine the bias (everyone has one, but what is the speaker’s?), understand the true exigence (motivation for speaking, advertising, making the argument, etc.), observe the entire circumstance and context, observe carefully the word choice and its connotation, ask questions about the facts stated, the support given to determine credibility. As well, make sure the speaker supports soundly what they are claiming rather than shifting the burden to you (a logical fallacy) to disprove what they’ve said.

I share with you this list of how to think critically because it is often dismissed as unnecessary, but in reality, if more of us, at any age, in any country, at any time, would make thinking critically our habit, we would raise the bar of the quality of the decisions made, not only for the world at large, but for our individual lives.

When it comes to our individual worlds, do you think critically before you let those negative or critical thoughts swirl in your head?

Do you examine why you are letting such negative or corrosive thoughts have control of your mind?

Henry Ford stated succinctly and accurately, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you are right.”

If getting to where you want to go, creating the life you want to create seems impossible, I suggest checking your thoughts and what you are telling yourself.

Examine why you are allowing negative commentary to run amok, and if the reasons stem from outside commentary, examine their credibilty to make such comments – what do they have to gain, what experience do they have, what was the circumstance in which they made such comments to you?

We can curtail negative thinking within our own minds by being critical thinkers, and we can swerve around and away from negative and unhelpful negative commentators by being critical thinkers as well.

Much like any other muscle, initially it is difficult to tone it, but with consistency, conscious effort and practicing the right form, the easier it will become.

A simple guide to thinking critically:
1 Pause and reflect. Don’t speak immediately. Absorb what you have just heard (whether from someone else or in your own mind about yourself).
2 Examine the bias – what does the speaker have to gain, are they credible on this subject (if you are the speaker, ask yourself, why am I saying what I am saying – am I having a bad day, do I not know how to succeed, so I am assuming I won’t?)
3 Examine the exigence – what prompted the comment or action to take place?
4 Come to understand the entire context and/or circumstance in which the comment was made. Often judgemental thinking has more to do with the judger than the judgee. Cast a wide net to understand the full circumstance.
5 Notice the word choice – are the words objective or subjective? Are their words logical or emotional? Concrete or abstract? In other words, are they speaking specifically or in generalities and letting the audience fill in the blanks with their experience which will be different for everyone? Is there an unnecessary use of superlatives (most, best, worst, any adjective or adverb ending in -est) or absolutes (every, never, all, etc.).
6 Examine the support given. Is the source credible or is it merely second-hand or gossip?
7 Is support actually given that is related to what is claimed? If you are berating yourself, why are you doing it? Is it what you have observed others doing, currently or as a child? Do you not know how to be kind to yourself?
8 Determine if a comment or an adjustment is necessary. If so, do so thoughtfully to improve the situation or elevate the conversation. If not, move on with your day, and refuse to let your mind fall into the negative rut.

Thinking critically is the gateway to what we allow to enter our minds, and what we allow to enter our minds will determine the quality of our lives. In other words, it will determine if we believe we can achieve what we hope to attain. It will determine if we believe in ourselves, in others and the world we live in. The quality of our thoughts will determine our health, our level of stress, the path we choose to live each and every day and how we will receive opportunity.
So too, when we think critically as we respond to the outside world, we will either garner respect for keeping an open mind and thinking clearly, go unnoticed for following the crowd or doing nothing or receive disdain for keeping a closed and negative mind. Choose the path that you want to live even if you aren’t exactly sure how to do so perhaps at this very moment. So long as you seek the answers, you will find them. There are endless questions, but the answers do exist. Take the time to seek them out, and remember that it will require an open, thoughtful, think-before-you-speak mind.
~View the entire list of ways to make 2017 a year of quality. Each month a new life concept was examined, and each month the reminder that it is up to each of us to amp up the quality was shared. So much of the life we wish to live is in our control, so why not make the most of such controllable entities and improve the quality of our lives?

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil’s Sao Paulo

Biggest park in Brazil’s Sao Paulo closed due to Yellow fever outbreak

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 25 (Xinhua)

Brazilian authorities on Wednesday closed the biggest park in Sao Paulo, due to a suspected outbreak of yellow fever.
Local officials announced the closing of Anhanguera park, and recommended residents stay away from two other parks, Canivete and Corrego do Bispo.
The decision follows other closures, including the Huerto Florestal (Forest Orchard) in north of the city, where a howler monkey was recently found dead. Preliminary lab tests showed the animal died of yellow fever.
In a statement, the city Health Secretariat said the new closings were precautionary measures pending further tests.
Experts believe the Haemagogus mosquito, mostly found in tropical Central and South America, infected the monkey in the wild.
The monkey was found just a few weeks after Brazil’s Health Ministry announced the end of a yellow fever outbreak in Sao Paulo, which left 261 dead and 777 people infected.
The city also announced a mass vaccination campaign focusing on people living around the Huerto Forestal.