USM will host roundtable
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a special roundtable discussion, "From the Flatlands to the Coast: Bringing the Mississippi Delta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
The roundtable will be held at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, third floor, Gulf Coast Library. Lunch will be provided.
The discussion will feature presentations by Southern Miss professors Douglas Bristol ("Black GIs in the Mississippi Delta during World War II and Afterwards") and Rebecca Tuuri ("Womanpower from Gulfport to the Delta: The National Council of Negro Women's Housing Project Turnkey III").
The event is sponsored by The Mississippi Humanities Council, Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, Southern Miss College of Arts & Letters and the Center for the Study of the Gulf South.
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Making right call for glucose control
This year, major league baseball is expanding the use of instant replay, so coaches and/or managers can challenge almost any call an umpire makes, except balls and strikes. By allowing the review of questionable calls ("He's safe!" "No way!") from several camera angles, fewer games may be decided by a faulty call.
With diabetes, it can be just as difficult to make perfect calls ("I can eat this cookie." "I just need a little extra insulin"). And when you blow a call, you can end up paying with a risky low blood sugar incident or with a spike in your glucose that silently damages your cardiovascular system.
Well, Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that adding blood tests for fructosamine and glycated albumin to your glucose checkup may provide two new angles on how you're managing your diabetes, or whether you're likely to develop it. The tests also tell you if you're at heightened risk for diabetes-related vision problems and kidney disease.
You'll get these tests between your three- and six-month blood tests for HbA1c, an average of your glucose levels in the past several months. They'll let you know how you've been doing in the past two to four weeks, which is especially useful if you're pregnant, anemic or already have kidney or liver disease.
So if you're worried that diabetes is in your future or you're having trouble stabilizing your A1c readings, ask your doctor about these tests. Then you may get a clearer view of what you need to do to control your diabetes.
-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz