Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Are you diabetic? If you have diabetes, you may get a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease happens when high levels of blood sugar damage blood vessels in a part of your eye called the retina. This can cause vision problems. For people with diabetes, it’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness. Read the article HERE.  

Driving With Diabetes: How to Stay Safe

First, if you take insulin or medications called sulfonylureas or meglitinides to manage your diabetes, your blood sugar might go to low, called hypoglycemia. That can make it hard for you to concentrate on the road and react to what’s going on around you. You might not be able to see clearly, and you could pass out behind the wheel.

If you’re not sure whether your diabetes medication can cause low blood sugar, ask your doctor or pharmacist. (Sometimes very high blood sugar can make it unsafe for you to drive, but it’s not as common. Ask your doctor how high is too high to be on the road.)

Second, over time diabetes can cause other health problems that can affect your driving. Nerve damage in your legs and feet can make it hard for you to feel the pedals. Diabetes can also hurt your vision by damaging blood vessels in your eyes or making you more likely to get cataracts.

Read the entire article HERE.   Read more HERE.

Public radio’s ‘Preach’ podcast explores religion’s messy side

September 4, 2019  by Jana Riess

(RNS) — Religion is messy, says Lee Hale, a reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City. And for many Americans, especially young people like the 30-year-old Hale, that messiness is something to celebrate, not sweep under the carpet.

That’s the premise behind “Preach,” a new national podcast launching this Friday (Sept. 6) from PRX and KUER. The first season features 10 episodes of Hale’s interviews with interesting people, starting with comedic actor Rainn Wilson, best known for playing the intense salesman Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

After spending the last 10 months working on the podcast, Hale is excited to launch it to listeners, who can access it on the NPR website and through various apps. Season 2 is already in the works for the spring of 2020, and Hale has plans to expand it from there.

Read the article HERE and listen to the podcast. 

Yeezianity – The Church of Yeezus

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Yeezianity is a religion based on Kanye West. The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website. 

“We are a forward-minded group who believes that the one who calls himself Yeezus is the highest living human being and he will help to usher in a New Age of humanity. We believe that a New Age is beginning where all people will unlock their creative powers and the competitive struggle for money and power will no longer be necessary.”

The website further states, “We are called Ye’ciples. Our membership is entirely open and non-exclusive. We allow a Ye’ciple to be a member of Yeezianity as well as any other spiritual practice of their choosing including some of the best ones: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. In fact, we encourage Ye’ciples to explore and consider the tenets of any other spiritual ideas they feel attracted to.” For more information, read HERE.

Computer safety


By Chris Gaarde, Assistant Editor, American Consequences

In just the first six months of 2019, there were 4.1 billion “compromised records” in data breaches… including passwords, usernames, private photos, credit card data, and even Social Security numbers.  Earlier this year Google introduced an optional Chrome browser extension – kind of like an app for your browser – that shows a warning when you log into a website using a leaked username or password.

In addition to installing the Chrome browser extension, a good place to start is haveibeenpwned.com. The website contains a database of past and current data breaches. Simply input an e-mail address and the site will tell you if, when, where, and what was leaked.

Once you’ve done that… Change your passwords to something secure and close any accounts you no longer use.

You should also take advantage of your right to free annual credit reports. You’re allowed one free credit report from each of the three services every year. To get started visit annualcreditreport.com.

Read the entire article HERE.


Tong tackles three immigration issues in four days

by Kelan Lyons

In the first four days of September, Attorney General William Tong’s office has been involved in three different immigration-related cases, joining several coalitions of like-minded state attorneys general who object to — and are demanding information about — the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.

Wednesday, Tong’s office stressed that the three cases are distinct and in separate phases, but released a statement from the attorney general explaining his recent focus on immigration issues.

Connecticut …  join[ed] a multi-state lawsuit attempting to block a new policy that allows the deportation of certain immigrants without hearings before an immigration judge or other due process.

The policy, announced last month, allows the Department of Homeland Security, to expedite the deportation of undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States who can not prove they’ve been in the country continuously for two years.

Read the article HERE  and HERE.

Criminal Justice

Lonnie Jones, center, is applauded by Bridgeport residents celebrating his release from prison. Credit: CTMirror.org, used with permission

Bridgeport — Seeing Lonnie Jones walk into the basement of Mount Aery Baptist Church was a surreal moment for Tino Negron.

The previous day, Jones had stepped outside the confines of a federal prison for the first time in almost 23 years, a beneficiary of the First Step Act recently passed by the U.S. Congress, which has helped reduce prison time for hundreds of former inmates. Family and friends gathered around him outside of a federal courthouse, hugging him and beaming with happiness.

Jones was treated as a guest of honor the next night at Mount Aery, in Bridgeport. He got a standing ovation from the crowd gathered there, a prodigal son finally returned.

Read the article HERE

Federal judge: Prison Hepatitis C lawsuit will advance

A federal judge has allowed a handful of inmates to pursue a class-action lawsuit that could force Connecticut’s prisons to screen and treat thousands of inmates for the Hepatitis C virus — a measure that could save lives and cost the state millions of dollars.

The suit alleges that the Department of Correction does not adequately care for its prisoners infected with the disease, putting in jeopardy the health of those entrusted to the agency’s care. 

The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys  DeVaughn Ward and Kenneth Krayeske, claim the DOC does not adequately treat or screen inmates for the virus, which is especially prevalent in jails and prisons and can be spread via blood, sex and needles used to inject drugs or create body art like piercings and tattoos.  Read the article HERE.

 Judge claims teen rapist should be given leniency because he ‘comes from a good family.’

A family court judge has continually shown leniency to a 16-year-old boy who raped a 16-year-old girl because he is “from a good family,” who “put him into an excellent school where he is doing extremely well,” according to the New York Times. The judge also said that it should have been explained to the victim that pressing charges would ruin the boy’s life.

The assault happened at a pajama party in New Jersey, where the victim was heavily intoxicated. The boy filmed himself penetrating her from behind, and sent out the video he took as a text with the words, “When your first time having sex was rape.” In the video, the girl’s head is seen hanging down, and her torso exposed.

But Judge James Troiano said this wasn’t rape, claiming rape is something that is reserved for cases where the victim is held at gunpoint. This, he claims, is sexual assault, and should be treated differently. Read more here and here.

100,000 Sisters Making Strides Toward Better Health

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GirlTrek brings Black women together for weekly walks in neighborhoods across the country.

By Rebekah Sager

I’ll admit it. I’m not a gym girl. But I am a walking girl. I love to walk. And more than that, I love to walk (and talk) with friends. I also love to walk to stay in shape, and I’ve never been in such great shape as when I was on a roll for about a year and walked an average of five miles every day.

So when I listened to a TED Talk passionately delivered by GirlTrek’s leaders (while I was walking on the treadmill at the gym),I was excited to learn more about this organization that brings Black women together for organized walks in their neighborhoods. I was in.

GirlTrek is planning a million-woman, three-day walk in May 2020, retracing the steps of the historic 54-mile civil rights walk from Selma to Montgomery. Dubbed the “Summer of Selma,” they describe the event as the Woodstock of healing for Black women.

Harriet’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide with 1000 walks and ideas to save your own life and the lives of the women you love. Celebrate your success as you reach milestones by “Claiming the Victory” below.Download NowClaim Your Victory

Read more HERE. Visit the website HERE.  Watch the Tedtalk HERE