The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 29th, 2021 evening edition

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In a healthy human body, insulin is a hormone created by the pancreas that controls glucose levels in the bloodstream.

But a diabetic's body doesn't naturally produce insulin, which means the body can't store glucose for later use as energy in fat cells.

Should a diabetic not have access to insulin, this acid imbalance can trigger diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition.

This is why monitoring insulin levels and using medicine is critical to survival for diabetics.

The American Diabetes Association reported that 25% of patients have turned to self-rationing their medication to deal with its ever-increasing price tag.

A group of dedicated biohackers believes that making insulin more accessible requires taking the monopoly away from the big three pharmaceutical companies that produce it.

So they've started the Open Insulin Foundation, a non-profit with plans to develop the world's first open-source insulin production model. »

Spanking can worsen a child's behavior and do real harm, study finds

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Some studies in the review found mixed results, seeing some positive and negative effects associated with physical punishment.

Acting out by children who were physically punished occurred no matter the child's sex, race or ethnicity, the review found.

Some 50% of parents reported spanking a child in 1993, but by 2017 that number was down to 35%, the study found. »

L.A. County urges everyone to wear masks indoors as Delta variant spreads

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While not a new mask mandate, L.A. County is urging that, as a precaution, “people wear masks indoors in settings such as grocery or retail stores; theaters and family entertainment centers, and workplaces when you don’t know everyone’s vaccination status.”.

And despite the latest recommendation, L.A. County health officials noted that “fully vaccinated people appear to be well protected from infections with Delta variants.”.

Of the 123 people in L.A. County confirmed to have been infected with the Delta variant thus far, 110 were unvaccinated and three were partially vaccinated. »