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Ryan Seacrest Wants to Play Matchmaker to Niall Horan and Selena Gomez

Since the American Music Awards on Nov. 20, fans of both Niall Horan and Selena Gomez are wondering if the former paramours are back together after both attended the music award show.

While at 102.7 KIIS FM radio station, host Ryan Seacrest tried to get the deets on Horan’s love life, only to discover that the now solo Directioner, who has been working on a new album, has been single for over a year.

Seacrest was quick to suggest that Horan should “rekindle” his relationship with Gomez.

Horan, not to shy about the rumors asked Seacrest to “sort it out” for him, but later joked that he was happy being single at 23.

Seacrest, always ready to help, quickly volunteered to play matchmaker for the two.

Let me help you with that.”

Do you think Selena Gomez and Niall Horan should get back together, and are they truly meant to be? Reply below in the comment section.

Lip Sync to 24K Magic

If you are a big fan of lip-syncing and Bruno Mars, you are in for a treat. Musical.ly, a social media video app will allow you to lip sync to Mars’ new hit song 24K Magic.

This comes just two days after the crooner’s new album flew off the shelves with its strongest numbers yet by moving 231,000 units and placing at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart on Nov. 28.

The album is also number one on the Top Digital Albums chart with 400 million streams so far.

Enjoy this clip of Bruno Mars lip-syncing to smash hit single below.

 

Black Box Helps to Uncover Mystery behind Brazilian Plane Crash

Photo by Panampost.com

Photo by Panampost.com

Negligence may have played a large part in the doomed flight of the chartered LaMia jet that crashed in Colombia, in which most of the Chapecoense football team perished, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of the Colombian aviation agency.

The recordings from the black box from the plane leaked earlier today on social media and contained audiotapes of the pilot requesting to land.

Total electric failure.”

Those were the pilot’s last words before the plane plummetted into a mountain in the Andes region.

The complete lack of fire, which was a blessing in disguise to the survivors, suggests the plane lacked enough fuel to land 18 miles away from its destination.

The lone member of the flight crew to survive, Ximena Sanchez, a Bolivian flight attendant, was able to further corroborate that theory once she was pulled out of the plane.

We ran out of fuel.”

To make matters worse, the plane was flying at maximum capacity and made no pit stops to refuel.

Bocanegra also suspects that the pilot “dumped fuel” or that the “lack of fuel was caused by a leak,” which could have been found before the flight if the 17-year-old British plane was inspected more frequently.

Of the 77 people on board, six managed to survive.

 

Looking for a Job? Mayor de Blasio is Hiring!

 

Ladies and gentleman, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is hiring. check out the different job descriptions below. Good luck!

First Lady’s Office
  16646 – Scheduler
 

Office of the Counsel to the Mayor

  16543 – Assistant Corporation Counsel – FOIL Attorney
 

Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination

  266372 – Senior Project Manager
 

Mayor’s Office of Research and Media Analysis

  16495 – Research Analyst
 

Mayor’s Office for International Affairs

  16705 – Strategic Relationships Manager
16150 – Chief of Staff
 

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

  16694 – Chief of Staff
Director of Communications
Director of Administration
16278 – Project Advisor: We Are New York
15975 – Cities for Action Coordinator
 

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

  15447 – Senior Advisor, Human Services
16576 – Policy Analyst
16577 – Special Assistant
15446 – Senior Advisor, Health Policy
 

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

  CYE Communications Associate
CYE Business Partnership Manager 
 

Mayor’s Office of Operations

  12926-Policy Analyst
Senior Research Associate
HomeStat Policy Analyst
Data Architect
Data Visualization Analyst
Director of IT Operations
Director of Technology Development
Manager Statistical Data
MODA Director of Data Strategy
MODA Project Manager
SRS Policy Advisor
12756 – Policy Advisor
 

Mayor’s Office of Communications

  15902 – Communications – Senior Speechwriter
 

Human Resources

  16463 – Senior Human Resources Manager
16453 – Human Resources Manager
 

Management Information Systems

  12570 – Network Engineer
14860 – Helpdesk Technician
 

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

  16648-Deputy Director of Research Operations
16430-Public Affairs Specialist
16505-Chief of Public Affairs
16195-Senior Writer
14577- Deputy Director, Justice Programs
14675- Deputy Director, Crime Control Strategies

 

“Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” A Better Health & Wellness Movement

Our communities have and are being severely affected by diabetes. We all either know someone close with it, have a loved one that suffers from this life altering and dangerous disease.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) was launched by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in part to fill in knowledge gaps regarding the prevalence and development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among the diverse members of these populations. It found considerable diversity among Hispanic/Latino groups when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, as well as a low rate of diabetes awareness, diabetes control and health insurance.

The study found that the prevalence of total diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) among all Hispanic/Latino groups was roughly 16.9 percent for both men and women, compared to 10.2 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

However, when looking at Hispanic/Latino groups individually, it found that prevalence varied from a high of 18.3 percent for those of Mexican descent to a low of 10.2 percent for people of South American descent. The study showed 18.1 percent of people of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent; 17.7 percent of Central American descent; and 13.4 percent of Cuban descent living in the United States had type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully YOU don’t have it or are prone to have it, BUT, the good news is that there are many things you can do to keep from getting it, alleviate it or even down right eliminate it. It all starts with empowering yourself through education, proceeded by on-going action to proper diet, exercise and support. It will take some discipline and effort, but You CAN do it. Help is on the way.

In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, along with a coalition of other leading health care providers, government officials, public- and private-sector companies, community-based organizations and the news media, are collectively pledging to help build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes. At a press conference and kick-off event held today at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute in New York City, the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!), a new bilingual, long-term health initiative, was announced.

 

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“¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!) is an outcomes-focused approach that will take a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos with the goal of uncovering the root causes, leading to more effective and efficient delivery of prevention, education, testing and treatment.

→Listen to Audio interview with Josephine Guzman, Senior Director Physician Relations Management, Northwell Health below.

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and national examination surveys. They have higher rates of end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes and are 40 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

 

→Listen to Audio interview with Doctor Maria Pena, Endocrinologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra,  Northwell School of Medicine below.


 

“To date, many well-meaning initiatives have been launched that have attempted to deliver education and awareness to the community and increased opportunities for testing. However, none seem to have gone far enough or have been sustainable enough to make a real impact,” said Dennis Connors,   Regional Executive Director for Northwell Health and Executive Director for Lenox Hill Hospital. “We are proud to lead this initiative as this coalition has the resources, the power and the influence to make a true and meaningful impact on the health and wellness of the Latino community affected by diabetes.”

Additional friends of the campaign who have committed to providing support include American Heart Association, Comunilife, CS55, Fantástico, Latinarrific and Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.).

“The coalition’s work begins with a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos, community by community, block by block, person by person and gene by gene,” said Dr. Jill Kalman, Medical Director, Lenox Hill Hospital. “Our goal is to uncover the root cause and build a comprehensive action plan to reverse the trajectory in a way that has never been done before.”

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“Diabetes and its related diseases, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and obesity, are tearing at the fabric of this community as well as being a key driver of America’s rising health care burden,” added Dr. Leonid Poretsky, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the newly opened Friedman Diabetes Institute, where the press conference was held. “Diabetes should not prevent anyone from achieving their life goals.”

 You can follow the campaign and get updates on “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!) on social media including Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VidaSIDiabetesNO on https://twitter.com/VSIDNO and on Instagram under user name @vsidno.

 

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

 

About “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!)

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, in coalition with an unprecedented group of leading healthcare providers, public and private sector companies, community-based organizations and the media are pooling their individual strengths and coming together build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes.  The result is the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!), a testing and education initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Latino communities.Partners include American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Azteca America,  Comunilife, CS 55, Fantástico, Goya Foods, Hispanic Federation, Humana, Latinarrific, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mario Bosquez – Author The Chalupa Rules, Office of the Bronx Borough President, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.), Telemundo47, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Univision, Union Community Health Center, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Click link for a complete & simple breakdown on diabetes, along with some solutions to empower yourself or a loved one

 

Diabetes, Key Facts & Solutions

Diabetes, Key Facts & Solutions
World Health Organization

 

  • The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014
  • The global prevalence of diabetes* among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014
  • Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries
  • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
  • In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose
  • Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years1. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.
  • Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes1.
  • Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.

 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar 3. Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

In 2014, 8.5% of adults aged 18 years and older had diabetes. In 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths and high blood glucose was the cause of another 2.2 million deaths.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset) is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin 3. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not known and it is not preventable with current knowledge.

Symptoms include excessive excretion of urine (polyuria), thirst (polydipsia), constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes and fatigue. These symptoms may occur suddenly.

 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset) results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin 3. Type 2 diabetes comprises the majority of people with diabetes around the world 3, and is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity.

Symptoms may be similar to those of Type 1 diabetes, but are often less marked. As a result, the disease may be diagnosed several years after onset, once complications have already arisen.

Until recently, this type of diabetes was seen only in adults but it is now also occurring increasingly frequently in children.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is hyperglycaemia with blood glucose values above normal but below those diagnostic of diabetes, occurring during pregnancy 4. Women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery. They and their children are also at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the future.

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed through prenatal screening, rather than through reported symptoms.

Impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glycaemia

Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG) are intermediate conditions in the transition between normality and diabetes 3. People with IGT or IFG are at high risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes, although this is not inevitable.

What are common consequences of diabetes?

Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves:

  • Adults with diabetes have a 2-3-fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. 2.6% of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes 6.
  • Diabetes is among the leading causes of kidney failure

How can the burden of diabetes be reduced?

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Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. To help prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, people should:

  • achieve and maintain healthy body weight;
  • be physically active – at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. More activity is required for weight control;
  • eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and saturated fats intake; and
  • avoid tobacco use – smoking increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Diagnosis and treatment

Early diagnosis can be accomplished through relatively inexpensive testing of blood sugar.

Treatment of diabetes involves diet and physical activity along with lowering blood glucose and the levels of other known risk factors that damage blood vessels. Tobacco use cessation is also important to avoid complications.

Interventions that are both cost-saving and feasible in developing countries include 8:

  • blood glucose control, particularly in type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin, people with type 2 diabetes can be treated with oral medication, but may also require insulin;
  • blood pressure control; and
  • foot care.

Other cost saving interventions include:

  • screening and treatment for retinopathy (which causes blindness);
  • blood lipid control (to regulate cholesterol levels);
  • screening for early signs of diabetes-related kidney disease and treatment.

WHO response

WHO aims to stimulate and support the adoption of effective measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of diabetes and its complications, particularly in low and middle-income countries. To this end, WHO:

  • provides scientific guidelines for the prevention of major NCDs including diabetes;
  • develops norms and standards for diabetes diagnosis and care;
  • builds awareness on the global epidemic of diabetes, marking World Diabetes Day (14 November);
  • conducts surveillance of diabetes and its risk factors.

The “WHO Global report on diabetes” provides an overview of the diabetes burden, the interventions available to prevent and manage diabetes, and recommendations for governments, individuals, the civil society and the private sector.

The WHO “Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health” complements WHO’s diabetes work by focusing on population-wide approaches to promote healthy diet and regular physical activity, thereby reducing the growing global problem of overweight people and obesity.

Tragedy Strikes Brazilian Football Team

Photo by Mantos do Futebol

Photo by Mantos do Futebol

Many had hoped Tuesday,  Nov. 29 would be the beginning of a fairy tale ending for Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, but it turned into a nightmare as almost all the members of the team, a flight crew, and the journalists on board the privately chartered LaMia jet died tragically while heading to Colombia the day before the Copa Sudamericana finals.

Officials from Colombia‘s aviation agency and local police report that some of the possible reasons for the crash, which was near the jungle region of the country, may have been due to unfavorable weather conditions and electrical problems. There is also the possibility that the plane ran out of fuel while it was only 18 miles away from its destination.

In total, there were 71 casualties and six survivors. The survivors include aircraft mechanic Erwin Tumiri, flight attendant Ximena Suarez, journalist Rafael Henzel Valmorbida, and football players Jackson Ragnar Follman, Alan Ruschel and Hèlio Hermito Zampier.

Goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha initially survived the wreckage, but later died from the injuries that he sustained.

This year, the small club was gaining major attention after it managed to attract Brazilian superstars back to their home country after many had played for other countries, like midfielder Cleber Santana who spent many years with Athletico Madrid.

After learning of the terrible event, Brazilian President Michel Temer “declared three days of national mourning,” according to nbc.news.com.

In a show of solidarity and sportsmanship, Colombia’s football team Atlètico Nacional asked the Copa Sudamericana organizers to award the title to Chapecoense.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Have No Love for Fidel

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When it comes to politics, this year proved to be historic in many ways.

A businessman that had no experience holding public office became the president of the United States.

Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominee of a major party and Bernie Sanders  was the first Jewish candidate to receive serious backing for the highest office in America for the Democratic Party.

However, the Republican Party also had two Hispanic contenders that had a strong chance of becoming commander and chief of the United States in Cuban Americans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Earlier this year in March, President Obama also announced an end to the Cuban embargo, which has slowly been coming to an end, but that might very well change with Trump’s presidency.

Nothing has been more momentous than the recent death of Fidel Castro.

His timely passing comes after half of the Cuban-American population in Florida helped to decide who will become the new leader of their country after being angered by President Obama’s decision to start to lift the embargo, a right they would have been denied if in Cuba.

Of course, this led to many Americans across the country wondering what the two most famous Cuban political candidates in the United States most recent history had to say.

With both Cruz and Rubio having immigrant parents that fled Castro’s rule in Cuba, it wasn’t hard to guess.

Both were angered by Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s condolences to the Castro family and lack of acknowledgment to his political crimes.

Pathetic.”

That was one word that Rubio used to describe Obama’s statement to the Cuban people.

There are thousands upon thousands of people who suffered brutally under Castro’s regime. He executed people, he jailed people for 20 to 30 years. The Florida Straits…there are thousands of people who lost their lives fleeing his dictatorship.”

Rubio was not alone in his sentiments towards Castro, as Cruz tweeted his disgust towards both the dictator and Trudeau who praised el Comandante’s power as an orator over the island nation.

Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot — all evil, torturing murderers.”

Rubio also had choice words for the young Canadian Prime Minister admiration for Fidel.

Shameful and embarrassing.”

 

 

 

How Trump Can Change Women’s Health Care

At 8:54 a.m., President-elect Donald Trump selected Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The president-elect’s choices for his cabinet leave one thing very clear, his picks for top federal positions are going to be people that could make decisions that would irrevocably change the course of American history.

Price is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and is anti-choice when it comes to abortions. If the Senate goes along with him as the secretary for this department, there would be a dramatic shift in health care that could impact millions of Americans, possibly for the worse.

This will be especially true for women across the United States.

As an adamant proponent for anti-choice/pro-life initiatives, Price will have the power to make it nigh impossible for women to have an abortion.

Women that do not want to have children or that cannot afford to have children will no longer have a choice over what happens to their body during a pregnancy.

If a woman is faced with a medical emergency and wants to choose her life instead of that of her fetus, it would be hard to have an abortion.

If a mother’s fetus is in pain from a fatal disease, and this woman prefers to choose an abortion versus prolonging suffering, she will possibly be stripped of that option altogether with Price as secretary of health.

Price’s plans for women’s health care also means less access to contraception. The six-time representative has done everything in his power to get rid of the employer-sponsored preventive health care part of the ACA, which will make it harder for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

Price, who was never a fan of the Affordable Care Act may gut the entire bill before Trump can create a new health initiative, one that might leave the newly insured under the ACA, 20 million Americans and counting, worse off.

Not only that but as health secretary, Price will determine the future of food, drugs, Medicaid and Medicare. If he falls in line with most Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare will be completely upended too. At least 100 million Americans, specifically the elderly and the impoverished will become vulnerable when it comes to health insurance.

Women live longer than men in old age by up to almost seven years and are paid less than them, and will struggle the most during health emergencies under Price.

 

Laurie Hernandez Has Much To Be Thankful For

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The 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was another page in the storybook year of Laurie Hernandez. The young Puerto-Rican gymnast who was part of the 2016 Rio Olympics Gold Medal winning team this year has yet to come down from the clouds. Laurie reflected on her “insane” invitation to ride on one of the floats recalling her family tradition of watching the event every year.

“My five year old self is giving me a high five right now,”

The woman known as the “Human Emoji” described the feeling.

Laurie has been everywhere since the Olympic win. She has thrown first ball at a New York Met game, met President Obama and his wife, and added more hardware to the trophy case as she won the 2016 “Dancing with the Stars” competition with partner Val Chmerkovsky with a perfect score in the finals on one dance and two points shy of a perfect score on another.

All this and Laurie is not even 17 yet. Laurie pointed out that the toughest aspect of the Dancing show was wearing heels since gymnasts work barefoot in their careers. However her desire to “inspire others” is being accomplished as many are living vicariously through her experiences. Laurie better get used to wearing the heels because midnight has not struck for this effervescent lady.