Saturday, 29 May 2010

Cary Colemen 1968-2010

 Gary Coleman  1968 - 2010

Gary Coleman ,child star of 70's  sitcom 'Different Strokes' has died at the age of 42.

'Different Strokes' debuted in 1978 and most of the laughs came from Gary Coleman, who's growth was stunted by  kidney disease, as an adult he was only 4ft 8 inches tall , but sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing  Coleman was an immediate star, his sceptical  "What you talking about"  usually aimed at his elder brother Willis became a catch phrase.

Different Stokes ran for eight seasons , ending in 1986 when Coleman was eighteen.

His life was marred with health and legal problems, his kidney disease required dialysis and needed two transplants, in the 90's  Gary admitted trying to kill himself after a string of debt problems.

In 2003 Coleman tried at politics , but Arnold Schwarzenegger pipped him to the post as 38th governor of California, Coleman ran a Conservative campaign, calling for tax cuts.

This is Inspiration's own tribute to the late Gary Coleman...



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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Type 2 Diabetes and the new drug Byetta exenatide

First In It's Class:
Byetta is the first of a new class of drugs available for Type 2 diabetes management. It's not used for Type 1. It's been on the market for about a year. It is meant to be a supplemental drug, used in conjunction with Metformin or sulfonylureas or a combination of both to help improve glycemic control in people who have had trouble maintaining good blood glucose levels.

                                            Gila monster, a poionous lizard
                               lives south western America.

Byetta or Exenatide, as it is known, generically, is a synthetic version of Exendin-4, a hormone found in the saliva of the Gila monster, a poisonous lizard that lives in the American Southwest. Scientists noticed that Gila monsters go for long periods of time without eating. When they are fasting, their pancreas is literally "turned off". When they do eat, they excrete Exendin-4 which flips the switch on the pancreas, turning it back on to help digest the meal.

How It Works In Humans:
It works like a gut hormone that is found in humans, GLP-1, or Glucagon-like peptide-1. It helps trigger insulin to be produced in the pancreas. It also slows digestion, which in turn, helps slow the amount of glucose that's released into the blood. It also helps you feel full longer, causing a decrease in appetite. This can help with weight loss in Type 2 patients who are overweight.

How To Use It:
Byetta is injected subcutaneously twice a day. It should be injected within an hour of eating breakfast and dinner. It's important to inject Byetta before a meal. It is not as effective if injected after eating. It usually comes in a prefilled dosing pen. It is not meant to be used alone. It is prescribed with oral medications such as metformin, chlorpropamide, glipizide, or glyburide. It works differently in the body than oral meds and helps the body lower blood glucose more effectively.

What It Isn't:
Byetta is not a substitute for injectable insulin. It can't be used in Type 1 diabetes. Since it stimulates insulin production in the pancreas, it's not suitable for Type 1. There is little to no natural insulin production associated with Type 1 because the islet cells that make insulin have been destroyed. Byetta is also not used to treat excessively high blood glucose levels.

Possible Side Effects:
Like any medication, there are side effects that some people may experience. Nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, and diarrhea are side effects that can affect some people when first starting Byetta. These side effects usually subside with continued use. You may notice that you feel anxious or jumpy, your appetite may be less and you may lose some weight. If you experience side effects, or if you have any allergic reactions to Byetta, please call your healthcare provider.

Hypoglycemic Reaction:
Hypoglycemia may occur when Byetta is first added to your other medications. Check your blood sugar often during this time. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include: feeling nervous, shaky, dizzy, lightheaded, sleepy or hungry. You may be confused, sweaty, or have difficulty speaking or walking. Call your healthcare provider if you experience hypoglycemia while on Byetta. Your medications may have to be adjusted.

So are you wondering if you have type 2 diabetes?  

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can cause serious health complications. That's why is very important to know how to spot type 2 diabetes symptoms. Even pre-diabetes can increase the chance of heart disease just like type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Talk to your doctor about preventive measures you can take now to reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes due to high blood sugar may include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination  (need to go for a pee quite a lot more than normal)
  • Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness (rare)
Contact your GP if you have any type 2 diabetes symptoms or if you have further questions about type 2 diabetes. It’s important to get diabetes testing and start a treatment plan early to prevent serious diabetes complications.

Type 2 diabetes is usually not diagnosed until health complications have occurred. Most often, there are no diabetes symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms of type 2 diabetes. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it.
Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:
  • Slow-healing sores or cuts
  • Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area)
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Recent weight gain
  • Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit and groin, called acanthosis nigricans
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • Decreased vision
  • Impotency
Celebrities with  diabetes include 

Diabetes Fame - Entertainment
Jack Benny - Comedian

Halle Berry - Actress (Monster's Ball, X-Men, Die Another Day)

Wilford Brimley - Actor (Cocoon, The China Syndrome)

J. Anthony Brown - Actor (Drumline), comedian, radio personality, dLifeTV co-host
Delta Burke - Actress (Designing Women) Miss Florida; Miss USA

James Cagney -
Actor (Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Nell Carter - Actress (Gimme a Break)

Carol Channing - Broadway singer and actress

Alvin Childress - Actor (Amos & Andy)

Dick Clark - Entertainer, television producer

James Doohan - Actor (Scotty from Star Trek)

Dale Evans - Entertainer (The Yellow Rose of Texas, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show)
Ella Fitzgerald - Singer
Don Francisco - Television Host (Sabado Gigante)

Stephen Furst - Actor (Animal House)

Victor Garber - Actor (Alias, Titanic, First Wives Club, Sleepless in Seattle)

Jackie Gleason- Actor (The Honeymooners, Smokey and the Bandit, The Hustler)

Dorian Gregory - Actor (Baywatch Nights, Charmed, The Other Half)

Dana Hill - Actress (Shoot the Moon, European Vacation)
Randy Jackson – Musician, producer, American Idol judge
Nicole Johnson - dLifeTV co-host; Miss America 1999; author and diabetes advocate.
Zippora Karz - Ballet teacher, former NYC Ballet Soloist
Larry King - Talk show host
Al Lewis - Actor (The Munsters)
Jerry Lewis - Comedian, Actor, Film Producer, Director, Writer, and Singer

Robert "Gorilla Monsoon" Marella -Professional wrestler and commentator

Jerry Mathers - Actor (Leave it to Beaver)

Mary Tyler Moore - Actress (Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People) and diabetes advocate

Mother Love - Entertainer, author, motivational speaker, dLifeTV co-host

Richard Mulligan - Actor (Soap, Empty Nest)

Carroll O'Conner - Actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

Park Overall - Actress (Empty Nest)

Della Reese - Actress, singer (Touched by an Angel)

Esther Rolle - Actress (Good Times)
Sir Harry Secombe - Welsh singer, entertainer; former president of the British Diabetic Association.

Sherri Shepherd - Actress (The View, 30 Rock)

Jean Smart - Actress (Designing Women)

Elaine Stritch - Comedian, actress

Spencer Tracy - Actor

Jim Turner - Actor (Bewitched, Arli$$), dLifeTV co-host
Aida Turturro – Actress (The Sopranos)

Ben Vereen - Actor, performer, humanitarian

Mae West - Actress (My Little Chickadee, I'm No Angel)

Diabetes Fame - Musicians
Nat Adderley - Jazz Musician
Ray Anderson - Jazz Musician
Syd Barret - Singer (Pink Floyd)
Tony Bennett -Jazz singer
Crystal Bowersox - Folk-rock musician, American Idol contestant
Danny Joe Brown - Singer (Molly Hatchet)
James Brown - 'The Godfather of Soul'
Johnny Cash - 'The Man in Black'
Bobby Charles - Singer-Songwriter
Mark Collie - Country Singer
David Crosby - Singer (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Miles Davis - Jazz Musician
Johnny Darrell - Country music singer
Phife Dawg - Rapper (A Tribe Called Quest)
Bo Diddley - Singer
Mama Cass Elliott - Singer (Mamas and the Papas)
Ella Fitzgerald - Singer
Mick Fleetwood - Musician (Fleetwood Mac)
Aretha Franklin - 'The Queen of Soul'
Melvin Franklin – Singer (The Temptations)
Jerry Garcia - Singer, Musician (Grateful Dead)
Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz Musician
Shirley Horn - Grammy-winning Jazz singer and pianist
Marvin Isley - Singer (The Isley Brothers)
Mahalia Jackson - Gospel Singer
Randy Jackson Musician, producer, American Idol judge
Rick James - Singer ("Super Freak" Funk Legend)
Nick Jonas lead singer/guitarist for Jonas Brothers
Waylon Jennings - Country Singer
Herbert Kahury (“Tiny Tim”) - Singer
Ghostface Killah - Rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
B.B. King - Blues Singer and Musician
Patti LaBelle - Soul singer
Peggy Lee - Jazz singer, Grammy winner
Tommy Lee - Drummer (Motley Crue)
Curtis Mayfield - Soul singer
Bret Michaels - Singer (Poison)
Tim Parker - Rapper (Blackalicious)
Elvis Presley - Singer and guitarist
Giacomo Puccini – Operatic Composer
Angie Stone - Singer
Jessica Stone - Singer and Actress
Elliott Yamin - Singer

Neil Young - singer, songwriter, guitarist, and director
Gary Valenciano - Philipinno singer
Luther Vandross - Singer
Leslie West - Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Norman Whitfield - Grammy winning R&B songwriter and record producer
Brad Wilk - Drummer (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)


 Jerry Wright 
type 2 diabetes

"I have been a diagnosed type 2 diabetic for over 4 years now, since registering with my new GP at my wife's surgery. I have taken "Metformin" tablets with another called "Glycoside" .

Alongside those above tablets, i have started a Byetta programme here in the UK, i have been using it now for twelve weeks, i have lost 15lbs in that time due to hunger suppression. The Benefits of using Byetta outreach the risks, by close medical supervision monitoring, by visiting the diabetic clinic monthly at first then periodically after that  will check if this drug is suitable for you. any stomach pains from using Byetta  to consult your diabetic medical team immediately, as in some cases Byetta may not be suitable for you. "




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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Horrible Science - science with all the squishy, disgusting and explosive bits left in‏

Chief Executive Martin Sutherland
Artistic Director Laurie Sansom

Patron The Rt Hon Earl Spencer

Birmingham Stage Company, producers of the hugely popular Horrible History shows,
have now brought the well-loved Horrible Science books to life. This new production –
based on the books that have sold over 10 million copies worldwide –
bursts onto Northampton’s Derngate stage from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 June.

Children of all ages remember the classic that is Horrible Science.
The irresistible book has captured the imaginations of young minds for years and this stage production,
using actors and amazing 3D Bogglevision, attempts to find the
awful answers to such questions as can you fight deadly diseases and beastly bacteria just using orange juice?

                        beastly bacteria, nasty and smelly.

 And why do we produce 50,000 litres
of spit in a lifetime – enough to fill 100 baths?

The audience will join Billy Miller, a recalcitrant 10-year-old, as he battles his way through
the Horrible Science world, facing dreadful dangers and putrid puns! 

They’ll encounter fatal forces such as gravity and magnetism and discover the shocking truth about electricity.

And how bacteria and microbe monsters inflict their killer diseases.

Directed by Phil Clark, director of Royal & Derngate’s recent production of
The BFG, Horrible Science captures the infamous wit and humour that has made the book so popular over the years.

The show is suitable for all the family aged 6 and upwards, and covers much of the key stage 2 science curriculum,
but deals with these topics in such hilariously disgusting ways it will seem a million miles from the classroom!
It will be a hugely entertaining way to learn important new things.

Horrible Science

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Horrible Science

Tickets Tue 01 Jun - Sat 05 Jun
Venue: Derngate

What are millions of animals doing in your kettle? Why don’t penguins get spots? Why do rabbits eat the same food twice? Why doesn’t the moon wander off? And how long would it take for your heart to pump enough blood to fill the theatre?

Billy Miller has no idea what’s in store when he enters the crazy, awesome World of Horrible Science and soon he is under attack from beastly bacteria, vicious volts and foul fluids! Using actors and jaw-dropping 3D Bogglevision, this astounding show has the awful answers - guaranteed to thrill you and your children!

The Independent

Coventry Evening Telegraph


Performance times vary. Please check at the time of booking.

Tue 7pm
Wed & Thu 10.30am and 1.30pm
Fri 10.30am & 7pm
Sat 2.30pm & 7pm

£11 10.30am and 1.30pm performances
£16 2.30pm and 7pm performances
Family £48 (max 2 adults)

Concessions available

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The Gruffalo – A monster family show‏

Chief Executive Martin Sutherland
Artistic Director Laurie Sansom

Patron The Rt Hon Earl Spencer

Back by popular demand, Tall Stories’ live adaptation of children’s favourite picture book
The Gruffalo takes to the Derngate stage from Friday 28 to Saturday 30 May.

Touring nationally and internationally since 2001, this magical musical adaptation of
the best selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler has been
performed over 4000 times to over a million people the world over!

The award-wining book was recently voted the nation’s number one bedtime story
by BBC Radio 2 listeners and even hit the small screens on Christmas Day in a
star studded TV adaptation on BBC!

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood...
meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old owl, a maraca-shaking, party mad snake!
Mouse can scare away these hungry animals with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo,
But what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined...?

The Gruffalo is an ideal introduction to theatre for pre- and primary school children and their families,
with plenty of songs, laughs and fun for children aged 3 to 300.

The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo

Tickets Fri 28 May - Sun 30 May
Venue: Derngate

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories’ big scary monster of a show returns to Royal & Derngate.

This smash-hit production continues to delight young fans of the massively popular book and is a brilliant show for your family. Join Mouse as she sets out into the woods on a hunt for hazelnuts and meet wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl, a maraca-shaking, party-mad Snake and, of course, the Gruffalo!

Performance times vary. Please check at the time of booking.

Adult £10 Child £8 Family £32(max 2 adults)

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