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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health
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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health

By SHERAZ SADIQ, Oregon Public BroadcastingScientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke.Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying the capacity of hospitals in the Rogue Valley to handle patients arriving with respiratory problems during wildfires when air quality plummets due to wildfires.“If it’s in what we call ‘the purple,’ which is the really bad air quality, the likelihood that a hospital is going to exceed their capacity goes up to about 70 percent,” Kyle Chapman, an associate professor of sociology and population health at the Oregon Institute of Technology, told Oregon Public Broadcastin...
The Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for High Blood Sugar
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The Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for High Blood Sugar

High blood sugar levels can impact your health in a variety of ways.Getty ImagesBlood sugar, also called glucose, is the sugar that circulates in your bloodstream, says Dr. Michael del Junco, an internal medicine specialist with Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County, California.“After we eat, the body digests the meal into sugars, called glucose. The sugar will travel from the stomach to the small intestine, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream.”That signals the pancreas, an abdominal organ that aids in digestion and hormone regulation, to release insulin. “Insulin helps glucose get transported into tissues to act as a source of fuel for the cells in your body,” del Junco explains.Any excess sugar that does not move into the tissues gets stored in the liver and muscles as ...