In today’s episode of the 5 Things Podcast: FDA approves first treatment to delay type 1 diabetes
USA TODAY health reporter Adriana Rodriguez explains why it could be ‘game changing’. Also, USA TODAY’s White House correspondent Joy Garrison looks at whether President Joe Biden’s age will be a factor in whether he runs for a second term.
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Good Morning. I’m Taylor Wilson, and these are 5 things you need to know on Monday, November 21, 2022. Today, what could be a game changing treatment for type 1 diabetes. Plus President Joe Biden turns 80 as he considers re-election, and the latest on a mass shooting at a Colorado LGBTQ club.
The FDA has approved a treatment that delays type 1 diabetes in adult and pediatric patients eight years and older, but it won’t be cheap. Producer PJ Elliott spoke with USA TODAY health reporter Adriana Rodriguez to find out what makes this new drug a game changer.
This treatment would be similar to targeting pre type 1 diabetes. So among the different stages of type 1 diabetes, there is a stage that occurs just before the clinical diagnosis which is called stage 2. And so what this drug does is delay it so that you’re in that stage 2 process longer before type 1 actually develops clinically. diabetes.
Adriana, what did we learn from the clinical trials of this drug?
What was found was that the treatment was able to delay clinical diagnosis by almost two more years compared to placebo. And of course diabetics tell me right now that without checking sugar for two consecutive years it would be a game changer. You’re constantly monitoring what you eat, constantly going to the doctor and stuff to manage your diabetes, and things like that prolong it so you don’t have to enter that last phase so quickly.
Any idea of the price tag for this drug?
The price freaked out a lot of patients because it’s over $13,000 per vial, and it’s a 14-day treatment, which means if you were to take all 14 days of this treatment, it would cost about $193,000.
You can find a link to Adriana’s full story in the description for today’s episode.
The United States has its first octogenarian-in-chief. President Joe Biden turned 80 yesterday while already being the nation’s oldest president in history. This raised questions about his health as the US wonders whether he will run for re-election. To help answer those questions, I’m now joined by USA TODAY White House correspondent Joy Garrison. Joey, thanks for coming by.
Hey thanks for having me.
So what do President Biden’s doctors say about his health?
Yes, so the President’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, said in a report last year that the President is healthy, physically well. However, there are some things that come with age. His gait has become stiff. He is often clearing his throat during public comments, and this is due to gastro-esophageal reflux. And so it’s nothing serious, but just stuff that happens when you’re older. But overall, the doctor concluded that Biden remains “healthy” and vigorous and “fit” to successfully execute the duties of president. So there are things that obviously come with becoming an older person, but overall, the doctor says he is in good physical health.
Okay. Where do Biden, Joe, stand on this question of re-election, and how does their age factor into the decision?
Most Americans don’t want to see a Trump-Biden rematch, but that’s very likely what we’re going to get. Now yes, there are questions about age. Even with Trump, he is only two years younger than Biden. Of course it was Trump in the last election who really – and Republicans still during the first two years – were constantly questioning Biden’s mental skills and his mental ability. I thought the campaign didn’t really run very effectively. I remember seeing polling a few years back that actually said more people thought Biden had better mental fitness than Trump. So it was like, “Why are you raising these issues that can actually backfire?” And so I’m sure you’re going to see it again from Republicans if he runs for re-election… He’ll be 82 in that re-election.
And he’s a self-described gaffe machine, I mean. And he’s even had moments of mental lapse in the past year. Most notably, when he mistakenly called the late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who had actually died six months earlier. The White House shrugged it off because it was on her mind and that’s why she said it, but it was a pretty embarrassing moment. One could argue that maybe because when you are older, sometimes this kind of mistake is made. But others might say that Biden was already making too many mistakes before he hit his older years.
Joey Garrison, thanks for coming.
Yes. Hey thanks for having me. It’s always good to talk.
We’re learning more this morning about the deadly shooting that killed five people and injured 25 at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub Saturday night. The city’s mayor told The New York Times yesterday that the shooter was subdued by someone who grabbed his gun and attacked him. Authorities have given credit to several people inside the club for confronting the gunman and preventing major loss of life. The shooting has devastated Colorado Springs, especially the LGBTQ community of the city. This was stated by survivor Joshua Thurman.
Our community is shattered. This is the only LGBTQIA+ space we have in the city of Colorado Springs. Where are we going? We can rebuild, we can do things, but it won’t bring back the five people who died.
Police have identified a suspect and say they believe he acted alone. He was being treated for his injuries.
With the club shooting, this year has surpassed 2019 in terms of the most mass murders with firearms in a single year in the US. This is according to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University database.
The US Food and Drug Administration has determined that farmed chicken grown in a California company’s lab is safe to eat. But what’s next for the upcoming industry? Producer PJ Elliott spoke with USA TODAY trends reporter Wyatt Grantham-Phillips to learn more.
So you’re not going to expect this on grocery store shelves tomorrow, but this is what they call pre-market consultation. It’s not an approval process, but Next Upside Foods needs to go to the US Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety Inspection Service to get marketing approval and maybe one day to get it on the US market.
Wyatt, I guess the first question I would have is, are there any potential benefits to lab-grown meat?
Yes. So advocates basically say that it is an ethical and sustainable alternative to traditional sources of meat because it uses techniques to avoid the rearing and killing of animals that we know in typical food production. Scientists would be able to control how much fat or how much cholesterol is in certain cuts of meat, which they also see as a benefit.
So would this be considered vegetarian friendly?
It’s not really vegetarian friendly. So this is meat. Basically, lab-room meat is just meat made using animal cells. For example, for Upside Foods’ cultured chicken, they’re taking live cells from chickens and growing those cells in a controlled environment outside the chicken’s body to create cultured cuts of meat. So theoretically, it has the same cell makeup of normal meat, so it is meat.
Taylor Swift dominated last night’s American Music Awards. The pop star became the top honored artist in AMAs history with six wins, including Favorite Country Album and Artist of the Year. She has now won 40 times overall in the AMA. Bad Bunny also took home big night wins for Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album. And Beyoncé extended her career AMA wins to 16 by winning awards for Favorite Female R&B Artist and Album. The night also paid tribute to Lionel Richie, who was introduced by Smokey Robinson. You can find a full roundup in the Entertainment section on USATODAY.com.
And coming today, the annual Turkey Pardon will kick off Thanksgiving week. President Joe Biden will pardon two turkeys this year. Also, the United States Men’s Soccer Team begins its journey at the World Cup in Qatar. They play Wales at 2:00 AM Eastern at 11:00 AM Pacific. You can watch on Fox and Telemundo.
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