Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in  Hebron

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in Hebron

Occupied Jerusalem (ST):  Israeli occupation...

  Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed  war crimes in  Efrin

Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed war crimes in Efrin

Ankara (ST): Member of the Turkish parliament...

Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

Najla Burghul a Syrian dreamer who...

Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

DARAA, (ST)_ More than 40 displaced families,...

Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

HASAKA, RAQQA, (ST)_ At least 2 gunmen ...

Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

MOSCOW, (ST)_Russian Foreign Ministry has...

DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and...

  • Syria affirms its legitimate right to defend the   sovereignty of the Syrian territories and  protect its citizens against Israeli attacks by all legitimate means

    Syria affirms its legitimate right to defend the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 18:02
  • An explosive device targets a convoy of the US-led

    An explosive device targets a convoy of the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:29
  • Al-Hasaka:  Running tanks to secure water as  the Turkish occupation continues to stop pumping from Allouk station

    Al-Hasaka: Running tanks to secure water as ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:25
  • Patriarch Ephraim II & world church leaders demand  that Biden cancel  coercive measures imposed on Syria

    Patriarch Ephraim II & world church leaders...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:21
  • SDF militia raids Al-Bseirah city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzour & kidnaps a number of civilians

    SDF militia raids Al-Bseirah city in the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:17
  • Palestinian PM  denounces the escalation of organized terror by Israeli settlers against Palestinians

    Palestinian PM denounces the escalation of...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:11
  •  Life returns to normal to the ancient wool market in the old city of Aleppo

    Life returns to normal to the ancient wool...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 14:10
  •  Turkish regime issues arrest warrants for dozens of judges and public prosecutors

    Turkish regime issues arrest warrants for...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 14:01
  • Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in  Hebron

    Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 13:56
  • Military source: A family comprising a father, a mother and two children were killed, and four others wounded as a result of the Israeli air aggression on Hama

    Military source: A family comprising a father,...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:09
  • "Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nation’s...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:05
  • A new book highlights  the  magnificence  of  “Shamal” ... an ancient Syrian Aramaic kingdom

    A new book highlights the magnificence of ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:00
  •   Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed  war crimes in  Efrin

    Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 09:03
  •  Iranian Minister of Transport: Talks to link railways between Iran and Syria via Iraq reach good stages

    Iranian Minister of Transport: Talks to link...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 08:49
  •  Our air defences confront an Israeli aggression near Hama and down most of the enemy missiles

    Our air defences confront an Israeli...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 08:39
  • Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

    Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

    Friday, 22 January 2021 07:36
  • Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

    Over 40 displaced families return to their home...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:24
  • Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

    Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:17
  • Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

    Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:14
  • DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

    DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 14:22

Economy & Aftermath

Investigative Reporting

The second honey festival in Damascus

The second honey festival in Damascus

With the participation of 34 beekeepers from the public and private sectors, the activities of the second Syrian Honey Festival were launched on the grounds of Al-Jalaa S...

  1. Tourism
  2. Culture
  3. Society
  4. Golan
Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the mountains

Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the…

Tartous, (ST)-The quiet village of Bnamra is embraced by  mountains of ancient oak trees, in the midst of a charming nature as freshwater springs burst from its tops which makes the village look like an emerald. According to the village mayor, Muhammad Ahmad Shaheen, Bnamra is within the municipality of  Sheikh Badr in Tartous. It spreads over an area of about two thousand dunums. The village was named so due to its...

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Arab Writers Union holds the first international cartoons exhibition

Arab Writers Union holds the first inter…

With the participation of more than 252 cartoonists  from 52 countries  around the world,  the Arab Writers Union held its first international cartoons exhibition in a new way which  dealt with the role  of international figures who influenced the literary and cultural movement.   The visions of the participating cartoonists' paintings differed in  the technique  of drawing, but what they all had in common was that they they revealed the impact ...

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"Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nation’s wounded plays the hopeful melody of life

"Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nat…

Homs, (ST)- After losing dear parts  of their bodied in the battles of honor they waged against the enemies of life, they did not lose their love of life, rather they insisted in playing the melody of life with the rest of their bodies . The studio is a modest room with simple components located in the Zahra neighborhood of Homs, where the “Jareeh Studio” band members, under the supervision of its young founder Tha'er Balloul, meet to tr...

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Syria renews call for enforcing the implementation of the Resolution No. 497 on occupied Syrian Golan

Syria renews call for enforcing the impl…

Syria has renewed its call on the Security Council to act immediately as to enforce the implementation of the Resolution No. 497 of 1981 and force the Israeli occupation entity to stop its illegal settlement activities and repressive procedures against the people in the occupied Syrian Golan and to withdraw from the entire Golan to the June 4th 1967 line. Resolution 497 (1981) reaffirms that the acquisition of ter...

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A new study in the journal Diabetes Care found gastric bypass surgery can have a lasting effect in reversing pancreas damage brought about by Type 2 diabetes. It's further evidence that bypass surgery produces dramatic results unmet by medication alone. NBC's Robert Bazell reports.

By Robert Bazell, Chief science and medical correspondent, NBC News

As weight-loss surgery has become more common over the last several years, doctors have had tantalizing clues that certain procedures bring dramatic reduction in type 2 diabetes -- beyond getting their ability to reduce the patient’s weight.

The surgery appears to have stopped damage to the pancreas, reversing the cause of diabetes as well as alleviating the symptoms, the researchers reported in the journal Diabetes Care.

A year ago researchers at the Cleveland Clinic carried out a careful trial of 150 patients with diabetes that was not being adequately controlled. One-third got gastric bypass, one-third were given a device similar to a lap band that reduces stomach volume, and the rest received the best drug therapies. The goal was to reduce the participants’ blood sugar to below normal levels.

In the patients who got the bypass surgery the results were dramatic.

"It's pretty amazing," bariatric surgeon Dr. Philip Schauer of the Cleveland Clinic said at the time. “Many of our patients, even within hours of the operation, their blood sugar becomes normal … even before they've lost any weight at all.”

The big question was, would the results last? In a one-year follow-up study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, the answer is yes. "Gastric bypass surgery seems to uniquely restore pancreatic beta-cell function, presumably by targeting belly fat and modifying the hormones in the gastrointestinal tract," Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, an endocrinologist with the Cleveland Clinic, said in a statement. "Gastric bypass remarkably targets belly fat where hormones that are toxic to the body develop."

Marla Evans a former Type 2 diabetic says within a few days of having gastric bypass surgery her diabetes was much better and within a month or two after surgery she had no trace of diabetes and felt "fabulous emotionally and physically." 

The pancreas makes insulin, which in turn control blood sugar. People with diabetes can't control their blood sugar as well, and the excess sugar damages organs such as the eyes and kidneys. The pancreas worked again in patients who had the surgery, Kashyap says. "This is something that is very novel and something we don’t see with medications or with insulin," she said.

A gastric bypass procedure makes the stomach smaller by dividing it into two sections and connects a portion of the small intestine to one of the stomach pouches, reducing the amount of calories absorbed by the body. Curiously, another surgical procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, which also reduced stomach volume, caused the patients to lose just as much weight, but it did not bring the same dramatic reduction in diabetes.

The doctors are not sure how the bypass surgery changes the hormone balance in the body to cure the diabetes. And they hope someday they might achieve the same effect without the surgery.

The Cleveland Clinic doctors want to treat more patients before they are confident they have a cure. An estimated 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and it has been called one of the fastest-spreading epidemic ever.

Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says their studies show that bypassing the intestine has powerful benefits on peoples' diabetes and metabolism.

If it continues to be successful, the main issue will be whether major surgery costing $25,000 -- and often not covered by insurance -- is too drastic a treatment. In response any doctors point out that uncontrolled diabetes often leads to kidney problems, heart attacks, strokes, amputations and death. For many diabetic patients medical costs far exceed $25,000. So, if the diabetes cannot be controlled in other ways, the surgery may become far more common.

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