100 years ago, insulin transformed the fight against diabetes

Also on the program: Culinary partnership is a recipe for success

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Airdate: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Diabetes as a medical disorder was recognized hundreds of years ago. It is a dangerous disease and treatment is imperative to stave off long-term complications. The earlier a patient can access treatment, the better.

Treatments have ranged from starvation to strict diet therapies, but the discovery of insulin in 1921 transformed diabetes from a death sentence to a chronic condition.

What causes diabetes and what are the treatment options for people living with the disorder? Dr. Mark Schutta, MD, Medical Director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, joins Smart Talk Thursday to answer those questions.

Also on Smart Talk Thursday is Richard Humphreys, who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 14 years old. Now 78, he is making an attempt to hike from Lancaster to Camp Ho Mita Koda in Ohio. It’s the oldest camp for children living with diabetes and Humphreys is hoping to raise money for the camp where he was a counselor years ago.

For more on public health issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare, check out Transforming Health, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.

Tech school and industry form partnership to find a recipe for success

The restaurant business is tough. There are long hours and staffing challenges and last year, out of nowhere, a pandemic hit.

Finding trained and willing staff to work in local high-end restaurants and even fast-food outlets is proving difficult. Two area organizations are taking the challenge in stride and remaining focused on a partnership that benefits both of them.

The Hotel Hershey at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company has teamed up with the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center to train and educate the next generation of culinary and pastry apprentices.

Joining Smart Talk to share details of the collaboration are Chef Nicholas Arnold, Executive Chef, Hotel Hershey at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, Chef Robert Corle, Chef Instructor with the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center, and Connor Woodburn, culinary apprentice with the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center.

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