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New research shows correlation between diabetes, race and food insecurity

Close-up Of Patient Hands Measuring Glucose Level Blood Test With Glucometer
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Close-up Of Patient Hands Measuring Glucose Level Blood Test With Glucometer

Last week, the American Diabetes Association hosted their 82nd Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. At the event, researchers, doctors and ADA leaders presented groundbreaking diabetes research, notably how diabetes correlates to food insecurity as well as racial residential segregation.

Dr. Otis W. Kirksey, ADA president of Health Care and Education, tells us more about the recent findings and what we can learn from them.

But first, criminal cases in New Orleans headed back online at the beginning of this week, not due to COVID, but due to violence and staffing issues. Will Snowden, director of Vera Institute of Justice - New Orleans, tells us more about the recent increase of violence and deaths at New Orleans jails and how Sheriff Susan Hutson is responding.

And, while Louisianans are gearing up for another hurricane season, one frequently overlooked factor of forecasting is the Loop Current: an ocean current that curls north past the Yucatan into the Gulf and then swings east past Florida before joining the Gulf Stream. Professor of Oceanography at the University of Miami Dr. Nick Shay joins us to share more about the Loop Current and what its impact might be.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.