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Insulin Is Used to Treat Diabetes

In 1869, spurred by a medical student's observation of cells in the pancreas called "Islets of Langerhans," scientists began working on the identification of the role of insulin, as well as its extraction and purification. Today we know that insulin is a hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism, and patients with diabetes have a decreased ability to either produce or absorb it. What happened when a fourteen year old diabetic was given the first insulin injection in 1922?




Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, with a population of 900,000. From the 8th to the 16th cent. Mombasa was a center of the Arab trade in ivory and slaves. The city was visited by Vasco da Gama on his first voyage to India, and it was burned three times by the Portuguese. Today, the city's extensive beaches and resorts attract thousands of tourists annually. In Swahili, the city is known as Kisiwa Cha Mvita, which means what?

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John A. MacDonald

MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving from 1867-1873 and 1878-1891. He played a crucial role in expanding Canada's territories to include the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. These acquisitions helped Canada become a major power in international trade and commerce as well as a popular destination for European immigrants. What was the Pacific scandal, and how did it affect MacDonald's career?

Last updated on Thursday, 11th January 2007

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