High CourtTwo separate appeals have been filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against four-month interim bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Advocate on record Sufia Khatun filed the appeal on behalf of state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, on behalf of Anti-Corruption Commission, lodged another appeal.The ACC lawyer said that chamber judge of Appellate Division will hear the appeals at noon.On Monday, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 22 February, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Lawyers Nowshad Jamir and Kaiser Kamal, on behalf of the BNP chief, submitted the 880-page bail petition showing 31 grounds for granting her bail.On 25 February, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court says it will pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.Earlier, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.
Meagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes.“I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” said Charles, now 22. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”Physicians and health experts continue to see a rise in the percentage of American children with type 2, which usually affects adults. The leading cause for diabetes in children, they said, is obesity, which is still on the rise. (Photo/Wikipedia Commons)Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food people eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for their bodies to use for energy. In diabetics, the pancreas can’t make enough of the hormone insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease; notable among them is actress Halle Berry.Type 2 is usually diagnosed in adults and can be genetically passed on by parents or grandparents. It is most often caused by obesity in children, and obesity is the leading cause in adults.The prevalence of childhood type 2 diabetes jumped more than 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a study by the Pediatric Academic Societies, and continues to climb. Nationwide, 35.1 percent of children were overweight or obese in 2016 — a sharp 4.7 percent increase from just two years earlier, according to a study by Duke University.Maintaining the proper diet is vital for diabetics. Too many sugar-creating carbohydrates or not enough can cause severe illness, and even death.Growing up, Charles said, she watched as her father struggled with diabetes and the health issues that can accompany the disease.“If my mom didn’t cook the right foods for my dad, or if he didn’t eat on time, he would feel sick,” she said. “Sometimes he would become so weak he wouldn’t be able to do much for a few days.”After Charles was diagnosed, her mother, Maxiene Charles, found herself caring for both her husband and her newly-diagnosed diabetic daughter.“It was scary knowing that my child was diabetic,” Maxiene said. “At times it got frustrating, if she didn’t want to eat what I had prepared. It’s still a struggle but we’re getting there.”Charles had difficulty transitioning to the new diet needed to keep her diabetes under control. She ended up in the hospital at age 17 after not monitoring her diet properly, she said.“I was on my way home from class when I started feeling dizzy,” she said. “I actually drove myself to the hospital and my father met me there.” Charles nearly slipped into a diabetic coma, which could have been fatal if she didn’t go the hospital when she did, her doctors told her.Dr. Shurla Charles-Gonsalves, a family medicine physician in New York City, said one of the leading causes of diabetes in children is obesity, largely from consuming sugar-laden beverages, overeating or eating foods high in sugar—candies, cakes, donuts, brownies—or too many carbohydrates.“We’re seeing more and more children become overweight and obese at young ages, this will often set them up for diabetes now or later in life.” Charles-Gonsalves said.“We have to understand that socioeconomic issues are also leading factors when it comes to dealing with diabetes,” she added. “It is a privilege to be able to eat healthy and pay for medications and treatments for diabetic patients.”Children are usually diagnosed with diabetes after displaying a symptom, the doctor said.“That child may be always thirsty, always going to the bathroom and even eating a lot of food but not gaining weight,” she said. “We often see diabetes affecting children physically, whether it be weight gain, injecting insulin, or feeling any of the symptoms signaling diabetes, but rarely do we acknowledge the psychological effects this disease can have on people, especially children.”Maureen Monaghan, a clinical and pediatric psychologist and certified diabetes educator in the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children’s National Health System, said children afflicted with diabetes can be affected psychologically.“Kids with diabetes are at higher risk for a depressive episode,” Monaghan said.According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency that works to advance the behavioral health of the nation, one in seven adolescents with diabetes had a major depressive episode in the past year.Monaghan said the effects of a diagnosis of diabetes on children varies from patient to patient“We have children as young as 1 and 2 that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” said Monaghan, “That is very different from a 14-, 15- or 16-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. We have to think about the family and their ability to cope and adjust. There may be some grief and in-denial thinking, but some families are also impressed with how their child is handling their diagnosis.”As diabetes diagnosis rates are increasing, deaths among children are also occurring, Monaghan said.“We have lost a few of our patients to diabetes—I wouldn’t say a lot, thankfully it is fairly rare,” she said. “If patients do pass away due to Type 1 diabetes it is either because of an extreme high glucose level or an extreme low glucose level.”Or, she said, they can die because they can’t afford the insulin they desperately need. A month’s supply of insulin typically costs a few hundred dollars for those without medical insurance, and diabetics cannot survive without insulin injections or pills. Even though deaths from diabetes in children are less likely to occur, if diabetes isn’t managed correctly daily as a child and later as an adult, complications related to the disease can cause severe problems.Last year, Meagan Charles got a wake-up call when her father lost a limb to diabetes.“When my dad got his foot amputated, I knew things had to change.” Charles said.She urged anyone who suspects that they or someone they know might be diabetic to schedule an appointment with a doctor to be screened.“I think everyone should get screened for diabetes,” Charles said. “It’s better to know now, than be sorry later.”