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NBA great Dominique Wilkins is new spokesman for diabetes drug Victoza

Drug maker Novo Nordisk is hoping NBA great and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins can promote its type 2 diabetes drug Victoza in a better light than its former spokesperson, celebrity cookbook author Paula Deen. Novo Nordisk has teamed up with Wilkins to launch Dominique’s Diabetes Dream Team, a national initiative to help adults with type 2 diabetes customize a “full-court approach” to managing their disease. “Dominique’s Diabetes Dream Team will highlight three key components of a successful diabetes management plan: a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper medication as needed,” the news release states. Wilkins takes an injection of ... Read More

Former NBA star Manute Bol dies from complications of SJS, kidney failure

Manute Bol, 47, has died. The 7-foot-7 former NBA star died Saturday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for acute kidney failure and Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a serious skin disorder caused by an allergic reaction to medication. Bol was hospitalized last month upon returning to the United States from his hometown of Sudan, where he was building a school through the group Sudan Sunrise. According to the NBA star’s Facebook page, Bol put off seeking medical attention while in Sudan because he wanted to continue his work there. When his condition ... Read More

Manute Bol recovering from kidney failure, SJS

Retired NBA player Manute Bol is in stable condition and friends and family members are optimistic that he will recover from kidney failure and a rare skin condition, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), both of which drove him to a Virginia hospital last month. Bol was returning to the United States after spending several months in his hometown of Sudan, where he was building a school through the group Sudan Sunrise. According to Bol’s Facebook page, he became ill and developed a rash after taking medication. Bol delayed seeking medical attention for his symptoms because he wanted to continue his work ... Read More

Retired NBA player Manute Bol suffering serious medication reaction

Retired NBA player Manute Bol is in the hospital with kidney failure and Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a life-threatening skin condition. The former Washington Bullets center was hospitalized in Northern Virginia after spending several months in his hometown of Sudan. Bol was building a school there through the group Sudan Sunrise. According to Bol’s facebook page, the former NBA player developed SJS after taking medication. SJS has been associated with more than 2,000 medications, most commonly antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral medications. Those who suffer from SJS develop a rash on the skin that blisters over, causing the top layer of ... Read More