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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 21

Written by: | mediasite@prnewswire.com | Dated: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

LIFESAVING MEDICINE

Profile America — Tuesday, April 21st. One of world’s most important medicines — insulin —became available for general use this month in 1923, saving the lives of millions of people suffering from diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is critical in the processing of carbohydrates in the human body. It was first isolated the year before by a Canadian team led by Dr. Frederick Banting at the University of Toronto. The effect was like a miracle. One year, the disease was an automatic death sentence, the next, people who were affected had hopes of living full and productive lives. One of the first beneficiaries was the daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes. Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing employs over 230,000 people in a $187 billion a year industry in the U.S. Profile America is completing its 18th  year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:
Insulin availability:  http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1923/april 
Development: http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/cf/2013/04/15/april_15_1923_insulin_goes_mainstream 
Elizabeth Hughes: http://diatribe.org/breakthrough-elizabeth-hughes-discovery-insulin-and-making-medical-miracle 
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing employment and value/NAICS 3254: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31AS101&prodType=table

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

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