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  • Oh, It's Not A Racket? (Pharmacology)

    05/09/2016 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 87 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 9, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes it is. "My parents were just vacationing in Europe (they go often so they're aware of how stuff works). My mom is diabetic and had a shortage of insulin while in France, they went to the drugstore and she showed the bottle of Humalog which is what she uses in the United States and the price in the United States is around $240 a bottle which is charged to her Medicare and insurance and can only be prescribed by her doctor." "The pharmacist recognized the bottle and without having to go to a doctor sold her a bottle...
  • How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

    11/14/2015 5:44:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Jason Fung
    Diabetes is a curable disease. As a dietary disease, it demands a dietary treatment. The principles are outlined here.
  • Amazing Afrezza – Non-Invasive Insulin That Works!

    04/22/2015 10:16:03 AM PDT · by ncfool · 14 replies ^ | April 22, 2015 | Amy Tenderich
    I can’t wait to get my next A1C test done (who says that?! but it’s true). I am now two-plus months into my use of new inhaled insulin Afrezza, and frankly I’m blown away by how well it performs (ooh, pun!) I’ve been hesitant to be too much of a cheerleader for Afrezza, because I thought maybe I was experiencing beginner’s luck – the thrill of any shiny new diabetes treatment can wear off pretty quickly – and given how controversial this drug is, I didn’t want to stir the pot unnecessarily. But sorry Naysayers, Afrezza is the bomb. At...
  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels returned to normal over two days. Just one injection of the protein both regulated these levels and even helped reverse insulin insensitivity – the underlying cause of diabetes. Published in the journal Nature, the research on FGF1 could revolutionize diabetes treatment. In addition to being effective against diabetes, the protein has several advantages over current diabetes drugs. It does not result in dangerous side effects seen with other diabetes drugs, such as heart problems, weight gain, or hypoglycemia. Additionally, FGF1...
  • Progress made on a ‘bionic pancreas’ for diabetics

    06/16/2014 2:25:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2014 9:22 PM EDT | Marilynn Marchione
    Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday. The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does. …
  • Skin drug shows 'promising' results on type 1 diabetes

    09/22/2013 5:14:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept 22, 2013 | BBC
    A drug that was used to treat a skin disorder has shown signs of being able to treat aspects of type 1 diabetes. A small trial on US patients suggests that alefacept helps the body produce its own insulin, which is key for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Liver hormone offers hope for diabetes treatmentCompound boosts insulin production in mice.

    04/28/2013 10:01:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 25 April 2013 | Chris Palmer
    Biologists have found a hormone in the liver that spurs the growth of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, a discovery they hope will lead to new treatments for diabetes. A team led by Douglas Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, identified the hormone, betatrophin, by inducing insulin resistance in mice using a peptide that binds to insulin receptors. That caused the animals' insulin-secreting pancreatic β cells to proliferate. The researchers then searched for genes that showed increased activity, zeroing in on one that they were able to link to betatrophin production. Further experiments showed that...
  • Fatal outsourcing? Thomas Hospital hit with $140 million verdict in death of Daphne woman

    12/14/2012 7:18:04 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 7 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 12/14/12 | Brendan Kirby
    BAY MINETTE, Alabama – The family of a Daphne woman who received a lethal dose of medicine due to an error made by workers in India hired to save money on the preparation of medical records has won a $140 million judgment. The verdict, handed down this week in Baldwin County Circuit Court, holds Thomas Hospital and three other firms responsible for the 2008 death of Sharron Juno. It may be the richest civil verdict in the history of Baldwin County, renowned for its conservative juries. George “Skip” Finkbohner, an attorney who represented Juno’s son, attributed the large jury award...
  • High Insulin Levels Could Lead to Obesity

    12/08/2012 9:40:04 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies ^ | 12/01/12 | Cell Metabolism
    While the dominating opinion is that rising insulin is a result of obesity and insulin resistance, a new study provides evidence that it appears to be the other way around.
  • Sugar Makes You Stupid, But Omega-3s Will Smarten You Back Up

    05/19/2012 9:31:29 AM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | may 16, 2012 | Alice G. Walton
    Researchers have just reported that among the list of bodily ills that fructose contributes to, it may also "make you dumb." Luckily, eating a diet rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids seems to counteract this phenomenon. The rats also had important differences in how their bodies - and brains - were metabolizing sugar and functioning overall. The rats who had eaten diets without omega-3s had higher triglyceride levels as well as higher glucose and insulin levels. In fact the rats seemed to enter a state of insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), but this too was reversed by the...
  • Remote-controlled genes trigger insulin production

    05/06/2012 1:56:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 03 May 2012 | Helen Shen
    Nanoparticles heated by radio waves switch on genes in mice Researchers have remotely activated genes inside living animals, a proof of concept that could one day lead to medical procedures in which patients’ genes are triggered on demand. The work, in which a team used radio waves to switch on engineered insulin-producing genes in mice, is published today in Science1. Jeffrey Friedman, a molecular geneticist at the Rockefeller University in New York and lead author of the study, says that in the short term, the results will lead to better tools to allow scientists to manipulate cells non-invasively. But with...
  • TSA Confiscates Pregnant Woman's Insulin, Ice Packs

    08/04/2011 10:20:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    7News ^ | August 4, 2011 | Marc Stewart
    Security Tells Woman Isulin Vial Was An Explosives Risk. Aaron Nieman is frustrated, after his pregnant wife's insulin and ice packs were confiscated by TSA screeners at Denver International Airport on Thursday afternoon. The couple has traveled around the world with her supplies and have never encountered any troubles before. "It made me feel upset and made me feel somewhat helpless," he said. His wife is traveling alone to a baby shower in Phoenix. She asked us not to use her name for fear of security and retaliation for speaking out.
  • New to Diabetes. Would like to hear experiences.

    05/21/2011 6:36:59 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 57 replies
    Vanity | 5/21/2011 | Eqandybuzz
    Sorry to bother everyone with vanity post. Two weeks ago I started on Metformin, a drug used to control sugar. My doctor told me I am close to having diabetes, if I do not already have it. I wanted to hear about your experiences when you found out you had diabetes, the symptoms and how you live your life now. (diet, exercise, drinking) I appreciate your input. I have no clue what to do, what to eat,when to eat. Going to endocrinologist next week. Thanks
  • UNC study helps clarify link between high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes. (sat. fat n.g.)

    04/11/2011 12:50:19 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    University of North Carolina ^ | April 11, 2011 | Unknown
    New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine adds clarity to the connection. The study published on-line April 10th in the journal Nature Immunology finds that saturated fatty acids but not the unsaturated type can activate immune cells to produce an inflammatory protein, called interleukin-1beta. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A diet high in saturated fat is a key contributor to type 2 diabetes, a major health threat worldwide. Several decades ago scientists noticed that people with type 2 diabetes have overly active immune responses, leaving their bodies rife with inflammatory chemicals. In addition, people...
  • UB Study Suggests That Insulin Could Be Potential Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

    04/01/2011 12:39:14 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    University at Buffalo - SUNY ^ | April 1, 2011 | Unknown
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A low dose of insulin has been found to suppress the expression in the blood of four precursor proteins involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, according to new clinical research by University at Buffalo endocrinologists. The research, published in March online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that insulin could have a powerful, new role to play in fighting Alzheimer's disease. > The paper builds on the UB researchers' earlier work showing that insulin has a potent and rapid anti-inflammatory effect on peripheral mononuclear cells. It also builds on the well-known association between...
  • Yi-Qi-Zeng-Min-Tang ameliorates insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetic rats

    03/15/2011 12:10:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    World Journal of Gastroenterology ^ | March 15, 2011 | Unknown
    The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is dramatically increasing throughout the world. Insulin resistance is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, and it most often precedes the onset of hyperglycemia and predicts development of type 2 diabetes. At present, thiazolidinediones (TZD), the agonists of the peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor γ, are the main agents to improve insulin sensitivity in the liver, adipose tissue, and skeletal muscle, thus improving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Despite the efficacy, some deleterious side effects of TZDs, including rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, have been noted, such as increasing body weight and aggravating heart failure...
  • Add coconut, cut fat

    08/09/2010 10:52:26 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 90 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 9 August, 2010. | The Times of India
    A diet rich in coconut oil keeps fat away and also protects against insulin resistance, a new study shows. The study also helps explain how people who incorporate medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil into their diets can lose body fat. Obesity and insulin resistance are major factors leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is an impaired ability of cells to respond to insulin. Nigel Turner and Jiming Ye from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research compared fat metabolism and insulin resistance in mice fed coconut oil and lard based diets. "The medium chain...
  • Well-defined quantity of antioxidants in diet can improve insulin resistance

    06/21/2010 9:41:08 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | June 20, 2010 | Unknown
    A diet rich in natural antioxidants improves insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant obese adults and enhances the effect of the insulin-sensitizing drug metformin, a preliminary study from Italy finds. The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego. "The beneficial effects of antioxidants are known, but we have revealed for the first time one of their biological bases of action—improving hormonal action in obese subjects with the metabolic syndrome," said principal author Antonio Mancini, MD, an endocrinology researcher at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of...
  • Muscle loss in elderly linked to blood vessels' failure to dilate

    05/19/2010 1:46:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 558+ views
    Post-meal blood vessel expansion naturally occurs in young, not old, and restoration through drug therapy could dramatically improve strength and health of eldersGALVESTON, Texas — Why do people become physically weaker as they age? And is there any way to slow, stop, or even reverse this process, breaking the link between increasing age and frailty? In a paper published online this Wednesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers present evidence that answers to both those questions can be found in the way the network of blood vessels that threads through...
  • Insulin boost restores muscle growth in elderly

    09/25/2009 11:00:55 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies · 760+ views
    GALVESTON, Texas — When most people think of insulin, they think of diabetes — a disease that arises when, for one reason or another, insulin can't do the critical job of helping the body process sugar. But the hormone has another, less well-known function. It's also necessary for muscle growth, increasing blood flow through muscle tissue, encouraging nutrients to disperse from blood vessels and itself serving as a biochemical signal to boost muscle protein synthesis and cell proliferation. Recently, scientists have recognized that loss of responsiveness to insulin plays a major role in the loss of physical strength that occurs...
  • Israeli Breakthru Research: No More Insulin Shots for Diabetics

    08/11/2009 9:47:50 AM PDT · by Baruchg · 11 replies · 1,606+ views
    Israel National News ^ | August 11, 2009 | Baruch Gordon
    Adi Mor, a student at Tel Aviv University's Department of Neuro-biochemistry, has developed what could be the first tablet-based treatment for children and adults with Type 1 diabetes. Early results show that the compound is effective in restoring insulin production in animal models — which could spell an end to the daily needle injections endured by diabetics.
  • Artificial pancreas just years away, experts agree

    07/28/2008 7:03:47 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 20 replies · 208+ views
    News Daily ^ | July 27, 2008 | Maggie Fox
    BETHESDA, Maryland, July 26, 2008 (Reuters) — Researchers working on an artificial pancreas believe they are just a few years away from a nearly carefree way for people with diabetes to monitor blood and inject insulin as needed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Related Topics Health and Fitness Internal Medicine Medical Specializations Medicine Science and Technology Ads by GoogleAdvertise here -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blood Sugar Levels guide Looking to find Blood Sugar Levels? See our Blood Sugar Levels guide. Friendsofanimals.ComDiabetes Treatment Order Products to Lower your Blood Sugar Without Having to use Drugs. believe they can link two current technologies -- continuous glucose monitoring and insulin...
  • Comment: The great diet delusion

    03/21/2008 4:04:03 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 82 replies · 1,782+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19 January 2008 | Gary Taubes
    ...Just as you can starve a fat person and induce them to lose weight, you can starve a child and prevent them from growing. Neither implies that overeating was the root cause of their getting fat or growing bigger. There is considerable evidence that the obesity epidemic is caused by a hormonal phenomenon, specifically by the consumption of refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars, all of which prompt (sooner or later) excessive insulin secretion. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated, fat accumulates in our body tissue; when they fall, fat is released and we...
  • A low-carb diet may stunt prostate tumor growth

    11/13/2007 4:11:40 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 22 replies · 185+ views
    Duke University Medical Center ^ | 13-Nov-2007 | Lauren Shaftel Williams
    DURHAM, N.C. -- A diet low in carbohydrates may help stunt the growth of prostate tumors, according to a new study led by Duke Prostate Center researchers. The study, in mice, suggests that a reduction in insulin production possibly caused by fewer carbohydrates may stall tumor growth. “This study showed that cutting carbohydrates may slow tumor growth, at least in mice,” said Stephen Freedland, M.D., a urologist at Duke University Medical Center and lead researcher on the study. “If this is ultimately confirmed in human clinical trials, it has huge implications for prostate cancer therapy through something that all of...
  • Insulin's brain impact links drugs and diabetes (ADHD also)

    10/17/2007 1:59:31 PM PDT · by crazyshrink · 15 replies · 686+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 10/16/07 | Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Insulin's brain impact links drugs and diabetes Insulin, long known as an important regulator of blood glucose levels, now has a newly appreciated role in the brain. Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, working with colleagues in Texas, have found that insulin levels affect the brain’s dopamine systems, which are involved in drug addiction and many neuropsychiatric conditions. In addition to suggesting potential new targets for treating drug abuse, the findings raise questions as to whether improper control of insulin levels – as in diabetes – may impact risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or influence the effectiveness of current...
  • 'Insulin pill' hope for diabetes

    06/23/2007 7:06:50 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 7 replies · 535+ views
    BBC ^ | June 22, 2007 | BBC
    'Insulin pill' hope for diabetes Friday, 22 June 2007, 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK Diabetes patients may soon be able to take a pill to control their condition instead of repeated injections. UK company Diabetology, with experts at Cardiff University, says it has solved a crucial problem with oral insulin. The capsule's special coating protects the drug from acids in the stomach, allowing it to pass into the small intestine where it is absorbed. The researchers will present their early trial results in 16 patients to the American Diabetes Association. Needle free The details of Dr Steve Luzio's presentation cannot be...
  • John Hopkins University research leads to diabetes-treating implant

    05/12/2007 4:46:37 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Engadget ^ | 12th May, 2007 1:56AM | Engadget
    Although a number of unique diabetes treatments are already in the works, researchers at Johns Hopkins University are giving it a shot of their own with a newfangled intravascular implant. A team of undergrads have collaborated with doctors and biomedical engineers to develop a "specialized implant for a potential treatment of type I diabetes," which has been created for implantation inside the portal vein in order to dole out insulin when needed. The pouch would ideally be "impregnated with insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells," but researchers have insinuated that this same system could possibly be used to treat other ailments such...
  • Breakthrough Sheds Light On Cause Of Diabetes

    12/15/2006 4:40:10 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 557+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-15-2006 | Alison Motluk- Linda Geddes
    Breakthrough sheds light on cause of diabetes 17:56 15 December 2006 news service Alison Motluk and Linda Geddes One of the root causes of type 1 diabetes may need rethinking – the condition may be triggered by faulty nerves in the pancreas, a new study reveals. Type 1 diabetes has long been described as an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system targets islet cells in the pancreas, eventually destroying their ability to produce insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot convert glucose into energy, so people with type 1 diabetes have to regularly inject themselves with insulin to...
  • Indian (India) Men Are Prone To Insulin Resistance

    12/09/2006 10:32:24 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 427+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 12-9-2006 | Nathan Seppa
    Indian men are prone to insulin resistance Nathan Seppa Men from India are more likely than those in other large ethnic groups to have a condition that predisposes them to type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes, a U.S. study shows. The condition, called insulin resistance, arises when a person's cells fail to respond efficiently to insulin—requiring the body to make extra insulin to move glucose into cells where it's converted into energy. Insulin resistance is often linked with obesity. Researchers enlisted 482 men and women in Connecticut from five ethnic groups—East Asian, Indian Asian, white, black, and Hispanic. All were lean,...
  • uWink to Host Charity Event for Juvenile Diabetes

    11/17/2006 8:03:07 PM PST · by IslandJeff · 12 replies · 352+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Monday November 13, 1:27 pm ET | uWink, Inc.
    uWink to Host Charity Event for Juvenile Diabetes at Grand Opening Celebration for New Restaurant Monday November 13, 1:27 pm ET Special Guests will be Treated to uWink's Unique Combination of Food, Drinks and Digital Media LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--uWink, Inc. (OTCBB: UWNK - News), a publicly held digital entertainment company, will host a charity Grand Opening event benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on November 30, 2006. The celebration will be held at uWink's newly opened Woodland Hills location from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. The invitation-only event will offer guests the opportunity to experience uWink's innovative combination of food, drinks...
  • Glucose-Sensing RFID Microchip Patent

    10/25/2006 6:13:34 AM PDT · by zek157 · 45 replies · 900+ views ^ | Oct 25, 2006 |
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Digital Angel Corporation a patent for its syringe-implantable glucose-sensing RFID microchip, Digital Angel announced today. The RFID microchip measures the glucose concentration levels of diabetic patients and will be marketed and distributed by Digital Angel's sister company, VeriChip, as an extension to the company's products benefiting people. "A glucose-sensing microchip could profoundly impact the 230 million people worldwide living with diabetes," said Digital Angel CEO and President, Kevin McGrath. "Patent approval for this RFID microchip is a major step in bringing this life-altering technology to market. It also underscores Digital Angel's commitment...
  • Pig cells 'may reverse diabetes'

    02/20/2006 8:09:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies · 1,088+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2006 | Staff
    Transplants of insulin-producing cells from pigs could provide a diabetes cure within a decade, scientists say. A US team has reversed the condition in monkeys by transplanting cell clusters, known as islets, from pig pancreases, a study in Nature Medicine reports. UK teams have cured type 1 diabetes by transplanting human pancreas cells - but donated organs are in short supply, hence the interest in the pig solution. The University of Minnesota hopes to start trials in humans by 2009. The university's researchers argue that animal-to-human transplants may be necessary to make islet transplantation a viable solution for the tens...
  • Stem cells may end need for insulin shots

    08/14/2006 9:40:50 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 32 replies · 842+ views
    Times of India ^ | 11 Aug, 2006 | Kounteya Sinha
    In what could be a life-saving breakthrough for diabetics, scientists are working on a project to make stem cells perform the functions of beta cells, located inside the pancreas and responsible for producing insulin. Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar (glucose) and starches into energy and regulates blood sugar inside the body. Using stem cells' capability to develop into any cell-type in the body, scientists from the US National Institutes of Health, University of California, and the University of Alberta are extracting stem cells from the brain (neurons), the pancreatic duct and umbilical chord blood (embryonic stem cells) to...
  • Calgary firm turns safflower into insulin

    07/20/2006 8:20:56 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 3 replies · 365+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug 19, 2006 | LEONARD ZEHR
    In a breakthrough that could rival the discovery of insulin by Canadians Frederick Banting and Charles Best in 1921, a Calgary biotech company claims to have produced commercial quantities of human insulin from genetically modified safflower plants, a move that could change the economics of the diabetes market. "We believe that when we're successful, people in the developing world, who otherwise wouldn't get insulin because there isn't enough supply or they can't afford it, will get it," said Andrew Baum, president and chief executive officer of SemBioSys Genetics Inc. Currently, pharmaceutical companies use genetically engineered bacteria and yeast to produce...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Breakthrough Produces Insulin for Diabetics

    07/10/2006 5:02:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 2,000+ views ^ | 7/10/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Dublin, Ireland ( -- A scientist in Ireland has made a major breakthrough in the field of adult stem cell research by producing insulin needed by diabetic patients from the stem cells from the umbilical cords of living babies. The result provides real hope for diabetics because the insulin from embryonic stem cells doesn't work as effectively and involves the destruction of human life. Colin McGuckin, professor of regenerative medicine at the University of Newcastle, will soon present the findings to Catholic church leaders at a presentation at the Augustinian Institute in Rome. “We have been able to produce insulin-secreting...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • Growth hormone, insulin may be key to longevity

    05/08/2006 2:57:12 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 77 replies · 1,590+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Megan Rauscher
    A number of studies have shown that restricting calories increases the lifespan of animals, but the biological basis for this has remained elusive. A new report hints that growth hormone, as well as insulin, are key factors in the life-extending effects of calorie restriction. "The implication ... for pharmaceutical development would be that the signaling pathways of growth hormone and insulin may be logical targets for development of anti-aging medicine," Dr. Andrezej Bartke from Southern Illinois University in Springfield told Reuters Health. "Although it would be irresponsible to recommend that healthy people start using anti-diabetic drugs," said Bartke, "it is...
  • Patient choice stops at inhaled insulin

    04/28/2006 12:15:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 526+ views
    The Lancet ^ | 29 April 2006 | NA
    When the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products licensed Pfizer's Exubera as the first inhaled insulin this year, it was welcomed as the most important development in diabetes treatment since the advent of insulin in the 1920s. Inhaled insulin had shown similar efficacy, but better quality of life scores and patient preference profiles, to short-acting subcutaneous insulin in several randomised studies in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Data on adverse events led to Exubera being contraindicated for smokers and not recommended for people with underlying lung diseases, such...
  • Muslims protest against cartoons lampooning the Prophet: ISLAM AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH

    01/30/2006 12:28:17 PM PST · by rface · 20 replies · 2,920+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 01.31.2006 | staff
    Dubai _ Muslim governments, clerics and parliamentarians are raising their voices in protest against the Danish government for not acting against cartoons published in a Danish newspaper portraying Islam's Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the world's largest Islamic political group made up of 57 member states, on Saturday called on Muslims to stick to peaceful protests and said Denmark should ''categorically condemn'' the cartoons published last September in Jyllands-Posten, in which the Prophet is shown wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. Islam does not allow the depiction of Prophet Mohammed, even if...
  • Scandinavians threatened over cartoons of Prophet (Clinton chimes in-on the side of the terrorists)

    01/30/2006 11:44:11 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 58 replies · 2,202+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 30th, 2005 | By Per Bech Thomsen
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark warned its citizens on Monday to avoid Saudi Arabia, and gunmen in Gaza said any Scandinavians there risked attack, as Muslim fury mounted over newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. ADVERTISEMENT Denmark has defended the newspaper Jyllands-Posten's right to publish the satirical drawings that seemed to portray the Prophet as a terrorist and which a Norwegian paper has run too. Some Muslims, who deem images of prophets disrespectful and caricatures blasphemous, have threatened Danes and demanded an apology. Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy from Denmark and its religious leaders called for a boycott of Danish...
  • First Inhaler for Diabetes OK'd

    01/29/2006 9:51:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,016+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    The US Food and Drug Administration has approved sales of the first insulin inhaler, which could free millions of diabetes patients from frequent injections. Made by Pfizer, the drug dubbed Exhubera marks the first new way to administer the hormone since it was identified in the 1920s, the FDA said in a statement. "Until today, patients with diabetes who need insulin to manage their disease had only one way to treat their condition," said Dr. Steven Galson, Director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It is our hope that the availability of inhaled insulin will offer patients...
  • FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin for Diabetes

    01/27/2006 8:29:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 832+ views ^ | Jan. 27, 2006 | NA
    FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Exubera, the first inhaled insulin treatment for diabetes, won approval from U.S. regulatory officials on Friday. The long-awaited action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration means millions of people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may have the option of avoiding the needles and countless injections that have marked their lives so far. "This is highly positive. It will be a major advance for individuals with diabetes, both children and adults," said Dr. Robert Rapaport, director of the division of pediatric endocrinology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York...
  • Diabetes From Plastic? Estrogen Mimic Provokes Insulin Resistance

    01/23/2006 3:03:47 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 2,069+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-23-2006 | Ben Harder
    Diabetes from a Plastic? Estrogen mimic provokes insulin resistance Ben Harder Exposure to small amounts of an ingredient in polycarbonate plastic may increase a person's risk of diabetes, according to a new study in mice. The synthetic chemical called bisphenol-A is used to make dental sealants, sturdy microwavable plastics, linings for metal food-and-beverage containers, baby bottles, and numerous other products. When consumed, the chemical can mimic the effects of estrogen. Previous tests had found that bisphenol-A can leach into food and water and that it's widely prevalent in human blood. The newfound contribution of the chemical to insulin resistance, a...
  • Bad Blood - Diabetes and Its Awful Toll Quietly Emerge as a Crisis [amazing & scary statistics]

    01/09/2006 9:18:45 AM PST · by 68skylark · 271 replies · 4,407+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 9, 2006 | N. R. KLEINFIELD
    Begin on the sixth floor, third room from the end, swathed in fluorescence: a 60-year-old woman was having two toes sawed off. One floor up, corner room: a middle-aged man sprawled, recuperating from a kidney transplant. Next door: nerve damage. Eighth floor, first room to the left: stroke. Two doors down: more toes being removed. Next room: a flawed heart. As always, the beds at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx were filled with a universe of afflictions. In truth, these assorted burdens were all the work of a single illness: diabetes. Room after room, floor after floor, diabetes. On...
  • Bad Blood - Living at an Epicenter of Diabetes, Defiance and Despair [shocking]

    01/10/2006 8:32:50 AM PST · by 68skylark · 29 replies · 864+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 10, 2006 | N. R. KLEINFIELD
    Santos Alicea tottered haltingly over to the art shop in East Harlem, his legs screaming. The regulars knew what he was going through. They always did - the diabetes was speaking. He confirmed this with numerical rigor: 228, his nasty blood-sugar reading this morning. Nods all around. They had ugly numbers, too. James De La Vega owned the art shop on Lexington Avenue, near 104th Street, and regarded the sidewalk out front as his living room. There, with his friends and family, he shared a lot over the years: Latino art and culture, the slow cadences of East Harlem life,...
  • FDA Delays Decision on Inhalable Insulin

    10/28/2005 9:45:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 326+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5 minutes ago | JOHN J. LUMPKIN,
    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a final decision on the first inhalable form of insulin for three months while it reviews chemistry data on the diabetes treatment. The agency's decision on whether the drug could be marketed to the public had been expected this week. The drug companies that developed the treatment said Friday the FDA notified them of the extended review. Last month, an FDA advisory committee twice voted 7-2 to recommend that the agency approve the drug and inhaler device for sale in the United States. The separate votes were for each of the...
  • Teacher Banned After Ripping Out Boy's Insulin Pump (zero tolerance=zero intelligence)

    10/04/2005 6:57:08 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 7 replies · 675+ views
    WKMG TV, Central Florida ^ | October 4, 2005 | Staff
    School Officials: Teacher Thought Pump Was Cell Phone POSTED: 4:24 pm EDT October 4, 2005 UPDATED: 4:37 pm EDT October 4, 2005 A substitute teacher in Lake County, Fla., was terminated and banned from teaching in the county after he ripped out a student's insulin pump during class apparently thinking it was a ringing cell phone, according to a Local 6 News report. Officials said a ninth-grade student at East Ridge High School, who is a Type I diabetic, was in class Monday when his insulin pump began to beep, indicating he was low on insulin. Witnesses said the class...
  • Whey May Curb Effect of Carbs on Blood Sugar (helps diabetes)

    07/30/2005 9:40:05 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 26 replies · 2,863+ views
    WebMD ^ | July 29, 2005 | Jennifer Warner
    July 29, 2005 -- Whey may be good for more than just Little Miss Muffet. A new study shows adding whey to a high-carbohydrate meal may help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control. Researchers found drinking a whey supplement mixed with water along with a high glycemic index (GI) meal, like mashed potatoes with meatballs, prevented the dramatic spikes in blood sugar that normally occur in people with type 2 diabetes. Whey is a protein found in milk and is also available as a nutritional supplement. Researchers say the results suggest that whey aids in blood...
  • Insulin pulses keep the liver lean

    07/19/2005 12:15:54 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 280+ views
    Science Blog ^ | 7/19/2005
    Insulin, a hormone long recognized as a generator of fat, also keeps fat in the liver under control, according to a new study in the July issue of Cell Metabolism. The newly discovered role for insulin may explain how an organ frequently flooded with the fat-building hormone normally stays trim and also suggests new dietary strategies and treatments to avoid fatty liver, a growing healthcare epidemic, said the researchers. Insulin produced by the pancreas allows cells to take up glucose from the bloodstream and burn it for energy. In the liver, insulin promotes the synthesis and storage of lipids and...
  • Insulin itself may spark Type I diabetes

    05/11/2005 12:52:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 762+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/11/05 | Bob Holmes
    Insulin itself is the target of friendly fire from the immune system in Type I diabetes, new research shows. The discovery may one day help doctors forestall that attack and thus prevent the disease. Type I diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, occurs when T-cells of the immune system mistakenly recognise insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign and destroy them. But researchers have not been sure which of several possible molecules actually triggers this case of mistaken identity. A team led by George Eisenbarth at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, US, genetically engineered diabetes-prone mice to...