Some drugs taken to protect the heart may increase the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, according to researchers in Canada.
Their study of 1.5 million people, in the British Medical Journal, suggested powerful statins could increase the risk by 22% compared with weaker drugs.
I persuaded my GP earlier this year to switch me from Simvastatin because I was fed up with not being able to eat grapefruit. She switched me to Pravastatin. Maybe I should have tried persuading her years ago before I developed type 2 diabetes. Oh well, that's life!
A day in the life of Danielle Sellers and her two young children, who all have type 1 diabetes.
A well-written article describing the problems of living with type 1 diabetes. In their case the problems are tripled as 3 out of 4 of them are type 1 sufferers but even with just one it's a major problem. The article really highlights the importance of research into finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and the hope there'll be a breakthrough soon.
A dedicated diabetes research centre looks set to be built in Dundee after a fundraising campaign raised more money than expected.
Great news that a diabetes research cente is to be built in Dundee and fundraisers raised more than expected. Diabetes is a major problem and a cure for type 1 is urgently needed. Good to see that a researcher is talking about a cure being "when and not if"
JDRF-funded researchers in Zurich, Switzerland have discovered that a single gene variation could be involved in the development of type 1.
The lead researcher, Dr Marc Donath, started this project when he discovered one of his patients had an unusually strong family history of type 1. Genetic testing revealed that the family members who had type 1 had a particular variation in a gene called SIRT1. The family members without type 1 did not have this gene variation.
Fascinating article that Swiss researchers appear to have found a link to a specific gene variation. Again it shows the importance of research funding from JDRF.
The suspected onset of diabetes may have been behind the frostbite that forced explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to pull out of an Antarctica expedition, he tells the BBC in his first interview since leaving the icy continent.
With diabetes you really need to look after your hands and feet. Looks like a sensible call by RF to pull out of the expedition.
The artificial pancreas team at the University of Cambridge have recently launched a new study with children aged between two and six years with type 1 diabetes. The aim of the study is to test the ability of the artificial pancreas to control blood glucose levels in younger children who are on much smaller total daily doses of insulin than older children and follows on from successful results in similar trials with older children and teenagers. Already, three children have participated in the study.
Young children with type 1 diabetes are urgently required for trials of an artificial pancreas in the Cambridge UK area. Unfortunately, my grandson lives outside the area. This is very important piece of reseach that could lead to better treatment for tots with type 1.
It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's immune system to stop attacking their body, an early trial suggests.
Their immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, the hormone needed to control blood sugar levels.
A study in 80 patients, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed a vaccine could retrain their immune system.
Experts described the results as a "significant step".
Fascinating, the concept of using a vaccine to repair the cause of a disease rather that preventing a disease in the first place. I wonder how many other diseases could be potentially treated with post-occurrence vaccines.
Diabetes is a lifelong incurable condition in which the body's blood sugar levels get too high, because of problems with the hormone insulin. There are two main variations of the illness, Type I and Type II.
A very readable article about diiabetes including the two main types - type 1 and type 2 - and the health complications that can arise if diabetes isn't treated properly.
Adaptive study of IL-2 dose on regulatory T cells in type 1 diabetes” (DILT1D) JDRF-funded researchers at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and the University of Cambridge have recently begun a new clinical trial to that aims to develop a potential new treatment for people with recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes....
Investigation into using existing drug to restore balance to immune system in recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes has reached clinical trials. Keeping all my fingers crossed!
Professor Peter Jones from King’s College London has recently been awarded JDRF funding for a new islet encapsulation project.
Another important research project into encapsulating islets to protect them from attack by the immune system. Dr Jones's approach should allow the islets to be transplanted to the optimum place near the liver. Other encapsulations are too thick to be put there.
Can stem cells be used to treat diabetic ulcers? A research team in Ireland are trying to find out.
The scientists, led by Professor Timothy O’Brien at the National University of Ireland in Galway, have been using stem cells that are taken from bone marrow (called mesenchymal stem cells) to help wounds or ulcers grow new blood vessels. This could allow the wounds to heal faster.
Another piece of valuable research into the treatment of type 1 diabetes complications that appears to be bearing fruit.
The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in Florida recently announced details of a new device they are working on for the treatment of type 1 called the 'BioHub'.
Great news about an encouraging development at the Diabetes Research Institue in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. JDRF deserves all the funding it can get to support research and development initiatives around the world.
A mobile app that can analyse urine for 25 medical conditions has been launched at the TED conference in Los Angeles.
Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.
A brilliant development. I wonder whether they should look at connecting the mat to PCs, Macs, Linux boxes and even the Raspberry Pi as well to smartphones. I could see something like this changing the way that check-ups are handled with immediate feedback to patients at GP practices in the UK.
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