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Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis

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Photo: Woman using an isulin pen [21/08/2014] Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered that insulin can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis – a disease for which there is currently no treatment. Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis - Read more

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

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Photo: Older couple cycling [25/07/2014] Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options

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[22/07/2014] Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that could result in dangerous consequences for the individual patient and the entire society. However, you can successfully stop this disease with targeted prevention methods.Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options - Read more

Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes

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Graphic: Woman who syringes insulin [15/07/2014] An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes - Read more

Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines

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Graphic: Illustration of the interstines and small intestines [07/07/2014] Researchers from DTU Systems Biology have mapped 500 previously unknown microorganisms in human intestinal flora as well as 800 also unknown bacterial viruses, also called bacteriophages, which attack intestinal bacteria.Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines - Read more

Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels

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Photo: Components of the bionic pancreas [01/07/2014] The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials – one in adults, the other in adolescents – that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities.Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels - Read more

Most people with type 1 diabetes do not use diabetes devices to get long-term data

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Photo: Measuring blood sugar [01/07/2014] Almost 70 percent of adults with Type 1 diabetes never use their blood glucose self-monitoring devices or insulin pumps to download historical data about their blood sugar levels and insulin doses – information that likely would help them manage their disease better. These new survey results show that only 12 percent of patients regularly review their past glucose and insulin pump data at home.Most people with type 1 diabetes do not use diabetes devices to get long-term data - Read more

Chemical strategy hints at better drugs

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Photo: Man taking drops from a drug bottle [27/06/2014] By swapping replacement parts into the backbone of a synthetic hormone, UW–Madison graduate student Ross Cheloha and his mentor, Sam Gellman, have built a version of a parathyroid hormone that resists degradation in laboratory mice.Chemical strategy hints at better drugs - Read more

Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm

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Photo: Confocal microscopy image of macrophages [26/06/2014] Even after a cell dies, components of the immune system remain active and continue to fuel inflammatory reactions. An international team of researchers under the direction of scientists from the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University Hospital of Bonn has discovered how this incredible form of communication works.Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm - Read more

Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients

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Photo: Older men playing soccer [16/06/2014] Studies show that 24 weeks of twice-weekly recreational soccer training sessions lower blood pressure and improves heart function in men with high blood pressure and men with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, men with type 2 diabetes lost 12 percent of their abdominal fat and reduced their blood sugar 20 percent more than inactive control subjects.Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients - Read more

Infant nutrition and development of type 1 diabetes

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Photo: A man feeding an infant with a bottle [13/06/2014] Splitting the cow’s milk proteins in a formula does not prevent the start-up of the disease process of type 1 diabetes in predisposed children, shows a large international study. However, these results do not exclude the possibility that the early dietary modification may affect the latter phase in the disease process and so prevent the actual illness.Infant nutrition and development of type 1 diabetes - Read more

Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“

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[10/06/2014] The German Technician Health Insurance (German: Techniker Krankenkasse) conducted a study on the Topic “Phone coaching helps seriously ill patients and saves money“. We spoke with Günter van Aalst about the interesting findings. Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“ - Read more

Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite

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Photo: Hamburger and french fries [03/06/2014] Twenty years after the hormone leptin was found to regulate metabolism, appetite, and weight through brain cells called neurons, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite.Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite - Read more

Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy

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Photo: Woman injects insulin [05/05/2014] Type 2 diabetes may be associated with brain degeneration, according to a new multicenter study. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood.Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy - Read more

Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels?

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Photo: Sign for Chromium [10/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels? - Read more

Youth: Burden of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Still Unacceptably High

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Photo: Diabetes [02/04/2014] Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening but preventable condition, remains an important problem for youth with diabetes and their families. It is due to a severe lack of insulin and often the presenting symptom of type 1 diabetes. It can also be present at the onset of type 2 diabetes.Youth: Burden of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Still Unacceptably High - Read more

Diabetes: Good Self-Management Helps to Reduce Mortality

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Foto: Sugar face [01/04/2014] People with type 2 diabetes who report good self-management behavior have a reduced mortality risk. This was the result of a population-based study conducted by scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München emphasizing the great importance of patient behavior in the diabetes treatment process.Diabetes: Good Self-Management Helps to Reduce Mortality - Read more

UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use

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Photo: Insuline rise [17/02/2014] The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes has trebled in the UK over the last 20 years, a new study has revealed.UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use - Read more

Study: Seven New Genetic Regions Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

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Photo: Woman with syringe [10/02/2014] Seven new genetic regions associated with type 2 diabetes have been identified in the largest study to date of the genetic basis of the disease.Study: Seven New Genetic Regions Linked to Type 2 Diabetes - Read more

Coaching: Researchers Motivate Diabetics to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle

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Photo: Mouth with toothbrush [28/01/2014] By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. Coaching: Researchers Motivate Diabetics to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle - Read more

Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes

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Photo: Berry-chocolate cake and tea [21/01/2014] Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes - according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London.Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes - Read more

Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk

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Photo: Woman with pills [10/12/2013] Insulin sensitizers reduce risk of cancer: A Cleveland Clinic-led study shows that a specific type of diabetes drug can decrease the risk of cancer in female patients with type 2 diabetes by up to 32 percent.Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk - Read more

Diabetes: Add Bone Deterioration to Complications

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Photo: Bonedensity [14/11/2013] Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as an additional negative outcome of long-time diabetes, next to nerve damages or eye problems for example. Based on a Mayo Clinic study that is confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to the list.Diabetes: Add Bone Deterioration to Complications - Read more

World Diabetes Day - 11/14/2013

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Photo: World Diabetes Day [11/11/2013] “Protect our Future!” –this is the slogan the International Diabetes Federation IDF chose for World Diabetes Day at November 14th, 2013. The day was established through an UN resolution. It is the second day the international community dedicated to a specific disease after the World AIDS Day.World Diabetes Day - 11/14/2013 - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Optimal Care with Obesity

Photo: Prof. Schepp [06/11/2013] Diabetes mellitus type 2 is among the so-called “lifestyle“ diseases. According to the World Health Organization WHO, 347 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. Ninety percent of them have type 2 diabetes.Type 2 Diabetes: Optimal Care with Obesity - Read more

Stem Cells: New 3-D Method to Grow Miniature Pancreas

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Photo: Pancreas [17/10/2013] Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have successfully developed an innovative 3D method to grow miniature pancreas from progenitor cells. The future goal is to use this model to help in the fight against diabetes. Stem Cells: New 3-D Method to Grow Miniature Pancreas - Read more

Underestimated Psychological Burdens from Diabetes

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Photo: Blood sugar measurement [08/10/2013] The OECD countries have 83 million people suffering from diabetes; by 2030 this figure will increase to 100 million. The massive psychosocial effects of the disease on diabetics and their families are largely underestimated.Underestimated Psychological Burdens from Diabetes - Read more

Skin: Important Wound-Healing Process Discovered

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Photo: Wound healing [01/10/2013] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered an important process by which special immune cells in the skin help heal wounds.Skin: Important Wound-Healing Process Discovered - Read more

Type 1 Diabetes: New Islet Cell Transplant Procedure

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Foto: Diabetes [26/09/2013] The latest approach to islet transplantation, in which clusters of insulin-producing cells known as islets are transplanted from a donor pancreas into another person's liver, has produced substantially improved results for patients with type 1 diabetes.Type 1 Diabetes: New Islet Cell Transplant Procedure - Read more

Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child

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Foto: Ill Child [25/09/2013] The extra demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family, according to a systematic review conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers that also explored what factors in the child's care most contribute to the added strain.Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child - Read more

Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment

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Photo: Syringe [16/09/2013] A pair of studies by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a molecular pathway involved in the development of diabetes. Furthermore, they have found that a drug already approved for use in humans can regulate the pathway. Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment - Read more

Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

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Photo: MRI [11/09/2013] Whole-body MRI may serve as a valuable noninvasive tool for assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetic patients. Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk - Read more

Cataract: People After Surgery Live Longer

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Photo: Patient [06/09/2013] People with cataract-related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight are living longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to have the procedure, according to an Australian cohort study.Cataract: People After Surgery Live Longer - Read more

Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings

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Photo: Blood sugar [15/08/2013] Diabetic patients taking oral fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, were found to have a higher risk of severe blood sugar-related problems than diabetic patients taking other kinds of antibiotics.Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings - Read more

Diagnostics: Saliva Samples Can Reveal Serious Illnesses

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Photo: Saliva test [30/07/2013] Current research at Malmö University’s Faculty of Odontology shows that cancer and other serious illnesses leave traces of their presence in patients’ saliva.Diagnostics: Saliva Samples Can Reveal Serious Illnesses - Read more

Diabetes: Interspecies Transplant of Islet Cells

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Photo: Mouse [16/07/2013] In the first step toward animal-to-human transplants of insulin-producing cells for people with type 1 diabetes, Northwestern Medicine scientists have successfully transplanted islet cells from one species to another. Diabetes: Interspecies Transplant of Islet Cells - Read more

Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results

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Photo: Blood sugar investigation [09/07/2013] More than a quarter of over 70s with type 2 diabetes could benefit simply from improving communication and education in the clinic, new research has revealed. A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School found that 27 percent achieved better glycaemic control through individualised care alone.Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results - Read more

Diabetes: Protein Block Stops Vascular Damage

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Photo: Blood vessel [06/06/2013] Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered how to stop the destructive process that leads to cardiovascular disease in diabetic laboratory animals.Diabetes: Protein Block Stops Vascular Damage - Read more

Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes

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Photo: Gut microbiota [05/06/2013] Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought. In a new study Swedish researchers show that patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut microbiota. Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes - Read more

Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose

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Photo: Measuring blood glucose [24/05/2013] High blood glucose is associated with poor outcomes in hospitalized patients, and use of intensive insulin therapy (IIT) to control hyperglycemia is a common practice. Recent evidence does not show a consistent benefit, but even shows harm associated with IIT.Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose - Read more

Intestines: Bacterium Akkermansia Curbs Obesity

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Photo: Bacteria [16/05/2013] A dominant and useful bacterium called Akkermansia muciniphila is present in the intestinal system of all humans, from babies to the elderly. This bacterium has a favourable effect on the disrupted metabolism associated with obesity. Intestines: Bacterium Akkermansia Curbs Obesity - Read more

Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation

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Photo: Stent [15/04/2013] Minimally invasive procedure proves better than surgery when angioplasty fails in patients with severely blocked leg arteries. Drug-eluting stents can keep clogged leg arteries open, preventing amputation of the leg.Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation - Read more

Children: Household Income Affects Diabetes Control

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Photo: Cookies [10/04/2013] Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that the glycated hemoglobin levels of children with type 1-diabetes are correlated linearly and negatively with household income.Children: Household Income Affects Diabetes Control - Read more

Diabetes: Higher Mercury Levels May Increase Risk

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Photo: Salmon [08/04/2013] A new study found that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risks for type 2 diabetes later in life by 65 percent. The study is the first to establish the link between mercury and diabetes in humans.Diabetes: Higher Mercury Levels May Increase Risk - Read more

Diabetes Type 1: Health Risk of Youth

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Photo: Girl with diabetes [28/03/2013] Adolescent type 1 diabetes patients face greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney failure later in life if their transition from pediatric to adult care is not carefully managed, two researchers at the University of Colorado have found.Diabetes Type 1: Health Risk of Youth - Read more

Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life

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Photo: Insulin pump [27/03/2013] Being treated for diabetes with an insulin pump, an aid that is attached to the body to provide a continuous supply of insulin, has a strong impact on a person’s quality of life. The pump can be a lifeline, but also a bothersome shackle. This is shown in a unique long-term study performed at the Dalarna University, Sweden in collaboration with the Uppsala University and Umeå University.Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life - Read more

Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths

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Photo: Abilities of nurses [20/03/2013] A report by World Health Organization and University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing shows that nursing and midwifery can have major impact on lifestyles changes and health outcomes.Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths - Read more

Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis

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Photo: Pancreas [30/01/2013] Minimally invasive islet transplantation for patients with type 1 diabetes achieves insulin independence and reverses the progression of atherosclerosis in the first few years after transplant, according to a current study.Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis - Read more

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: ”The wounds are cleaner and the wound edges can grow closer together“

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[08/01/2013] Whether it is due to a chronic condition or after surgery – wound healing often gives patients a hard time. Several therapies promise relief, but which of them really keep their word? Negative pressure wound therapy is currently examined very closely and carefully.Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: ”The wounds are cleaner and the wound edges can grow closer together“ - Read more

MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day”

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[22/11/2012] CompuGroup Medical is one of the biggest exhibitors on MEDICA from the field of medical IT. In this year again, they have presented their products and solutions at a shared stand in hall 15. In the concluding interview from the last fair day, Volker Hess, Head of Marketing & Communications CER of CompuGroup Medical, told MEDICA.de that he is very pleased with the way the trade fair has gone.MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day” - Read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Nanoparticle Resets Immune System

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Photo: Damaged and healthy nerves cells [19/11/2012] A biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen that tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin and halt a model of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.Multiple Sclerosis: Nanoparticle Resets Immune System - Read more

Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs

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Photo: Insulin test [16/11/2012] Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes calls for national decision makers to consider local experience in reducing disparities in diabetes as health reform implementation advances.Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs - Read more

Nutrition: Limiting Carbs Reduces Risk for Diabetes

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Photo: Fastfood [15/11/2012] An experimental diet with carbohydrates eaten mostly at dinner could benefit people suffering from severe and morbid obesity, according to new research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Nutrition: Limiting Carbs Reduces Risk for Diabetes - Read more

Heart Disease: Cardiac Bypass Surgery Superior

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Photo: Model of human heart [06/11/2012] Adults with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary heart disease who underwent cardiac bypass surgery had better overall heart-related outcomes than those who underwent an artery-opening procedure to improve blood flow to the heart muscle, according to the results from an international study.Heart Disease: Cardiac Bypass Surgery Superior - Read more

Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive

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Photo: Diver [31/10/2012] A tiny needle in subcutaneous fat keeps track of glucose levels. The data are transmitted wirelessly to a monitor or directly to an insulin pump. An alarm then goes off if glucose levels are too high or low. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have evaluated a method that can make it less risky for diabetics to scuba dive.Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive - Read more

EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement

[29/10/2012] Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) has gathered momentum as the preferred method for monitoring diabetes within the medical community over the last decade. The primary advantages of HbA1c are that diabetic patients are not required to fast before taking a test, unlike an oral glucose tolerance, and the procedure need only be carried out four times a year.EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: 14 New Biomarkers Identified

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Photo: Blood samples [09/10/2012] A German research team has identified 14 novel biomarkers for type 2 diabetes. They can become the basis for new methods of treatment and prevention. Furthermore, they can also be used to determine diabetes risk very early and to shed more light on the mechanisms of the disease.Type 2 Diabetes: 14 New Biomarkers Identified - Read more

Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures"

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[24/09/2012] When people talk about fasting, they often mean caloric restriction in terms of a dietary regimen. Yet medically supervised fasting is so much more than this. Fasting has a positive effect on the human body in many different ways and could provide new perspectives for chronically sick people in the future. What mechanisms are behind all this – what is psychology and what is scientifically proven?Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures" - Read more

Diabetes Drug: Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease?

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Photo: Nurse and elderly woman [17/09/2012] A drug designed for diabetes sufferers could have the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, a study by scientists at the University of Ulster has revealed. Type II diabetes is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s and it is thought that impaired insulin signalling in the brain could damage nerve cells and contribute to the disease.Diabetes Drug: Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease? - Read more

UK: Diabetes Problem in Minority Ethnic Populations

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Photo: Man and woman from Asia [11/09/2012] Half of all people of South Asian, African and African Caribbean descent will develop diabetes by age 80 according to a study of the Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation.UK: Diabetes Problem in Minority Ethnic Populations - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs

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Photo: Blood sugar test [20/08/2012] University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that medical group practices can reduce costs for patients with diabetes by investing in improved quality of care.Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs - Read more

Diabetes: White Blood Cells Mediate Insulin Resistance

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Photo: Neutrophil [07/08/2012] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego say neutrophils, an abundant type of white blood cell typically tasked with attacking bacteria and other foreign invaders, also plays an unexpected role in mediating insulin resistance – the central characteristic of type 2 diabetes, which afflicts an estimated 26 million Americans.Diabetes: White Blood Cells Mediate Insulin Resistance - Read more

Study: Treating Diabetes Early and Intensively is Best Strategy

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[02/07/2012] Intensive early treatment of type 2 diabetes slows down progression of the disease by preserving the body's insulin-producing capacity, a UT Southwestern study has shown.Study: Treating Diabetes Early and Intensively is Best Strategy - Read more

Skin Disease: Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes

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Photo: Psoriasis on head [20/06/2012] Psoriasis is an independent risk for Type 2 Diabetes, according to a new study by researchers of the University of Pennsylvania, with the greatest risk seen in patients with severe psoriasis.Skin Disease: Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes - Read more

Patients: Protected From Diabetic Eye Disease

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Photo: Eye of a white man [13/06/2012] Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Centre have completed a study of 158 people who have lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 50 years or more with eye examinations and have concluded that a high proportion of this unique group of patients developed little to no diabetic eye disease over time.Patients: Protected From Diabetic Eye Disease - Read more

Microbes: Links Between Inflammation and Chronic Disease

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Photo: Heart [31/05/2012] A new Northwestern University study done in lowland Ecuador remarkably finds no evidence of chronic low-grade inflammation – associated with diseases of aging like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.Microbes: Links Between Inflammation and Chronic Disease - Read more

Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes

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Photo: mTORC2 in the liver [15/05/2012] Scientists of the University of Basel show how inhibition of the protein mTOR signalling can impair carbohydrate metabolism and potentially lead to diabetes.Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes - Read more

Men: Low Testosterone Levels Could Raise Diabetes Risk

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[08/05/2012] Scientists of the University of Edinburgh have found that low testosterone levels are linked to a resistance to insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.Men: Low Testosterone Levels Could Raise Diabetes Risk - Read more

Major Depression: Blood Test Measuring Genetic Marker

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Photo: Girl sad [18/04/2012] A Northwestern University scientist has developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in teens, a breakthrough approach that allows an objective diagnosis by measuring a specific set of genetic markers found in a patient's blood. The current method of diagnosing depression is subjective.Major Depression: Blood Test Measuring Genetic Marker - Read more

Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled

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Photo: Doctor examines x-ray [17/04/2012] The impaired substrate metabolism of diabetes patients is often expressed in an increase in fatty deposits in the cells of the heart muscle. Until now, the exact cause of this was unknown. Now, researchers at the Medical University Vienna have shown that high blood sugar in combination with high levels of insulin – not an influx of fats – results in such deposits within a few hours.Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled - Read more

Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels

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Photo: Statistic [11/04/2012] Lowering glucose levels for people with diabetes is normally critical to improving health outcomes. But for diabetes patients with heart failure, that might not always be the case, say University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. A new study found that for advanced heart failure patients with diabetes, having higher blood glucose levels may actually help improve survival rates.Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels - Read more

Excess Insulin Levels: Unlikely Cause of Atherosclerosis

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[29/03/2012] A number of studies have shown that excess insulin circulating in the bloodstream is a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, a new study from Joslin Diabetes Centre finds that this condition, called hyperinsulinemia, is itself not a cause of atherosclerosis.Excess Insulin Levels: Unlikely Cause of Atherosclerosis - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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Photo: Alarm clock [14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

HIV-Infected Patients: Diabetes Drug Halts Atherosclerosis Progression

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[09/03/2012] Treatment with the common diabetes drug metformin appears to prevent progression of coronary atherosclerosis in patients infected with HIV, according to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers.HIV-Infected Patients: Diabetes Drug Halts Atherosclerosis Progression - Read more

Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function

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Photo: Dark chocolate [05/03/2012] A small clinical trial led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa.Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese

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Photo: Heart and stethoscope [17/02/2012] Severe heart damage in people who are obese and diabetic is linked with a pancreatic hormone called amylin, University of California Davis researchers have found. In the failing hearts of patients who were obese and diabetic, the scientists discovered strings of proteins, small fibres and plaques made of amylin, the hormone that produces the feeling of being full after eating.Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese - Read more

Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries

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[06/02/2012] Rates of diabetes vary widely across developing countries worldwide, according to a new analysis led by Doctor Longjian Liu of Drexel University’s School of Public Health.Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries - Read more

Improving Brain Energy Metabolism: Decaffeinated Coffee Preserves Memory Function

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Photo: Mouse in cup [01/02/2012] Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that decaffeinated coffee may improve brain energy metabolism associated with type 2 diabetes. This brain dysfunction is a known risk factor for dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease.Improving Brain Energy Metabolism: Decaffeinated Coffee Preserves Memory Function - Read more

Diabetics: Biochip Measures Glucose in Saliva, Not Blood

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[25/01/2012] Engineers at Brown University have designed a biological device that can measure glucose concentrations in human saliva. The technique could eliminate the need for diabetics to draw blood to check their glucose levels.Diabetics: Biochip Measures Glucose in Saliva, Not Blood - Read more

Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation

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[13/01/2012] Among overweight and obese adults, a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes and other high-fibre foods, significantly reduces markers of inflammation associated with chronic disease, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre.Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Unique Protein Organisation in Arteries

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Photo: Blood vessel [10/01/2012] Human arteries stiffen as a person ages. This stiffening is a factor in cardiovascular disease because it contributes to the circulatory complications in disorders such as high blood pressure and diabetes. University of Missouri researchers have now used advanced 3-D microscopic imaging technology to identify and monitor the proteins involved in this stiffening process.Cardiovascular Disease: Unique Protein Organisation in Arteries - Read more

Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent

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[09/01/2012] A new study of University of Chicago suggests that middle-aged adults recently diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension have time to try to learn how to control their high blood pressure without medications, but not too much time.Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent - Read more

Children: Gestational Diabetes and Low Socioeconomic Status Raise Risk of ADHD

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Photo: Pregnant woman [03/01/2012] In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six year olds.Children: Gestational Diabetes and Low Socioeconomic Status Raise Risk of ADHD - Read more

DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research

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Photo: Video game joystick; linked to [07/12/2011] Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Doctor Jérôme Waldispuhl of the McGill School of Computer Science.DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research - Read more

Widespread Diseases: Fighting Fat with Fat

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Photo: Brown adipose tissue; linked to [30/11/2011] Coordinated by the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), a European research consortium is searching for ways to use brown fat tissue for combating widespread diseases such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.Widespread Diseases: Fighting Fat with Fat - Read more

Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer

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Photo: Drugs; linked to [29/11/2011] An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a study by a Michigan State University researcher.Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer - Read more

Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“

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[22/11/2011] Chronic neuropathic pain has many reasons and is often poorly diagnosed - at the same time, the origin of the pain has not been fully understood. Therefore scientific pain research has been trying to analyse specific neuropathic pain for some time.Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“ - Read more

Diabetes: Brain Plays Role in Regulating Blood Sugar

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[10/11/2011] Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have demonstrated for the first time that the brain is a key player in regulating glucose metabolism in humans. The findings suggest that drugs targeting the brain and central nervous system could be a novel approach to treating diabetes.Diabetes: Brain Plays Role in Regulating Blood Sugar - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Diabetes: World’s Largest Study Targeting Foot Ulcers

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[27/10/2011] What’s crucial for a diabetic’s foot sore to heal is that the ulcer is superficial, blood circulation is normal, and the person has had diabetes for short time. This is shown in the world’s largest diabetes study regarding foot ulcers, which have been carried out by the researcher Magdalena Annersten Gershater at Malmö University in Sweden.Diabetes: World’s Largest Study Targeting Foot Ulcers - Read more

Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease

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[26/10/2011] Atherosclerosis – or build-up of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause

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[24/10/2011] A healthy diet is especially important during the menopause – a period in which the risk of suffering from health problems increases. Various studies analyse the diet of peri- and postmenopausal women in Spain alongside the troubles that come with this transition. The results show that all of those groups studied have a deficient intake of vitamin D.Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause - Read more

Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again

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Photo: Beta cells; linked to [14/10/2011] Now, long-time by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)-funded researchers at Stanford University have identified a pathway responsible for the age-related decline, and have shown that they can tweak it to get older beta cells to act young again - and start dividing.Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again - Read more

Diabetes: Hormonal Role in Glucose and Fat Metabolism

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[04/10/2011] Hormone researchers at the University of Houston (UH) have their sights set on providing long-term treatment options for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases by better understanding estradiol, the most potent naturally occurring oestrogen.Diabetes: Hormonal Role in Glucose and Fat Metabolism - Read more

E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted

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[04/10/2011] Whether it’s video-based Parkinson’s therapy or monitoring of diabetes patients – by now there are many telemedicine applications in Germany. Some of them are still in the test stage, while others have made the leap into practice. But how do physicians and patients rate the use of telematics applications in health care models?E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes

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Photo: Slide shows insulin producing stem cells [16/09/2011] Controlling diabetes may someday involve mining stem cells from the lining of the uterus, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The team treated diabetes in mice by converting cells from the uterine lining into insulin-producing cells.New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes - Read more

Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk

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[15/09/2011] Several clinical studies have shown that taking the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib can reduce the risk of developing polyps that lead to colon cancers, at the cost of increasing the risk of heart disease. Researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have identified a way that celecoxib pushes cancer cells into suicide, separately from its known effects.Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk - Read more

Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes

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Photo: Finger, blood test; linked to [02/09/2011] A simple finger prick test during routine eye examinations at high street opticians could help to identify millions of people with previously undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes - Read more

It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health

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[30/08/2011] High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published on bmj.com. It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health - Read more

Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

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Photo: Chocolate Mushmallow [25/08/2011] Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that an enzyme found in the mitochondria of cells is decreased in the skeletal muscle of those with diabetes, a finding that could lead to the development of drugs to boost the activity of this enzyme in an effort to fight the disease.Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes - Read more

Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped

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Photo: A child in a hospital [24/08/2011] A new study of children's hospitals nationwide has found them underequipped to handle a major surge of patients in the event of a pandemic, and urges health care institutions and government agencies to immediately review emergency preparedness plans as flu season approaches.Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped - Read more

'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes

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Photo: blood vessel [05/08/2011] Hydrogen sulfide is a foul-smelling gas with an odor resembling that of rotten eggs. Sometimes called "swamp gas," this toxic substance is generally associated with decaying vegetation, sewers and noxious industrial emissions. And — as odd as it may seem — it also plays a critical role in protecting blood vessels from the complications of diabetes, according to a new study. 'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes - Read more

New Strategy: Alternative to Cure Diabetes

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[10/06/2011] The new study showed that a different approach could also be effective for treating diabetes — namely, blocking the breakdown of insulin, after it is secreted from the pancreas.New Strategy: Alternative to Cure Diabetes - Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk

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Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk [01/06/2011] Compared with women whose weight remained stable, body mass index gains between the first and second pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus in the second pregnancy. But losing weight between the first and second pregnancies appeared to reduce GDM risk in a second pregnancy, particularly for women who were overweight or obese to begin with.Gestational Diabetes: Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk - Read more

Obesity and Diabetes: 'Master Switch' Gene Discovered

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[16/05/2011] Researchers have found that a gene linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels is in fact a 'master regulator' gene, which controls the behavior of other genes found within fat in the body.Obesity and Diabetes: 'Master Switch' Gene Discovered - Read more

Insomnia: Link to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics

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[04/05/2011] In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease.Insomnia: Link to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl

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[02/05/2011] Hyperglycemia can lead to severe skin changes, which immediately require treatment. Yet special therapies for diabetes are rare, in many cases dermatologists treat independent of diabetologists. Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl - Read more

Research: Link Between Brain Molecule, Obesity and Diabetes

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Photo: Fat Man [20/04/2011] The brain’s hypothalamus plays a key role in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Nerve cells in the hypothalamus detect nutrients and hormones circulating in the blood and then coordinate a complex series of behavioural and physiological responses to maintain a balance between calories eaten and calories burned. Obesity and diabetes can result when this regulatory mechanism goes awry.Research: Link Between Brain Molecule, Obesity and Diabetes - Read more

Study: Got a Craving for Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!

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Photo: Drawing of a fat woman with fast food in her stomach [01/04/2011] Eating a fatty fast food meal is never good for you, but washing that meal down with a coffee is even worse, according to a new University of Guelph study.Study: Got a Craving for Fast Food? Skip the Coffee! - Read more

Early Signs: Heart disease in preadolescent children with type 1 diabetes

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Photo: Boy, who is measuring his body height at a leveling board [01/04/2011] Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with diabetes. Patients with type 1diabetes have a 200 percent to 400 percent greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes. Early Signs: Heart disease in preadolescent children with type 1 diabetes - Read more

Metabolite Levels: May Be able to Improve Diabetes Risk Prediction

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[21/03/2011] Type 2 diabetes: In a report receiving a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers describes finding that levels of five amino acids not only indicated increased diabetes risk in a general population but also could differentiate, among individuals with traditional risk factors such as obesity, those most likely to actually develop diabetes. Metabolite Levels: May Be able to Improve Diabetes Risk Prediction - Read more

Diseases: Revolutionary Treatments Developed

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[03/03/2011] An international team of leading scientists – including Professor George Dickson from Royal Holloway, University of London – have revealed new gene and stem cell therapies that will revolutionise the treatment of many rare and several common acquired diseases for which no current cure exists. Diseases: Revolutionary Treatments Developed - Read more

Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise

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[24/02/2011] A research team has shed new light on the problem of insulin resistance, and identified the key participants in a molecular pathway that holds therapeutic promise for reducing the severity of type 2 diabetes.Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise - Read more

Diabetes in Children: Convenient Blood Test Not Effective Enough for Diagnosis

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[23/02/2011] Doctors are increasingly using a convenient blood glucose test for diagnosing diabetes and pre-diabetes, but a study by the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital shows it's not the best way to diagnose diabetes in children. Diabetes in Children: Convenient Blood Test Not Effective Enough for Diagnosis - Read more

Overview of the topics of the year

[11/02/2011] MEDICA.de informed, researched and asks for. Are you looking for information about health policy, medicine, technology or research? In our archive you will definitely find them. Just find out more about the topics of the month in the overview of the year. Overview of the topics of the year - Read more

Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes

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Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes [24/01/2011] Strokes are a leading cause of mortality and adult disability. Those that involve intracerebral hemorrhage are especially deadly, and there are no effective treatments to control such bleeding. Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes - Read more

Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells

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[14/01/2011] Scientists have developed Australia’s first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA).Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells - Read more

Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders

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[12/01/2011] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed new methods for analysing medical databases that can be used to identify diagnostic markers more quickly and to personalise medication for allergic disorders. They could also reduce the need for animal trials in clinical studies.Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders - Read more

Human Autoimmune Disease: Researchers Unlock Mystery

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[22/09/2010] Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have identified a defect in the T cell regulatory pathway which normally controls autoreactive T cells that attack the body’s own tissues. A majority of people with Type 1 Diabetes who were tested in the study were found to have the newly-identified cellular/molecular defect. The researchers were able to successfully correct the defect in-vitro.Human Autoimmune Disease: Researchers Unlock Mystery - Read more

Insulin: Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors

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Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors [09/09/2010] Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection.Insulin: Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors - Read more

Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack

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Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack [03/09/2010] Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks.Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack - Read more

Prenatal diagnosis: On the trail of rare diseases

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On the trail of rare diseases [01/09/2010] The womb is more than the origin of life and the center of the universe – physicians and scientists have suspected this for a while. Allegedly the womb is also responsible for “programming” the foundations for many diseases (1) – like diabetes, hypertension and allergies – in the fetus.Prenatal diagnosis: On the trail of rare diseases - Read more

Diabetics: Antibiotic May Reduce Stroke Risk And Injury

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[30/08/2010] A daily dose of an old antibiotic may help diabetics avoid a stroke or at least minimise its damage, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.Diabetics: Antibiotic May Reduce Stroke Risk And Injury - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk

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Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk [27/08/2010] Mothers who did not breastfeed their children have significantly higher rates of type 2 diabetes later in life than moms who breastfed, report University of Pittsburgh researchers.Type 2 Diabetes: Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk - Read more

National Study: Weight-Loss Surgery Frees Most Obese Diabetics of Insulin

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[23/08/2010] Results of a large national study show that nearly three-quarters of obese patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight-loss surgery are able to stop insulin and other antidiabetes drugs within six months. National Study: Weight-Loss Surgery Frees Most Obese Diabetics of Insulin - Read more

Eye Disorder: Retinopathy High Among Older U.S. Adults

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Retinopathy High Among Older U.S. Adults [12/08/2010] Nearly 30 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes over the age of 40 are estimated to have diabetic retinopathy, with about 4 percent of this population having vision-threatening retinopathy. Eye Disorder: Retinopathy High Among Older U.S. Adults - Read more

The Psychology of Healing: Mind over Matter?

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[03/08/2010] People suffering from diabetes-related foot ulcers show different rates of healing according to the way they cope and their psychological state of mind, according to new research by a health psychologist at The University of Nottingham.The Psychology of Healing: Mind over Matter? - Read more

Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“

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[22/07/2010] It’s the “I” rather than the “we” that’s most important in personalised medicine. After all, new methods should offer an individually targeted treatment for patients. Many developments however are still in their infancy. Several players are cavorting in the subject, but what is the central theme here and where are knowledge and new research results being exchanged?Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“ - Read more

Sports: Diabetes Shouldn't Deter Young Athletes

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Diabetes Shouldn't Deter Young Athletes [16/07/2010] A new study led by York University researchers finds that young athletes with Type 1 diabetes may experience a marked decrease in performance as a result of their blood sugar levels.Sports: Diabetes Shouldn't Deter Young Athletes - Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Serotonin and Dietary Protein Play Important Role

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Photo: Pregnancy [01/07/2010] The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother’s diet early in pregnancy, according to new findings of an international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.Gestational Diabetes: Serotonin and Dietary Protein Play Important Role - Read more

Intensively Lowering Glucose: Possible Benefits Must Be Weighed Against Risks

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[30/06/2010] In an analysis from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial, results show that the benefits of intensive therapy need to be balanced against the increase in total and cardiovascular disease-related death, increased weight gain, and high risk for severe low blood sugar. Intensively Lowering Glucose: Possible Benefits Must Be Weighed Against Risks - Read more

Omega-3: No heart benefit in women with type 1 diabetes

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[29/06/2010] Consuming higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids does not appear to lower heart disease risk for women with type 1 diabetes, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study.Omega-3: No heart benefit in women with type 1 diabetes - Read more

Health: Drinking Coffee May Reduce Diabetes Risk

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Photo: Coffee Cup [11/06/2010] Scientists are reporting new evidence that drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the ingredient largely responsible for this effect. Health: Drinking Coffee May Reduce Diabetes Risk - Read more

Diabetes Management: The Importance of Insulin Delivery Devices

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[10/06/2010] The growing use of insulin delivery devices such as pens and pumps may help individuals with diabetes optimize blood glucose control and minimize their risk for chronic health problems associated with diabetes.Diabetes Management: The Importance of Insulin Delivery Devices - Read more

Nanotech: Breath Sensor Detects Diabetes

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[26/05/2010] Scientists are reporting development and testing of a breath sensor that can instantly tell whether someone has Type I diabetes and whether he has developed diabetic ketoacidosis.Nanotech: Breath Sensor Detects Diabetes - Read more

Diabetes: Computers Can Detect Eye Problems

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Computers Can Detect Eye Problems [20/05/2010] Cost-effective computerized systems to detect early eye problems related to diabetes can help meet the screening need, an analysis shows.Diabetes: Computers Can Detect Eye Problems - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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“A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ [01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“

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“Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ [01/05/2010] Some build cars, others houses, and yet others - human cells. Researchers of Synthetic Biology piece genes together as they need them. This is how they intend to cure and even prevent diseases. There are progresses. MEDICA.de spoke to Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on how to build a cell and what one can do with it. Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ - Read more

Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas Controls Blood Sugar

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[19/04/2010] An artificial pancreas system that mimics the body's blood sugar control mechanism was able to maintain near-normal glucose levels without causing hypoglycemia in a small group of patients, according to researchers.Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas Controls Blood Sugar - Read more

Nanotechnology: Vaccine Cures Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

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Vaccine Cures Type 1 Diabetes in Mice [09/04/2010] Using a nanotechnology-based "vaccine," researchers were able to successfully cure mice with type 1 diabetes and slow the onset of the disease in mice at risk for the disease.Nanotechnology: Vaccine Cures Type 1 Diabetes in Mice - Read more

Diagnose: Kidney Disease Hides in Diabetes Patients

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Kidney Disease Hides in Diabetes Patients [26/03/2010] Millions of Americans may have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and not know it, according to a new study.Diagnose: Kidney Disease Hides in Diabetes Patients - Read more

Diabetes Type 2: Self-Monitoring Not For All Beneficiary

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[08/01/2010] Contrary to the widely-held belief, there is no proof that non-insulin-dependent patients with type 2 diabetes benefit from glucose self-monitoring, according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). Diabetes Type 2: Self-Monitoring Not For All Beneficiary - Read more

Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes

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[04/01/2010] While mortality from diabetes has declined in Canada, the income-related mortality gap is increasing, with lower income groups faring worse than higher income groups.Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes - Read more

Diabetes: Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested

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Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested [23/12/2009] Trials provide no proof of additional benefit of rapid-acting insulin analogues for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.Diabetes: Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested - Read more

Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034

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[27/11/2009] In the next 25 years, the number of Americans living with diabetes will nearly double, researchers report. Over the same period, they say, spending on diabetes will almost triple, rising from 113 billion U.S. dollars to 336 billion U.S. dollars.Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034 - Read more

Health Care: Web-Based Nutrition Program Reduces Costs

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[17/11/2009] Researchers have shown that an internet-based diet and exercise program shows promise as a low-cost benefit to lower healthcare costs for those at higher risk for healthcare utilization. Health Care: Web-Based Nutrition Program Reduces Costs - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: „You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks”

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„You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks” [01/07/2009] 20 years ago type 2 diabetes was unknown in paediatrics. In the beginning of the nineties the first cases of the disease appeared in children and teenagers. Today there are about 500 cases of illnesses in Germany – and the rising trend continues. Type 2 Diabetes: „You Can Achieve a Lot Only by Changing Drinks” - Read more

Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics”

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[22/05/2009] Minimal area, maximal capacity. That is the aim of lab-on-a-chips-systems, which are also called labs in pocket size. Simple systems of this type are in the marketplace yet. The development for further lab-on-a-chip-systems runs at full speed. Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics” - Read more

Regenerative Medicine: Of Potency and New Organs (Part 1)

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[15/04/2009] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de From acute over chronic up to deadly diseases - there are a many problems to solve in medicine. Researchers have high hopes concerning stem cells and tissue engineering: Regenerative medicine will hopefully enable doctors one day to replace sick cells and organs with healthy ones.Regenerative Medicine: Of Potency and New Organs (Part 1) - Read more

Society: „High Age is Not Very Sexy“

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[01/12/2008] People who talk about specific medical care for old people are often being ignored in Germany. But the German population becomes older and geriatricans become more and more important - today and especially in the future. Society: „High Age is Not Very Sexy“ - Read more

Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1)

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[15/11/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Detergents, plants resistant to bugs, drugs - chemistry, physics, biology – in the country, at sea or in the air. Biotechnology is everywhere since it is one of the most interdisciplinary branches of research – and helps medicine to combat diseases formerly known as not being treatable.Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1) - Read more

Cell Therapy: Playing a Trick on the Immune System

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[01/10/2008] After receiving a new organ patients have to take drugs for the rest of their lives in order to prevent rejection of the foreign tissue. A new procedure developed by researchers from Kiel, Germany, reduces the intake of immunosuppressants and sometimes even makes the drugs almost unnecessary. Cell Therapy: Playing a Trick on the Immune System - Read more

Online Tests: Checking the Genotype through Click and Buy

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[01/08/2008] Genetic tests offer big potential in the fight against illnesses – if they are used sensible. However, a few years ago the first tests appeared on the internet and now everybody can determine his personal risk to fall ill one day with osteoporosis, high blood pressure or Parkinson - so it seems. It rather is an expensive and unreliable glimpse in the future.Online Tests: Checking the Genotype through Click and Buy - Read more

Genes: Link between Type 2 Diabetes and Prostate Cancer

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[02/04/2008] Scientists have identified six new genes which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, and among the group is the second gene known to also play a role in prostate cancer. Genes: Link between Type 2 Diabetes and Prostate Cancer - Read more

Hope for Diabetics: Scientists Develop Insulin-Producing Cells

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[01/03/2008] An international team of scientists found adult stem-cells in the pancreas of mice and created insulin-producing cells. Now they hope to apply this method to humans. Hope for Diabetics: Scientists Develop Insulin-Producing Cells - Read more

Type-1-Diabetes: „The Environment always Influences Health“

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[01/03/2008] Scientists know much about type-1-diabetes, but many things they have not a clue about such as the cause for this metabolic disease. Is it a hereditary disease or play environmental influences also an important role? Even though scientists do a lot of research addressing these questions, the answers remain scarce. Type-1-Diabetes: „The Environment always Influences Health“ - Read more

Missing Data: Environmental Pollution and Diabetes

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[28/01/2008] Cambridge scientists are advocating additional research into the little understood links between environmental pollution and type 2 diabetes.Missing Data: Environmental Pollution and Diabetes - Read more

Bacteria: Bioactive Curtains Possibly not Able to Establish within Hygiene

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[01/12/2007] Infections with antibiotics-resistant germs in hospitals are dangerous. Germany meanwhile declared war on these bacteria by launching hygiene principles. Bioactive curtains come onto the market. They are to provide more hygiene by killing bacteria. Experts are rather skeptical.Bacteria: Bioactive Curtains Possibly not Able to Establish within Hygiene - Read more

Type-2 Diabetes: Key Genes Identified

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[01/03/2007] The most important genes associated with a risk of developing type-2 diabetes have been identified, researchers report in a new study. This should enable scientists to develop a genetic test to show an individual likelihood of developing diabetes mellitus type 2.Type-2 Diabetes: Key Genes Identified - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Cinnamon Improves Glucose Metabolism

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Cinnamon Improves Glucose Metabolism [10/12/2003] There’s good news for spice friends: Cinnamon improves glucose and lipid levels in diabetes type 2 patients, according to research carried out at the NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan.Type 2 Diabetes: Cinnamon Improves Glucose Metabolism - Read more

Current Research and Projects in Telemedicine

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[01/06/2003] Many universities and research institutes are working on telemedicine project - MEDICA.de presents a sample of current efforts.Current Research and Projects in Telemedicine - Read more

Common Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

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[01/05/2003] Lack of treatment or poorly controlled blood sugar levels can cause micro- and/or macroangiopathia.Common Complications of Diabetes Mellitus - Read more

Retinopathia Diabetica

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[01/05/2003] 95 % of type I diabetes patients develop retinopathia within 20 years. Over 20 % of these are diagnosed with proliferative retinopathia.Retinopathia Diabetica - Read more

Prevention and Therapy of Diabetes Mellitus

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[01/05/2003] Diet is an important factor in the treatment of diabetes type I and II. Especially in diabetes type II, where drug treatment often is unnecessary if a strict diet is followed.Prevention and Therapy of Diabetes Mellitus - Read more

Nephropathia Diabetica

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[01/05/2003] Approximately 30 to 40 % of diabetics develop nephropathia or glomerulosclerosis.Nephropathia Diabetica - Read more

Diabetic Foot Syndrome

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[01/05/2003] 60 % of diabetic foot lesions are a result of polyneuropathia (PNP), 30 % are due to peripheral arterial occlusion illnesses while 10 % are a combination of PNP and peripheral arterial occlusion disease.Diabetic Foot Syndrome - Read more

 
 

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