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Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Nearly Double Over the Past Two Decades

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge. The researchers also found that the burden of the disease has not hit all groups equally, with alarming increases in diabetes in blacks, Hispanics and the elderly.

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Common Diabetes Treatment Could Extend Hypoglycemia

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a common treatment for people with type 2 diabetes could cause longer-than-normal periods of the low blood sugar reaction hypoglycemia, which may result in increased health risks to people with diabetes.

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Scripps Florida Scientists Uncover Startlingly New Functional Details of Common Anti-Diabetic Drugs

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Scientists thought they basically knew how the most common drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes worked, but a new study from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute reveals unexpected new aspects of the process.

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Fast Food Giants’ Ads for Healthier Kids Meals Don’t Send the Right Message

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Children who viewed TV ads for Kids Meals were commonly unable to recall milk or apples, items added to make the meals healthier. Instead many kids thought apples were french fries.

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Autoimmune Drug May Help Prevent Kidney Disease Caused by Diabetes

• A receptor called B7-1 is expressed by kidney cells during the progression of kidney disease in diabetic mice and humans. • Targeting this receptor with an available drug called CTLA4-Ig, or abatacept, helps to maintain kidney function in mice.

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Major Depression Linked with Nearly Twice the Risk of Kidney Failure in Diabetics

• Diabetics with major depressive symptoms had an 85% higher risk of developing kidney failure. • Minor depressive symptoms were not significantly linked with the development of kidney failure among diabetics.

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Depression and Anxiety Linked to Poor Diabetes Management Among Mexican Americans Along US-Mexico Border

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Rates of diabetes are unusually high among Mexican-Americans who live near the U.S. Mexico border and new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) finds that those dealing with depression and anxiety in this population are less likely to properly manage their diabetes.

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Researcher Invents ‘Mini Heart’ to Help Return Venous Blood

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Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves.

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Study Finds Secret to Cutting Sugary Drink Use by Teens

A new study shows that teenagers can be persuaded to cut back on sugary soft drinks – especially with a little help from their friends.

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Stem Cell-Derived Beta Cells Under Skin Replace Insulin

Scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have shown that by encapsulating immature pancreatic cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESC), and implanting them under the skin of diabetic mouse models, sufficient insulin is produced to maintain glucose levels without unwanted potential trade-offs of the technology.

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