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High Rate of Overweight and Obesity Found in Children Having Surgery

A very high proportion of children who are having surgery are overweight or obese, and because of the excess weight have a greater chance of experiencing problems associated with the surgery, according to a new study.

Antibody Therapy Prevents Type 1 Diabetes in Study

Investigators have successfully prevented the onset of type 1 diabetes in mice prone to developing the disease using an antibody against a receptor on the surface of immune T-cells. Findings have significant implications for the prevention of type 1 diabetes.

Study: New Fat Replacement for Trans Fat Raises Blood Sugar

A new method of modifying fat in commercial products to replace unhealthy trans fats raises blood glucose and depresses insulin in people.

Kidney Disease Linked to Increased Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

Chronic kidney disease is a risk factor for peripheral artery disease (PAD) - a common but often undetected condition causing reduced blood flow in the legs, reports a study in the February Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Gene Associated with Severe Kidney Failure in Diabetes Identified

A research team has proven that a gene protects some people with diabetes from developing severe kidney failure or "end-stage renal disease."

Scientists Discover New, Readily Available Source of Stem Cells

Scientists have discovered a new source of stems cells and have used them to create muscle, bone, fat, blood vessel, nerve and liver cells in the laboratory.

Vision Loss Can Be Prevented in People with Diabetes

The American Academy of Ophthalmology wants Americans to know that even though diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness, vision loss can be prevented if the disease is diagnosed and treated in time.

Chromium May Help Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease

Most of us think of chromium as the shiny metal in the bumpers of cars. Chrome bumpers are long gone, but the metal plays a crucial role in human health, reports the January 2007 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

Too Few Americans Getting Preventive Health Screenings

The overall quality of the U.S. health care system is improving, but providers are missing important chances to help Americans avoid disease or serious complications.

Obesity Surgeries Have Jumped Dramatically Since 1998

Obesity surgeries for patients between the ages of 55 and 64 in the United States soared from 772 procedures in 1998 to 15,086 surgeries in 2004—a nearly 2,000 percent increase. The report also found a 726 percent increase in surgeries among patients age 18 to 54.

Lifestyle Changes Effective in Protecting Against Type 2 Diabetes

Changing to a healthier lifestyle appears to be at least as effective as taking prescription drugs in reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says a new BMJ study.

Risk Factors for Diabetes Following Liver Transplant

A new study on risk factors of new-onset diabetes mellitus (NODM) following liver transplant found that a history of obesity, impaired fasting glucose and hepatitis C infection paired with the use of a particular immunosuppressant are associated with an increased risk of NODM.

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