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Diabetes Patients With Low Literacy More Likely to Have Poorly Controlled Disease

Diabetes patients with low literacy are nearly twice as likely as patients with higher literacy to have poorly-controlled blood sugar and serious long-term diabetes complications.

Antioxidant Protects Islet Cells Used in Transplants for Diabetes

A synthetic antioxidant developed by researchers improves the survival of islet cells used in transplants for diabetes.

Extended-Release Niacin Effective in Low Doses for Diabetics

Niacin, a medication once discouraged for the treatment of lipid abnormalities in patients with diabetes, has the potential ability, when given in low doses, to be well-tolerated and effective.

New P.E. Study Demonstrates Vigorous Exercise Can Lower Adolescents’ Body Fat, Blood Pressure

By cutting the time adolescents spend standing around in school physical education classes and boosting the amount of exercise they do, experts have shown they can control the children's body fat and lower their blood pressure.

Researchers Identify Hormone That Prompts Adult Stem Cells to Differentiate Into Insulin-Producing Cells

Scientists have discovered that a naturally occurring hormone can cause adult islet stem cells to mature into pancreatic beta cells, the insulin-secreting cells that are depleted or compromised in diabetes.

Adult Stem Cells Selectively Delivered Into The Eye and Used to Control Angiogenesis

A team of researchers has discovered a way to use adult bone marrow stem cells to form new blood vessels in the eye or to deliver chemicals that will prevent the abnormal formation of new vessels.

Diabetes Treatment Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Study

A report in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that a group of drugs currently under development for the treatment of Type II diabetes caused both increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure in animal studies.

American Heart Association Updates Heart Attack, Stroke Prevention Guidelines

To avert a first heart attack or stroke, physicians should routinely assess patients' general risk of cardiovascular disease beginning at age 20, according to new American Heart Association recommendations.

Acetaminophen May Protect Against Heart Damage

New research from Rutgers links acetaminophen, the medicine in pain relievers such as Tylenol, to improved heart muscle recovery following ischemic attacks – periods of reduced blood flow typical of coronary artery disease.

Even Moderate Drinking Raises Blood Pressure In Some Men

One or two drinks a day can raise the risk of developing hypertension in some men, according to two Japanese studies.

Stroke Patients With High Blood Sugar at Higher Risk of Death

Stroke patients who have hyperglycemia at the time of admission to the hospital for treatment of the stroke are at higher risk of death than stroke patients with normal blood sugar levels, according to a recent study.

Pig Cells Used To Treat Diabetic Children; Studies Aim to Wean Patients Off All...

New findings in clinical and basic science transplantation research to be presented; results of a study that treated diabetic children with a combination of cells from a pig’s pancreas and testes, and findings from three separate studies with a common goal in mind: to wean organ transplant patients off all anti-rejection drugs less than one year after transplantation, defying the tenet that such drugs are required for life.

Researchers Discover Molecular Switch That Tells Body to Store or Burn Fat

Findings add important new information about how leptin regulates body weight and metabolism. An enzyme called SCD-1 plays a crucial role, through the hormone leptin, in signaling the body to either store fat or burn it, report a team of scientists in the journal Science.

Hormone Therapy Study Stopped Due to Increased Breast Cancer Risk, Lack of Overall Benefit

The NHLBI of the National Institutes of Health has stopped early a major clinical trial of the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women due to an increased risk of invasive breast cancer.

New Cholesterol Disorder Discovered – As Predicted From Gene’s Role

A team lead by UCSF medical researchers has discovered a new disorder that can cause severely elevated blood cholesterol levels and may affect several hundred thousand people in the U.S. and Europe to varying degrees. The malady is caused by a single gene defect.

FDA Approves New Non-Nutritive Sugar Substitute Neotame

The Food and Drug Administration today announced its approval of a new sweetener, neotame, for use as a general-purpose sweetener in a wide variety of food products, other than meat and poultry.

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