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Two-Drug Blood Pressure Therapy Lowers Cardiovascular Risk

An international blood pressure study comparing two single-pill drug combinations has yielded results so significant that the study has been stopped early - and the researchers say their findings might alter the way high blood pressure is treated worldwide.

Potential Drug Target Identified for Diabetes

Scientists have discovered a novel signaling pathway between three organs - the gut, the brain, and the liver - which lowers blood sugar when activated.

Diabetes in Mid-Life Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Men who develop diabetes in mid-life appear to significantly increase their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a long-term study published in the April 9, 2008 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Potential Association of Type 2 Diabetes Genes with Prostate Cancer

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.

Stem Cell Breakthrough Offers Diabetes Hope

Scientists have discovered a new technique for turning embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing pancreatic tissue in what could prove a significant breakthrough in the quest to find new treatments for diabetes.

Study: Inactive Kids Face 6-Fold Risk of Heart Disease by Teen Years

Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are five-to-six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with that degree of danger emerging as early as their teenage years.

Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Control May Reverse Atherosclerosis in Adults with Diabetes

Aggressively lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels below current targets in adults with type 2 diabetes may help to prevent - and possibly reverse - hardening of the arteries.

Tart Cherries May Reduce Heart/Diabetes Risk Factors

Tart cherries - frequently sold dried, frozen or in juice - may have more than just good taste and bright red color going for them, according to new research .

Pieces Coming Together in Parkinson’s, Cholesterol Puzzle

Finding gives one more piece in the puzzle about the role of cholesterol in Parkinson's disease.

Mixed Results For Weight Loss Drug on Slowing Progression of Coronary Disease

The anti-obesity medication rimonabant showed mixed results in slowing progression of coronary artery disease in patients with abdominal obesity and pre-existing coronary disease, according to a new study in the April 2 issue of JAMA.

Antioxidants, Blood Sugar, Type 2 Diabetes, Red Wine, Tea, Polyphenolics

Food scientists have found that certain antioxidants found in red wine and tea may help regulate the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes by inhibiting the action of alpha-glucosidase that controls the absorption of glucose from the small intestine, and protect the body from complications such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Diabetes Medication May Help Slow Plaque Build-up in Coronary Arteries

A comparison of two types of medications to treat type 2 diabetes finds that pioglitazone is more effective at lowering the rate of progression of plaque build-up in the coronary arteries than glimepiride, according to a study in the April 2 issue of JAMA.

Experimental Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Patients Shows Promise

New research monitoring the effects of Islet cell transplantation resulted in near-normal metabolic control and decreased hypoglycemia.

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