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Traditional Laser Treatment More Effective than New Drug Therapy for Preserving Eyesight in Diabetic...

Five years ago, ophthalmologists started using steroid injections as a new way of treating diabetics with swelling in their eyes. Now, research shows that the traditional treatment for this disorder is still more effective.

New Uses for Old-line Diabetes Monitoring Test: Screening and Diagnosis

A blood test currently used as the gold standard for monitoring people already under care for diabetes may have far wider use in identifying millions with undetected diabetes.

Growth Hormone Treatment For HIV Patients Improves Abdominal Fat, But Worsens Glucose Level

HIV patients with treatment-related abdominal obesity and growth hormone deficiency, receiving low-dose growth hormone resulted in improvement in fat and blood pressure measurements but worsened glucose levels.

Medicinal Marijuana Effective for Neuropathic Pain

In a clinical trial to assess the impact of smoked medical cannabis, or marijuana, on neuropathic pain associated, researchers found that reported pain relief was greater with cannabis than with a placebo.

Triglycerides Count in Managing Heart Disease Risk

Cholesterol, both good and bad, gets plenty of attention when the subject is reducing the risk of heart disease. Yet triglycerides, a form of fat that circulates in the blood, merit similar attention.

Drug Therapy Found Effective in Patients with Common Form of Kidney Disease

The drug rituximab causes considerable kidney injury healing in patients with membranous nephropathy, a common form of kidney disease.

Cognitive Problems Associated With Diabetes Duration and Severity

Individuals with mild cognitive impairment appear more likely to have earlier onset, longer duration and greater severity of diabetes.

Some Obese Individuals Appear Metabolically Healthy

Some obese individuals do not appear to have an increased risk for heart disease, while some normal-weight individuals experience a cluster of heart risks.

Losing Weight After Diabetes Diagnosis Can Prevent Diabetes-Related Disease

People who lose weight soon after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight.

Parents Shape Whether Their Children Learn to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

One way to combat the increasing problem of childhood obesity is early home interventions - teaching parents how to create an environment where children reach for a banana instead of potato chips.

Overweight Hispanic Children at Significant Risk for Pre-Diabetes

Study found that overweight Hispanic children are at significant risk for pre-diabetes, a condition marked by higher than normal blood glucose levels that are not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

MSG Use Linked to Obesity

People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don't use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake.

Drinking in Excess Associated with Increased Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

Those who drink in excess of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines or those who binge drink are at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome.

Treatment Corrects Severe Insulin Imbalance

Researchers have used a drug to achieve normal levels of blood sugar in animals with abnormally high insulin levels. If this approach succeeds in humans, it could become an innovative medicine for children with congenital hyperinsulinism.

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