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Women With Diabetes Prior to Pregnancy Linked With Birth Defects
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Women diagnosed with diabetes before their pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a birth defect or multiple defects than a woman who does not have diabetes before giving birth, according to a new study. "For single [birth] defects, the risk is three to four times greater, and about eightfold for multiple defects," says Adolfo Correa, MD, MPH, PhD, the study's lead author and an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

Artificial Pancreas Getting Close
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Researchers working on an artificial pancreas believe they are just a few years away from a nearly carefree way for people with diabetes to monitor blood and inject insulin as needed. We have the technology now, we just need to link them together and make them safe. They believe they can link two current technologies -- continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps -- into a seamless package.

Traditional Laser Treatment More Effective than New Drug Therapy for Preserving Eyesight in Diabetic Patients
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
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, according to results from a new study.

Diabetes Increases Risk for Pneumonia-Related Hospitalization
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are linked with an increased risk for pneumonia-related hospitalization, and poor glycemic control increases this risk, according to the results of a population-based, case-control study.

Doctors Urged to Address Diabetes Sleep Apnea Connection
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes are strongly connected. Even though most doctors are aware of this connection, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has concluded that a deficient number of doctors utilize this knowledge.

Chili Peppers Help Keep the Body Warm
Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2008
Chemicals found in chili peppers convert energy into heat within ones body, concludes a recent study. This heat is in addition to the general sensation of spiciness induced by chili's, leading to flushing and sweating.

Herbs and Spices Help Prevent Diabetes Damage
Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Herbs and spices might have the benefit of decreasing tissue damage caused by diabetes. The result is connected to the anti-inflammatory abilities of herbs and spices high in antioxidants.

Protein In Liver Might Link Obesity to Diabetes
Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2008
Substances known as endocannabinoids have been shown to trigger a specific protein that has been linked to various prediabetic conditions. The specific part of the body where this protein, known as CB1, is activated, has been unknown until now.

Rotavirus Might Accelerate Type 1 Diabetes Development
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008
A recent study out of Australia has found a connection between the common childhood infection, rotavirus, and the onset and progression of type 1 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes Increases Risk of Future Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008
Women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life concludes a recent study. This finding should lead to more extensive preventative measures for these high risk women.

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