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Insulin Producing Cells Shown to Regenerate
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
An in vitro (controlled lab environment) experiment has recently concluded that insulin producing pancreatic beta-cells have the ability to regenerate themselves. This could greatly enhance the medical field's understanding of diabetes.

Beta Cell Defect Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Scientists at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have found that a defect in the beta cells that make and release insulin has implications for the failure of these cells and the development of type 2 diabetes.

Mice Able to Regenerate Insulin Producing Cells
Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2008
Genetically engineered mice have the ability to regenerate insulin producing pancreatic cells after the cells die. The hope is that this finding will translate to humans, resulting in a new treatment for diabetes.

Intensive Insulin Therapy At Diagnosis 'Slows Diabetes' Into Remisssion
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Giving newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients intensive insulin therapy for a few days or weeks can drive the disease into extended remission and at least partly restore â-cell function, researchers said.

Physical Activity Increases Effectiveness of Beta-Cells
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes showed significant improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just one week of exercise.

Stem Cells Finally Found in Pancreas
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008
An international team of researchers has finally managed to locate stem cells in the pancreas -- in mice, at least, and could pave the way for dramatic new therapies for diabetes, namely the regeneration of beta cells so the body could once again produce its own insulin.

Vitamin E Improves Heart Health For 40% of Type 2's By 50%
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Researchers in Israel report that vitamin E supplements could offer an inexpensive way to significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and related deaths for the 40% of Type 2 diabetics who carry a particular version of a gene called haptoglobin (Hp) 2-2.

Substituting Exenatide for Insulin May Work for Some Type 2's
Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2007
For type 2 diabetes patients who were taking insulin plus oral antidiabetes drugs, the results from a small 16-week study suggest it may be feasible to substitute subcutaneous exenatide (Byetta) for insulin, especially among patients who have had a shorter disease duration, are taking relatively low insulin doses, and have better endogenous beta-cell function.

Transplant Key to A Diabetes Cure, Just Days Away
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Melbourne scientists claim they are just days from conducting a pioneering therapy that will effectively cure Type-1 diabetes.

Trial Using Cancer Meds To Control And Possibly Reverse Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Drug can possibly kill off the T-cells that are attacking the betacells.

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