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Statins Reduce Blood Pressure
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The medications known as statins, typically prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels, may also modestly reduce blood pressure, according to a new report in JAMA.

Low Glycemic Index Diet Yields Improvements in Diabetic Youth
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
In children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, consumption of a low glycemic index diet may reduce glucose excursions and improve overall glycemic control, according to results of a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study.

Aspirin Increases Production of Insulin?
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Obesity is strongly connected to insulin resistance and the eventual development of type 2 diabetes, but taking aspirin might help limit this progression. A new study has found that for "healthy" obese people, "aspirin-like compounds" can increase the production of insulin, reducing the risk of developing insulin resistance.

Diabetic Child Dies While Parents Pray
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Madeleine Neumann, an 11 year old type 1 diabetic, died March 23rd due to lack of treatment for her condition. Her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, viewed their daughters worsening condition as "a test of faith," and instead of getting her medical help, let her die while they prayed. The parents have been charged with second-degree reckless homicide and face up to 25 years in prison.

Molecule Found That Can Open Sodium Channels
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008
The body's "sodium channels" are crucial in maintaining healthy blood pressure and salt levels. A recent research team has found a molecule that can activate proteins in sodium channels, enabling the balance of sodium levels.

Vitamin D An Effective Analgesic for Type 2's With Neuropathic Pain
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Vitamin D insufficiency is under recognized and may be a significant contributor to neuropathic pain in type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D supplementation may be an effective "analgesic" in relieving neuropathic pain.

Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, according to a new study.

Bitter Melon Has Potent Anti-diabetes Effects
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Substances isolated from bitter melon, a plant eaten and used medicinally in much of Asia, could provide the basis of new drugs for treating diabetes and obesity, an international team of researchers reports.

Measuring Minute Amounts Of Insulin Aids Diabetes Treatment
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A new method that uses nanotechnology to rapidly measure minute amounts of insulin is a major step toward developing the ability to assess the health of the body's insulin-producing cells in real time.

Creatinine Increase in Elderly Means Increased Renal Disease, Mortality
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Even small increases in serum creatinine levels during hospitalization raise the risk of end stage renal disease and mortality of elderly patients over the long term in a 10-year study of 87,094 patients according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study.

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