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Golden Rice Potential
Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009
"Golden rice," a genetically modified grain that incorporates beta-carotene, has recently shown to help "convert vitamin A" in humans. This finding suggests that golden rice could help prevent vision loss and blindness in people suffering from vitamin A deficiency, especially those in poor, heavily rice-consuming countries. Many poor countries also suffer from high cases of diabetes, which can result in vision loss due to retinopathy.

Possible Links Between Alzheimer's and Diabetes
Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Both type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are more prevalent with advanced age, and many possible links between the two may exist. Most notably, results of lifestyle choices, such as unhealthy and excessive food intake, may increase the risk of both conditions, but more specific links appear to exist as well. These connections were explored in a recent meta-analysis of 14 previous studies.

Calls For More International Diabetes Funding
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009
At a recent international meeting concerning non-communicable diseases, held in Doha, Qatar, professor Martin Slink, the president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), stressed the importance of more funding for diabetes, as well as other non-communicable diseases. Professor Slink specifically urged that an international effort to fight these diseases be added to the United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs).

Weight Loss Is Not All That Matters after Bariatric Surgery
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) corrects comorbidities and quality of life similarly in superobese and morbidly obese patients despite higher residual weight in superobese patients, according to the results of a prospective cohort study.

DPP-IV Inhibitors and Increased GLP-1 Levels May Increase Pancreatitis Risk -- Metformin Can Negate Adverse Effects
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A drug widely used to treat Type 2 diabetes may have unintended effects on the pancreas that could lead to a form of low-grade pancreatitis in some patients and a greater risk of pancreatic cancer in long-term users, according to researchers at UCLA , but the adverse effects can be negated when combined with an older diabetes drug.

Simultaneous Transplant Gives Best Results in Diabetics with Kidney Disease
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
For patients with Type 1 diabetes who need a kidney transplant, simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplantation offers a higher survival rate than other options but with some increased risks, reports a study.

Hypertensives Have a Two-fold Risk of Diabetes
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Incidence of Type 2 diabetes might be associated with preexisting hypertension.

Fifty Percent of African Americans Die from Causes that Can Be Prevented or Treated
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Two-thirds of the difference between death rates among African Americans and Caucasians are now due to causes that could be prevented or cured, according to a new study.
"People should not be dying prematurely from stroke, hypertension, diabetes, colon cancer, appendicitis or the flu..."

Type 2 Diabetes Drug Increases Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009
A common drug used to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics has been observed to increase risk of pancreatitis, and is believed to also increase long-term pancreatic cancer risk.

Narcolepsy an Autoimmune Disorder
Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2009
A specific immune cell has been identified in narcolepsy patients, indicating that the common sleep disorder is in fact an autoimmune disease. This finding, and a further understanding of the specific mechanisms that cause narcolepsy, could serve as a model for other autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Crohn´s disease.

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