Drug Combination Grows Cells to Control Diabetes

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

People with diabetes often don’t have enough insulin-producing beta cells to control their blood sugar, but a combination of two novel drugs may coax the body into making more of these vital cells, an early study finds.

Together, the drugs caused beta cells to reproduce at a rate of about 5 percent to 8 percent a day, according to the researchers. Work has only been done in the lab and in rodents, and a major hurdle remains before this treatment could be tried in humans: researchers need to develop a targeted delivery system.

“We’re at a stage where we have nuclear warheads but no guided missiles. We can’t just release the treatment because we don’t want to affect other cells,” explained study senior author Dr. Andrew Stewart. He’s the director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute in New York City.

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Government Dietary Guidelines are Plain Wrong: Avoid Carbs, Not Fat

By Sarah Hallberg – Re-Blogged From The Hill

America is facing a chronic disease crisis. The federal government is fueling that crisis by promoting flawed nutritional advice that contradicts the latest research.

Every five years, the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services publish the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” which detail which foods Americans should eat or avoid. The highly influential document directs food labeling, school menus, public food programs, and government research grants.

Researchers claim the guidelines are based on “the preponderance of current scientific and medical knowledge.” Yet, since they were first introduced back in 1980, they’ve barely changed, even though a recent revolution in nutritional science has cast doubt on old assumptions.

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Millions Left Behind as Diabetes Drives Surge in Insulin Demand

[In the 1960s, my dad’s pharmacy sold insulin for about $2.50 a vial. Today the price is 20 times as much, while the general price level has gone up ‘only’ 10+ times. I expect the price rise disparity is due largely to regulation and to mostly government 3rd party payers like medicaid. -Bob]

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A global diabetes epidemic is fuelling record demand for insulin but tens of millions will not get the injections they need unless there is a dramatic improvement in access and affordability, a new study concluded on Wednesday.

Diabetes — which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart problems, neuropathic pain and amputations — now affects 9 percent of all adults worldwide, up from 5 percent in 1980.

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Experimental Drug Halts Parkinson’s Progression

By Clyde Hughes – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental drug developed by Johns Hopkins University researchers appears to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms in mice, a statement from the university said this week.

The researchers said that the drug called NLY01 has been proven in studies to block the degradation of brain cells that is the leading cause of Parkinson’s disease. The treatment has been used in the past to treat diabetes, researchers said in the university statement.

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Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

By – Re-Blogged From Seeker

Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won’t receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.

“We’re not going to see people spend longer in nursing homes. We’re going to see them spend more time out of nursing homes.”

“I think this is probably the most exciting thing to happen in aging research yet, and I think that’s going to be true no matter how the trial results turn out.”

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

During the summer — and even year-round — our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we really need every day to stay healthy?

The answer can get complicated.

“It’s hard to find an exact amount because it’s variable based on your age, where you live, whether it’s hot and humid, or cold and dry. Are you male or female, more active or less active,” said Ilyse Schapiro, a registered dietitian with nutrition counseling practices in New York and Connecticut.

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Brain Stimulation Could Ease Diabetes Symptoms

By David Alliot – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

The premise is clear: Find a way to increase dopamine (a chemical released by nerve cells to stimulate pleasure) and the body’s natural ability to process sugar is increased — key to helping people with diabetes. This mode of regulating sugar control is well-known in mice, but thanks to new research that led to human trials, the same appears to be true for humans.