Diabetic Mice “Cured Rapidly” Using Human Stem Cells

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

These insulin-secreting cells cured mice from severe diabetes “within two weeks.”

A team of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis successfully converted human stem cells into cells capable of producing insulin. These insulin-producing cells were then able to control blood sugar levels in a demonstration involving diabetic mice.

“These mice had very severe diabetes with blood sugar readings of more than 500 milligrams per deciliter of blood — levels that could be fatal for a person — and when we gave the mice the insulin-secreting cells, within two weeks their blood glucose levels had returned to normal and stayed that way for many months,” lead researcher Jeffrey Millman, assistant professor at Washington University, said in a statement.

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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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Diabetes Drugs May Help Treat Alzheimer’s

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

We may be taking the wrong path to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, several experts say. For many years, scientists believed it was the accumulation of amyloid plaque and protein tangles in the brain cells that caused the dreaded disease.

But according to CNN, even the German physician Alois Alzheimer, who identified the brain changes in his deceased patients, cautioned that scientists should not to jump to the conclusion that these proteins actually caused the disease.

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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.

‘Artificial Pancreas’ Works During Intense Exercise

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

An “artificial pancreas” that monitors blood sugar and automatically delivers insulin may make it safer for teens with Type 1 diabetes to participate in sports, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers focused on a group of 32 teens with Type 1 diabetes who participated in a five-day skiing camp, spending about five hours a day on the slopes. Half of the athletes used an artificial pancreas, also known as a closed-loop insulin delivery system; the rest wore their regular insulin pumps and administered insulin themselves using a so-called open loop system.

With the artificial pancreas, participants had blood sugar levels in a healthy range about 71 percent of the time, compared with 65 percent of the time among teens using the open-loop system, researchers report in Diabetes Care.

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