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July 23, 2014 (Medscape) - Among the wide-ranging comorbidities associated with diabetes, mental-health issues are probably among the most overlooked, despite their potential to compromise self-management and increase the risk for serious complications, according to a new viewpoint published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"Despite the potential adverse effects of mental-health problems on diabetes outcomes and healthcare expenditures, only about one-third of patients with these coexisting
July 23, 2014 (EurekAlert) - In mice with diet-induced diabetes—the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans—a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery by Salk scientists, published today in the journal Nature, could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs.
The team found that sustained treatment with the protein doesn't merely keep blood sugar under control, but also reverses insulin inse
July 18, 2014 (Newswise) - Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability among people with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
However, a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that the use of cholesterol-lowering statins may help prolong the lives of people with diabetic cardiovascular disease. The study is publishe
July 15, 2014 (Reuters) -- Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck an agreement with Google to develop "smart" contact lenses that would help diabetics to track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye's ability to focus.
The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device, Novartis said. The technology is poten
July 16, 2014 (Medscape) - A new study examining individual counseling for self-care in patients with diabetes vs group education has found that the latter is associated with better outcomes. The research was carried out in a real-world situation in Ontario, with more than 75,000 patients.
"We were pleased to find that not only is group education more efficient in terms of resource utilization, it actually leads to better care and better patient outcomes, so it's a win-win situation: you can save money and improve care," sen