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  1. Progress Continues Toward Artificial Pancreas

    June 12, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Efforts to make an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes have taken another step forward, with two new studies showing progress toward that goal. Both studies, presented here at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, were small, and more wor

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  2. Type 1 Diabetes Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise

    June 11, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- In an early study, an experimental stem cell procedure helped 15 teens with type 1 diabetes stay off of insulin injections for about 1.5 years, on average. The study was very small, and the procedure is not ready for widespread use. "We now have a unique approach with

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  3. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Rising Among U.S. Youth

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are rising among U.S. kids and teens, according to the first national snapshot of diabetes rates among American youths. The new report, presented this weekend in Philadelphia at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, shows a 23%

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  4. Prediabetes Linked to Stroke Risk

    June 8, 2012 -- People with prediabetes may be at greater risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Prediabetes refers to blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as having diabetes. This condition places a person at greater risk for full-blown diabetes. Many peo

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  5. Waist Size Alone May Predict Diabetes Risk

    June 5, 2012 -- Waist size can predict your diabetes risk, even if you are not obese, according to a new study. Diabetes experts have long used both body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight related to height, and waist size to predict risk. Obese people, with a BMI of 30 or more, and non-obese ind

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  6. People With Diabetes May Need Earlier Colon Screen

    May 22, 2012 -- Should people with diabetes be screened for colon cancer at younger ages than is usually recommended? That may very well be the case, say researchers who found that people in their 40s with type 2 diabetes are about as likely to have precancerous colon growths called adenomas as peop

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  7. Death Rate Dropping for People With Diabetes

    May 22, 2012 -- New research shows that people with diabetes are living longer, and this is likely due to heart-healthy habits and tighter control of blood sugar levels. Many people may only associate diabetes with vision loss, kidney disease, and limb amputations, but it also increases the risk for

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  8. Getting Better Sleep When You Have Diabetes

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July/August 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's diabetes expert, Michael Dansinger, MD, about the link between diabetes and poor sleep.  Q: I have diabetes, and I'm not sleeping well.

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  9. Type 2 Diabetes in Kids a Challenge to Control

    April 29, 2012 -- The obesity epidemic has created a generation of children and teens who have type 2 diabetes, and a new study hints that the solution to this problem is not going to come easily. Because type 2 diabetes among children is a relatively recent development, many treatment decisions hav

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  10. Consumer Group to FDA: Take Victoza off the Market

    April 20, 2012 -- Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is petitioning the FDA to immediately remove the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) from the market. The petition claims that the injectable medication puts patients at risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis,

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