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  1. Hormone Melatonin & Type 2 Diabetes May Be Linked

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Decreased levels of the hormone melatonin may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk o

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  2. FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- The first in a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Invokana (canaglifozin) tablets are to be taken, in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, to improve blood sugar

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  3. OneTouch Verio IQ Blood Glucose Meters Recalled

    The LifeScan unit of Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling almost 2 million of its OneTouch Verio blood glucose meters because they malfunction at extremely high blood glucose levels. The recall includes 1.2 million meters sold worldwide under the brand name OneTouch Verio IQ, says LifeScan spo

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  4. Type 1 Diabetes Poses Risk of Thyroid Disease

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who have type 1 diabetes are more likely than others to develop an autoimmune thyroid condition. Though estimates vary, the rate of thyroid disease -- either under- or overactive thyroid -- may be as high as 30 percent i

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  5. Diabetes Meds Face FDA Scrutiny for Pancreas Risks

    March 14, 2013 -- The FDA is looking into an increased risk of pancreatitis and precancerous changes to the pancreas from widely used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. The medications are called incretin mimetics, which mimic a natural hormone in the body that tells the pancreas to release more insuli

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  6. Type 1 Diabetes Puts Strain on Marriage

    March 15, 2013 -- Fears about low blood sugar and future complications are major issues for married couples in which one partner has type 1 diabetes, a small study shows.  The study, published in Diabetes Care, was done in four focus group sessions, two with 16 adults with type 1 diabetes and two wi

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  7. Certain Diabetes Meds May Lower Heart Failure Risk

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- A newer class of diabetes drugs may offer an extra benefit: A new study suggests these medications lower the odds of suffering heart failure. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that patients taking so-calle

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  8. Drug May Ease Angina in Those With Type 2 Diabetes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- The drug Ranexa (ranolazine) may help reduce chest pain in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The drug is approved in the United States for treatment of chronic angina (chest pain), but this is the first study to e

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  9. Diabetes Cost the U.S. $245 Billion in 2012

    March 8, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) -- Diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012, according to a new analysis from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The report is an update to the ADA’s last cost report issued in 2007. It looks at the use of health resources and lost prod

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  10. Mini-Organ Shows Promise for Type 1 Diabetes

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A new bioengineered, miniature organ dubbed the BioHub might one day offer people with type 1 diabetes freedom from their disease. In its final stages, the BioHub would mimic a pancreas and act as a home for transplanted islet

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