Dec. 1, 2011 -- The FDA today released new guidelines for the development and testing of artificial pancreas devices for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The guidelines are designed to give researchers and industry a great deal of flexibility in order to get a safe and effective device to patients
Nov. 4, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- People with diabetes may be at increased risk for precancerous colon growths called adenomas, a new study suggests. Researchers compared colonoscopy results from 278 people with diabetes with those from 278 people without the disorder. Nearly all were male, and the
Oct. 25, 2011 -- Do you have diabetes? Get the hepatitis B vaccine, says the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). By a 12-2 vote, the ACIP strongly recommended the hepatitis B vaccine for diabetes patients under age 60 who have not been fully vaccinated. It also urged hepatitis vacci
Oct. 7, 2011 -- Raising levels of HDL "good" cholesterol might play an important role in reducing heart disease and stroke risk in patients with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Kaiser Permanente researchers reviewed the medical records of 30,067 type 2 diabetes patients who had their HDL measure
Oct. 7, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first combination pill for treating both type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Juvisync, made by Merck, combines the drugmaker's diabetes pill Januvia (sitagliptin) with its popular cholesterol drug Zocor (simvastatin). About 20 million people in the U.S. hav
Sept. 29, 2011 -- Researchers have identified a new set of genes that may increase risk for type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is the form of the disease that occurs when the body produces little to no insulin, which is the hormone that helps the body keep blood sugar (glucose) levels in check. As a r
Sept. 19, 2011 -- People with diabetes may be twice as likely to develop memory problems and dementia as they age, including Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. This risk also appears to be heightened among people with prediabetes -- people who are on the verge of developing diabetes. Exactly how di
Sept. 14, 2011 -- Worldwide, 366 million people have diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation says. That's 54 million more people than the entire population of the United States. This year, an estimated 4.6 million people will die of diabetes -- far more people than the 3.8 million people liv
Sept. 5, 2011 -- Multiple lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption increase a person’s risk of diabetes. But new research suggests that a person’s odds of developing the disease may decrease for each positive lifestyle change they make. Lifestyle factors that can influence the risk
Aug. 9, 2011 -- Red meat, particularly processed red meats like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, may increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The more processed or unprocessed red meat a person eats, the greater the risk, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutri
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