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  1. Pomegranate Juice Helps Dialysis Patients

    Nov. 18, 2010 -- Pomegranate juice has been touted for years as having many health benefits, and now a new study says it can ward off a number of complications in kidney disease patients on dialysis. In a small study in Israel involving 101 dialysis patients, scientists randomly gave some people pom

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  2. Sugary Drinks May Raise Diabetes Risk

    Oct. 27, 2010 -- Drinking one or two sugar-sweetened beverages a day increases diabetes risk by 26%, a study shows. In the new analysis, researchers pooled the findings of 11 previously published studies including more than 320,000 participants, attempting to assess the ''big picture." "Drinking sug

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  3. Diabetes Could Surge in U.S. by 2050

    Oct. 22, 2010 -- As many as one in three Americans could develop diabetes by 2050 unless a significant dent is made in the obesity epidemic, according to the latest CDC projections. As it stands, one in 10 Americans has diabetes, but this could double -- or even triple -- by 2050 if current trends c

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  4. Belly Fat Is Key to U.S. Diabetes Risk

    Oct. 7, 2010 -- Middle-aged Americans tend to have more belly fat than their English counterparts, and the difference may explain the higher diabetes rate in the U.S. compared to England. Investigators with the University College London and the nonprofit research group RAND Corporation first reporte

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  5. Air Pollution Linked to Risk of Diabetes

    Oct. 1, 2010 -- New research shows a strong link between diabetes rates and exposure to auto exhaust, industrial smoke, and other types of fine particulate air pollution. People living in areas where air quality levels were near, but still below, the acceptable safety limits of the Environmental Pro

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  6. FDA Restricts Use of Diabetes Drug Avandia

    Sept. 23, 2010 -- The FDA will not ban Avandia -- but stringent restrictions will make it far harder for doctors to prescribe the safety-troubled diabetes drug. The European Medicines Agency took harsher action. European sales of Avandia-containing drugs will be suspended over the next few months, a

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  7. Diabetes Drug Actos: Bladder Cancer Risk?

    Sept. 21, 2010 – The FDA has launched a safety review of the diabetes drug Actos in light of new data suggesting that the drug may increase risk of bladder cancer. While not considered a serious enough risk to prevent FDA approval, earlier animal and human studies linked Actos to bladder cancer. As

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  8. Blueberries May Help Improve Insulin Sensitivity

    Sept. 17, 2010 -- Drinking blueberry smoothies helped obese adults who were pre-diabetic improve insulin sensitivity, researchers report. Sixty-seven percent of people who drank a blueberry smoothie twice a day for six weeks experienced a 10% or greater improvement in their insulin sensitivity, comp

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  9. Diabetes Has an Impact on Sex Life

    Aug. 27, 2010 -- Middle aged and older adults are interested in sexual activity, but diabetes impairs libido and can result in erectile dysfunction, a new study shows. Researchers in Chicago say men diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to express a lack of interest in sex, but also to experience

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  10. Type 2 Diabetes May Have Link to Alzheimer's

    Aug. 25, 2010 -- People with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for developing telltale brain plaques that are closely linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. The new findings, which appear in the Aug. 25 issue of Neurology, may give more evidence of the connection

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