Harvard Stem Cell Research May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Harvard Stem Cell Research May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Harvard Stem Cell Research May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

A substitute for the daily drudgery of measuring glucose levels, sticking fingers, and watching insulin pumps may soon be here. A new study published on October 9, 2014 in the scientific journal Cell illustrates a new way to help diabetes patients: using stem cells.
Research conducted at Harvard University has successfully treated diabetic mice and other animals by using insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells created from embryonic stem cells. This finding is the crowning moment thus far in Dr. Douglas Melton’s 23-year quest for the type 1 diabetes cure.
Melton, a Harvard professor, considers this search close to home, as his son was diagnosed with diabetes as a baby. When reflecting on the progress of the research, he says, “It was gratifying to know that we can do something that we always thought was possible.”
Melton and his colleagues are hoping to eradicate the metabolic swings and possible complications that come with insulin injections and other modes of diabetes treatment by transplanting these beta cells into diabetes patients. These cells can then repair the damaged pancreatic cells at the very source using the very source.
Scientific Breakthroughs
Stem cells are basically chameleons—they have the potential to become any other type of cell including tissue and organ cells. In the past, the process to convert stem cells into other types of cells, such as pancreatic beta cells, was very slow and could only be done in small quantities. Through Melton’s research, they can now grow beta cells much faster and in the hundreds of millions, eventually even billi Continue reading

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Divide and conquer: How portion control can help you manage diabetes

Divide and conquer: How portion control can help you manage diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, portion control is key for keeping steady blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight.
Using just a standard-size 12-inch dinner plate, you can learn to determine correct portion sizes of a typical meal.
About half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables, like spinach, cabbage, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, or peppers.
When it comes to these types of vegetables, you can't really go overboard, so portion sizes here matter less than with proteins or starches. Just make sure you're careful about your intake of more starchy vegetables, like potatoes or root veggies, as these have a higher glycemic index and will raise your blood sugar more rapidly.
About one-fourth of your plate can be filled with proteins, preferably lean options like turkey, skinless chicken, salmon, or other cold-water fish. As a general rule, one serving of cooked meat should be about the size of a bar of soap or deck of cards. For fish, aim for a serving that is close to the size of a checkbook.
Grains are easy to go overboard on, so try to measure things out when you eat rice, breads, oatmeal, or other starches. Recommendations vary, but The American Diabetes Association suggests that your starches fill about one-fourth of your plate. This roughly equals about one slice of bread, one tortilla, 4-6 crackers, 1/3 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cup of potatoes, or 1/2 cup of cereal or pasta.
For dairy, it's important to opt for low-fat choices. Portion sizes are roughly equal to one cup - so one cup of low-f Continue reading

Apple Developing Diabetes Treatment Sensors (AAPL)

Apple Developing Diabetes Treatment Sensors (AAPL)

As more technologies are developed for health and wellness, Apple Inc. (AAPL
) is secretly working on developing glucose sensors to treat diabetes, reports CNBC, citing unidentified sources. (See also, Fitbit, Apple Still Dominate in Wearables.)
The project was originally the vision of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before his death and involved use of wearable devices, like a smartwatch, that will be capable of tracking and reporting vital heath data including heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood glucose levels. The technology involves using non-invasive sensors capable of regular and continuous body monitoring to help in early detection and timely treatment of diseases, including diabetes which has a large patient population.
Similar attempts have been made several times in the past by many other firms. However, the difficulty of monitoring blood sugar levels without piercing the skin often prevented the success of those initiatives. (See also: Michael Kors Launches New Smartwatches)
The technology giant has confidentially formed a team of biomedical engineers who are working on developing the monitoring sensors. The team is staffed with biomedical experts hired from companies including C8 Medisensors, Masimo Corp, Medtronic PLC (MDT
), Sano, and Vital Connect. According to the sources, the work has been going on for at least five years and the iPhone maker has been performing feasibility trials for the path-breaking concept. Also, consultants have been hired to work through the necessary regulatory requirements, according to the report.
The development is linked to Apple’ Continue reading

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In a 2010 review at Tufts University, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian concluded there is a clear benefit from cutting out saturated fats and increasing our intake of PUFAs. However in 2014, the very same scientist reviewed all of the literature again. This meta-analysis, which reviewed 72 studies, found no benefit to reducing saturated fats or increasing PUFAs, except for omega 3 fats.
Is it any wonder we are so confused? If the experts can’t even agree and they change their perspective every few years, what are the rest of us to do?
Let me cut through this confusion. The very idea that vegetable oils are better than saturated fats (like butter and lard) comes from the belief that they lower total and LDL cholesterol, so they presumably reduce our overall risk of heart disease.
Following this type of ad Continue reading

Iron Man Joins The Fight Against Diabetes

Iron Man Joins The Fight Against Diabetes

Marvel Comics is helping raise awareness on childhood diabetes with a special Iron Man comic book.
In a partnership with Siemens, a medical diagnostics company, the publisher has released “Iron Man: Early Warnings.” It’s your typical PSA-powered comic, for the “Become a Diabetes Hero” program. The program helps raise awareness towards diabetes in young children, and what patients can do to treat the condition.
In the comic, Iron Man cracks down on the two-bit villain Aqueduct while developing a Stark Industries-powered device known as the “Health-Y-Meter.” The device detects when a person—you guessed it—isn’t feeling so healthy, as evidenced through the comics’ diabetic child, Daisy. After Iron Man whips Aqueduct, he and Pepper teach Daisy that all diabetics need to eat right and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. You can read the entire comic here.
The comic is written by David Liss with interior art by Kev Sharpe. Ari Granov provides the cover, which is actually pretty awesome. And hey, the Bleeding Edge armor makes a return! Continue reading

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