Diabetes News – Monthly Newsletter March 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scientists find protein that boosts memory, prevents forgetfulness

LONDON – Scientists have found that type 2 insulin (IGF-II) growth factor reinforces memory and prevents forgetfulness in animal models.

The result of the international research study was developed at the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical School in New York.

The study describes the role played by IGF-II in the processes of consolidation of long-term memory.

“Through microarray studies …. Original article on Gaea Times at  : Scientists find protein that boosts memory, prevents forgetfulness.

Diabetes’ link to viral infection confirmed

LONDON – An Australian study has suggested that kids with Type 1 diabetes are nearly 10 times more likely to have a viral infection as compared to healthy children.

Childhood diabetes has been linked to enteroviruses, which can lead to cold, flu and even meningitis. But the researchers have disapproved that the virus causes diabetes.

Researchers at … Original source on Gaea Times at : Diabetes’ link to viral infection confirmed.

K Subrahmanyam – Strategic Guru

NEW DELHI – K Subrahmanyam (1929 – 2011), the strategic guru for most Indian security analysts who passed away on Feb 2 after a long struggle with diabetes and cancer combined the finest qualities of head and heart. A civil servant who shunned the trappings of power … Read : K Subrahmanyam – Strategic Guru.

South Asia facing health crisis: World Bank

WASHINGTON – India and other South Asian countries are facing a health crisis with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that can hamper development, a new World Bank report warns.

Empirical evidence is scant, but earlier projections suggested that ten years from 2005, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and …. Read the original article  : South Asia facing health crisis: World Bank.

Nano drug promising in treatment of chronic wounds

WASHINGTON – Scientists have developed a low cost, nanometer-sized drug to treat chronic wounds including diabetic foot ulcers or burns.

Poor blood circulation arising from diabetes often results in skin wounds which do not heal, causing pain, infection and at times amputation.
Several proteins, called growth factors, have been found to speed up … Read more >>.

Awareness about kidney risks posed by diabetes ‘very low’

WASHINGTON – According to a multi-cultural study, the first time that many patients realise that diabetes can affect their kidneys is when they are referred to renal services.

UK researchers who spoke to 48 patients with diabetes attending specialist renal services in Leicester, … Read more : Awareness about kidney risks posed by diabetes ‘very low’.

Obesity can cause cancer: Experts

NEW DELHI – Body fat, known to trigger problems related to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, is also a potential cause of different types of cancer, experts believe.

Excess fat leads to a high body mass index (BMI – the percentage of fat in proportion to weight and height of a person), which increases the risk … Read more : Obesity can cause cancer: Experts.

High risk of heart disease in preadolescent kids with type 1diabetes

WASHINGTON – Preadolescent children with type 1diabetes have a 200 percent to 400 percent greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes, according to a new study.

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin discovered that the early signs of cardiovascular disease are likely to manifest before the onset … Read more >>>.

Brain insulin plays critical role in development of diabetes

WASHINGTON – Scientists have discovered a novel function of brain insulin.

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that impaired brain insulin action may be the cause of the unrestrained lipolysis that initiates and worsens type 2 diabetes in humans.

Led by Christoph Buettner, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes … Read : Brain insulin plays critical role in development of diabetes.

Gastric bypass surgery leads to better long-term results

WASHINGTON – Two new studies have found that gastric bypass surgery lead to better long-term results including greater weight loss, resolution of diabetes and improved quality of life compared with sleeve gastrectomy and “lap-band” surgery.

The most common surgical procedure for treating diabetes in the United States is the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, more commonly referred …. Original article on Gaea Times at  : Gastric bypass surgery leads to better long-term results.

Missing sugar molecule ‘increases diabetes risk’

WASHINGTON – Scientists say that an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in human millions of years ago and our subsequent inability to produce a specific kind of sugar molecule appears to make people more vulnerable to developing type 2 diabetes, especially if they’re overweight.

The study was carried out by researchers at the University of California, … Original article on : Missing sugar molecule ‘increases diabetes risk’.

Fatty liver ‘independently increases Type 2 diabetes risk’

WASHINGTON – In a new study, scientists have found that individuals with fatty liver were five times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those without fatty liver.

This higher risk seemed to occur regardless of the patient’s fasting insulin levels, which were used as a marker of insulin resistance.

The study has shown that fatty …. Source article  : Fatty liver ‘independently increases Type 2 diabetes risk’.

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