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Insulin: Appetite Suppressant? Researchers Say Maybe

First study of insulin's direct effect on behavior

(Newser) - Even people who don't have diabetes may some day take insulin if the findings from a small new study hold. Researchers report in the journal Nature Communications that, in what may be the first study to look at how insulin impacts behavior, the hormone may suppress one's appetite.... More »

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

Quick thinking, light of insulin pump gave Brittany Diggs the chance to escape

(Newser) - The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin... More »

Your Favorite Breakfast Foods Could Be Giving You Lung Cancer

Also white rice, pineapple, popcorn, and more

(Newser) - That morning bagel, bowl of corn flakes, or packet of instant oatmeal could be increasing your risk of lung cancer, according to a study published this month. NBC News reports researchers in Texas found a link between foods with a high glycemic index and lung cancer, which kills more Americans... More »

Woman Gets First Transplant Necessitated by Needle Phobia

Diabetic patient couldn't handle her daily insulin shots

(Newser) - It's not too strange to hear about a diabetic undergoing a pancreas transplant. What's unusual here is that the transplant was necessitated by the UK patient's extreme fear of needles—the first time that's happened anywhere in the world, the BBC reports. Sue York, 55, has... More »

'Good' Carbs, 'Bad' Carbs? It Might Not Matter at All

Short-term study finds those who eat few carbs can enjoy all types

(Newser) - Eating too many carbohydrates is largely considered to be bad for our health—leading to weight gain, higher cholesterol levels, and more heart disease risk factors. But when people follow a low-carb diet, the types of carbs they eat may not be so important, finds a new study out of... More »

Huge Breakthrough in Quest for Type 1 Diabetes Cure

Scientists have coaxed stem cells into ones that produce insulin in mice

(Newser) - There's no known cure for Type 1 diabetes, so for 3 million Americans, an insulin pump or regular insulin injections form an imperfect and temporary solution. And it's one that doesn't always keep some of the disease's worst outcomes, including blindness and limb amputation, at bay.... More »

FDA OKs New Inhaled Insulin, but Doubts Remain

Experts raise safety concerns about Afrezza

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new system for taking insulin, potentially offering diabetes sufferers an new alternative to injection. Afrezza allows patients to inhale the medication through a pocket-sized device, the New York Times reports. It's not the first inhalation insulin; Pfizer's Exubera went off the market after... More »

New Hope for Diabetics: Mouse Hormone

Betatrophin helps mice grow insulin-producing cells in pancreas

(Newser) - A lowly mouse hormone holds hope for the country's soaring number of diabetics, a new study finds. It seems that betatrophin can grow new insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas; these are the same cells that are either dead (Type 1) or ineffective (Type 2) in diabetics, reports USA ... More »

TB Vaccine Might Reverse Type 1 Diabetes

In early test, it helps people produce insulin on their own

(Newser) - A potentially life-changing development for those who suffer from type 1 diabetes, the more serious form of the disease: A vaccine used for decades to treat tuberculosis might not only reduce the need for daily insulin shots but actually reverse the disease itself, reports Bloomberg . Type 1 diabetics need daily... More »

Airport Scanner Breaks Teen's Insulin Pump

She was told to get scanned despite note from doctor

(Newser) - TSA agents forced a Denver teen to go to through a full-body scanner, which broke her $10,000 insulin pump, according to the girl. Savannah Barry, 16, says she approached agents with a letter from her doctor, and told them about the pump, but she was told to go through... More »

Wisconsin Clinic: 2K Possibly Exposed to HIV

Nurse spent five years improperly using insulin pens

(Newser) - A Wisconsin health clinic has warned that 2,345 patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis, or other blood-borne diseases by a nurse who improperly used diabetic injection devices. The nurse, whose job involved teaching newly diagnosed diabetics how to use insulin pens, used the same pen every time... More »

Nurse Arrested Over Hospital Sabotage Deaths

British nurse faces murder charges over insulin poisoning deaths

(Newser) - A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three patients who died after vials of intravenous saline solution were tampered with . The 27-year-old suspect worked in the two wards in a British hospital where a total of 14 patients fell ill after receiving solution contaminated with insulin, the Telegraph... More »

Sabotage Blamed for Hospital Deaths

2 die in UK hospital after drips tampered with

(Newser) - Police fear that a killer member of staff could be on the loose in a British hospital. After a nurse noticed that several patients had unexpectedly low blood sugar levels, the hospital found that vials of intravenous saline solution appeared to have been injected with insulin. A dozen patients were... More »

New Hope for Pregnant Diabetics

Artificial pancreas could save lives of mothers, improve babies' health

(Newser) - An artificial pancreas can dramatically reduce the risks of pregnancy for women with Type 1 diabetes, British researchers say. Self-management of insulin levels can be very difficult because physiological and hormonal changes make the safe range for blood sugar levels much narrower—in fact, pregnant diabetics' levels fall outside what... More »

Soda Linked to Cancer: Study

2 soft drinks a week could raise pancreatic cancer risk by 87%

(Newser) - Soda drinkers could face a sharply higher risk of developing cancer than those who abstain from soft drinks. A study looking at 60,000 Chinese Singaporeans over 14 years found that those who drank more than two sodas a week were 87% more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... More »

To Boost Memory, Go to Sleep

How shut-eye helps you remember, process more

(Newser) - Popping pills and or toiling away at Sudoku may help boost memory, but according to a slew of recent studies, good old-fashioned sleep may be best: It strengthens long-term memory, decision-making, and creativity. "It turns out we are not like TiVo," says a sleep researcher, which "is... More »

Cell Transplant Saves Soldier From Diabetes

Cells from his damaged pancreas produce insulin in liver

(Newser) - University of Miami doctors spared wounded airman Tre Porfirio a lifetime of severe diabetes with a first-of-its-kind emergency cell transplant from his own bullet-riddled kidney. Porfirio had been shot in the back in Afghanistan, forcing Walter Reed’s doctors to remove much of his stomach and intestines. They had planned... More »

Stem Cells Offer Hope in Treating Type 1 Diabetes

Procedure isn't a cure, but kept patients off insulin for up to 4 years

(Newser) - Treatment for Type 1 diabetes may have taken a huge step forward, thanks to a procedure using a person's own stem cells to combat the disease. Although scientists stress that the treatment isn't a cure—and called for more study, given that the initial group consisted of just 23 subjects—... More »

Insulin May Help Treat Alzheimer's

Researchers liken degenerative disease to brain diabetes

(Newser) - Alzheimer’s disease “is a type of brain diabetes”—meaning that insulin treatments could help fight it, scientists say. Researchers found that brain cells treated with insulin plus a drug to speed its effects were much less affected by the disease, the BBC reports. “Our results demonstrate... More »

Jobs May Have Pancreas Removed

Surgery would require insulin treatment, with risk of diabetes

(Newser) - Apple’s ailing CEO, who announced a 5-month leave of absence yesterday, may have his pancreas removed, doctors say. Steve Jobs had parts of it removed during surgery after a 2004 cancer diagnosis; now it may be necessary to remove the entire organ to avoid pancreatic leak, a potential side... More »

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