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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 »

After Transplant Saves Son, Mom Returns Favor

She's donating kidney to father of deceased youth

(Newser) - It’s the kind of organ donation that California hospital officials say they’ve never seen before: The mother of a man who had a lifesaving pancreas transplant almost 10 years ago is now donating her own kidney to the father of the deceased pancreas donor. When Bill Millard’s... More »

iPhone Used to Create Promising Bionic Pancreas

It performed well in Type 1 diabetes tests

(Newser) - While you were using your iPhone to browse Facebook and read Newser , a group of researchers was modifying an iPhone 4S to be used as a portable artificial pancreas—and in a recent trial, the device successfully regulated the blood sugar levels of people with Type 1 diabetes. About a... 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 »

Processed Meats Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Eating sausage or bacon daily might not be the smartest idea: study

(Newser) - Ease up on that bacon. A new study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests a connection between eating processed meats and pancreatic cancer, reports the BBC . Specifically, eating an extra 50 grams of processed meat every day—about the size of a sausage—will increase your risk of getting... More »

Extreme Diet Cures Type 2 Diabetes

Volunteers cut food intake to 600 calories a day for 2 months

(Newser) - British researchers say obesity-related type 2 diabetes, previously considered a lifelong illness, is curable—if you stop eating. Eleven people with diabetes participated in the extreme experiment, slashing their calories to just 600 a day and consuming only specially formulated drinks and non-starchy vegetables for two months. The volunteers' blood... 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 »

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 »

Surgeons Remove 6 Organs to Save Girl, 7

Child has six vital organs removed so doctors can find a cancerous tumor

(Newser) - A smiling 7-year-old was released from a New York hospital today after surgeons undertook a rare, high-risk operation to save her life, USA Today reports. The operation, performed last month, called for surgeons to temporarily remove her stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver and large and small intestines in order to reach... More »

Ginsburg Cancer Has Not Spread

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer was found at the earliest stage and has not spread beyond her pancreas, the Supreme Court said today. The 75-year-old associate justice returned home to Washington after being released from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Doctors removed Ginsburg's spleen and a portion... 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 »

Jobs' 'Hormone Imbalance' May Signal Cancer

Survival rate for recurrence is 1 to 2 years

(Newser) - Steve Jobs’ statement revealing the “hormone imbalance” that’s caused his weight loss may point to a resurgence of cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jobs survived a rare form of pancreatic cancer that’s less dangerous than the typical kind. But a reappearance of the tumor could suggest... More »

Poor Sleep Linked to Diabetes

Tired bodies have trouble regulating blood sugar, research shows

(Newser) - Poor sleep may lead to weight gain and diabetes, according to new research. After only 3 nights of light sleep, healthy people lost their ability to process sugar by 23%, perhaps explaining why many diabetics also have sleep disorders, ABC News reports. Although the survey sample was small, it casts... More »

New Procedure Gives Hope to Diabetics

UK treatment ends insulin dependency for type 1 sufferers

(Newser) - Car crashes, comas, sudden stabbings, divorces – all are being indirectly diminished as Britain spearheads a new procedure to help sufferers of type 1 diabetes. Victims of the growing disorder are often subject to fits and blackouts as they scramble for insulin, but a new operation is offering hope: already... More »

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