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He Switched to Low-Cost Insulin to Save for Wedding, Died

Fiancee found Virginia man at the dog kennel where he worked for $16.50 per hour

(Newser) - A diabetic man's death in Virginia shortly after he aged out of a family health insurance plan is highlighting the deadly consequences of the skyrocketing costs of insulin. Josh Wilkerson, who had Type 1 diabetes, couldn't afford to buy the prescription brand of insulin he needed—at a... More »

This Is the First State to Cap the Price of Insulin

'The days of insulin price gouging are over in Colorado'

(Newser) - With the soaring price of insulin forcing some diabetics to ration the drug , Colorado has become the first state to introduce a price cap. The state has introduced a law that caps the price of co-pays for insured patients to $100 a month, USA Today reports. "The days of... More »

Did Insulin Rationing Kill a 26-Year-Old?

The 'Washington Post' looks at tragic case of young man who died after losing insurance coverage

(Newser) - Alec Raeshawn Smith was shocked to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 23. The incurable autoimmune disease, which often strikes in childhood, is far less common than type 2 diabetes, which does not always require patients to take insulin. Type 1 diabetics must take it; before the hormone... More »

Cops: Boyfriend 'Did Nothing' as Diabetic Girlfriend Died

He now faces a manslaughter charge in her death

(Newser) - Fabiola Cosme-Feliciano was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2, but that didn't stop the Florida 19-year-old from competing in weightlifting and cheerleading. "It showed that she can do everything just like everybody else," her cheerleading coach recalls. But Cosme-Feliciano died in December while staying at... More »

We've Been Thinking About Diabetes All Wrong: Study

Researchers say there are 5 clusters, not 2 types, of diabetes

(Newser) - More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, but a study published Thursday in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes we've been thinking about the disease all wrong. The BBC reports diabetes is typically separated into type 1—an immune system disease—and type 2—mostly seen as the result... More »

Good News for Diabetics: FDA OKs 'Artificial Pancreas'

Device helps people with Type 1 diabetes

(Newser) - Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed. The "MiniMed 670G" device from Medtronic was approved Wednesday for patients with Type 1 diabetes, the kind... 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 »

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 »

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 »

We've Made Huge Progress on One Diabetes Front

Dangerous complications are way down

(Newser) - A major federal study points to vast improvements in the fight against diabetes-related ailments, thanks in large part to improving treatment. Complications from diabetes have plummeted over two decades, the New York Times reports: For instance, heart attacks among diabetes sufferers have dropped 68% since 1990 (and 31% in the... 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 »

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 »

Scientists Find Potential Cure for Diabetes in Men

Testicular tissue could help patients grow their own insulin

(Newser) - Scientists have made a breakthrough that they think could lead to a cure for diabetes in men. In recent experiments on diabetic mice, researchers were able to use tiny slivers of human testicular tissue to make replacements for the faulty cells that cause the condition, allowing the mice to produce... 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 »

Leukemia Drugs Cure Mouse Diabetes

Common cancer treatment sent disease into rapid remission

(Newser) - Two common leukemia drugs prevented or halted mouse diabetes in a new study, Reuters reports. The drugs prevented mice predisposed to Type 1 diabetes from developing the disease, and sent 80% of mice who already had it into remission within weeks. Scientists say the mice maintained normal blood sugar levels... More »

24M Americans Diabetic: CDC

Big increase of disease linked to obesity has 8% of US suffering, feds report

(Newser) - Almost 8% of the US population has diabetes, the government reported today. About 24 million Americans suffer from type-1 or -2 diabetes, an increase of 3 million since 2005, Reuters notes. Another 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic, a condition of insulin insensitivity that predisposes them to type-2 diabetes, the Centers... More »

Diabetic Dieters Take Big Risks

Skipping insulin as weight-loss technique leads to early death

(Newser) - Psychologists studying eating habits in type 1 diabetics have found that women who cut back on their insulin as a weight management tactic—and 30% do—triple their chances of dying young. Women who restrict their insulin use have higher rates of kidney disease and foot problems, and die on... More »

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