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Immune Therapy Stops Diabetes in Mouse Study

Mon Jun 7, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using one type of immune system cell to turn off another stopped type-1 diabetes in mice and may offer a new approach to the devastating disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The study suggests it may be possible to retrain a faulty immune system, stopping it from ravaging the pancreas and causing type-1 or juvenile diabetes, the researchers said.


Think About Statins for Every Diabetic -Group

Thu Jun 3, 2004

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost everyone with diabetes should consider taking a statin drug to lower cholesterol, even if they already have low cholesterol levels, the American Diabetes Association advised on Thursday.

Diabetes patients are at such high risk of heart disease that the statins almost certainly will do them some good, the group said in its latest treatment guidelines.

People with diabetes should all consider taking a daily aspirin, too, the new guidelines say.


Obesity/Diabetes Could Hit Life Expectancy -Experts

By Patricia Reaney

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Twin global epidemics of obesity and diabetes are out of control and could reduce life expectancy in the future, health experts said on Friday.

Obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes, already affects 300 million people worldwide while an estimated 194 million suffer from diabetes.

By 2025 the number of obese people is expected soar to 333 million.


Avoiding Painful Side Effect of Diabetes

TUESDAY, May 25 (HealthDayNews) -- A Midwestern University study may help explain why people with type 2 diabetes and women with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop urinary tract infections (UTIs) than people with type 1 diabetes.

The researchers focused on the effects of insulin on Escherichia coli bacteria, which commonly cause UTIs. They found that concentrations of insulin and glucose similar to levels found in the urine of people with type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes increase the ability of E. coli to adhere in the bladder.


Water Pills Increase Diabetes Risk in Major Study

Fri 21 May, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a major study of blood pressure drugs, patients treated with water pills, or "diuretics," were at increased risk of developing diabetes, according to research presented here at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension.

But Dr. Joshua Barzilay, from Emory University in Atlanta, said that the increase in diabetes did not translate into an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.


Angioplasty Linked to Higher Death Risk in Diabetics

Thu May 13, 2004

By Michelle Rizzo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetic patients who undergo angioplasty, a minimally invasive method of opening blocked heart vessels, are more likely to die in the years following treatment than their peers without diabetes, new research shows.


Chest Pain Doesn't Worsen Heart Disease in Diabetics

Wed May 12, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The presence of cardiac chest pain, or angina, does not seem to affect the heart disease outcomes of patients with diabetes, according to a report in the European Heart Journal. By contrast, the presence of high blood pressure or shortness of breath predicted a worse outcome.


New Onset Diabetes, Too, Risky for Heart

Wed May 5, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes, whether newly diagnosed or long-standing, raises the risk of heart attack and related problems by about threefold in people with high blood pressure, new research suggests.

Although diabetes is known to develop in patients being treated for high blood pressure, the significance of this phenomenon is unclear, lead author Dr. Paolo Verdecchia, from the Universita di Perugia in Italy, and colleagues note in the medical journal Hypertension.


Vascular inflammation tied to diabetes, heart disease Finding could aid in type 2 screening

By Anita Manning

Inflammation that prevents blood vessels from dilating properly could be the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease, researchers report today in The Journal of the American Medical Association.


Gov't Says 41 Million Have Pre-Diabetes

Thu Apr 29, 2004


WASHINGTON - Millions more Americans than previously thought have signs of what could later turn into diabetes, the government says.

Doubling previous figures, the government estimates that 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes — blood sugar high enough to dramatically increase their risk of getting the full-blown disease.