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2011-10-11 05:51:16

Time to start harvesting your own stem cells! A recent study shows that a new treatment for diabetes uses patients' own stem cells can overcome a shortage of insulin-producing cells without the need for gene transfer.

2011-10-10 07:00:00

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified a gene that may be responsible for determining an individual's susceptibility to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as reported

2011-10-07 11:00:07

Researchers in Japan have discovered how a patient's neural stem cells could be used as an alternative source of the beta cells needed for a regenerative treatment for diabetes.

2011-09-14 07:00:00

Most people don't know, however, that Lily was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and that her diabetes requires her to carefully manage her meals, her blood sugar levels,

2011-09-12 14:17:33

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have identified the key signal that prompts production of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas -- a breakthrough discovery that may ultimately help researchers find ways to restore or increase beta cell function in people with type 1 diabetes.

2011-09-07 12:33:30

A somewhat mysterious soft tissue found in the fetus during early development in the womb plays a pivotal role in the formation of mature beta cells the sole source of the body's insulin.

2011-09-06 22:32:12

One of the holy grails in diabetes research is to discover molecules that stimulate beta cell growth and to find drugs that target these molecules.

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2011-08-15 05:15:00

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have long been linked, but a new study has discovered exactly how high-fat diets serve as a catalyst for a sequence of events that ultimately lead to the onset of the disease.

2011-08-09 14:58:21

A newly-identified protein may hold the key to keeping appetite and blood sugar in check, according to a study by York University researchers.


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2010-12-03 18:12:26

Insulin, a hormone, is used to regulate carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells to take up glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen in the liver and muscle. This hormone stops the body from using fat as an energy source by inhibiting the release of glucagons. Without insulin the body fails to take glucose into the bodies cells and in turns uses fat as an energy source. It also has several other anabolic effects throughout the body. Diabetes mellitus results...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.