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2011-01-31 07:39:49

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- About 1 million people are affected by type 1 diabetes in the United States. According to a new study, type 1 diabetes could be converted to an asymptomatic, non-insulin dependent disorder by eliminating the actions of a specific hormone. Type 1 diabetes is typically first diagnosed in children and teenagers. It is a disease where the body doesn't produce insulin -- a hormone that is needed to convert sugars, starches, and other food into energy. Glucagon is a hormone...

2011-01-27 15:26:34

Type 1 diabetes could be converted to an asymptomatic, non-insulin-dependent disorder by eliminating the actions of a specific hormone, new findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggest. These findings in mice show that insulin becomes completely superfluous and its absence does not cause diabetes or any other abnormality when the actions of glucagon are suppressed. Glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas, prevents low blood sugar levels in healthy individuals. It causes...

2010-03-24 15:27:05

DALLAS -- Using leptin alone in place of standard insulin therapy shows promise in abating symptoms of type 1 diabetes, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. UT Southwestern researchers, using mouse models, found that leptin administered instead of insulin showed better management of blood-sugar variability and lipogenesis, the conversion of simple sugars into fatty acids. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of body weight. Dr. Roger Unger,...

2010-03-08 14:18:40

The collection of symptoms that is the metabolic syndrome"”insulin resistance, high cholesterol, fatty liver, and a greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke"”are all related to obesity, but, according to a review in the March 9th issue of the Cell Press publication Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, not in the way you probably think they are. In fact, says Roger Unger of the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, obesity is the body's way of storing lipids...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'