Type 1 Diabetes: Sensor, Pump, Action!

Research Paper Title Home Use of an Artificial Beta Cell in Type 1 Diabetes. Background The feasibility, safety, and efficacy of prolonged use of an artificial beta cell (closed-loop insulin-delivery system) in the home setting have not been established. Methods In two multi-centre, crossover, randomised, controlled studies conducted under free-living home conditions, the researchers compared… Read More

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Australia & Diabetes: I Like Being Accurate!

Headline: New diet and exercise programme helps people with type 2 diabetes cut medication ADELAIDE researchers have developed a diet and exercise program the CSIRO says has proven highly effective in reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes, including an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels. Some people in the trial were able… Read More

PCSK9 and LDL Cholesterol: Any Good?

An editorial from the Annals of Internal Medicine in the April 2015 edition: In 2003, mutations in the gene encoding the enzyme proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) were identified as genetic causes for familial hypercholesterolemia (1). Investigations soon showed that PCSK9 was a key regulator of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol metabolism that promoted the… Read More

Economic Crisis, Diabetes Burden & Cardiovascular Mortality

Research Paper Title Population-wide Weight Loss and Regain in Relation to Diabetes Burden and Cardiovascular Mortality in Cuba 1980-2010: Repeated Cross Sectional Surveys and Ecological Comparison of Secular Trends. Study Question Did the pattern of population-wide weight loss and regain in Cuba during and after the economic crisis  of the 1990s result in changes in… Read More