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Diet Fizzy Drinks Might Still Contribute to Diabetes, Rat Study Suggests

For as long as artificial sweeteners have existed, people have been warned about their supposed health risks such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. But while these claims are routinely debunked as nothing more than junk science, some research—including a new study presented this week at the annual Experimental Biology conference—is beginning to indicate that sweeteners could actually contribute to health problems like type 2 diabetes. Read More >>

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There May Actually be Three Kinds of Type 2 Diabetes

Our conception of diabetes might be way off-base, a large international collaboration of researchers argue this month in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Rather than just type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there could be at least five broad ways the insulin disorder manifests. Read More >>

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Could Gene Therapy One Day Cure Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, the body engages in warfare with itself, the immune system mistakenly treating the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas as a harmful invader, destroying the cells along with the body’s ability to regulate sugar. Typically diagnosed in youth, it has no cure, and patients face a lifetime of insulin injections and complications. Read More >>

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This Stick-on Biosensor Monitors Blood Sugar—No Needle Necessary

Measuring your blood sugar may be weirdly trendy, but if you’re one of the estimated 3.5 million Brits with diabetes, it’s mostly a pain. A literal pain. People with diabetes either have to prick their fingers and draw blood or wear a monitor with a tiny tube inserted into their skin to continuously measure glucose in the fluid between cells. And sticking a needle in yourself isn’t exactly pleasant. Read More >>

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Spoilt Instagram Generation Fat Cats are Developing Diabetes

Vets are seeing a massive rise in cases of diabetes among cats in the UK, as a generation of the furry social media content generators falls victim to the same obesity crisis as their owners. Read More >>

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US Approves World’s First Automated Insulin Pump for Diabetics

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G, a medical device that monitors a diabetic’s sugar levels, and then automatically injects the required dose of insulin. Read More >>

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Poisonous Snail Goo Could Rescue Diabetics

Cone snails employ a fast-acting venom to paralyse their prey. But what is bad news for fish is good news for diabetics. New research suggests the “weaponised insulin” produced by these sea critters is far more efficient than conventional medicines used to treat high blood sugar. Read More >>

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We Finally Know How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

For years, assistance dogs have been used to detect low blood sugar levels in their diabetic owners and warn of an impending hypoglycemia attack. Scientists have finally figured out how dogs are able to accomplish this feat—an insight that could lead to new medical sensors. Read More >>

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Nearly Half a Billion People Now Have Diabetes

Today is World Health Day, and to mark the occasion, the World Health Organization has released its first ever global report on diabetes. The results are frightening. Read More >>

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This Wearable Patch Monitors Blood Sugar and Injects Drugs

This little patch may look like a waterproof plaster, but it’s much more intelligent than that. Its gold-and-graphene circuitry is capable of keeping an eye on your pH, temperature, and glucose levels. Then, it punches you with micro-needles to inject a dose of drugs. Read More >>

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Can Anonymous Data Sharing Improve the Lives of Diabetics?

One of the tech world's serial innovators is tackling the difficult world of diabetes and blood glucose control, with Jeff Dachis suggesting that his new app that lets sufferers share their blood test data might lead to better levels of control for everyone. Read More >>

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A Rub-On Tattoo for Diabetics Could Mean the End of Finger Pricking 

Pricking your finger for a blood glucose test will never, ever be fun. Thankfully, scientists have been hard at work on a bloodless and needle-less alternative: a rub-on temporary tattoo that, as weird as it sounds, sucks glucose gently through the surface of the skin. Read More >>