News This Week From The World of Diabetes Research & Treatment

Weekly News On Diabetes Research and Treatment

The world of diabetes is constantly changing. New technology, new research and new thinking lead to changes in how diabetes is treated and managed, almost every week. It’s best to keep up-to-date with these developments and hence, this weekly report. We hope our previous report covered all the major developments in the world of diabetes last week. Here you have this week’s report:

The Good:

  1. Indiana Biosciences Research Institute unveils new initiative to fight Type 2 diabetes

The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, in a major move, is taking lead in a new effort to understand how type 2 diabetes varies from patient to patient. The institute has access to data on more than 800,000 diabetics in the Hoosier State. Researchers, from across the globe, see it as a big step toward the development of new treatments and improved diagnostic tools.


  1. Stronger focus required on mental health problems associated with diabetes – American Diabetes Association

In what comes as welcome news to diabetics, American Diabetes Association has upgraded the standard care for diabetes. It now recommends stronger focus on mental health problems associated with diabetes, a lower body mass index level to qualify for bariatric surgery, and the reporting of low blood sugar levels to physicians.


  1. Scotland’s research into blueberries could help diabetics

A research aimed at boosting blueberries production, being carried out by James Hutton Research Institute of Scotland, could be set to have the additional benefit of helping diabetes sufferers control their disorder. Additionally, researchers at the Rowett institute have shown that drinking a concentrated extract made from the berries significantly lowers glucose levels after eating.


The Bad:

  1. New study suggests that diabetes increases the risk of death in patients on dialysis

Kidney diseases are hard to diagnose in the initial stages. Before patients can even associate the symptoms or experience it, kidneys can degenerate to the point of not working. Diabetes only makes this situation worse. .The risk of death is several times higher for diabetics on haemodialysis, scientists have found.



  1. Promising diabetes ‘breakthrough’ by Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, comes unglues with a major retraction

One of the most high-profile researchers in diabetes, Douglas Melton, has retracted a paper once heralded as a breakthrough, following multiple failed attempts to reproduce its headline-grabbing results.  In 2013, Melton’s lab reported a promising discovery which stated that hormone found in the liver seemed to spur the production of insulin-producing cells in mice, lighting the way for a new approach to treating diabetes.



  1. Americans spend more on diabetes than on any other disease

A new research indicates that almost half of health-care spending in United States goes in the treatment of a small group of diseases. Diabetes leads the pack, far outpacing other conditions in total dollars spent. Diabetes is the most expensive condition in terms of total dollars spent nationwide, costing $101 billion in diagnosis and treatment in 2013.


The Newsworthy:

  1. Global Mobile Health Apps and Solutions Market is Expected to Gain Popularity Across the Globe

Mobile healthcare means integrating healthcare applications in mobile technology for healthcare solutions. Mobile health apps and solutions help clinicians to document more accurate and complete records, improve productivity, access information, and communicate findings and treatments.


Well, that’s it for this week. We will be back next week with all the news from the world of diabetes. Leave a comment if you want us to include news that we may have missed.


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