The Beast Within: Experimental Diabetes Treatment Infuses Pig Cells Into Humans

The Beast Within: Experimental Diabetes Treatment Infuses Pig Cells Into Humans

Living Cell Technologies announced that the first patient in their trial to receive a transplant of insulin producing porcine cells is doing well, and has reduced his insulin dose by 30%.  Great news!  A few months ago I read about … Read more

Can I Hear It For The Embryonic Stem Cells?

Can I Hear It For The Embryonic Stem Cells?

Great news from the National Institutes of Health and JDRF: yesterday, NIH announced that 13 new human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for use in NIH-funded research — making them the first stem cell lines to be approved … Read more

Diabetes in Antiquity

Diabetes in Antiquity

I don’t want to start a war of the nerds or anything, but since Catherine Price brought up her love of Latin, it seems like a fine time to confess that I too am a language mega-dork.  In college and … Read more

Pumping Insulin

Pumping Insulin

The closed loop system is the Holy Grail sought after as an engineering solution for type 1 diabetes. Unlike glucose sensors which need quite a bit of work to take over any decision making (see my last post for details), … Read more

Come on, Nebraska

Come on, Nebraska

According to the New York Times, the University of Nebraska is considering restricting its stem cell experiments to cell lines approved by former President George W. Bush. For anyone who has forgotten the history, in 2001 Bush declared that federal … Read more

Seeing Glucose

Seeing Glucose

Whether flesh and blood or plastic and silicon; the cure for late stage diabetics will be a new pancreas. How to build a mechanical version is the question addressed in a recent review by M. Hoshino and colleagues. We refer … Read more

Dangers from Without and Within

Dangers from Without and Within

“I’ve always understood that the job of insulin was to move glucose from the blood into the cell, which is why in the absence of sufficient insulin, glucose ends up hanging out in the blood, picking fights and causing trouble. So … Read more

The Sorbitol Blues

The Sorbitol Blues

Whether type 1 or type 2, the number one obsession for the diabetic individual is blood glucose. There is good reason for this. The host of complications that await the unfortunates who do not control their blood glucose level is … Read more

Unfettered RAGE

Unfettered RAGE

Glucose, that innocuous sweet molecule, is reactive. Chemically, what happens is that glucose has a slight reducing capacity (i.e. the capacity to accept electrons) and it is quite happy to accept electrons from the epsilon amino group of the amino … Read more

Your Children Are What You Eat

Your Children Are What You Eat

The phrase “you are what you eat” came to us through a bit of physiology snark. According to The Phrase Finder: “Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je … Read more

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