Stem Cell Therapy For Diabetes: UCSF and Novocell Receive a Huge New Grant

Stem Cell Therapy For Diabetes:  UCSF and Novocell Receive a Huge New Grant

I just got word that a company named Novocell and a team of researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), headed by Jeffrey Bluestone, have received a huge grant for work on a cellular therapy for diabetes. How … Read more

Diabetic Flu Shots, Revisited

Diabetic Flu Shots, Revisited

Just another reminder that if you’ve got diabetes (or even if you don’t), you really should get a flu shot — and as I noted in a previous post, that really means two shots:  the regular flu shot, which you … Read more

Control Freaks

Control Freaks

I was just scanning through my daily google alerts and noticed a ton of articles from the Los Angeles Times about diabetes, from a basic primer on diabetes to a multimedia illustration of how diabetes affects blood sugar to pieces … Read more

Symlin Update

Symlin Update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Symlin, the drug that helps smooth out blood sugars after meals. (To find out more about Symlin, check out my primer here.) It’s been nearly two months since I started taking it, … Read more

A different kind of auto-immune attack

A different kind of auto-immune attack

I had an awful diabetic day today, one where my blood sugars veered out of control at around 11 this morning and, to this very moment, have not returned to normal. It started with breakfast: a low-fat, plain greek yogurt … Read more

Jay Cutler Goes Public With Type 1

Jay Cutler Goes Public With Type 1

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is producing a series of videos (as well as running a fundraising effort) about his life with Type 1 diabetes, The New York Times reports. He’s not the first athlete to go public about living with … Read more

The hunt for the first antigen

The hunt for the first antigen

We would like to be able to know who will develop type 1 diabetes long before it happens and have a treatment ready that will stop it from happening. This is a tall order and the path to this goal … Read more

A Genetic Fuse for Diabetes?

A Genetic Fuse for Diabetes?

According to this press release, a team of Australian scientists have discovered a tiny genetic irregularity that boosts the expression of a key gene that might lead to the development of Type 1 Diabetes.  I haven’t seen the actual paper, … Read more

Amylin for Weight Loss

Amylin for Weight Loss

A quick post with some breaking news: next week, Amylin Pharmaceuticals is scheduled to announce results from an obesity trial it’s doing to, as I understand it, try to understand why synthetic amylin (a hormone marketed under the brand name … Read more

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