Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 19, 2010
Gene therapy reverses type 1 diabetes in mice
Researchers have developed an experimental cure for Type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects about one in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents.

Cutting carbs is more effective than low-fat diet for insulin-resistant women
Obese women with insulin resistance lose more weight after three months on a lower-carbohydrate diet than on a traditional low-fat diet with the same number of calories, according to a new study.

Targeting disease remission has socio-economic benefits over low disease activity
Achieving disease remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) provides superior outcomes across measures of socio-economic importance including work productivity and quality of life according to results presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, Italy.

Blood deficiencies are strong predictors of poor outcome
For health care professionals diagnosing primary Sjogren's Syndrome (pSS, an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack and destroy moisture-producing glands), the incidence of blood based deficiencies is the strongest predictor of a poor outcome in patients according to the results of a study presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, Italy.

Poor control of diabetes may be linked to low vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes and may be associated with poor blood sugar control, according to a new study.

Bariatric surgery in diabetic adults improves insulin sensitivity better than diet
Gastric bypass surgery improves type 2 diabetes by other mechanisms in addition to weight loss and does so better than a low-calorie diet despite achieving equal weight loss, a new study finds.

'Lap-band' weight loss surgery in very obese adults improves mental health
One year after weight loss surgery with laparoscopic gastric banding, extremely obese adults demonstrate not only better physical health but also improved psychological health, a new study shows.

Certain obese people are not at high risk of heart disease, diabetes
Obese people without metabolic risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, do not have the elevated cardiovascular risk typical of obesity, but they represent only a small percentage of the obese population, according to a long-term study.

Many people with diabetes do not know or heed dangers of hot weather
A new survey shows that diabetic individuals who live in a hot climate have important gaps in their
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