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June 15, 2014
Bionic pancreas outperforms insulin pump in adults, youth
People with type 1 diabetes who used a bionic pancreas instead of manually monitoring glucose using fingerstick tests and delivering insulin using a pump were more likely to have blood glucose levels consistently within the normal range, with fewer dangerous lows or highs.

'Disappointed' researchers find lack of political voices on Twitter
Social scientists' analysis of 290,119,348 tweets from 193,522 'politically engaged' Twitter users during the 2012 presidential campaign conventions and debates found little creative thinking, and a slavish blitz of retweeting 'elites' like @billmaher and @seanhannity, according to a new study.

Arctic warming linked to fewer European and US cold weather extremes, new study shows
Climate change is unlikely to lead to more days of extreme cold, similar to those that gripped the USA in a deep freeze last winter, new research has shown.

Advances in predictive hypoglycemia-minimizing technology from Animas-JDRF collaboration
Data from a clinical feasibility study demonstrated that the algorithm was capable of helping maintain glucose above hypoglycemic levels an average of 99.1 percent of the time for the 12 participants investigated, all of whom were adults with type 1 diabetes.

Parasitic worms of pigs could provide new treatments of human diseases
Lead researcher, Dr. Aaron Jex, Faculty of Veterinary Science, said, 'We know that humans infected with the harmless, 'pig whipworm' can have significantly reduced symptoms linked to autoimmune diseases.

Understanding the unique nature of children's bodies and brains
With the increase in childhood obesity and the associated increase in type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents, there is growing interest in how children's bodies process the foods they eat and how obesity and diabetes begin to develop at early ages.

Emotional contagion sweeps Facebook, finds new study
According to a new study by social scientists at Cornell University, UCSF, and Facebook, emotions can spread contagiously among users of online social networks.

Melting and refreezing of deep Greenland ice speeds flow to sea, study says
In a new study in Nature Geoscience, researchers find evidence of widespread refreezing of ice at the bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet; some of these features coincide with faster flows.

Health impacts of planetary change, swelling cities: New assignment for UN think tank in Malaysia
Under a new mandate, UN University's Malaysia-based International Institute for Global Health will advance integrative thinking about the health of people and planetary systems.

Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels in adults, adolescents with type 1 diabetes
The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials -- one in adults, the other in adolescents -- that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities.

Exploring a parasitic tunnel boring machine
The whipworm's unusual strategy of burrowing through the intestine of its human host is explored in an in-depth study of the parasite's genome.
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