New U.S. healthcare law could spell disaster for diabetes

If the American Health Care Act of 2017 — passed by the House of Representatives in May as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act and currently wending its way through the Senate — is ultimately passed, there will be disastrous consequences for many people with diabetes, according to a presentation by experts here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017 Scientific Sessions.  (read more)

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No ‘vaccination’ effect seen in children at risk for diabetes

A small pilot study testing a “vaccine” against type 1 diabetes in children has yielded disappointing results, according to new findings presented here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Two injections of alum-formulated glutamate decarboxylase (alum-GAD, Diamyd), administered 30 days apart, did not delay or prevent the development of diabetes in the participants, compared with children in the control group, principal investigator Helena Elding Larsson, MD, PhD, said during a press conference on type 1 diabetes prevention. (read more)

The role of vitamin A in diabetes

There has been no known link between diabetes and vitamin A – until now. A new study suggests that the vitamin improves the insulin producing β-cell´s function.

The researchers initially discovered that insulin-producing beta-cells contain a large quantity of a cell surface receptor for vitamin A. (read more)

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