Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people each year through diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, according to new research from Tufts University. “It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” notes lead researcher Dariush Mozaffarian, who says these drinks have…
The antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red wine and other foods like nuts and soy, is known for its ability to decrease incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, leading some to call it the "elixir of youth." Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute now have an explanation for how it works.
In what's being called one of the most important advances to date in the field, researchers at Harvard have used stem cells to create insulin-producing beta cells in large quantities. Human transplantation trials could only be a few years away.
The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance. So how will modern culture shape the genetic legacies we leave to our descendents?
Biologists have discovered a rare mutation that kills off the gene responsible for Type 2 diabetes. The mutation, which reduces risk by up to two-thirds (even in obese people), destroys a gene used by pancreas cells where insulin is made. It's a promising discovery that could result a drug that mimics the mutation's…
A gene variant that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. People who carry the higher risk version of the gene, named SLC16A11, are 25% more likely to have diabetes than those who do not, and 50% more likely if both parents have it. Yet another thing we…
Artist and physician Odra Noel has created an arresting map of global health, plotting microscopic views of the diseased tissues that correspond to each region's deadliest illnesses.
What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here's why.
Ever heard of phthalates? They're a class of chemicals used to soften plastics found in everything from household containers to medical supplies, and to stabilize colors and fragrances in cosmetics like lipstick and perfume.
Rotating shift work is remarkably unpleasant. The frequent changes from day to night work have previously been linked to cancer and heart problems, and new research has shown that it also can cause an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women. This discovery applies to those poor, unfortunate souls who have to…
Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world, and coffee is one of the most popular means of ingesting it. Over 50% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, and that figure is thought to be increasing every year.
Even in a society that lives for the quick fix, a daily pill that could help prevent Type II diabetes sounds too good to be true. But a team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine claims to be taking the first steps to making such a compound a reality.
Two federal lawmakers have asked the General Accountability Office to look into the security of medical devices after a researcher showed how he was able to hack his insulin pump and alter settings due to security flaws in the system.
They may not do their own grocery shopping, wear makeup, or do their taxes, but there's no denying that proteins, just like us, do go to work in shifts. Health problems come up when our day and night shifts clash with what our proteins are programmed to do.
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and now we know just where the disease it at its worst: in a cluster of 644 counties in 15 largely southeastern states, making up America's "Diabetes Belt."
Spectrometers may allow people to scan themselves instead of sticking themselves. Yes, laser technology is now acquiring the companion technologies necessary to help diabetics stop having to poke themselves full of holes in order to stay alive.
Eighty DNA variants associated with type-1 diabetes have undergone positive selection, increasing in prevalence over recent generations. Here's the crazy part - 58 of those variantsincrease the risk of the deadly disease. Why is evolution seemingly out to get us?
Insulin is even more important to your health than we thought - not only can problems with it cause diabetes, but they can also cause schizophrenia. The good news? This new discovery could lead to treatments for both conditions.
Many diabetics endure daily finger pricks to test their blood sugar levels. But advances in nanotechnology could soon mean that diabetics need endure the needle only once: to get a glucose-tracking tattoo.
Not content with trying to warn us about the impending destruction of the planet Earth, it now appears that dolphins may also hold the key to curing a strain of diabetes. Is there nothing these cute mammals can't do?