Diabetes news

Added fructose in foods is worse than other sugars in driving diabetes
Eating foods with added fructose-containing sugars results in higher risk of suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Optical sensor measures blood glucose through skin
Swiss research institute Empa and University Hospital Zurich have developed an optical sensor that measures blood sugar levels through the skin, without taking any blood. 23 Jan 2015

Eli Lilly and Adocia collaborate to develop and commercialise rapid insulin technology
Eli Lilly and Adocia have announced a collaboration in which Lilly will be responsible for future development, manufacturing, and commercialization of Adocia's ultra-rapid insulin product, BioChaperone Lispro. 19 Dec 2014

Orgenesis receives patent for potential cure for type 1 diabetes
Orgenesis Inc. has announced that it has received a patent for its technology for converting liver cells to pancreas cells as a potential cure for Type 1 Diabetes. 29 Oct 2014

Low carbohydrate diet improves physical and general health of diabetes patients
A low-carbohydrate diet has a good effect not only on blood glucose, but also on physical functions, bodily pain and general health, according to a two-year study at Linköping University.

Type-1 and type-2 diabetes are caused by the same hormone malfunction
New evidence from research at at the Universities of Manchester and Auckland shows that juvenile-onset or type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes are both caused by the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin. 22 Aug 2014

Medtronic launches $17m programme to support chronic disease care for underserved populations
Medtronic has launched HealthRise, a five-year, US$17m Medtronic Philanthropy program that supports community-based demonstration projects specifically designed to expand access to care and management of chronic, non-communicable diseases. 24 Jun 2014

EU REACTION project develops diabetes management tools
The EU funded REACTION project has developed a set of software tools and devices to help both diabetes patients and medical staff better manage the condition. 24 Jun 2014

New alliance to assess global treatment of retinopathy
A new project has been launched to assess the awareness and treatment of diabetic retinopathy across 40 countries to inform policy and practice related to the condition. 21 May 2014

Why does lack of sleep increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and asthma?
University of Helsinki researchers have discovered new biological links between sleep loss and the immune system. The results help explain why sleep deprivation increases the risk of inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma. 11 Nov 2013

High blood sugar combined with Alzheimer's causes brain damage
High blood-sugar levels damage blood vessels in the brain of Alzheimer's sufferers according to a study at Tulane University published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 31 Oct 2013

Enterovirus associated with type 1 diabetes identified
For the first time, researchers have identified the types of enterovirus associated with type 1 diabetes. Two collaborating teams have published the findings of their separate studies. 24 Oct 2013

JDRF commits $5m to carry diabetes therapies through "valley of death"
Diabetes charity JDRF and technology development company PureTech, have launched T1D Innovations, an organisation focussed on accelerating the development of innovative diabetes therapies. 16 Oct 2013

Sagentia partners with Senseonics to develop glucose monitoring system
Sagentia Inc. has developed an iPhone app for the Senseonics glucose monitoring system to provide self-management assistance to diabetes patients. 1 Oct 2013

Siemens and Iron Man raise profile of diabetes in adolescents
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics used the Marvel Super Hero Iron Man at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in Manchester recently to promote early diagnosis and treatment to manage diabetes effectively. 18 Jun 2013

New model explains development of type 2 diabetes in humans
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a model using mice of the onset of type 2 diabetes and how the body responds to drug treatment. 8 May 2013

Explanation for gastric bypass curing diabetes found
A team from Lund University in Sweden has discovered why a gastric bypass sends diabetes into remission in  the majority of cases, opening the door to developing treatment with the same effect. 1 May 2013

Artificial pancreas improves control of glucose levels for diabetics
The trial of the MD-Logic artificial pancreas in controlling glucose levels during the night has shown it results in significantly fewer events of hypoglycemia and shortened the time patients spent with glucose levels below the normal range as compared to the use of pumps and sensors (control group). 12 Mar 2013

Disruption of body clock linked to diabetes, obesity and heart disease
For the first time a study has shown that insulin production follows the body’s circadian rhythm and disruption of this can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 24 Feb 2013

Organic pesticides associated with increased risk of diabetes
A Spanish study has shown a direct relationship between the presence of persistent organic pollutants in the body and the development of type 2 diabetes, regardless of the patient’s age, gender or body mass index. 19 Feb 2013

Diabetes drug may reduce brain damage after stroke
A common antidiabetic drug is a new potential therapy to reduce brain damage following stroke in type 2 diabetic patients, according to a study in mice. 5 Dec 2012

3D imaging device enables dramatic improvement in wound care
Eykona Medical has developed an imaging device that can automatically measure the characteristics of diabetic wounds in 3D, faster and with greater consistency and accuracy. 13 Nov 2012

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics achieves CE mark for DCA HbA1c diabetes test
The test kit has achieved the CE mark as an aid to diagnose diabetes and identify patients at risk from developing the disease. 8 Nov 2012

Diabetics with foot ulcers have higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death
The researchers say the findings of this large scale study highlight the potential need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers. 16 Oct 2012

Sitting for long periods increases risk of diabetes, heart disease and death
A review of research has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death even if you meet typical physical activity guidelines. 16 Oct 2012

Diabetes linked to composition of intestinal flora
A study of the genetics of intestinal flora in diabetics has found a characteristic mix of bacteria that could be used for classifying type 2 diabetes. 27 Sept 2012

Optical instrument helps diagnose and monitor peripheral arterial disease
This noninvasive imaging technique, known as dynamic diffuse optical tomography imaging, uses near-infrared light to map the concentration of haemoglobin in the body’s tissue. 18 Sept 2012

Diabetes drug could boost memory and help Alzheimer's sufferers
A drug given to diabetes sufferers to control their response to sugar stimulates cell growth in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory. 17 September 2012

Virus could give you diabetes later in life
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes in the elderly, according to research published in the journal Immunity and Ageing. 28 Aug 2012

Cost of diabetes prescriptions in England rises 50% in six years
This growth is faster and greater than for prescriptions overall, where items increased by 33% and net ingredient cost rose by just under 11% in the same period. 15 Aug 2012

Seminar in Birmingham on market for devices for diabetics
Commercial opportunities to develop new devices for diabetics will be showcased in the first of a series of events by medtech industry specialist Medilink. 6 May 2012

Phthalates in cosmetics and plastics could double risk of diabetes
Research at Uppsala University has found even a modest increase in phthalate levels in the blood doubles the risk. 15 April 2012

Cell mechanism causing inflammatory disease unlocked
The discovery could lead to advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and numerous other chronic diseases that affect tens of millions of people. 14 Mar 2012

Diabetes may start with fault in intestines
Diabetes may originate with a fault in producing a crucial enzyme that results in chronic inflammation of the intestines, according to research conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 14 Mar 2012

Cellnovo launches mobile-connected  diabetes management system
The system comprises an insulin pump that connects wirelessly to an intuitive 'app-based' touch-screen handset with integral blood glucose monitor, an activity monitor and a mobile (GSM) data connection to a web-based clinical management system. 29 Feb 2012

Targeted nanoparticles deliver diabetes drugs directly to pancreas
Lab studies have shown that nanoparticles containing protein molecules that bind to pancreas cells can effectively deliver diabetes drugs directly to the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin and is at most risk during onset of diabetes. Feb 2012

Medtronic launches mySentry remote glucose monitor
The monitor is aimed at home use to allow a parent or caregiver to monitor from another room a patient’s MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System. 17 Jan 2012

EndoBarrier diabetes treatment commercially available in Netherlands
GI Dynamics, Inc. has announced commercial availability of the EndoBarrier gastrointestinal liner, a novel, non-surgical device for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and/or obesity. 17 Jan 2012

Personalised medicine could be key to managing diabetes 
To address the prospects for personalized medicine in diabetes investigators from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have surveyed the field for existing research. 13 Jan 2012

Cord blood stem cell therapy reverses diabetes
Stem cells from cord blood have been used to re-educate a diabetic’s own T cells and consequently restart the pancreatic function needed to produce insulin and reduce the need for insulin injections. 10 Jan 2012

Stomach surgery not a cure for diabetes
Bariatric surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery. 5 Jan 2012

Entra Health's wireless blood glucose meter aids home diabetes management
Entra Health Systems has announced the integration of the company's MyGlucoHealth Wireless blood glucose metrewith the recently unveiled 2net Platform from Qualcomm Life Inc. 18 Dec 2011

Cellnovo mobile diabetes management wins EU approval
Cellnovo has received CE Mark approval for its diabetes management system built around mobile, wireless technology. 23 November 2011

Oxford Medical Diagnostics achieves detection of 1ppm acetone in breath
Oxford University spinout Oxford Medical Diagnostics has announced that it has achieved a significant target in developing a cost-effective desk-top breath analysis device to diagnose diabetes. 20 Nov 2011

Smart Solutions winners chosen by North West NHS Innovation Service
Medical experts in Liverpool, Tameside and Warrington are to play a key role in testing three new medical devices chosen as winners of the Smart Solutions for Healthcare competition. 20 Nov 2011

Artificial pancreas on display at Medica
Developed by a team at De Montfort University, the implantable device automatically releases the correct amount of insulin into the body in response to varying blood sugar levels. 28 Oct 2011

Children at risk of diabetes due to high levels of inflammatory toxins in heated food
Two studies have highlighted the dangers of toxic chemicals called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that are produced by heating food and are linked to diabetes and obesity. 27 Oct 2011

Injecting patient's own neural stem cells into pancreas could treat diabetes
Researchers at the AIST Institute in Tsukuba have discovered how neural stem cells could be used as an alternative source of the beta cells needed for a regenerative treatment for diabetes. 11 Oct 2011

New genetic variants linked to diabetes in South Asian populations discovered
Six new genetic variants related to type 2 diabetes in South Asian populations have been discovered by an international team led by Imperial College London. 10 Oct 2011

Insulin pen with timer helps diabetics remember to take insulin on time
Called Timesulin, this innovative ‘smart cap’ marks the first major step forward in insulin pens for twenty years. 15 Sept 2011

Diabetes drug combined with glycolysis inhibitor effective in killing cancer cells
Blocking a key controller of energy production in cancer cells and treating them with the diabetes drug metformin effectively starves cancer cells. 13 Sept 2011

Welsh project to develop blood glucose monitor that can text alert in emergency
Scientists from Swansea University and Welsh companies are developing a non-invasive blood glucose monitor that will send a text alert when there is danger of a hypoglycaemic attack. 8 Sept 2011

Global diabetes epidemic escalating — 350 million adults affected
A major international study collating and analyzing worldwide data on diabetes since 1980 has found that the number of adults with the disease reached 347 million in 2008, more than double the number in 1980. 15 July 2011

Gene therapy cures Type 1 diabetes in mice
An experimental gene therapy cure for Type 1 diabetes has had a nearly 80% success rate in curing diabetic mice. 4 July 2011

Gated CT scan could predict risk of early death in diabetes patients
A common test using a CT scan to determine calcified plaque levels in the coronary artery may be useful in predicting early death in individuals with diabetes. 31 May 2011

New treatments for insulin disease related to diabetes
New treatments for a rare and potentially lethal childhood disease that is the clinical opposite of diabetes mellitus has been discovered by a European research team. 28 March 2011

Link found between body enzymes and blood vessel damage in diabetes
A key mechanism that appears to contribute to the blood vessel damage commonly suffered by people with diabetes has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. 7 Mar 2011

Impaired brain insulin function plays role in diabetes and obesity
Impaired brain insulin function may cause unrestrained lipolysis that initiates and worsens type 2 diabetes in humans, according to research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 7 Mar 2011

Common blood test for diabetes not reliable for children
A blood glucose test commonly used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes is not a reliable indicator when used with children, according to a study by the University of Michigan. 5 March 2011

New journal on diabetes management
Future Medicine Ltd has launched Diabetes Management, a new bimonthly title presenting findings, analyses and commentaries on the battle with managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 1 March 2011

New treatment to improve vision loss for diabetics
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK has announced the launch in the UK of Lucentis (ranibizumab) for the treatment of visual impairment due to diabetes, specifically diabetic macular oedema (DMO). 31 Jan 2011

Artificial pancreas gives hope for injection-free diabetes
An artificial pancreas being developed at De Montfort University could revolutionise the treatment of diabetes and put a stop to daily injections. 19 Jan 2011

Many cardiovascular deaths in Europe could be prevented with better care
Results from a large pan-European study indicate that many of the 4.3 million annual deaths in Europe could be avoided if at-risk patients received better preventative care. 23 Nov 2010

Diabetes treatment costs China US$25bn per year
Early Data from a study by the Chinese Diabetes Society of the Chinese Medical Association and the International Diabetes Federation shows 13% of China’s medical expenditure is directly caused by diabetes. 23 Nov 2010

Type 2 diabetes linked to limit in expansion of fat cells
Scientists at Cambridge University have found that the fat cells and tissues of morbidly obese people and animals can reach a limit in their ability to store fat appropriately. 12 Nov 2010

The sanofi-aventis BG Star blood glucose monitorsanofi-aventis announces blood glucose monitor for diabetes self management
sanofi-aventis has announced the upcoming launch of the compact blood glucose monitoring devices BGStar and iBGStar for easy management of diabetes. 21 Oct 2010

IDF issues roadmap to UN global summit on non-communicable diseases
The International Diabetes Federation's roadmap outlines IDF’s aims and deliverables for diabetes on the road to the Summit and its immediate aftermath. 17 Sept 2010

BD launches microfine needle for diabetics
The BD Micro-Fine+ 4mm pen needle for diabetics, which it claims is the world’s smallest pen needle. This needle is as effective as longer needles for patients of all body types and to offer a less painful injection experience. 15 Sept 2010

Elemental Healthcare to distribute GI Dynamics' gastrointestinal liner in UK and Ireland
GI Dynamics has licensed Elemental Healthcare to distribute its EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner,  a non-surgical therapeutic for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. 9 Sept 2010

Insulin pump market briefing
Due to the advantages of flexibility and tighter control over glucose offered by insulin pumps to niche patient groups like pregnant women and children, the insulin pump market has grown rapidly in the past few years. The global insulin pump market was valued at $586.4m in 2009, and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% from 2009 to 2016. more ... 11 August 2010

Implanted sensor continuously transmits blood glucose levels for insulin control
A glucose sensor implanted under the skin that transmits glucose measurements continuously to an external device has been successfully tested for over 500 days, but only in a pig so far. 2 August 2010

European IMIDIA project to develop better tools to fight diabetes
The Innovative Medicines Initiative for Diabetes (IMIDIA), a public–private consortium funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), has launched a project focusing on pancreatic islet cell function and survival. 15 June 2010

Cellnovo and Home Diagnostics form alliance to advance diabetes monitoring
London-based Cellnovo and US company Home Diagnostics, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to integrate their diabetes care technologies and develop distribution opportunities for Cellnovo’s insulin patch pumps. 8 June 2010

C-peptide can protect diabetics from heart attack
Biologists at the University of Leeds have found that a naturally occurring substance known as C-peptide protects blood vessels from the damaging effects of insulin. Incorporating it with insulin treatment could revolutionise treatment for diabetics. 10 May 2010

PositiveID acquires non-invasive glucose detection technology with takeover of Easy Check
PositiveID Corporation has acquired intellectual property rights and assets of Easy Check Medical Diagnostics, LLC, to expand its portfolio of non-invasive glucose-level testing products and diabetes management tools under development. 23 Feb 2010

Exercise with pedometer could cut risk of getting type 2 diabetes by half
If people at risk of getting diabetes use a pedometer as part of a structured education programme they could reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes by more than 50 per cent, according to a new Diabetes UK-funded study. 19 Jan 2010

Chemical produced by fatty tissue makes obese people develop diabetes
Many people who are overweight or obese develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes at some stage in their lives. A European research team has now discovered that obese people have large amounts of the chemical CXCL5, produced by certain cells in fatty tissue. 9 Dec 2009

Digital pens improve treatment of acute diabetes at Bethesda Hospital, Stuttgart
Mobile technology is helping patients with acute diabetes manage their illness more effectively so that long-term complications associated with the illness can be treated earlier.18 November 2009

Tomorrow Options exhibits WalkinSense mobility monitor for diabetics at Medica
WalkinSense is an easy to use wireless portable device that gathers and processes data of lower limb movements during walking, measuring both diabetic patient mobility patterns and plantar pressure. 16 Nov 2009

World Diabetes Day on 14 November highlights worldwide diabetes epidemic
November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, a global awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) that highlights the diabetes epidemic and aims to bring hope to the 285 million people living with diabetes worldwide. 13 Nov 2009 Deutsch Francais Espanol

Mathematical tool links 11 genetic variations to diabetes
Mathematicians at Michigan Technological University have developed powerful new tools for winnowing out the genes behind some of humanity’s most intractable diseases. With one they have isolated 11 variations within genes associated with type 2 diabetes. 14 Oct 2009

Diabetech selects Cinterion wireless modules for GlucoMON diabetes management system
The 4th generation GlucoMON device uses Cinterion’s TC65 Terminal and works in conjunction with Diabetech’s Automated Diabetes Management System (ADMS), which helps manage and control blood glucose levels and change behaviour to avoid potentially deadly consequences of diabetes. 14 Oct 2009

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Patient portals could reduce the excessive burden of diabesity on the NHS
Obesity-led type-2 diabetes is demanding ever greater resources from health services globally. Many clinicians agree that greater patient empowerment is essential to improve weight and glucose management, yet individuals typically have little or no interaction with carers between appointments. While the NHS is reported to have pulled back from the use of patient portals, a pilot of a diabetes-specific portal looks set to prove the value of improving day-to-day patient/clinician interaction. 7 Oct 2009

Half of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from 'hidden' hypos
Nearly half of people with Type 2 diabetes (excluding those treated with insulin) experienced at least one 'hypo' — an episode of low blood glucose that can result in symptoms ranging from sweating to a loss of consciousness — according to a new survey. 7 Oct 2009

Measuring pancreatic fat with MRS may help predict diabetes
Measuring pancreatic fat content non-invasively using magnetic resonance spectroscopy could one day serve as an effective clinical tool to identify those at high risk of diabetes and monitor interventions designed to prevent the disease. 5 Oct 2009

Diabetes rate for South Asian children in UK 13 times that of white children
The shocking statistic is from health charity Diabetes UK’s new report, Diabetes in the UK 2009: Key statistics on diabetes. The charity says that this is particularly worrying as type 2 diabetes is usually only found in South Asian adults who are over 25. 17 August 2009

Middle-aged men twice as likely to have diabetes as women
Men aged 35-54 are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared to their female counterparts, according to a new report from health charity Diabetes UK. 29 July 2009

Call for UN action to avert world's fastest growing health threat: non-communicable diseases
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) have called on the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to take immediate action to avert the fastest growing threat by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to global health. 29 July 2009

Blood glucose meter for kids connects with Nintendo DS to help diabetes management
The Didget meter is designed to help kids manage this lifelong condition by rewarding them for building consistent blood glucose testing habits and meeting personalised glucose target ranges. 22 July 2009

How obesity increases the risk of diabetes
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified the missing link between obesity and insulin resistance Their findings, explain how obesity sets the stage for diabetes and why thin people can become insulin-resistant. 8 July 2009

Diabetes UK moves into social media
Leading health charity Diabetes UK has been branching out into all the main social media websites in recent months and has seen a huge uptake in their use among people with diabetes. 15 June

Leading NGOs call for international action to combat global epidemic of non-communicable diseases
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and World Heart Federation (WHF) have jointly called on the international community to address urgently the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 35 million deaths a year. 10 June 2009

Diabetes care not improved by pay incentives for primary care doctors
The care of patients with diabetes in the UK has improved over the last decade, but this does not seem to be a direct result of the Quality and Outcomes Framework — the scheme that rewards UK general practices for delivering quality care. 5 June 2009

Spanish project develops microfluidic chip for regulating diabetes
Scientists of the Electronic Technology Group of the University of Seville (US) have completed the first phase of Mireia, a research project to develop an microfluidic chip to monitor and medicate diabetes. 5 June 2009

Medtronic and Lilly partner to improve delivery of diabetes education
Medtronic and Eli Lilly have entered a strategic marketing collaboration to support each other's commitment to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar using insulin therapy. 5 June 2009

El IRB Barcelona lidera un consorcio europeo para hallar pre-fármacos contra diabetes y obesidad. 28 Mayo 2009
(Article is in Spanish: IRB Barcelona co-ordinates a European consortium to find pre-drugs against diabetes and obesity. You can copy the article text and paste into an online Translation service)

Metabolic surgery could revolutionize diabetes treatment
Metabolic surgery, a new surgical approach to metabolic disease, may provide the key to curing diabetes in some patients. Recent studies have indicated that bariatric surgery, typically used to treat severe obesity, often results in normalization of blood sugar levels and other metabolic abnormalities. 28 May 2009

Diabetes experts issue new recommendations for inpatient glycaemic control
New recommendations by a consensus group of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are calling for major changes in the way healthcare professionals treat hospitalized patients with high blood glucose (sugar) levels. 28 May 2009

Connections between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease explored
Numerous epidemiological studies have described the incidence of both Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes in the Western world and extensively defined common environmental risk factors. In a special issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (April 2009), nineteen contributions examine the possible connections between AD and T2D. 28 May 2009

Stem cell transplantation helps diabetics become insulin free
The majority of patients with type 1 diabetes who underwent a certain type of stem cell transplantation became insulin free, several for more than three years, according to a new study. 8 May 2009

The International Diabetes Federation’s 20th World Diabetes Congress
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will organize its 20th World Diabetes Congress this year in Montreal, Canada from 18-22 October. The Congress is held every two years and is one of the world’s largest medical congresses. More details about the event and venue ... 9 April 2009

Ignorance of eye health risk associated with diabetes risks blindness for millions
A survey conducted by Transitions Optical, Inc. in the US reveals a dangerous lack of awareness about eye health risks, with less than 40% of the population surveyed correctly identifying vision issues as possible complications of diabetes. 9 April 2009

Karo Bio reports positive results for new glucose control compound for diabetes
Karo Bio’s compound KB3305, a liver selective antagonist for the glucocorticoid receptor, shows clinically relevant and statistically significant effects on plasma glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. 8 April 2009

Rats dying from type 1 diabetes restored to health without insulin
Terminally ill rodents with type 1 diabetes have been restored to full health with a single injection of a substance other than insulin. The rats were given a single injection of the hormone leptin. 23 February 2009

Diabetes in UK increases 74% over six years
The numbers of new cases of diabetes in the UK rose 74% between 1997 and 2003. The rate of increase is now higher than in the US. 24 February 2009

Datamining finds new target for diabetes treatment
A team of researchers from Oxford and Southampton Universities have identified a new molecular player in insulin secretion process by mining a free database of 5 million drug compounds. This finding could spark a completely new class of drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. 22 February 2009

New online resource to support children with type 1 diabetes
Sanofi-aventis US has announced the availability of the diabetes KidCare Kit, a multimedia resource that will provide children and their families with valuable tools and information to help guide them through the difficult but crucial first 30 days following a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. 12 February 2009

Under-skin sensor to monitor blood glucose of Type 1 diabetics
Diabetes experts based at Southampton General Hospital will fit the tiny devices to participants' stomachs and use them in conjunction with watch-like armbands, which will check participants' physical activity. 31 January 2009

Report: Diabetes Drug Pipeline. Competitor Analysis
The Competitive Intelligence Report Diabetes Drug Pipeline as of November 2008 provides a competitor analysis in the development pipeline of novel antidiabetic treatment modalities for type 1 and 2 diabetes. The report includes an overview of the major marketed diabetes drugs and the respective markets sizes and describes the corporate diabetes drug product portfolios and R&D pipelines of more than 160 companies worldwide. November 2008

Developer of revolutionary non-invasive blood glucose monitor relocates to UK
US company Sensys Medical, the developer of  groundbreaking non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology, has announced that it is relocating its world headquarters to the UK. The technology is set to revolutionise the way in which diabetics monitor and manage their condition. 20 November 2008

People with chronic diseases are often unaware of their health status
A screening of 65,000 people across the US showed that many people, despite knowing that they have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or asthma, may not understand the extent or seriousness of their health problems. 5 November 2008

Gifu Castle JapanInternational Diabetes Federation launches diabetes awareness campaign
The International Diabetes Federation is calling on groups and individuals worldwide to get involved in activities to raise awareness of diabetes leading up to World Diabetes Day on November 14. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.” 29 September 2008
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Online health record of limited use for diabetic patients
An online personal health record system that allowed people with diabetes to check their lab results and get guidance about medication proved to be of only limited use in improving their health outcomes, according to a new American study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. 23 September 2008

New guidance on insulin pumps gives UK school kids with diabetes freedom from injections
New UK guidance on the use of insulin pump therapy from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) looks set to revolutionise the way children manage their diabetes in the country. 6 September 2008

Report: Antidiabetics — Switching to new antidiabetics drives market growth
Datamonitor expects the antidiabetics market in the seven major markets is expected to grow from $18 billion in 2007 to $29 billion in 2017 at a rate of 5% CAGR. Significant unmet needs remain in diabetes fuelling a large pipeline. The epidemiological growth of the market, driven by the obesity epidemic and improved diagnosis rates, is further driving the market. September 2008. Read more ...

Online resource for diabetes self management
A complete online diabetes self-management education program, has been launched by the University of California, San Francisco Diabetes Teaching Center. 27 August 2008

Heritage Labs launches home diabetes test kit
US laboratory services company Heritage Labs has introduced a home testing kit for diabetics. The Appraise Home A1c Kit is a new at-home consumer product that measures the average blood glucose level of diabetics and potential diabetics. 13 August 2008

American diabetics fight for right to continuous blood glucose monitors
A group of American diabetics has launched a campaign to get insurance companies to allow claims for continuous glucose monitoring systems. 3 August 2008

First prototypes of disposable insulin nanopump for continuous infusion
Debiotech and STMicroelectronics have introduced the first evaluation prototypes of a unique miniaturized insulin-delivery pump that could improve the treatment efficiency and the quality of life of diabetics. 29 June 2008

International Diabetes Federation to set up global framework for diabetes education
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will begin designating centres of education globally to improve clinical outcomes, care and knowledge of healthcare providers and people with diabetes. IDF is calling for applications from institutions and member organisations that have a recognised reputation in health professional education. 6 June 2008

Siemens and LabCorp to co-develop clinical diagnostic tests
Siemens Healthcare and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) have announced that they are exploring possibilities to co-develop new clinical diagnostic tests in the areas of companion diagnostics, metabolic syndrome, oncology and diabetes. 12 May

Transatlantic rower's diabetic challenge
Transatlantic rower Neil Hunter faces the extra challenge of managing his diabetes through the 3000 mile race. This will be helped by using a compact blood glucose monitoring system, patient monitoring software on a laptop and transmitting data by satellite communications to a medical team back in Southampton, UK. 12 December 2007

The SCOUT DS diabetes screening systemNon-invasive diabetes detector unveiled
VeraLight Inc. has introduced an experimental device that uses light-induced fluorescence to detect diabetes-related biomarkers found in skin. 2 July 2007

Call for international action on biggest epidemic in human history — diabetes
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling for urgent action to counter the diabetes pandemic, which is threatening to overwhelm global healthcare services. There are 246 million people with diabetes now and 4 million die from it every year. It is likely to bankrupt national economies. 4 May 2007 Español Francais Deutsch

Debiotech and STMicroelectronics in partnership to manufacture microfluidic insulin pump
The nanopump, which relies on microfluidic MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) technology, is a breakthrough concept that allows a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch to provide continuous insulin infusion. 1 May 2007 Francais Italiano

Abbott launches FreeStyle Lite blood glucose monitoring system
Abbott Diabetes Care has launched its FreeStyle Lite blood glucose monitoring system that allows people with diabetes to test quickly and more easily. 27 April 2007

Medtronic launches continuous glucose monitoring system for diabetics
The new system helps protect diabetes patients from high and low glucose levels, and maintain tighter glucose control. Features include predictive and rate-of-change alarms and expanded trend graphs. 24 April 2007

Carbon nanotube coated with platinumPlatinum-coated nanotube biosensor detects glucose in near real time
Researchers at the University of Arkansas have fabricated a novel biosensor that detects glucose in close to real time and with much greater sensitivity than other comparable, biocompatible sensors. 21 March 2007

Medtronic receives FDA approval for insulin pump with glucose monitoring
Medtronic, Inc. has received FDA approval of the MiniMed Paradigm real-time insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system, a progressive new therapy available for patients who use insulin to treat diabetes. 23 April 2006

Shock wave therapy for kidney stones linked to increased risk of diabetes
Researchers at Mayo Clinic in the USA have issued an alert about the side effects of shock wave lithotripsy, a treatment for breaking up kidney stones. The treatment significantly increased the risk for diabetes and hypertension later in life. 1 May 2006

Defibrillators, spinal products and insulin pumps fuel record revenues for Medtronic
Medtronic recorded fiscal year revenues of $10.055 billion compared to $9.087 billion generated in fiscal 2004. Fiscal fourth quarter revenues rose to $2.778 billion from the $2.665 billion reported in the fourth quarter one year ago. 28 May 2005

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