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Diabetes cases hit record and half go undiagnosed

Source : Agencies | 15 Nov 2012

Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed, according to a report on Wednesday.

The number of people living with diabetes is now put at 371 million, up from 366 million a year ago, with numbers expected to reach 552 million by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) said.

Diabetes is often viewed as a western problem, since the vast majority of people have type 2 disease which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise.

 

Stem cell breakthrough opens new medical window

By Ben Hirschler & Kate Kelland | Reuters | 11 Oct 2012

The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of how to reprogram ordinary cells to behave like embryonic stem cells offers a way to skirt around ethical problems with human embryos, but safety concerns make their future use in treating disease uncertain.

While researchers have already applied the scientific breakthroughs of Britain's John Gurdon and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka to study how diseases develop, making such cells into new treatments will involve a lot more checks.

 

Yogurt may reduce high blood pressure

Source : UPI | 20 Sep 2012

Long-term yogurt-eaters were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn't eat yogurt, U.S. researchers found.

 

Europe to follow Turkish model on medicines

Source : Anadolu Agency | 18 Sep 2012

The Council of Europe will follow the Drug Tracking System (ITS) of Turkey in a European project whereby patients can reach medication safely.

A senior official with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM), Francois Xavier Lery closely observed the ITS in Turkey and took notes for the council's drug tracking project, eTACT.

 

Smokers may have more sleep problems: study

Source : Agencies | 15 Sep 2012

Smokers may get fewer hours of sleep and have less restful slumber than non-smokers, according to a German study that looked at more than two thousand people.

Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Addiction Biology found that of nearly 1,100 smokers surveyed, 17 percent got fewer than six hours of sleep each night and 28 percent reported "disturbed" sleep quality.

 

Stressed at work? Look out for your heart

Source | Reuters | 14 Sep 2012

People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared with their less stressed out colleagues, according to research published on Friday.

But lighting up a cigarette or remaining chained to your desk rather than getting out to do some exercise is far more damaging for your heart health, researchers said.

 

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

By Dr. Heather Hawthorne | ABC News | 12 Sep 2012

Fish oil -- a supplement taken daily by millions of Americans -- may not help you live longer, a new study released today suggests.

The study is the latest piece of research feeding the debate over whether regularly taking omega-3 supplements -- most commonly in the form of fish oil -- helps the heart.

 

Study sees no nutritional edge in organics

By Elizabeth Weise | USA Today | 05 Sept 2012

Organic products have no significant nutritional advantage over conventional foods, even though consumers can pay more for them, a new study finds.

The findings suggest that a key reason behind why many people buy organic products -- a $28.6 billion market last year -- may not be borne out by the science.

The four-year project began when two doctors wondered what advice they should give their families and patients about whether to buy organic or conventional foods.

 

Curry compound may curb diabetes risk: study

Source : Reuters | 30 Jul 2012

Supplements containing a compound found in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, according to a Thai study.

Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among people with so-called prediabetes - abnormally high blood sugar levels that may progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes.

 

Secondhand smoking may increase risk of diabetes, obesity: Study

By PressTV | 25 Jun 2012

A recent study has shown that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in adults.

 
 

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