Bionic pancreas shows promise in managing diabetes

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The bionic pancreas

In 2000, Ed Damiano’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Damiano’s son was 11 months old.The biomedical engineer, decided to create a device that would help his child and millions of others better manage their disease. He set a goal of having it ready by the time his son went to college.

 

 

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Why sitting for just a couple hours is bad for your health

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Prolonged sitting is bad for your health.

A fascinating study was published by SBRN member David Dunstan and colleagues in Australia, which examined the acute (e.g. short-term) impact of uninterrupted sitting on metabolic health.  In this new study, individuals with overweight or obesity were asked to perform 3 separate conditions in random order. (Videos)

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Advance your health with iHealth peripherals

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Glucose monitoring is just one aspect of the iHealth package.

iHealth Lab, Inc. offers innovative, mobile personal healthcare products that make it simple and easy to test, track, graph and securely share health information. The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock is the first personal health management tool for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. iHealth Lab continues innovating with its iHealth Scale, which measures, tracks and securely shares weight change over time. Plans to develop a suite of personal healthcare devices and applications designed for use with the Apple iOS mobile platform are under way…

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Spoonful of Sugar Can Help the Medicine Go Down – Sugar Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics made more effective with sugar.

A spoonful of sugar, it seems, can do more than help the medicine go down – it can also help make it work.  Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, according to researchers.

 

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Study: Why a Spoonful of Sugar Sweetens Your Mood

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Angry? Sweeten your mood with some sugar.

A spoonful of sugar may be enough to cool a hot temper, at least for a short time, according to new research.  A study found that people who drank a glass of lemonade sweetened with sugar acted less aggressively toward a stranger a few minutes later than did people who consumed lemonade with a sugar substitute.

 

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New Biofuel Cell Powered by Rat’s Body Fluids

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The biofuel cell could one day provide safe, longer-lasting power to the next generation of medical implants.

A new fuel cell is putting a twist on alternative energy from biofuels: The implanted device draws power from chemicals in living animals. Dubbed a glucose biofuel cell, the implant gets its juice from glucose—aka blood sugar—and oxygen, both of which are naturally present in the fluids between a body’s cells.

 

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‘Nano-Tattoos’ Will Allow Diabetics to Monitor Their Blood Sugar

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‘Nano-tattoos’ could not only eliminate the need for finger pricks but also offer more accurate readings.

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.

 

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Implantable, Solar Powered Sensor Monitors Blood Sugar in Diabetics

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Glucowizzard implantable chip monitors blood glucose

Nurses usually pluck splinters from people’s flesh, not put them in. But a new rice-size implantable glucose sensor that monitors blood sugar all day might mean less pain for diabetics.

 

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Eating A Diet High In Fructose Impairs Memory

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Diets high in fructose — a type of sugar found in most processed foods and beverages — impaired the spatial memory of adult rats.

Researchers at Georgia State University have found that diets high in fructose — a type of sugar found in most processed foods and beverages — impaired the spatial memory of adult rats.

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