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Why Drugstore Genetic Tests Upset the FDA

On Tuesday, Pathway Genomics announced that their personal genetic testing kit (InsightTM Saliva Collection Kit) would soon be available at the pharmacy chain Walgreens. The next day, the FDA released a letter it had sent to Pathway Genomics on Monday saying hold on, there was no approval on record for Pathway's Genetic Health Report. By Thursday, Wallgreens announced that it was delaying the sale of the genetic testing kits.

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Plastic Fantastic: Protective Device Fends Off Immune System Attacks on Transplanted Precursor Cells

Significant relief for people with type 1 diabetes could soon come in the form of a device made from a thermoplastic resin commonly used as a coating for cookware, gaskets, and hoses.

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Marrow Cells Heal Neuropathy in Mice

Bone marrow cells that the body normally uses to restore blood vessels can be cultured to stop neuropathy and restore nerve function in diabetic mice, according to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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A Kind of Diabetes You May Have Never Heard Of
A Kind of Diabetes You May Have Never Heard Of

Diabetes insipidus (DI) is a rare disease that, like the more familiar diabetes mellitus, causes frequent urination. Interestingly, the "insipidus" in its name means "without taste," which refers to the flavor of the urine associated with DI.  "Mellitus," which means "honey," also describes the taste of the urine associated with that condition, which is (so we are told) sweet.

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More on the Sleep Apnea/Diabetes Connection: Doctors Urged to Take It More Seriously
More on the Sleep Apnea/Diabetes Connection: Doctors Urged to Take It More Seriously

Despite the fact that 94 percent of doctors are aware of the association between sleep apnea and diabetes, only 47 percent of them screen for the condition in their patients with diabetes. 

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On the Mouse front: Harvard Scientists Use a Benign Virus to Change Mouse Pancreas Cells Into Insulin Producers
On the Mouse front: Harvard Scientists Use a Benign Virus to Change Mouse Pancreas Cells Into Insulin Producers

By "reprogramming" adult exocrine cells in mice pancreases to function as beta-like insulin producers, Harvard biologists have taken a giant step toward the use of cell regeneration therapy in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

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They've Done it in Mice... Now They Plan to Cure Type 1 in Humans
They've Done it in Mice... Now They Plan to Cure Type 1 in Humans

Researchers at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh have started an FDA-approved phase 1 test in humans of a lab procedure that successfully reversed type 1 diabetes in mice.

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Concerned About Your Friends or Family's Diabetes Risk? Tell Them About the VAP Test
Concerned About Your Friends or Family's Diabetes Risk? Tell Them About the VAP Test

If you have diabetes, chances are you are already taking cholesterol-lowering drugs or realize that they might soon join the list of your other medications.

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Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Carol Whitton of Coral Springs, Florida, discovered that her blood sugar often increased sharply after she drank a diet soda while dining in a restaurant. So she started to test her diet drinks for sugar, a practice she learned from watching the “Living With Diabetes” television program.

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New Home Kidney Dialysis Options Offer Hope for a Better Life
New Home Kidney Dialysis Options Offer Hope for a Better Life

“You need dialysis” are words nobody wants to hear. But today kidney failure doesn’t have to mean driving to and from a clinic three times a week and having a lesser quality of life. Hemodialysis (HD) can safely be done in the privacy of your home in two new ways: daily and nocturnal home HD, both of which can help you feel better and live longer.

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