In India, a country with 25 million people with diabetes, Novo Nordisk human insulin is six times more expensive than locally produced insulin, according to a June, 19, 1996 Chemical Business Newsbase report, making the Novo product a choice for the affluent only.
- Major international insulin producers Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk face tough competition in Brazil, where Biobras, a Brazilian insulin maker, has captured 80 percent of the insulin market, according to a June 2, 1996 Comptex report.
- Experts in Japan claim rice helps prevent diabetes, according to a report in Businessworld. The Westernization of the Japanese diet, coupled with falling rice consumption, has been blamed for an alarming jump in the incidence of diabetes in Japan.
- A daily concoction of juiced dandelion leaves enabled one woman to dramatically reduce her blood sugars, according to an article about natural remedies for diabetes in the July/August 1996 edition of Yoga Magazine.
- Mary Black of Fresno, California has trained her German Shepherds to anticipate epileptic seizures in their owners. Black doesn't know how the dogs do it, but she believes her dogs can detect hypoglycemia as well.
- A two-year, $99,339 grant was awarded to the City of Hope National Medical Center by the American Diabetes Association on June 24, 1996 for the further study of exercise and its ability to stimulate glucose uptake, much like insulin does, according to a story by HealthWire.
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