The science coverage this week on I4U contained new diabetes research. Here are the most interesting discoveries and studies.
Over 400 million suffer from diabetes world-wide. Diabetes research is done in various science and also technology fields to get a grip on the disease. This week we featured new research that either makes living with diabetes easier and healthier or is aimed at the ultimate goal of healing diabetes. Find below the hottest new Diabetes research and technology inventions from this week.
New research coming out of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Chemistry created self-assembling nano-insulin that could mean fewer side effects for diabetes 1 patients. "We have discovered an entirely new method of modifying a molecule - Insulin - that is important for 35 million diabetes patients. We are incredibly happy with that," says Professor Jensen. Read more about nano-insulin.
The bacteria-killing protein is termed cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP). It may have a connection with the onset of diabetes. The exact role of this protein is not known with surety though. Once samples of CAMP were administered to pancreatic cells, they increased their insulin secretions to twice the previous levels.
“Our study uncovers an intriguing new role for this protein in pancreas function and regeneration, with possible links to diabetes-associated gut bacteria,” said Dr. Scott, a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and professor at the University of Ottawa. Read more about the bacteria-killing protein.
Startup Siren Care from Denmark and the Nottingham Trend University developed a smart sock that helps prevent dangerous diabetic foot ulcers.
Diabetic foot ulcer is a major complication of diabetes mellitus, and is seen as the major reason of the diabetic foot. The Siren Care smart sock is measuring the foot temperature and sends the data to a smartphone app.
A temperature difference between both feet can be one of the first signs of an ulcer forming. That is the principle the smart sock is based upon. Read more about the Smart Socks.
Scientists link thirdhand smoking to diabetes. Thirdhand smoking has been linked to diabetes 2 in the lab of University of California Riverside. Thirdhand smoking is picking up tobacco toxins from surfaces such found in homes or cars. Sniffing on a T-shirt of a smoker is thirdhand smoking. Second hand smoking is in contrast the inhalation of smoke exhaled by a person smoking.
Third hand smoking has already been shown to damage the liver and lungs, complicate wound-healing and causing hyperactivity in Mice. The new UC Riverside-led study has now also linked type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease to thirdhand smoking in mice.
The scientists have a tough recommendation for people living in house that was a home to smoker: move. Read more about the thirdhand smoking study.
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