Product recalls: insulin pumps


The following recalls have been announced:

— Disetronic Medical Systems Inc. is recalling select ACCU-CHEK Spirit insulin pumps, because of a potential defect in the up and down buttons. The buttons may intermittently or completely stop functioning and may fail to respond to button pressing with a vibration or acoustic signal. The recalled pumps have serial numbers ranging from SN02119552 through SN10006093. Details: by phone at 800-778-5095.

Preventative therapy for Type 1 diabetes found

WASHINGTON - In a major breakthrough, scientists have found a preventative therapy for Type 1 diabetes- by making the body’s killer immune cells tolerate the insulin-producing cells they would normally attack and destroy, prior to disease onset.

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Now, a spit test to detect diabetes

WASHINGTON - A research team, including an Indian-origin boffin, has developed a painless new method for detecting diabetes, utilizing saliva.

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Fructose is the bad sugar, not glucose

WASHINGTON - A 10-week study has thrown up evidence that consumption of fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened beverages, can adversely affect both sensitivity to insulin and how the body handles fats, creating conditions that invite heart attacks and strokes.

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Immune system researchers share $500,000 prize for medicine and biomedical research

Immune system researchers win $500K medical prize

ALBANY, N.Y. — The nation’s richest prize in medicine and biomedical research was awarded Friday to three immune system researchers for work that led to new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

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Hypertension, diabetes linked to carotid artery wall thickness

WASHINGTON - Researchers from A.O.U. in Cagliari Sardegna, Italy have found a link between increased carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) - which can cause heart attack and stroke- and diabetes and hypertension.

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Modest exercise can undo negative effects of belly fat

WASHINGTON - Moderate exercise can reduce the negative effects of belly fat, which is linked to metabolic syndrome, says a new study. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes, obesity, hypertension up mortality in hepatitis C patients

WASHINGTON - Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension are associated with overall and liver related mortality in hepatitis C (HCV) infected patients, a new research has claimed.

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100 percent fruit juice lowers obesity, stroke risk

WASHINGTON - A glass of 100 percent juice every morning can lower the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions that increases risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes, concludes a new study.

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Too much or too little sleep ups diabetes risk

WASHINGTON - People who sleep too much or not enough are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, say researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine.

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