Spider web inspired implantable “string” could control diabetes, was reported by Rich Haridy on NewAtlas.com medical news, 2 January 2018 as published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell Universiity.

A team of researchers has developed a revolutionary new method for treating type 1 diabetes. Inspired by a spider’s web, the team created an easily implantable nanoporous thread that can hold hundreds of thousands of insulin-producing islet cells and be easily removed when they need to come out. This new method starts with a nanoporous polymer thread that is then covered with an alginate hydrogel which holds the insulin-producing islet cells. The hydrogel coating protects the islet cells from any immune system attack and the polymer thread allows the entire device to be easily implanted or removed through a simple laparoscopic surgical procedure.

Dubbed TRAFFIC (Thread-Reinforced Alginate Fiber For Islets enCapsulation), the team successfully demonstrated the thread in mouse models showing a one-inch length effectively reducing the animals’ blood glucose levels to normal within two days of implantation.

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Human Insulin Market – Forecasts to 2020, as reported on ASD Reports by Markets and Markets (who sell the report for over $5000!) suggests that the global human insulin market is poised to reach ~USD 39.13 billion by 2020 growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2015 to 2020. North America is expected to hold the largest share of the global human insulin market in 2015. Market growth of human insulin products is being propelled by growing diabetes patient population, increasing population exposure to key risk factors leading to diabetes, rising market demand for human insulin analogs, technological advancements in the field of human insulin delivery devices, and favorable medical reimbursements. 

This is just a STUNNING number!

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Trial Suggests Way to Personalize Heart Health in Diabetes, published by Joslin Diabetes Center, links the hormone GLP-1 with cardiovascular mortality risks for those with diabetes. 


42 Factors that Affect Blood Glucose?! A Surprising Update was shared by Adam Brown on diaTribe.org, 13 February 2018.  He added 20 new factors, a whole new category on behavior and decisions and research on unexpected things that impact blood sugar and diabetes. 

Ever heard someone explain diabetes with a frustrating level of simplicity? “You’ll have on-target blood sugars as long as you eat right, exercise, and take your medicine.”  If only it were that easy, and if only vague advice was all we needed to hear.

You will be amazed … and this shows why control is SO difficult!!!

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Insulin Goes Viral, as some viruses produce insulin-like hormones that can stimulate human cells—and have potential to cause disease. As reported on InsulinNation.com on 21 February 2018, scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified four viruses that can produce insulin-like hormones that are active on human cells.

The discovery brings new possibilities for revealing biological mechanisms that may cause diabetes or cancer.  “Our research may help open up a new field that we might call microbial endocrinology,” says Emrah Altindis, PhD, a Joslin research fellow and lead author on a paper in the journal PNAS on the work. “We show that these viral insulin-like peptides can act on human and rodent cells. With the very large number of microbial peptides to which we are exposed, there is a novel window for host-microbe interactions. We hope that studying these processes will help us to better understand the role of microbes in human disease.”

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