Less sleep leads to cardiovascular risk

Source: European Society of Cardiology Summary: According to research, Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event during the following two decades than men who sleep seven to eight hours. Compared to those with normal sleep duration, menRead More →

Leg biompedence

Source: American Heart Association Summary: Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that people who had lower leg bioimpedance were at higher risk for heart failure. Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may haveRead More →

Diabetes treatment

Source: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Summary: Researchers have developed an oral delivery method that could dramatically transform the way in which diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check.   More information: Amrita Banerjee et al, “Ionic liquids for oral insulin delivery,” PNAS (2018).  www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1722338115Read More →

Obesity gene

Source: Imperial College London Summary: A gene previously linked with obesity has been found to affect how the body processes insulin, with potential implications for some forms of diabetes. More Information: Steven J. Millership et al, “Neuronatin regulates pancreatic β cell insulin content and secretion”, Journal of Clinical Investigation (2018). DOI: 10.1172/JCI120115   Read More →

Kidney Disease Onset

Source: University of Sheffield Summary: Researchers in a new study has identified a key culprit in the onset of kidney disease in a major marker for kidney disease development. Kidney scarring or ‘fibrosis‘ is the primary cause of kidney disease and is triggered by factors including diabetes, autoimmune disease and high blood pressure, regular useRead More →

Weight Loss Surgery

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Summary: In a randomized controlled clinical trial, researchers found that patients treated with a form of bariatric surgery known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass did significantly better. People with worrisome levels of obesity and poor control of their type 2 diabetes face two dramatically different options toRead More →

SNF-related serine/threonine-protein kinase

Source: Brown University Summary: Researchers have identified an enzyme that appears to regulate the physiology of both fat types in mice – decreasing inflammation in white fat tissue while promoting the ability of brown fat to burn calories. Two primary kinds of fat are found in the human body – white fat and brown fat. White fatRead More →

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