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Data Fabrication Could Be Rife In Drugs Trials

| June 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

These days, the gold standard of evidence-based medicine is the double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. If a drug or natural compound doesn’t show a positive effect in such a trial, it is unlikely to be approved as a conventional treatment. But a bombshell paper now claims the results and data of such trials may often be […]

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In Future, ‘Sugar Sponges’ Could Help Control Diabetes

| June 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Conventional diabetes treatments are a pain, involving risks of hypoglycaemia and drug side effects, and the hassle of daily insulin injections. But now, Chinese scientists have come up with a different approach – a microscopic “sugar sponge” that mops up glucose when blood sugar levels are high and releases it when they are low. Researchers […]

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Broccoli Sprouts Could Help Manage Blood Sugar

| June 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all know that eating broccoli is good for us. And sprouted broccoli seeds have long been shown to contain anti-cancer and heart-healthy phytochemicals. But now scientists have discovered that these same natural substances could help to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In a neat piece of detective work, an […]

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Most People Can’t Recognise Common Diabetes Symptoms

| June 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

To mark Diabetes Week, from Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June, the charity Diabetes UK carried out a poll of 2,000 adults.1 Most couldn’t recognise common diabetes symptoms that ought to prompt them to see a doctor. And the majority of those polled didn’t do well when it came to getting their five-a-day. When […]

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Trajenta Is Often A Dangerous Drug, Despite Findings In Mice

| June 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

The headline “Diabetes drug protects against heart disease” recently caught my attention, so I read on. It appears that Trajenta was found to prevent early markers of heart disease in mice. The trouble is, this drug is already known to help cause heart problems in humans, along with other dangerous side effects. Researchers at the […]

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Texts Are As Good As Drugs For Managing Type 2 Diabetes

| June 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

In a novel study, researchers have found that getting regular, supportive text messages improved the blood sugar control of people with type 2 diabetes just as well as medication. In three months, they saw their HbA1C levels – a measure of longer-term blood sugar control – drop from 80 to 69 mmol/mol (from 9.5 to […]

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Metformin Could Act By Altering Gut Bacteria

| June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The drug metformin is the mainstay of conventional type 2 diabetes treatment and has been in clinical use for the last 60 years. Despite this, scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of how it works. But a new study shows metformin may lower blood sugar through its effects on our gut bacteria. Researchers at […]

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