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NEWS
October 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Nicole Johnson's diabetes once caused temporary blindness, hair loss and pain so severe she couldn't walk. As the newly crowned Miss America, Johnson launched a yearlong effort to fight the disease. The 24-year-old former Miss Virginia, who was crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., last month, was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and now wears a device that pumps insulin into her body. She said she will work to increase testing, research and education about diabetes.
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NEWS
July 8, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The type of diabetes that usually strikes out-of-shape adults appears to be on the rise among children. Researchers reported that they found a dramatic increase in non-insulin-dependent diabetes among young patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes typically results from bad health. Researchers found that among the children studied with the disease, almost all of them were obese, and more than 30% of them had high blood pressure.
NEWS
October 15, 2010
Measuring children's waist circumference may be the best way to predict their risk later on for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a study finds. Researchers compared different testing methods for body composition among a group of 2,188 Australians who were followed for an average 20 years from childhood. Initial tests were done when the study participants were between the ages of 7 and 15 and included calculating body mass index (a measurement of height and weight), measuring waist and hip circumferences and doing skin-fold measures.
NEWS
September 3, 1996 | Associated Press
Researchers have found the apparent hiding place of a gene that promotes the most common form of diabetes, one that affects 15 million Americans. Scientists believe several genes play a role in susceptibility to type 2 diabetes, but they haven't identified any gene yet. The location suggested by the new study is the second to be implicated. Scientists hope the genes will reveal the biology of diabetes and lead to drugs for treatment and prevention.
SCIENCE
July 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Selenium dietary supplements may raise a person's risk of developing diabetes, not lower it as had been suspected, researchers reported Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People who took a 200-microgram daily dose of the mineral for seven years had a 50% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with the placebo, the study found. About 60% of Americans take multivitamins, most of which include 33 to 200 micrograms of selenium. In the U.S.
HEALTH
May 24, 2004
Regarding "Patients Not Getting the Care They Need, Study Says" (May 10): Among people with chronic conditions, according to the Rand Corp. study, people with diabetes usually get the worst care, even though the disease has a high risk of serious side effects. I find the results of this study remarkably on point, on target and true. The Internet, books, diabetes educators, nurses and diabetes support groups provide the "stay alive" information. Doctors have become, sadly, a necessary nuisance expense for biannual blood chemistry, flu shots and prescriptions.
HEALTH
September 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Treating pregnant women for diabetes can help lower the chances their children will be obese, researchers found. Untreated gestational diabetes raises a woman's blood sugar during pregnancy and almost doubles the child's risk of becoming obese by ages 5 to 7. Researchers examined the records of 9,439 mother-child pairs in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The women gave birth between 1995 and 2000.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists have pinpointed an important gene involved in increasing a child's risk for type 1 diabetes, a discovery they said might lead to a way to prevent the development of the disease. Researchers reported there are two versions of the gene. People with one version show a 50% increase in risk and those with the other are protected from the disease.
NEWS
December 18, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Boys weighing less than 5 1/2 pounds at birth are more likely than others to develop diabetes and high blood pressure when they are men, a group of Harvard doctors reports. They also found boys weighing more than 10 pounds at birth are more likely to become obese. The study's lead author said the findings don't apply to mothers trying to decide whether to hasten or slow delivery based on the fetus' size.
NEWS
December 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Earlier reports that drinking cow's milk may trigger the onset of juvenile diabetes in susceptible people may be wrong, Florida researchers report today. Last year, Canadian researchers said most people who develop the disease, also known as insulin-dependent or Type 1 diabetes, have antibodies against a milk protein in their blood. This protein strongly resembles a protein found in the pancreas.
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