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July 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers last week reported progress in finding ways to administer insulin through pills, drinks or nasal spray to help diabetics control their blood-sugar levels more easily and take fewer shots. While freedom from shots is still thought to be a long way off, researchers on separate projects in Israel, France and England said the experimental insulin treatments may mimic the body's functions more closely than injections.
November 19, 1986 | United Press International
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital announced Tuesday the first successful implant of a new insulin pump, a device they say could help the 1 million insulin-dependent diabetics in the United States. Physicians said Jackson Piotrow, of Bethesda, Md., received the pump last week during a 45-minute operation and appears to be doing well with the device.
June 11, 1995 | Reuters
Preliminary studies indicate that giving doses of insulin can delay the development of insulin-dependent diabetes in people who are at high risk of the disease, researchers said Saturday. A large-scale study is under way to determine how often and for how long insulin can delay the onset of Type I diabetes, which occurs most often in children and young adults. The disease affects the metabolism of sugars and can cause such complications as blindness and kidney failure.
October 24, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
The first clinical trial of a surgically implanted insulin pump in Type 2 diabetics has shown that it is just as effective at controlling blood sugar levels as multiple daily injections, but that freedom from injections produces a better quality of life. The study, reported in the Oct. 23 Journal of the American Medical Assn., was conducted on 105 men, ages 40 to 69, at seven VA medical centers.
September 13, 1985 | GREG LUCAS, Times Staff Writer
Dave Stenger, a laboratory assistant at UC Irvine, is 37 years old and has been a diabetic for 32 of those years. Six years ago, Stenger began using an insulin pump to supply him with the insulin he needs to stabilize the level of glucose in his blood. Four years earlier, he had lost vision in one of his eyes as a result of his diabetes.
June 27, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Diabetics may soon receive long-lasting insulin implants, freeing them from daily insulin injections, researchers at Harvard Medical School said. Dr. Robert Lanza said dogs have been successfully implanted with a kind of artificial pancreas which holds capsules that release insulin-producing cells. The technology will be tested on humans within a year, he said. While not a cure for diabetes, Lanza said it could become the preferred treatment.
March 1, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Giving insulin along with clot-busting medications and other drugs after a heart attack may improve the likelihood of survival by limiting inflammation and damage to the heart muscle. In a study of 32 heart attack patients treated in the emergency room at the University of Buffalo, researchers gave half the participants a low-dose infusion of insulin for 48 hours in addition to the clot-buster reteplase and other common heart attack treatments, including aspirin and the blood thinner heparin.
The regents of the University of California on Wednesday sued Eli Lilly & Co., alleging that the largest U.S. maker of insulin infringed on a university patent for the biotechnology that Lilly uses to make its genetically engineered insulin product. The university obtained the patent in 1984 after the technology was developed by four scientists at UC San Francisco, the regents said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Animal researchers reported Sunday a major advance toward the development of an artificial pancreas that could provide long-lasting therapy for diabetes--without daily insulin injections--and potentially eliminate its crippling side effects. The Massachusetts scientists devised a technique that allows them to transplant insulin-secreting pancreatic cells from cows, dogs and pigs into rats without suppressing the recipient's immune system and without fear of rejection.
June 17, 2011 | David Lazarus
Jamie Powers has Type 2 diabetes. He weighs about 370 pounds and is in a wheelchair because complications from his disease required that his left leg be amputated below the knee. He takes daily pills and insulin shots. I met Powers, 55, earlier this week at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport, where he was among about 200 people attending a seminar titled "Diabetes Breakthrough. " A newspaper ad promised that "you will discover the hidden secrets about how to reverse your diabetes, reduce and eliminate your need and dependence on drugs, lose weight without exercise, explode your energy levels and the potential to become non-diabetic.
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