Islet-on-a-chip technology streamlines diabetes research

Islet-on-a-chip technology allows clinicians to easily determine the therapeutic value of beta cells for any given patient.

Mary Bergman | Aug. 29, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research biotechnology diabetes douglas-a-melton organ-on-a-chip otd type-2-diabetes

Plant-based diet may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

A new meta-analysis shows that people who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence have a 23 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence.

Amy Roeder | July 22, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health jama-internal-medicine plant-based-diet type-2-diabetes

Performance-enhancing bacteria found in the human microbiome

A single microbe accumulating in the microbiome of elite athletes can enhance exercise performance in mice, paving the way to highly validated performance-enhancing probiotics.

Benjamin Boettner | June 24, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aleksandar-kostic athletes boston-marathon george-church harvard-medical-school jacob-luber jonathan-scheiman joslin-diabetes-center-in-boston lactate performance-enhancing-bacteria probiotics propionate theodore-chavkin v-atypica veillonella wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

Harvard researchers advance cell therapy for diabetes

A team of researchers led by Harvard University scientists has improved the laboratory process of converting stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells from 30 percent to 80 percent.

Jessica Lau | May 8, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine adrian-veres diabetes douglas-melton felicia-pagliuca insulin semma-therapeutics stem-cell type-1-diabetes

Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity?

Based on new research, a randomized placebo-controlled trial in humans indicates that a popular food ingredient called propionate may raise the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Chris Sweeney | April 24, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine amir-tirosh diabetes gokhan-s-hotamisligil harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health obesity propionate

What can we do to keep people from gaining more weight?

Health and policy expert Sara Bleich has found that when trying to change the way people eat, being prescriptive isn’t always the answer.

Deborah Halber | April 9, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine fat-shaming harvard-graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences obesity radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study sara-bleich type-2-diabetes

Harvard symposium to tackle increasing diabetes among refugees

Humanitarian workers from around the globe will visit Harvard to discuss how best to treat the increasing number of diabetics among refugee populations. Symposium organizers talk about the problem and what they hope the symposium will accomplish.

Alvin Powell | April 1, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell conflict diabetes displaced-person global-health harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health lindsay-jaacks migration natural-disaster refugee sylvia-kehlenbrink war

Microneedle pill takes the sting out of insulin

A team of investigators from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MIT, and Novo Nordisk has developed a microneedle pill that can deliver an oral formulation of insulin that can be swallowed rather than injected.

Haley Bridger | Feb. 8, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital c-giovanni-traverso diabetes insulin mit novo-nordisk robert-langer self-orienting-millimeter-scale-applicator soma

Epidemic of autoimmune diseases pushes researchers in new direction

Scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute are seeking ways to protect newly transplanted cells from autoimmune attack.

Jessica Lau | Jan. 31, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine autoimmunity-problems harvard-department-of-stem-cell-and-regenerative-biology-douglas-melton harvard-stem-cell-institute immune-system immunology stem-cells transplanted-stem-cells type-1-diabetes

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