In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  alvin-powell  and-bioethics-emily-broad-leib  basic-research  biotechnology  carmel-shachar  diabetes  harvard-law-school  harvard-medical-school-center-for-bioethics  obesity  petrie-flom-center-for-health-law-policy  soda  soda-tax  steven-gortmaker  sugar-sweetened-beverages

Researchers unveil stem cell models of human spine development

Harvard researchers have unveiled the first stem cell models of human spine development, setting the stage for better understanding of musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including congenital scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, and Type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  congenital-scoliosis  muscular-dystrophy  musculoskeletal-disorders  olivier-pourquie  segmentation-clock  stem-cells  type-2-diabetes

Researchers able to improve, reverse age-related diseases in mice

Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School study offers hope for single genetic treatment for multiple age-related ills.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Nov. 4, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  basic-research  diabetes  george-church  health  heart-failure  kidney-failure  lindsay-brownell  noah-davidsohn  obesity  rejuvenate-bio  wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university-and-harvard-medical-school

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 • harvard
Aug. 29, 2019 ~6 min

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 • harvard
July 22, 2019 ~3 min

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 • harvard
June 24, 2019 ~9 min

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 • harvard
May 8, 2019 ~4 min

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 • harvard
April 24, 2019 ~5 min

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 • harvard
April 9, 2019 ~12 min

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 • harvard
April 1, 2019 ~10 min

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

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