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The Endocrine Society has issued a Scientific Statement linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to obesity and diabetes as a follow-up to its 2009 report on risks posed to human health from EDCs including bisphenol A (BPA). The Scientific Statement also reviews evidence on EDCs and reproductive health problems, hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer, […]

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A new classification approach for the preclinical staging of type 1 diabetes has been developed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The model, based on the concept that there is a progressive process leading up to symptomatic type 1 diabetes, “will aid the development of therapies and the […]

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According to a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, almost 50% of American adults were found to suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes. To reiterate, this is HALF of our adult population—29 million have diabetes and 86 million have pre-diabetes. There is hardly an American who does not either have the […]

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Google Capital, the company’s growth-equity fund, has invested $32.5 million in Oscar Health Insurance, an innovative start-up trying to transform the health insurance market. Unlike major players like UnitedHealth or Anthem, Oscar’s target market at the moment is individuals rather than large groups of patients. Another key difference is that at least for the moment […]

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Keeping blood sugar levels in check may have a protective effect against dementia in people who have type 2 diabetes, new Swedish research suggests. “The positive association between [average blood sugar levels] and risk of dementia in fairly young patients with type 2 diabetes indicates a potential for prevention of dementia with improved blood sugar […]

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We’re all running around buying back-to-school supplies and new clothes, but let’s take a minute to revisit children’s fitness and the nagging problem of childhood obesity. According to the most recent national data, we continue to fail at putting a serious dent in childhood obesity. There was serious celebration a few years ago when the […]

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Half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or blood sugar so high they’re almost diabetic, researchers reported Tuesday. And for the first time they’ve looked at diabetes rates among Asian-Americans and find they are nearly as high as rates among other minorities. Twenty percent of Asian-Americans had diabetes, the survey found, and half of them […]

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with type 2 diabetes may be more prone to developing the brain “tangles” associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. The study found that people with type 2 diabetes had a greater accumulation of brain tangles — even if they were free of dementia or milder […]

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