The Tree Frog Fix for T1D

caeruleinResearchers have identified a molecule found in tree frogs as a pharmacolical agent to stimulate the development of insulin-producing cells. This could be a ground-breaking discovery for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Fred Levine speaks with me about this unorthodox approach to generate insulin-producing cells. This exciting work is being done at Sanford Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford-Burnham. The study discussed in this call is  making headlines because it finds that insulin-producing cells can gegenerate.

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Immune Vulnerability and Type 1 Diabetes

T1D_immuneResearchers have been able to identify what children may be at a higher risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. Given the higher risk predisposition, why is it some people develop T1D and others do not? Dr. Jessica Dunne, Senior Scientist of Prevention at JDRF, speaks with me about the work being done to better understand and correct the immune vulnerability related to T1D.

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Diabetes Can Impair the Response to Exercise

exerciseAmerican Diabetes Association grant winner, Dr. Lauren Sparks, is an investigator at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. She tells me about her work to understand the mechanism of exercise in the body and how diabetes can affect the normal response to exercise.

 

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Game-Changing New Bsal Insulin

peglisproThe “holy grail” of basal insulin analogues would have vast duration, a gently rolling profile, and natural beauty in delivery. Peglispro is a novel basal insulin analog that may wear the crown. It is being studied for the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. David Kendall, distinguished medical fellow, Lilly Diabetes, speaks about the potential paradigm shifting basal insulin analog that may provide better glucose control and weight loss in people with diabetes.

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Osteoclast Function in Diabetes

bonesBones are important for support, protection, and mobility of the body. Diabetes can affect the body, including the bones. Dr. Shannon Wallet, Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, speaks with me about her work, funded by the American Diabetes Association, to better understand the mechanism of this impairment in people with diabetes and what can be done to replenish the weakness in diabetic bones.

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GlucoTrack Non-invasive Glucose Device

glucotrackPeople with diabetes are victims of circumstance when it comes to blood glucose testing. To possibly rescue the bloodshed for all people with diabetes, Avner Gal, the CEO of Integrity Applications speaks with me about GlucoTrack, a noninvasive device to measure blood glucose.

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SENSUS Pain Management System

SENSUSThe pain of diabetic neuropathy has yet to be effectively treated with a non-pill therapy. SENSUS Pain Management System is a non-invasive, electrical nerve stimulator designed to alleviate the chronic pain of diabetic neuropathy. We speak with the founder and CEO of NeuroMetrix, Dr. Shai Gozani, about the FDA cleared SENSUS device.

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Biliary Tree Stem Cells

biliary-tree2A Type 1 diabetes cure is conditional on finding a reliable source of islet cells. Stem cells have been mentioned as a potential source but not all stem cells can become insulin-producing cells. Researchers have identified that stem cells harvested from the biliary tree have the potential to become insulin-producing cells. Dr. Giacomo Lanzoni, Research Scholar at the Diabetes Research Institute, tells us about this exciting discovery.

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