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Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation, may promote diabetes

Published
2013.10.31

Making fat cells immortal might seem like a bad idea to most people, but for a team of University of Iowa scientists it was the ideal way to study how the interaction between bacteria and fat cells might contribute to diabetes. Story from: Medical Xpress

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Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation

A University of Iowa study shows that bacterial toxins trigger fat cells to produce pro-inflammatory molecules. The findings suggest that by promoting chronic inflammation through their effect on fat cells, bacterial toxins may play a role in the development of diabetes. Story

Fruit takes a bite out of diabetes risk

Published
2013.08.29
apple and grapes

A longitudinal, observational study shows eating more fruit, particularly apples, grapes, and blueberries, lowers type 2 diabetes risk, which fits what clinicians already tell patients about the importance of a healthy diet, said UI endocrinologist Christopher Adams. Story from: MedPage Today

MedPage Today

'The Happy Diabetic' chef cooks it up at the Iowa State Fair

Chef Robert Lewis holding a platter of veggetables

Chef Robert Lewis, "The Happy Diabetic," will demonstrate healthy dishes for diabetics on Aug. 17 at the Iowa State Fair. The demonstration coincides with an effort at the University of Iowa to enroll participants in a national study to identify the most effective drugs to treat type-2 diabetes. Story

Abel named director of the UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Video of E. Dale Abel, M.D., D.Phil.E. Dale Abel, M.D., D.Phil., has been named the new director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Abel will also hold the John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research.

The University of Iowa has appointed E. Dale Abel, M.D., D.Phil., as the new director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Abel will also hold the John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research. Video

UI Hospital and Clinics begins recruitment for long-term study of diabetes drug efficacy

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics is recruiting volunteers to participate in a study to compare the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. Story

Study finds possible link between diabetes, increased heart attack death risk

Having diabetes doubles a person’s risk of dying after a heart attack, but the reason for the increased risk is not clear. A new University of Iowa study suggests the link may lie in the over-activation of an important heart enzyme, which leads to death of pacemaker cells in the heart, abnormal heart rhythm, and increased risk of sudden death in diabetic mice following a heart attack. Story

UI research may help build a better drug

A University of Iowa team has discovered a new biological pathway in blood vessel cells, which may contribute to the blood pressure-lowering effects of TZD drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes. This finding may help to develop new therapies that retain the beneficial effect of TZDs but eliminate the adverse side effects. Story

Study finds causes of CF-related diabetes

Image of a confocal 3D rendering of an isolated CF ferret islet stained for insulin (red), glucagon (green), and cell nuclei (blue).

A new University of Iowa study suggests there are two root causes of a type of diabetes associated with cystic fibrosis (CF). The findings, which already have sparked a clinical trial, may guide development of new treatments or even help prevent diabetes in patients with CF. Story

UI research: Police need sleep

Published
2012.07.21

Research by nursing faculty member Sandra Ramey and her UI colleagues showed that police officers who get less than six hours of sleep daily are at an increased risk for chronic fatigue and other health problems. Story from: Huffington Post

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