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Squiggly green cilia on blue human pancreatic beta cells
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release
Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release

Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.

Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.

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A jar full of artificial sweetener packets.
Artificial Sweeteners Alter Gut Bacteria in Humans
Shafaq Zia | Aug 19, 2022 | 4 min read
When consumed for as little as two weeks, common alternatives to sugar affect intestinal bacterial communities, with some reducing the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels, a study finds.
A photo of a triple-negative breast cancer cell
A Fasting-Mimicking Diet Thwarts Breast Cancer in Mice
Devin A. Reese, PhD | Mar 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Coupling a diet low in calories, sugar, and protein with existing cancer drugs treats triple-negative breast cancer in mice, and low blood glucose is associated with better cancer outcomes in human patients.
a young woman pedals an exercise bike while wearing a mask to monitor oxygen consumption
Extreme Exercise Carries Metabolic Consequences: Study
Shawna Williams | Mar 23, 2021 | 4 min read
Healthy people put through high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, displayed insulin resistance and mitochondrial dysfunction after working out excessively.
Image of the Day: Glucose Sensor 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists build a biosensor skin patch for noninvasive glucose monitoring. 
Will the Noninvasive Glucose Monitoring Revolution Ever Arrive?
Catherine Offord | Oct 12, 2017 | 8 min read
A needle-free alternative to the finger-prick test would be a godsend for many sufferers of diabetes, but the industry has yet to clear the technological hurdles.
Newly Discovered Hormone Explains Disease
Kerry Grens | Apr 15, 2016 | 1 min read
Patients with neonatal progeroid syndrome lack a glucose-releasing hormone, while people with insulin resistance have an abundance.
Week in Review: June 22–26
Jef Akst | Jun 26, 2015 | 3 min read
Neanderthal-human hybrid discovered; the neurobiology of fear behavior; and an insulin patch that responds to high glucose levels in mice
Next Generation: Smart Insulin Patch
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 22, 2015 | 3 min read
A microneedle patch automatically releases insulin in response to high glucose levels.
Sugar Substitutes, Gut Bacteria, and Glucose Intolerance
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 17, 2014 | 4 min read
The consumption of artificial sweeteners results in glucose intolerance mediated by changes in the gut microbiota in both mice and humans, researchers report.
Google, Novartis to Develop Smart Contacts
Bob Grant | Jul 17, 2014 | 2 min read
The technologically advanced eyewear monitors blood sugar concentrations in diabetic patients.
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