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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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Secret to Reproductive Ants’ Longevity Revealed
Patience Asanga | Sep 2, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers say they've figured out how some reproductive ants live up to 30 years—far longer than workers.
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How a Specific Gut Bacterium May Cause Type 1 Diabetes
Dan Robitzski | Aug 25, 2022 | 5 min read
A bacterium that produces an insulin-like peptide can give mice type 1 diabetes, and infection with the microbe seems to predict the onset of the disease in humans, a study finds.
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Diabetes Linked to Malnutrition Is Metabolically Unique: Study
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Jun 16, 2022 | 5 min read
Results from a small sample of Indian males suggest that lean individuals with a history of malnutrition suffer from a distinct type of diabetes characterized by a defect in insulin secretion.
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Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Bianca Nogrady | May 3, 2022 | 7 min read
Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.
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Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022 | 2 min read
His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.
Fat Tissue Reorganizes During Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers identify a protein that promotes changes in adipose tissue in vitro and in pregnant mice and may help protect against gestational diabetes in humans.
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Exercising During Pregnancy Protects Mouse Offspring
Jack J. Lee | Aug 1, 2021 | 2 min read
Obese mice that exercised while pregnant gave birth to pups that grew up free of the metabolic issues present in the adult young of sedentary obese mothers—possibly by staving off epigenetic changes to a key metabolic gene.
Infographic: How Pregnancy Changes Fat Tissue
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2021 | 1 min read
Researchers propose a mechanism by which a protein produced in the placenta may trigger blood vessel growth and enlarge fat cells.
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A Global Registry Aims to See if COVID-19 Causes Diabetes
Asher Jones | Mar 19, 2021 | 2 min read
Researchers have collected hundreds of COVID-19–related diabetes case reports since August of last year, in hopes of teasing apart the complex links between the two diseases.
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Roger Unger, Endocrinologist and Authority on Diabetes, Dies
Amanda Heidt | Sep 4, 2020 | 2 min read
The University of Texas Southwestern scientist studied the roles of glucagon and insulin in regulating blood glucose, leading to several successful treatments.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020 | 3 min read
Lactation boosts the quantity and quality of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, likely reducing a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Infographic: How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020 | 1 min read
Breastfeeding reduces type 2 diabetes risk by boosting beta cells.
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Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019 | 8 min read
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
Human Pancreas Cells Can Be Made to Produce Insulin
Jef Akst | Feb 14, 2019 | 2 min read
When implanted into mice, the “pseudo-islets” helped treat the animals’ diabetes symptoms.
Drop in Infant Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Rotavirus Vaccination
Catherine Offord | Jan 23, 2019 | 2 min read
Results from an observational study find that the introduction of a routine vaccine in Australia coincided with a fall in the incidence of the autoimmune condition.
Studies Unable to Reproduce Results of Two Diabetes Papers
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 10, 2018 | 5 min read
The original work found that an anti-malaria drug or the neurotransmitter GABA could increase the number of insulin-producing pancreatic cells in mice.
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.
Deep Brain Stimulation Boosts Insulin Sensitivity
Shawna Williams | May 24, 2018 | 1 min read
One patient with diabetes was able to reduce his medication use while receiving targeted electrical pulses.
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2018 | 2 min read
A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.  
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