hands of a person checking their blood glucose level with a monitor
Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.
Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk

Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.

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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A stained tissue sample of metastatic pancreatic cancer
Tetanus Immunity Protects Mice Against Pancreatic Cancer
Amanda Heidt | Mar 24, 2022
Because most people are vaccinated against tetanus as children, delivering benign bacteria carrying a tetanus antigen into pancreatic tumors makes them visible to memory cells in the immune system, researchers report.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020
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
Breastfeeding reduces type 2 diabetes risk by boosting beta cells.
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Amy Schleunes | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists have developed a tissue-clearing protocol that allows them to peer into entire, transparent human organs.
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Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
Drop in Infant Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Rotavirus Vaccination
Catherine Offord | Jan 23, 2019
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.
Image of the Day: Cellular Destiny
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 11, 2018
Progenitor cells in the pancreas of humans get developmental cues from proteins in their environment.
Studies Unable to Reproduce Results of Two Diabetes Papers
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 10, 2018
The original work found that an anti-malaria drug or the neurotransmitter GABA could increase the number of insulin-producing pancreatic cells in mice.
Image of the Day: Bundle of Nerves
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 26, 2018
Live-cell imaging reveals the secrets of innervation in the pancreas of zebrafish.
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  
Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice
Abby Olena | May 2, 2018
Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.
Gene Therapy Temporarily Reverses Type 1 Diabetes in Mice
Shawna Williams | Jan 4, 2018
Pancreatic cells engineered to produce insulin did not immediately provoke an immune response.
Immunotherapy Promising for Diabetes: Study
Aggie Mika | Aug 9, 2017
A small clinical trial demonstrates that peptide immunotherapy can halt the progression of early-stage type 1 diabetes.
Enhancers Drive Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis: Study
Diana Kwon | Jul 27, 2017
Mouse organoids reveal that a protein active during embryonic development joins forces with gene enhancers to revert cancer cells to an earlier developmental state.
Image of the Day: Over the Islet Rainbow
The Scientist Staff | Jun 13, 2017
Scientists have constructed three-dimensional maps depicting the size and location of insulin-producing islet cells in the mouse pancreas.
Bioengineered ‘Pancreas’ Effective in First Patient
Aggie Mika | May 11, 2017
The diabetic volunteer continued to produce insulin one year after she received a transplant of abdominal islet cells.
Chimeric Pancreas Treats Diabetes in Mice
Tracy Vence | Jan 25, 2017
Researchers produce functional organs composed of both mouse and rat cells.
How High Fat and Insulin Levels May Lead to Diabetes
Barbara E. Corkey | Jun 30, 2016
Lipids and insulin play important roles in blood sugar regulation, and altered levels of either could kick start metabolic dysfunction.
Insulin-Producing Mini Stomachs
Catherine Offord | Feb 21, 2016
Scientists grow gastric organs in vitro that can restore insulin production when transplanted into mice.