How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
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.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers

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.

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.

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Infographic: How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
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
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.
Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Insulin-Producing Mini Stomachs
Catherine Offord | Feb 21, 2016
Scientists grow gastric organs in vitro that can restore insulin production when transplanted into mice.
Lab-Made Insulin-Secreting Cells
Lab-Made Insulin-Secreting Cells
Bob Grant | Oct 13, 2014
Researchers craft hormone-producing pancreas cells from human embryonic stem cells, paving the way for a cell therapy to treat diabetes.
Transformer Cells in Diabetes
Ed Yong | Sep 13, 2012
In diabetic mice, the cells of the pancreas don’t die, but rather revert to an earlier state incapable of producing the insulin the body needs.