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Archive for June, 2009

The Discovery of Insulin

June 25th, 2009

In a previous essay I wrote about the Edmonton Protocol paper as a diabetes classic. I realized that the second classic I needed to discuss had to be Banting & Best’s discovery of insulin. I had never read it. Then I discovered how hard it was to get.

Type 1 Diabetes Classic

Death By Diabetes

June 22nd, 2009

Before there was insulin diabetes was fatal, usually in a few weeks, always in a year. Even today some people die from type 1 diabetes. Our concern in this era of diabetes management is using all of the tools we have to simulate the activity of islets of Langerhans; the input is insulin and the output is glucose levels in the blood.

Current Research

2009 Banting Award

June 12th, 2009

One of the pleasures of the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in June is the plenary address of the winner of the highest award given for scientific achievement, the Banting Award (named for one of the discoverers of insulin). This year’s winner was George Eisenbarth of The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at the University of Colorado Denver and his achievement was nothing less than the demonstration that type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease.

Current Research

Mouse Metabolism and Diabetes Research

June 3rd, 2009

With wearying frequency come press releases announcing that a new approach has cured diabetes in animals and that the human cure is only a few years away. With equal frequency most such reports turn out to be wrong. So why don’t animal results predict what all diabetics hope for?

Scott's Opinion