Language problems in women and insulin resistance – could it be a new dependency?

Dictionary Series - Health: diabetesFinnish researchers suggest that there is a link between insulin resistance (typical for type 2 diabetes) and language difficulties in women (a sign of cognitive disorders in dementia). The study included both men and women belonging to different age groups and was conducted by Laura Ekblad Ph.D. and colleagues from the University Hospital in Turku, Finland. The results of the research were published in “Diabetes”, journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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Insulin as a drug for acute pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis occurs when acinar cells, which contain pancreatic enzymes, are damaged. This resuts in self-digestion of the organ and tissues which surround it. Dr Jason Bruce and scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered that insulin has a protective influence on pancreatic cells. Research was published in Journal of Biological Chemistry. Read full text »

Betatrophin – the hope for diabetics

American scientists from Cambridge have discovered in mice’s liver a hormone which stimulates creation of beta cells producing insulin in its pancreas. It was proved that the hormone is present also in people (chromosome 19). This discovery may influence the development of new antidiabetic drug. Read full text »

Intranasal insulin causes improvement in Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) proves to be a both diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The disease strikes unannounced and with progression severely debilitates. Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI) often seems to precede it. Among some risk factors of developing AD, recently insulin resistance is the one intensely discussed. The current issue of Archives of Neurology journal (1) reports that intranasal administration of insulin may provide AD and aMCI patients with undeniable benefits. The 4-month therapy improved or stabilized memory, cognition and overall functional ability. Authors suggest that their pilot trial serves as a fair basis for future research. Read full text »