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Genetic discovery may help to identify childrenrisk for type 1 diabetes
Six novel chromosomal regions identified by scientists leading a large, prospective study of children at risk for type 1 diabetes will enable the discovery of more genes that cause the disease and more targets for treating or even preventing it.
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Women with gestational diabetes in pregnancy are at higher risk of future health issues
Women who have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy have a higher than usual risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease in the future, according to new research led by the University of Birmingham.
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Blind football takes off around the globe
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has released statistics showing the global expansion of blind football, with a significant increase in the number of countries developing the sport and taking part in international events.
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Nursing homes should require flu shots for all staff and patients
As flu season swings into high gear, a new poll suggests that nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should be doing more to get their staff and patients vaccinated before it's too late.
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Being bilingual may help autistic children
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.
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New app motivates type 2 diabetes patients to be more active
During the holidays, 29 million Americans with type 2 diabetes had to navigate the minefield of treats, drinks, and dinners. Many patients have stepped up to meet the challenge of moderating their diet, but fewer embrace the benefits of physical activity in controlling their blood sugar.
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Spider's web inspires removable implant that may control type 1 diabetes
For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a Cornell University-led research team has developed a device that could revolutionize management of the disease.
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Girls' social camouflage skills may delay or prevent autism diagnosis
On parent-reporting measures, girls with autism seem to struggle more than boys with performing routine tasks like getting up and dressed or making small talk, even when the study group is normalized to meet similar basic clinical diagnostic criteria across sexes.
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Deep brain stimulation linked to longer survival for Parkinson's patients
A treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) could extend the life of people with Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois found that patients who received stimulation via an implanted device had a modest survival advantage compared with those treated with medication only.
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Intelligent wheelchairs, predictive prostheses
If you use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic leg, small obstacles can become insurmountable barriers. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a way to detect uneven ground, tiered levels or steps using radar. The information gained can be employed in orthopedic technology to control and stabilize prostheses or wheelchairs.
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