January 17, 1988 |
New research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that sugar can enhance the effectiveness of calcium in women's diets to prevent osteoporosis, a weakening of bones that affects mainly elderly women, scientists said last week. Scientists at the department's Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., found that about a teaspoonful of glucose sugar taken with calcium can increase the body's absorption of the mineral by nearly 25 percent. Glucose polymers, which are sold in drugstores as calorie supplements, are as effective as sugar, the researchers said.
January 2, 2013 |
THIS IS YOUR ..brain on sugar - for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found. It's a small study and does not prove that fructose or its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity, but experts say that it adds evidence that they may play a role.
August 11, 2012 |
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
March 1, 2000 |
In a medical advance that could end painful finger pricks for the seven million diabetics who do them every day, researchers have extracted blood sugar right through the skin, without needles. The technique uses ultrasound to open microscopic spaces in the skin through which a tiny bit of fluid can escape. The fluid is then analyzed to determine glucose, or sugar, levels in the blood. The method, which was successfully tested on seven diabetics, is reported in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
November 4, 1992 |
The rabbit died. That's how women once learned they were pregnant, their suspicions confirmed by blood tests using a female lab rabbit that was sacrificed in the process. A doctor telephoned with the news. Today, in the privacy of her home, a woman can learn within minutes if she is pregnant. the at-home pregnancy test, in fact is the most popular of several self- diagnostic tests available. Others approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration include ovulation predictors, blood-glucose monitors, blood-pressure meters, a test for urinary tract infections and a test for intestional bleeding that can be a sign of colon cancer.
May 2, 1995 |
STAY IN LINE: A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that in-line skates used on highways are vehicles. In other states, courts have ruled that roller bladers are merely fast-moving pedestrians. The legal distinction makes a difference if the skater is involved in an accident. The Minnesota court ruled that the family of a young man killed by a car while skating on a highway was not entitled to damages because the skater wasn't wearing lights or reflectors, which are required of vehicles.
June 28, 2011
Echo Therapeutics Inc., of Philadelphia, said its common shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market on Wednesday. The over-the-counter stock will keep the ticker symbol ECTE. Echo is developing a needle-free glucose monitoring system for patients with diabetes and for use in hospital critical care units. Echo, which had 17 people working in its original facility in Franklin, Mass., moved its corporate headquarters to 8 Penn Center in Center City in early May, and could add 25 people in the next 18 months, chairman and chief executive Patrick T. Mooney has said.
April 13, 1998 |
Two years ago, when Carole Yass and Jamie Dillinger attended the annual American Diabetes Association conference, they sat in the auditorium with other diabetes specialists and listened to speakers. But at this year's conference, last month at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, they missed the speeches because they had something more important to do: sell the interactive CD-ROM they created in November. Called Meals 'n Carbs, the disk explains what diabetes is, and helps those with the disorder eat properly by teaching them how carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels and how to plan meals.
February 11, 1987 |
(Editor's note: Jane Fonda, like millions of other American women, once put herself through a debilitating cycle of crash diets, pills and binges in the effort to achieve an "ideal" figure. She learned the hard way that the real goal is in achieving your best and healthiest self - losing fat but retaining muscle, raising your metabolism and lowering your natural set-point weight. Now, in "Jane Fonda's New Workout and Weight Loss Program," she makes her hard-won knowledge available to everyone.
November 19, 2009 |
After she lost her job as a social worker last year, and her health insurance with it, Vanessa Sheppard chose a risky way to save money: She stopped buying the disposable test strips she needed to check her blood glucose level. Once, having not tested herself for days, the Type 2 diabetes patient felt so ill that she could not get out of bed. Her mother, who also has diabetes, came to visit and insisted that she borrow her glucose meter and a test strip. The result: a disturbingly high level exceeding 200. "You get real worried," said Sheppard, 50, of South Philadelphia, whose doctor had told her to shoot for readings between 90 and 130. "You know you need this to maintain your health.