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.
September 14, 1990 |
Using a technique that could someday prove important for the treatment of human diabetes, University of Pennsylvania researchers have succeeded in curing rats of the disease by transplanting insulin-producing cells into the thymus. In a novel experiment described in today's issue of Science, Penn researchers chose a new site - the thymus gland at the base of the neck - into which to transplant islet cells. Those cells, found in the pancreas, produce the insulin needed to regulate the metabolism of sugar.
August 9, 1997 |
Michelle Puczynski, 13, of Sylvania, Ohio, has endured 13,000 insulin injections and 21,000 finger-pricks for blood work since being diagnosed as a diabetic at age 1. "She has been robbed of a carefree and normal life. . . . Until today, I could never assure Michelle that a cure was within her grasp," said her mother, Sandra Puczynski. "On behalf of Michelle, thank you President Clinton and Speaker [Newt] Gingrich. " Puczynski's words helped define the human consequences of a little-noted aspect of the budget that Clinton signed into law Tuesday: a $2.4 billion expansion of federal spending on treatment and research for diabetes.
November 18, 2005 |
Nearly a year after Jean Saxon moved out of a rented Levittown home, her landlord discovered a syringe in the base of the toilet - a find the prosecution in Saxon's murder trial presented in Bucks County Court yesterday as the case's smoking gun. Edmund Armstrong said he found the syringe after taking the toilet apart to see why it repeatedly clogged. He called a Bensalem detective to retrieve it. Saxon, 46, is charged with the murder of her estranged husband, Jerry, 52, who lapsed into a coma on March 17, 2003, and died five weeks later.
February 23, 2001 |
To give the authors of "Eat this steak!" (Op-ed Feb. 5) due credit, they got one thing quite right - the federal Food Guide Pyramid heavily suffers from industry taint and poorly serves the public-health interest. However, quite contrary to Michael and Mary Dan Eades' assertions of grain bias, it's the politically well-connected dairy, meat and egg industries whose clout dominates and skewers the 9-year-old Food Pyramid. For starters, its release was delayed one year until April 1992, and its contents diluted, under intense pressure from animal agribusiness interests.
February 15, 1987 |
Call it the disorder of the decade. You've certainly read about it. You've probably discussed it with friends. And chances are, amid the hoopla, you have wondered if you, too, have hypoglycemia. Why the hype about hypoglycemia? Because it has become a catch-all diagnosis for myriad problems related to low blood sugar. For the last decade, the public has been deluged with reports listing the symptoms associated with the condition. Before you could say, "Get me to a doctor, quick," plenty of people who occasionally felt even the slightest sign of dizziness, nausea or fatigue were convinced that they were victims of hypoglycemia.
February 11, 1995
The nation's honeymoon with pasta is, tragically, coming to an end. The romance between ourselves and the noodle, to paraphrase Cole Porter, was too hot not to cool down. Recent studies suggest that too much pasta can make you fat, especially those who are "insulin-resistant" - another word for those who tend to be chubby. The study said pasta makes your body over-produce insulin, a hormone used to digest starches and sugary treats. The more insulin your body produces, the more likely it is to be eventually converted into famine insurance on hips, potbellies and thighs.
September 25, 1995 |
The medical researchers are closing in day by day, like detectives on the trail of an elusive criminal. Five years ago, they followed their suspect into a microscopic world, to part of a single chromosome. Then, six months ago, while looking for more clues, they walked across the culprit's neighborhood, gene by gene. Now, the search is door to door, say researchers at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, who are hunting for the gene or genes on Chromosome 6 that protect people from developing diabetes.
September 18, 1991 |
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Some of you - including a sizable fraction of those who have had elective plastic surgery - may be suffering from delusions of imagined ugliness. A report in The American Journal of Psychiatry says "body dismorphic disorder" is characterized by obsession with imagined flaws such as an overly large nose, "devious-looking" eyebrows, a "stretched" mouth or undersized genitals. Severe depression, suicidal behavior, social withdrawal, repeated visits to plastic surgeons and "frequent mirror checking" are common symptoms.
October 21, 2014 |
Like many 11-year-olds, Morgan Laufgraben of Cherry Hill enjoys playing soccer. She is a member of a travel team, the Blades. Morgan's parents, however, unlike other spectators in the stands, are eager not only to watch the team score goals but also to hear their daughter's insulin levels shouted out by the coaches during game breaks. The Beck Middle School sixth-grader was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012. Through her meal planning and frequent insulin checks for a disease that is currently incurable, Morgan's family said she had maintained a positive outlook.