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The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine system of vertebrates. It is both an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin, as well as an exocrine gland, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that pass to the small intestine. These enzymes help in the further breakdown of the carbohydrates, protein, and fat in the chyme.
Susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of cell's energy factory

Susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of cell's energy factory

A team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of the cell's energy factory. They report their findings this week in Cell. [More]
Clinically relevant mouse model for difficult-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer

Clinically relevant mouse model for difficult-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer

Only 15% of patients with squamous cell lung cancer - the second most common lung cancer - survive five years past diagnosis. [More]
Mayo Clinic study: Reversing current thought on treatment of cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes

Mayo Clinic study: Reversing current thought on treatment of cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes

Researchers at Mayo Clinic released a new study reversing current thought on the treatment of cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes. The study found that the continuation of metformin after a cirrhosis diagnosis improved survival rates among diabetes patients. [More]
U of MD researchers to use $3.7 million NIH grant to develop novel method to treat monogenic diabetes

U of MD researchers to use $3.7 million NIH grant to develop novel method to treat monogenic diabetes

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $3.7 million grant to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to develop a personalized medicine program to help doctors diagnose and treat monogenic diabetes - a form of diabetes caused by a mutation in a single gene. [More]
New vaccine reprograms pancreatic tumors and makes them vulnerable to immunotherapy

New vaccine reprograms pancreatic tumors and makes them vulnerable to immunotherapy

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed and tested a vaccine that triggered the growth of immune cell nodules within pancreatic tumors, essentially reprogramming these intractable cancers and potentially making them vulnerable to immune-based therapies. [More]
Animas' predictive algorithm technology maintains glucose above hypoglycemic levels

Animas' predictive algorithm technology maintains glucose above hypoglycemic levels

Animas Corporation today shared encouraging results from its predictive hypoglycemia-minimizing algorithm in development. [More]
Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) is dramatically changing health care delivery in the U.S. Specific parts of the new law, which will be phased in through 2020, will have a significant impact on patients with diabetes and prediabetes, as explored in a comprehensive Review article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Investigators study new cancer immunotherapy to help patients with advanced pancreatic cancer

Investigators study new cancer immunotherapy to help patients with advanced pancreatic cancer

Medical investigators at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare are studying a new cancer immunotherapy to see if it can successfully help patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. [More]
Bionic pancreas device controls blood sugar in patients with type 1 diabetes

Bionic pancreas device controls blood sugar in patients with type 1 diabetes

The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials - one in adults, the other in adolescents - that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities. [More]
Fasting converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, combating diabetes risk factors

Fasting converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, combating diabetes risk factors

For prediabetics, many interventions focus on lifestyle changes and weight loss, but new research on periodic fasting has identified a biological process in the body that converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, thus combating diabetes risk factors. [More]
Study uncovers why statins increase diabetes risk

Study uncovers why statins increase diabetes risk

McMaster University researchers may have found a novel way to suppress the devastating side effect of statins, one of the worlds' most widely used drugs to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. [More]
Groundbreaking molecular imaging agent developed to trace advanced prostate cancer

Groundbreaking molecular imaging agent developed to trace advanced prostate cancer

Anti-androgen hormonal therapy, also called chemical castration, can be an important defense against further disease progression for patients with prostate cancer that has traveled and grown in other areas, or metastasized-but some cases simply do not respond to this treatment. [More]
Tobacco smoking linked to nearly 2 million deaths among Asian adults in recent years

Tobacco smoking linked to nearly 2 million deaths among Asian adults in recent years

A new study estimates that tobacco smoking has been linked to approximately 2 million deaths among adult men and women in Asia in recent years and predicts a rising death toll. [More]
Combined chemo and radionuclide therapy stops neuroendocrine tumors

Combined chemo and radionuclide therapy stops neuroendocrine tumors

Advanced cancer of the neuroendocrine system can lead to dismal prognoses, but a novel therapy is packing a punch by uniting powerful radionuclide treatment and chemotherapy drugs, revealed researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's 2014 Annual Meeting. [More]
Researchers move closer to establishing link between GAD65 protein and type 1 diabetes

Researchers move closer to establishing link between GAD65 protein and type 1 diabetes

Researchers are a step closer to establishing the link between a protein with a split personality and type 1 diabetes. [More]
JDRF-funded researchers find that beta cell stress may play vital role in the onset of type 1 diabetes

JDRF-funded researchers find that beta cell stress may play vital role in the onset of type 1 diabetes

In the healthy pancreas of someone without type 1 diabetes (T1D), the hormone insulin (essential for turning food into energy) is produced, stored, and released in a normal "factory-like" process within pancreatic beta cells in response to glucose in the diet. [More]
Blood oxygen sensor attached to endoscope identifies pancreatic cancer

Blood oxygen sensor attached to endoscope identifies pancreatic cancer

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple lendoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. [More]
Symphony continuous glucose monitoring system study selected for presentation at ADA scientific sessions

Symphony continuous glucose monitoring system study selected for presentation at ADA scientific sessions

Echo Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company developing its Symphony® CGM System as a non-invasive, wireless continuous glucose monitoring system, is pleased to announce that its most recently completed clinical study of Symphony was selected for poster presentation at the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) which will be held June 13-17, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. [More]
Four new genes cause inherited breast cancer risk

Four new genes cause inherited breast cancer risk

Four new genes have been added to the growing list of those known to cause increased breast cancer risk when mutated through the efforts of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, who lead an international consortium working to find more gene mutations that cause inherited breast cancer susceptibilities. [More]
Interaction of stress and taste systems could help explain stress-related eating

Interaction of stress and taste systems could help explain stress-related eating

According to new research from the Monell Center, receptors for stress-activated hormones have been localized in oral taste cells responsible for detection of sweet, umami, and bitter. The findings suggest that these hormones, known as glucocorticoids, may act directly on taste receptor cells under conditions of stress to affect how these cells respond to sugars and certain other taste stimuli. [More]