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Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Health
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The discovery of a protein responsible for producing too much insulin, a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, may lead researchers to improved treatment. Researchers were able to remove the protein GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without effecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas, according to a study published Friday in Diabetes Journals. "Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions," Michal Tomasz Marzec, a researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, sa...
He can't pick up his insulin because of the government shutdown. How workers are hurting

He can't pick up his insulin because of the government shutdown. How workers are hurting

Finance
As a result of the partial government shutdown, Leo, a tax examiner for the IRS in Ohio, has been out of work for 10 days now. He cannot pick up his more than $ 200 insulin prescription because he doesn't know when his next pay check will come. "I have to save every penny right now," said Leo, who asked to use his middle name only because he's not permitted to speak about his job with the media. If the stalemate in Washington perists, he expects to rely on his credit card to get by. "But will...
Half of the world's diabetics won't have insulin by 2030, study says

Half of the world's diabetics won't have insulin by 2030, study says

Health
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- By 2030, about half of the 79 million adults around the globe predicted to have type 2 diabetes won't have access to insulin, a study said. A modeling study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology focused on the price and dwindling supply of the life-saving drug that also helps people with types 1 and 2 diabetes stave off amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke. Researchers from Stanford University projected type 2 diabetes numbers in 221 countries from 2018 and 2030, with half of that group living in China, India and the United States. During that time, the biggest spike in need could come from Africa, where experts predict the number of people with type 2 diabetes will jump from 700,000 to over 5 million. Climbing global rates of type 2 diabetes and gr...