Category Archives: Research

A New Way to an Artificial Pancreas?

A cure may not be around the corner, but scientists are hard at work on ways to replicate the functions of the pancreas. Researchers are using rodents to develop a system for targeted non-user initiated insulin delivery. It turns out … Continue reading

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Artificial Pancreas Beats CGM Assisted Pump

We are not there yet, but high tech mechanical pancreases are becoming more sophisticated.  You might ask, isn’t an artificial pancreas basically a marriage of an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM)?  What’s the difference anyway? The big difference … Continue reading

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Pear: Good for Fruit, Not so Good for Body Shape, Says Research

Your doctor told you you’re pear-shaped, that you don’t have so much to worry about. So you have been sitting on your laurels, content to live with that extra fat on your lower half. But maybe being a pear is … Continue reading

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Encapsulating Islets: Big Hope in Small Packages

Gordon Weir, M.D., Co-Head of the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center, has teamed up with MIT researchers Robert Langer, Ph.D., Institute Professor, and Daniel Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, to move the type 1 diabetes … Continue reading

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Heather Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., Joins Joslin

Heather Ferris, M.D., PhD first joined Joslin in 2009 when she arrived on a BIDMC/Joslin endocrinology fellowship. After completing her fellowship in 2012, she began treating adult patients in November of that year. She became interested in diabetes care while … Continue reading

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New Steps Forward in Understanding Genetics Behind MODY

Joslin scientists report the first generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with an uncommon form of diabetes, maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY). These cells offer a powerful resource for studying the role of genetic factors … Continue reading

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Less is More? SIMPLE Study for Older Adults at Joslin

There is a study happening right now that’s investigating how to reduce the number of insulin injections and blood glucose checks older adults with diabetes take each day while still keeping blood glucose in good control. It is also attempting … Continue reading

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Diabetes on the Brain: Hypoglycemia and Your Grey Matter

When you attend diabetes education classes you learn about all the complications you can avoid by keeping your blood glucose and weight in control. A1Cs under seven lower the risk of nerve and kidney damage, heart attacks, oral problems, eye … Continue reading

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Technology to Erase Finger Pricks?

If only it didn’t hurt and patients didn’t need to bleed, physicians and diabetes educators would be inundated with blood glucose records, instead of the current situation where many patients have to be cajoled into checking. A new process using … Continue reading

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“Meet the Medalists” and Learn about Joslin’s Research Program

In 1948, the Joslin Diabetes Center began awarding Victory Medals to people who had lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 25 or more years. With improvement in treatment and self-management strategies, a 50-year benchmark was swiftly added. And today, more than … Continue reading

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