Role of nerve growth factor in glucose metabolism

Research led by a Johns Hopkins University biologist demonstrates the workings of a biochemical pathway that helps control glucose in the bloodstream, a development that could potentially lead to treatments for diabetes. In a paper published in the current issue of Developmental Cell, Jessica Houtz, a graduate student working with Rejji Kuruvilla in the Department… Continue reading Role of nerve growth factor in glucose metabolism

Research shows advances in development of hand held breathalyzers to diagnose Diabetes

For several years, scientists have been working toward “breathalyzers” that can diagnose various diseases without painful pinpricks, needles or other unpleasant methods. Now, one team has developed a new, portable breath analyzer that could someday help doctors diagnose diabetes noninvasively in the office. The report appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry. Many studies examining… Continue reading Research shows advances in development of hand held breathalyzers to diagnose Diabetes

Protein biomarkers to screen early type 1 diabetes mellitus

Certain proteins in the blood of children can predict incipient type 1 diabetes, even before the first symptoms appear. A team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), reported these findings in the ‘Diabetologia’ journal. The work was based on two large studies that are intended… Continue reading Protein biomarkers to screen early type 1 diabetes mellitus

New molecule Beta-LGND2 may help fight obesity

New research, published online in The FASEB Journal, suggests that activation of a chemical called Beta-LGND2 by the estrogen receptor Beta (ER-Beta) reduces obesity and metabolic diseases in mice by converting bad fat (white fat) to good fat (brown fat). This is significant as brown fat increases metabolism and may facilitate weight loss. “Although there… Continue reading New molecule Beta-LGND2 may help fight obesity