Boost for global access to diabetes treatments

Two established diabetes medicines have been given the green light for use outside the EU – even when stored at higher temperatures – under the EU Medicines for All (EU-M4All) scheme. This procedure allows the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines that address an unmet medical need or a public health concern outside […]

New study reveals that healthy plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) finds that the consumption of healthy plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, and legumes, is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) in generally healthy people and support their role in diabetes prevention. The study was conducted by Professor Frank […]

Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to dementia onset

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT — also known as hormone replacement therapy, HRT) does not appear to increase the risk of dementia onset, researchers reported on Sept. 29, 2021 in the BMJ/British Medical Journal. “We are happy to be able to report findings that will reassure women needing menopausal hormone therapy and facilitate conversations between doctors and patients about the safest […]

Study shows dramatic long-term complications in youth-onset type 2 diabetes

Researchers report that patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their youth are, by young adulthood, at risk of serious complications. The findings from the TODAY2 study (Treatment Options for type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) appeared in the NEJM/New England Journal of Medicine on July 28, 2021. “Youth-onset of type 2 diabetes is associated with an accumulation of diabetes-related complications […]

Synthetic hinge could hold key to revolutionary ‘smart’ insulin therapy

For people with diabetes who are insulin dependent, glycemic control is a full-time job. But what if their medication could do the work for them — an insulin whose activity in the bloodstream responds to the blood glucose levels and adjusts accordingly? An invention from Indiana University School of Medicine Distinguished Professor Michael A. Weiss, MD, PhD, could lead to […]

New Soliqua data shows improved blood sugar control without weight gain versus premixed insulin – Sanofi

A new study of Soliqua (insulin glargine 100 Units/mL and lixisenatide, (iGlarLixi) met its two primary endpoints and all key secondary endpoints in a head-to-head comparison against premixed insulin (biphasic insulin aspart 30, BIAsp 30) in adults living with type 2 diabetes , the most common form of diabetes, uncontrolled on insulin and one or two oral anti-diabetic medicines. The […]

Metabolic hormone ‘leptin’ linked to poor vaccine response

Reduced levels of a metabolic hormone known as leptin is linked to poor vaccine antibody responses in the general population, a University of Queensland study has found. The researchers made the discovery while investigating several cohorts’ responses to the influenza vaccine or hepatitis B vaccine pre-COVID. UQ’s Professor Di Yu identified a link between the metabolic and immune systems that […]