Insulin breakthrough may end daily jabs for diabetics

Lead researcher and Associate Professor Mike Lawrence examining modes for docking insulin into a three-dimensional structure of the human insulin receptor ectodomain in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

Research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists said yesterday.

Friday, 11 January, 2013, 4:33am

Researchers find cancer risk factors for diabetics

Chinese University researchers have discovered what could increase and decrease the risk of cancer among diabetes patients.

The study found that poorly controlled blood-sugar levels in diabetics raises the risk of cancer - increasingly a major cause of death among diabetics - and insulin treatment could reduce the risk.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am

Hidden peril

PING TING AND her husband desperately wanted a child and had been trying for years. The absence of her period for two months and a steady weight gain prompted a late-night trip to the chemist. Waiting nervously for the second blue line to register on the pregnancy test kit, she glanced in the mirror and noticed hairs on her top lip and that her skin was peppered with spots.

5 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Diabetes striking young with complications

Diabetes is generally classified into Type I and Type II. The former is caused by an auto-immune disorder, with the pancreas failing to secrete insulin to allow the body to use sugar from food as energy. Type II is strongly linked to obesity, with the body using excess fat instead of sugar as an energy source.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

the human body

1 What are the four main blood groups?

2 In degrees Celsius, what is the accepted normal temperature for the human body?

3 In centimetres, what length of head hair does the average person grow in a year?

4 Which is the longest bone in the human body?

5 Which organ produces insulin?

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Young are increasingly at risk as obesity levels continue to rise

People are getting diabetes at a younger age and their condition is more severe and complex than 15 years ago, according to a medical professor.

30 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Diabetes on the run

RESEARCH into diabetes in the United States suggests that the more common form of the disorder can be controlled without insulin or tablets by early detection, a healthy diet and exercise.

15 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Security slip-up at airport sets alarm bells ringing

A MAN slipped unchallenged through Kai Tak security armed with a package full of syringes and medicine last week.

Dominic Howard said he fully expected to be questioned about the parcel after it set off security alarms, but the 29-year-old diabetic was waved through the customs checkpoint with no questions asked.

12 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Warning on false health claims

A POTENTIALLY dangerous claim on a brand of noodles has prompted a warning by the Department of Health.

16 Aug 1993 - 12:00am