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Monday, May 4, 2015

Health Research: Drug that can prevent onset of diabetes is rarely used ♦ Quitting smoking deteriorates diabetes control ♦ How to reset a diseased cell

Drug that can prevent onset of diabetes is rarely used Few doctors are prescribing a low-cost drug that has been proven effective in preventing the onset of diabetes. New research finds that only 3.7 percent of U.S. adults with prediabetes were prescribed metformin during a recent three-year period.
New method of investigating human lung tissue enables improved drug target validation for COPD treatment Scientists have succeeded in testing the effectiveness of new approaches for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on ex vivo 3D human lung tissue cultures. For the first time, the suitability of Wnt/beta-catenin activation has been investigated to initiate repair in patient-derived COPD lung tissue.
Study links quitting smoking with deterioration in diabetes control Sufferers of type 2 diabetes mellitus who quit smoking are likely to see a temporary deterioration in their glycaemic control which could last up to three years.
How to reset a diseased cell  Researchers demonstrate the ability to tune medically relevant cell behaviors by manipulating a key hub in cell communication networks. The manipulation of this communication node makes it possible to reprogram large parts of a cell's signaling network instead of targeting only a single receptor or cell signaling pathway

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