Great progress on diabetes thanks to a team from Harvard

diabetes

Diabetes is a global disease that currently affects 347 million people all over the world. People with diabetes are unable to produce insulin which can cause serious health problems, including cardiac and kidney problems or nervous system disorders.

The good news is that a team of researchers from Harvard University in Boston (USA), led by Douglas Melton, has just made an important discovery, which has been published in the prestigious journal Cell. More than 15 years have been spent trying to find a way to produce beta cells on a large scale. These are a specific type of cells that are able to detect blood sugar levels and maintain them at healthy levels producing insulin. Now, there is a solution thanks to the use of stem cells, which are able to develop into any kind of tissue or organ. Thanks Read more

Hypertension and new treatments

We commonly refer to hypertension as the blood pressure levels that are above those that are considered healthy for the human body.

What exactly is blood pressure? Blood pressure measures the force of the blood pumped from the heart against the walls of the arteries with the aid of a blood pressure monitor. The blood pressure reading (sphygmomanometre, as it is normally called) gives us two results: • Systolic pressure, which is usually 120 mmHg in a healthy patient while resting. • Diastolic pressure, which is usually 80 mmHg in normal conditions. It is usual to talk about the combined figure, 120/80 or 12/8, with the millimetres of mercury (mmHg) being the most common unit of measurement. When is there hypertension? We can consider that there is hypertension when the patient reaches or exceeds blood pressure of Read more