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

Chronic pain figures

As patients, there is no doubt that pain is one of the experiences that can terrify us most.  This is even truer when talking about a problem that is not temporary but is here to stay.  In other words, the type of pain that comes into our lives and becomes chronic, occasionally affecting our daily lives irreversibly and traumatically. 

The facts hurt too If we consider for a moment the figures relating to pain across the whole world, we will see that it is a reality that has an enormous impact on our society.  Worldwide, it may come as no surprise that there could be more than 1.2 billion adults affected by some kind of chronic pain  (approximately 20 per cent of the total world population).  In Europe, the figure is 80 million patients (approximately 9 per cent of the adult European population). The figures increase every year We must learn how to fight against pain, but also how to live Read more