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KCUR: Could Light Be the Key to Fewer Needles for Diabetics?

A School of Pharmacy Researcher Thinks So…

Retired autoworker Raymond Fowler bowls four times a week as part of an exercise regimen to help keep his type 2 diabetes under control. Photo by Alex Smith / Heartland Health Monitor

Retired autoworker Raymond Fowler bowls four times a week as part of an exercise regimen to help keep his type 2 diabetes under control.
Photo by Alex Smith / Heartland Health Monitor

On a busy league night in a Raytown, Missouri, bowling alley, former auto worker Raymond Fowler keeps up his game playing alongside his wife and longtime teammates.

Fowler, who’s 67, stays busy in his retirement, but it’s not all fun and games. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and changed his diet and exercise routine, which now includes four bowling sessions a week.

His condition was severe enough that his doctor said he needed insulin shots, and that’s one change he’s found troubling. Continue reading

Breakthrough May Ease Insulin Administration for Type 1 Diabetics

Device would eliminate hundreds of injections for millions of diabetics

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have discovered a way to make insulin administration easier and more effective. This breakthrough could affect tens of millions of Type 1 diabetics worldwide by replacing needle sticks with a beam of light. Although insulin can treat Type 1 diabetes, administering multiple daily injections is taxing, and inconsistently effective. Researchers with UMKC’s School of Pharmacy have developed a new method called a photoactivated depot. They wrote about the advance for an upcoming issue of Angewandte Chemie, the highest ranked weekly chemistry journal in the world.

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