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Viral infection linked to juvenile diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO Researchers presented findings at the 110th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego that suggested an association between Type 1 diabetes and enteroviral infections.

Researcher Antonio Toniolo of the University of Insubria and Ospedale di Circolo in Verese, Italy, and colleagues tested the blood of 112 children at the time of time of diagnosis for the existence of enteroviral DNA. Low-level enteroviral infectivity and genome fragments were detected in 83% of Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes patients, compared with only 7% of healthy controls.

"We studied the possible association of enterovirus infections with Type 1 diabetes at time of diagnosis," said Toniolo. "Literature suggests that infection by different enteroviruses may be linked to the early stages of diabetes," although he warned that the data did not provide a "causal relationship," but suggested environmental factors may be involved.

Enteroviral infections, commonly found in infants and adolescents, cause such syndromes as hand-foot-and-mouth disease, polioviruses and coxsackieviruses.

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Abbott receives regulatory approval for FreeStyle Lite test strips

BY Allison Cerra

ALAMEDA, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration approved blood-glucose test strips from Abbott.

Abbott’s new FreeStyle Lite test strips use an enzyme which is unaffected by common nonglucose sugars, such as maltose or galactose, and minimizes the potential for other interference, Abbott said. The strips also are compatible with the company’s FreeStyle Lite blood-glucose monitoring systems.

“The new FreeStyle Lite test strips represent Abbott’s latest  success in delivering innovative products for people living with  diabetes,” said Heather Mason, SVP Abbott Diabetes Care. “Abbott is delivering on what patients and healthcare professionals demand in diabetes care, especially for people who use insulin to manage their diabetes.”

FreeStyle Lite test strips will be available in July.

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Bret Michaels raises $390K for American Diabetes Association

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The American Diabetes Association congratulated Bret Michaels on winning NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” and raising $390,000 to further the association’s movement to stop diabetes.

Rock band Poison’s frontman — who has Type 1 diabetes — chose the American Diabetes Association as his charity during this season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The money that Michaels raised on the show will help support the American Diabetes Association, leading provider of diabetes camps.

“Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and an additional 57 million are at risk,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “If current trends continue, one in three children will face a future with diabetes. We are proud of Bret’s win on the ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ which will truly help the American Diabetes Association change the future of this disease.”

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