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UF study aims to assess prevalence of fatty liver in African-Americans

Published: August 28th, 2014

A fatty liver is now the most common chronic liver condition in adult Americans and will soon be the leading cause of end-stage liver disease in patients that are obese or have Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Florida want to determine whether African-Americans accumulate fat in their livers in a similar way to Caucasians and Hispanics in order to develop novel insight for early diagnosis and treatment techniques for the condition. Read more.

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Screening for Gestational Diabetes

Published: August 2nd, 2014

UF Health faculty in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology want to help reduce the likelihood of further complications related to this condition, including caesarian deliveries, hypoglycemia, and development of type 2 diabetes.

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Celiac Screening for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

Published: July 11th, 2014

Several studies to date have found that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) tend to have celiac disease more often than individuals in the general population. Michael Haller, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at UF Health, told Medscape Medical News in a recent interview that screening every type 1 diabetes patient for the disease presents a unique clinical challenge. Read more.

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Bacterial Interactions in the Gut May Influence Type 1 Diabetes

Published: July 11th, 2014

A new study co-authored by UF diabetes researchers finds that bacteria in the guts of young children with type 1 diabetes are different from those of other kids. The research is helping clarify the importance of healthy gut bacteria development in early childhood and could help lead to novel prevention therapies for people at risk of developing the disease.

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UF receives $572,000 grant to study effects of weight-loss surgery on brain function, memory.

Published: July 8th, 2014

In a new five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health, University of Florida researchers will study the effects of bariatric weight-loss surgery on brain function, thinking, and memory. The cutting-edge research is the latest in a growing movement to explore the potential relationships between type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Perspective: New Type 1 Diabetes Risk Factors

Published: July 5th, 2014

UF Health physician Kenneth Cusi, MD recently gave his perspective on a small new study took the first step to demonstrate a link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and an increased incidence of chronic kidney disease among type 1 diabetes patients. The editorial was published in the online magazine, EndocrineToday.

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UF Researchers Present at ADA’s 74th Scientific Sessions

Published: June 21st, 2014

UF and UF Health faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students submitted a record number of original research presentations for the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions held June 13-17, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This year’s submissions represent one of the largest showcases of research emanating from UF.

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UF researcher finds connection between sitting and diabetes

Published: June 13th, 2014

Time spent in sedentary behaviors could affect whether some people develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. Data from the Women’s Health Initiative shows postmenopausal women who sat more than 16 hours during their waking day had the highest risk of developing diabetes. The UF analysis also found that the high risk of diabetes remained even if they otherwise exercised five days a week, 30 minutes per day. Read more.

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UF researchers create protein with potential for diabetes treatment

Published: June 2nd, 2014

Researchers in the UF Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine have discovered a new way to deliver a protein that helps develop cells that convert fat into energy. The research might have a profound significance for how obese individuals and patients with Type 2 diabetes are treated in the future. Read more.

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New diabetes wound care available at UF Health

Published: May 14th, 2014

The UF Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Magnolia Park offers wound patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions with wounds that are slow to heal access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment options. In addition to improving the quality of life to those afflicted with chronic wounds, the new center will provide outstanding outpatient care within the UF Health network. For more information, call 352-265-4450.