Controlling blood sugar in diabetes: How low should you go?

Diabetes is a chronic condition and serious illness that develop when the pancreas is unable to supply enough insulin to meet the body's needs. Lifelong attention to lifestyle, medication, and monitoring is the key to a good outcome. It's a challenge for patients, their families, and their doctors — but new emphasis on flexibility and moderation promises to make life easier and better. Rigorous blood sugar control has been shown to benefit those with type 1 diabetes, and may do so for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, whose blood vessels are still relatively healthy. More »

Unfolding bent fingers: New handiwork for bacteria

Dupuytren's contracture is one of the most common chronic hand conditions that affects tissues in the palm of the hand. Stages include thickening and pitting of the skin, then a painless nodule, followed by firm cords that develop along the tendons responsible for bending the fingers toward the palms. Over time, the cords tighten, bending the fingers inward. A new medication (an enzyme produced by Clostridium histolyticum), a bacterial cause of deadly gas gangrene offers an alternative treatment. (Locked) More »

On call: Pancreatic cancer prevention

Every time I open a newspaper, I seem to read about another VIP with cancer of the pancreas. It sounds like a dreadful disease. Is there some way I can be tested to see if I'm at risk? (Locked) More »