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Reported September 17, 2013

Cancer Drug Could Help Manage Diabetes

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A drug currently used to starve cancer cells of blood and oxygen may be able to help diabetic patients manage blood glucose levels.

Researchers at Stanford University found a link between the ability of liver cells to respond to insulin and a low-oxygen condition called hypoxia.  The link was discovered in mice who were given drugs to block the growth and supply of oxygen to tumor cells.  Mice who were treated with the drug afilbercept displayed a greater ability to control blood sugar levels.  The link has only been made in mice, and further human studies are needed.  The hope is as these studies develop in humans, new drugs could be developed to target this specific function.

For more information, go to: http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2013/september/diabetes.html

SOURCE: Nature Medicine, September 2013

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