Category: Research

List of diabetes-related journals

Until I find the list(s) that someone else must surely have already created… here’s an incomplete list of journals that I’m aware of that publish medical, scientific or psychosocial articles of relevance to people with diabetes, and of interest to research scientists, medics and other allied healthcare professionals.

More to follow I think, this is by way of being a ‘placer’ to which I can add journal titles as I remember them 🙂

EDIT: Found some lists!
Googling has also brought these lists to my attention. Click on the link to go to a page which links to the journal homepage for each journal listed (where available).

List from the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Cardiovascular Diabetology
Clinical Diabetes
Diabetes
Diabetes & Metabolism
Diabetes al Día
Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research
Diabetes Care
Diabetes Digest
Diabetes Hoy Para el Médico y el Profesional de la Salud
Diabetes Spectrum
Diabetic Gourmet Magazine
Diabetologia Croatica
DOC News
Experimental Diabetes Research
International Diabetes Monitor
International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism
International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries
Journal of the Pancreas
Review of Diabetic Studies

Diabetes journals list from ePodiatry.com
The Diabetic Foot
Diabetes
Journal of Diabetes and it Complications
Diabetes Care
Diabetes/Metabolism Reviews
Practical Diabetes
American Journal of Diabetes
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Acta Diabetologia
Clinical Diabetes
Diabetes Care
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Diabetic Medicine
Diabetes and Primary Care
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Journal of Diabetes Nursing
Diabetes Digest
Diabetologia
Diabetes Spectrum
Current Diabetes Reports
Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes
Pediatric Diabetes

Diabetes Journal List from Neurotransmitter.net
Acta diabetologica
Current diabetes reports
Diabetes & metabolism
Diabetes careDiabetes forecast
Diabetes research and clinical practice
Diabetes
Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews
Diabetic medicine
Diabetologia
Experimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes
Journal of diabetes and its complications
Pediatric diabetes
The Diabetes educator
Treatments in endocrinology

Stem cells and diabetes (i)

Lots to say on this topic, so will have to break it up into manageable pieces using multiple posts!

Something I’ve been getting an increasing number of enquiries about is stem cell transplants for diabetes as there are a number of companies making the claim that they can cure the condition. I’m not aware of any evidence for this (beyond the company’s own claims, based on patient testimony – which is no guarantee of truth or accuracy) so am inclined to be very wary.

It seems that bone marrow cells are removed from the patient and purified (or otherwise modified in some way) before being returned to the patient in the hope of improving their blood glucose levels.

Bone marrow stem cells are able to form a fairly limited number of blood type cells – I’m not convinced how easy it is for them to transdifferentiate into insulin-producing cells once replaced in the body. If they’re modified before transplantation then I’d want to know a bit more about the safety of the modification procedure. The sort of laboratory tweaking that can be done to cells is generally performed only for research purposes and could preclude the cells from being suitable for transplantation.

It’s often claimed that because the stem cells are the person’s own cells there will be no issue of tissue rejection. This may not be true.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by an underlying autoimmune disorder which seeks out, and destroys, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and de. If new insulin-producing cells are transplanted then there’s every reason to suspect that the autoimmune attack will recur and these will be destroyed too. I don’t think the immune system cares too much where insulin-producing cells come from, if they’re producing insulin then it seems that this is sufficient for them to be destroyed.

Sometimes it’s claimed that the transplanted cells ‘support’ the pancreas in some way, to help it to regenerate its own insulin-producing cells. Maybe, but this would surely just mean that that the cells the pancreas generates itself will be destroyed (which is exactly what happened during the development of Type 1 diabetes in the first place).

Companies are also claiming that transplanted cells can help people with Type 2 diabetes – but for these people it’s more likely that insulin resistance is the problem driving their diabetes rather than a lack of insulin. It’s not clear how adding in more insulin-producing cells would help.

It’s something I expect to come back to in this blog as the pace of research is pretty speedy – but just because research in an area is fast-moving it doesn’t mean that it’s appropriate to bend the research too quickly into a treatment.

Monya Baker of nature.com’s stem cell blog “The Niche” has written a post highlighting that “Patients paying for stem cells are probably getting bad science
http://blogs.nature.com/reports/theniche/2008/03/patients_paying_for_stem_cells.html

Good places to find out about the status of research is to see what clinical trials are being done at ClinicalTrials.gov and Current Controlled Trials.

Clinical Trialsdiabetes and stem cells results page.
Current Controlled Trialshttp://www.controlled-trials.com/mrct/ – type in diabetes and stem cells into the ‘search for’ box and put a tick by ‘all registers’ to search all of them or choose individual registers.

Note that the results may contain trials that are not specifically about the use of stem cells in the treatment OF diabetes, merely that diabetes might be mentioned somewhere as a keyword.

Jo

Disclaimer – all posts are my opinion and not necessarily those of my employer.