Possible Type 1 Diabetes Cure?

As many of you know, I’ve had type 1 diabetes since I was 13, so obviously I’m always interested in new innovative findings for Type 1.  This study shows that betatrophin causes a specific increase in pancreatic β cell replication, meaning there is potential to reverse type 1 diabetes…which would be sweet. 

The Switch of the Future

Placement of an electrode into the brain. The ...

Placement of an electrode into the brain. The head is stabilised in a frame for stereotactic surgery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most intriguingly promising TEDtalks I’ve ever watched addresses a possible treatment to a variety of degenerative neurological disorders. Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating disease much like Alzheimer’s, can cause physical “tremors” caused by neurological misfiring, and areas of the brain that should be “turned down.” The video discusses how these tremors are caused by the misbehavior of 25,000 neurons in the subthalamic nucleus. My grandfather, a lifelong traveler, a federal judge in California, and an active healthy cyclist developed Parkinson’s 10 years after he retired. The technology presented in the TEDtalk below has the ability to use electricity to “correct” these misbehaving neurons. By implanting rather uninvasive electrodes in the brain, electricity controlled by a pacemaker allows the uncontrollable tremors experienced by those with Parkinson’s to have purposeful movement restored, which is an amazing feat for those with late stage Parkinson’s. The technology also has the potential to neurological diseases such as severe depression and Alzheimer’s disease. The future of those with seemingly unavoidable neurological and degenerative diseases may not be treated in expensive pharmaceuticals that generate lackluster results; Rather, it may by the flip of a switch that will bring patients closer to full restored physical or mental function.