June 1, 2012 - There is encouraging news for people who suffer from diabetes. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control say the death rate for people with diabetes dropped significantly from 1997 to 2006. Deaths from heart disease and stroke related to diabetes dropped 40 percent while overall deaths of diabetics declined by 23 percent. The CDC says healthier lifestyles and better disease management get credit for the improvement. However, diabetes is still the seventh leading cause of death.
Also, scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. Researchers in Israel, say there are still years of testing and refining ahead, but the results mean they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts. Heart failure is a debilitating condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body. It has become more prevalent in recent decades as advances medical science mean many more people survive heart attacks.The study was published in the European Heart Journal.