Healthcast : Research on Diabetes Caused by Genetic Mutation

LUBBOCK, TX - Doctors in Brussels discovered a new type of diabetes. They said the inherited disease is caused by a genetic mutation. 80-percent of its carriers develop the disease by the time they're 50.

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended the approval of a genetic therapy to treat hereditary blindness. Spark Therapeutics said it can improve some people's vision by replacing a defective gene. The FDA's final decision is due by mid-January.

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. isn't over, but it may have peaked. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 40-percent of American adults are obese, along with almost 20-percent of the children. Researchers said the numbers appear to have leveled off since 2014.

Sources:

1- Université Libre de Bruxelles, published in the journal "Nature Communications"
2 - FDA/ AP
3 - CDC/ U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services


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