Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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City of Hope Aims to Cure Type 1 Diabetes in Six Years

July 11, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family.

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Type 1 Diabetes: A Primer

January 24, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Here's a look at the past, present and future of this disease.

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Insulin-free diabetes patient shares life-changing treatment on “The Doctors”

February 10, 2016 | City of Hope

When she was just 9 years old, Gina Marchini had to be airlifted to a hospital when her undiagnosed diabetes nearly killed her. This week, the 33-year-old kindergarten teacher from Palmer, Alaska told a national television audience that, after an islet cell transplant performed at City of Hope last year, her body is now producing its own insulin.

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City of Hope is looking towards the future in diabetes research

November 14, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

It’s World Diabetes Day and City of Hope is joining the international effort to raise awareness of this deadly disease. We’re lighting our water tower blue to represent the World Diabetes Day logo, and offering educational materials about the disease.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Dispel the myths and get the facts

November 1, 2015 | H. Chung So

For Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Raynald Samoa debunks common myths about preventing and managing this disease.

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Insulin and breast cancer risk? Connection may be stronger than weight

January 25, 2015 | Nicole White

When it comes to breast cancer risk, insulin levels may matter more than weight, new research has found. New study indicates that insulin levels are more closely tied than weight to breast cancer risk.

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Even 30 minutes of exercise a week can lower your diabetes risk

November 13, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

World Diabetes Day 2013 is Thursday, Nov. 14, and in tune with this year's theme, "Protect our future," Americans and everyone else are being encouraged to engage in regular physical activity to lower their risk of developing diabetes later in life.

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Meet our doctors: Endocrinologist Raynald Samoa on diabetes

October 12, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt

City of Hope endocrinologist Raynald Samoa, M.D., has seen a lot of people struggle with their weight. His roots are in the South Pacific, a region that has eight of the 10 countries with the highest prevalence of obesity in the world, according to Forbes.

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Art Riggs: The story behind synthetic human insulin

June 2, 2013 | Wayne Lewis

As City of Hope celebrates its 100th anniversary, we offer a four-part interview with Art Riggs, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research. Many of City of Hope’s best-known breakthroughs came through his lab.

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