Article in today's Sunday TImes (Western Australia)

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N17
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   Posted 11/4/2007 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's an abbrieviated version;
 
Transplant hope for diabetes.  (by Suellen Hinde)
 
Australian scientists say they are just days away from a pioneering therapy that will effectively cure Type 1 diabetes.  They are set to transplant insulin-producing cells from healthy donor tissue into a diabetic - removing the need for daily insulin injections.
Researchers at Melbourne's St. Vincent's Institute say the procedure will help the patient produce insulin 'naturally'.  All they are waiting for is the 'right match' between a donor and patient.
SVI director Tom Kay said his team was on standby for the transplant that could be 'tomorrow or in a few weeks, but no longer than that'.
The approach involves over-expressing the cells that stop cell death in the body, to protect the transplanted beta cells and reduce the need for immunosuppression therapy.
Prof Kay said the transplant initially would work only for hyperglycaemic diabetics, but would soon be available to all Type 1 patients. 
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LanieG
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   Posted 11/4/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't seen that article here in the States yet.  It sounds very promising.  Thanks for writing about it.  Let us know if there are any follow-up ones. 

Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


N17
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   Posted 11/4/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Given the claims made in the article, I was surprised they didn't have it up on their website.  That would have saved me having to manually type out the reader's digest version! Still, it sounds interesting, and if there is any meaningful followup that isn't transmitted to a wider audience, I'll post it.

"I love Italian.......and so do you"
"Yes"  -  Star Trek 4
 
Brian (Type 2 NIDDM).
 
N17 is the postcode for the London suburb of Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur is the greatest football team in the world!
 
...and Go Bengals! and the St. Louis Cardinals!  and the Leafs!
 

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