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   Posted 2/22/2006 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
(sorry, that was a poor attempt at humour)
I've just read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald:
ps.  I was going to use the title "What's it all about, Algi?".  One for the older boardies, who can tolerate extremely poor jokes.

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   Posted 2/22/2006 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, after I get done dying from your TERRIBLE puns.. tongue have to say that's a really neat article. I had heard that the islets transplants were sometimes worse than the original disease with all the anti rejection drugs and side effects. Looks like this may have that problem licked! Thanks for the input!

BTW... I thought you were going to start talking about those late night 'Seaweed capsule salesmen' that I've been seeing on tv lately. They are waaaaaaaaaaay out there on the edge of reality to me!
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 2/23/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that's great - thanks for posting this!  I'd never consider a transplant because of the anti-rejection drugs but this gets rid of that problem.

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   Posted 3/30/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   

take a look there. I think they are headed in the most sensible direction yet.
With it working to fix the autoimmune response to the islets that will take a huge chunk of problem out of the equation. Then for new type ones there being a chance of regeneration of new islets is very promising. Leaving only us long termers to worry about. Which I will again want to lean on the stem cell folks to solve that one. I would gladly accept a couple potentially painfull sugerys to get the stemcells from bone marrow and then again to implant the modified cells back into the pancreas. Algi encapsulated islet transplat research has been going on for a while. I remember reading about it back in the early 90's then there were some ex-soviet researchers working on it. It is nice to see that technology moveing ahead and actually being used in human trials. At the same time though I am holdoing out hope for the work being done in Boston. They seem pretty motivated towards a cure. With type 2 rapidly moving up the ladder as a number one killer in the US and other countries more attention is being paid to diabetes in general. As much as the drug companies would love to maintain the status quo and keep having folks pay them every month just to keep living. I think between governments with national healthcare plans to keep affordable and insurance companies with expenses to keep under controll the motivation towards a cure is now greater than the motivation to simply come up with a new better more expensive way to manage the problem.

Every decade since I got diabetes was going to be the decade of the cure. I have been pretty sceptical of every claim. This though seems different. The approach to solving the problem seems to be doing a better job of taking into account the root of the problem. The indvidual areas of knowledge are now available, and nothing completely new needs to be invented. This means that we are comming out of the invention phase and moving into the engineering phase once the cure is completetly reduced to a engineering problem it will be over for type 1.

Notice though I am not saying that this is the decade of the cure 8^)
I wont be willing to say that till the day comes that I am sitting at an A&W enjoying a root beer float and not worring about what kind of crazy spike that is going to cause in my sugars. The day I can do that I will be more than willing to admit that the decade of the cure has come.

Ivan Roseland, type 1 since 1979
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