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Wed, Apr. 11th, 2007 04:13 pm
[PUBLIC] T1 Diabetes Cured?

Post-heavy day, I know, but if this is correct, way to go Modern Medicine!

CNN's article is here.

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verrucaria
verrucaria
E. Z.
Wed, Apr. 11th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)

They'll need to take immune suppressant drugs for as long as they hope their new cells to stay alive (so it's not an entirely "normal" life), but it definitely looks promising. I wonder how long those cells can be kept alive immune suppressants, though. It'd be great to see a lot more human data, but that's the case with any promising experimental treatment.


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sirroxton
sirroxton
Adam Augusta
Wed, Apr. 11th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)

That was the impression I got from the first article, but the second article says that the therapy actually created a healthy immune system that didn't attack insulin-producing cells. I'd have to read the source article to be sure, but I think that criticism is actually incorrect.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Wed, Apr. 11th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)

That's what I thought as well... the whole breakthrough was that using their own stem cells meant that the treatment wasn't going to be rejected by itself.


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verrucaria
verrucaria
E. Z.
Wed, Apr. 11th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)

Yup, I did misundestood the article.

The preliminary findings sound quite exciting (except for the little bit about getting your immune system nuked; I can't even begin to imagine how bad that must suck).

And of course it'll be good to know how long the benefits last. I don't know much about stem cells, but if DM-I is partly genetic--as it seems to be--the cure isn't likely to be permanent. (If I understand correctly, the patients were injected with their own stem cells.)


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verrucaria
verrucaria
E. Z.
Thu, Apr. 12th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)

And in this case by "genetic" I mean "stemming from the germline" (as opposed to related to accumulated somatic mutations).


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