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Research News You Can Use: German Doctors Successfully Implant Insulin-Producing Cells

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German doctors have successfully implanted insulin-producing cells in a patient with Type 1 diabetes using a specially constructed chamber system that does not require the use of immunosuppresant drugs, according to a new study.

In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers said the islets, or clusters of cells, remained alive for 10 months and were not rejected by the 56-year-old patient’s immune system. However, the implantation offered only moderate health improvements and requires further refinement. “This approach may allow for future widespread application of cell-based therapies,” wrote lead author Dr. Barbara Ludwig of the German Center for Diabetes Research in Dresden and her colleagues.

Full Article In Authin Mail, October 29, 2013.

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Author: werthecure01

Diabetes doesn't define me; it inspires me to define the future for individuals living with autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes. -- Mike Anderson, diagnosed 1998.

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