Researchers seek FDA approval for diabetes cell transplants

05/14/2013 | Denver Post, The

A consortium led by the University of Minnesota is preparing to seek FDA approval of a potential breakthrough treatment for type 1 diabetes that involves transplanting insulin-producing islet cells. Clinical studies have demonstrated that 60% to 70% of patients receiving the transplants remained insulin-free after five years. Approximately 1.5 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, in which the body destroys its own islet cells.

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