Type 1 diabetes treatment uses stem cells to generate blood vessels

05/30/2013 | News-Medical.Net

On discovering that type 1 diabetes destroys blood vessels as well as insulin-producing cells, scientists at the University of Missouri have developed a treatment that includes adult stem cells from bone marrow. "The drug stops the immune system attack, and the stem cells generate new blood vessels that help insulin-producing cells to multiply and thrive," said lead author Habib Zaghouani. The study was published in the online issue of the journal Diabetes.

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