Cell transplant may help diabetes patients end need for insulin injections

09/8/2004 | MSNBC

New research shows more than half of type 1 diabetes patients who received an experimental transplant of pancreatic cells were no longer in need of insulin injections a year later. The cells, called islet cells, are insulin-producing cells that are removed from people who have died from other causes and infused through a major vein into the liver of insulin-dependent diabetes patients. Earlier research showed only about an 8% success rate of the transplants, but with a new technique, 58% of patients were able to become insulin-free.

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