Islet cell transplants show promise for treating type 1 diabetes

11/12/2012 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

Scientists at the University of Miami's Diabetes Research Institute are studying transplanted islet cells in patients with severe type 1 diabetes. Those who have undergone the treatment have been able to stay off insulin for five years, which is comparable to patients who received pancreas transplants. Researchers are working on ways, such as encapsulation, to make the transplanted cells survive longer and minimize the use of antirejection drugs.

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