eMEMBERSHIP  LOGIN

Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Type-1 Diabetes

Posted on Jan. 26, 2012, 6 a.m. in Stem Cell Diabetes

Among patients with Type-1 diabetes, therapy using the patient's lymphocytes passed through a device with cord blood stem cells “re-educated” the patient's cells, suggesting a potential safe, lasting treatment for the disease.  Yong Zhao, from University of Illinois/Chicago (Illinois, USA), and colleagues completed a study involving 15 subjects, 12 of whom received the treatment, finding that lymphocytes "re-educated" by passage with cord blood stem cells were effective in treating patients with type 1 diabetes with and without residual beta cell function.  As well, both insulin requirements and glycated hemoglobin levels decreased significantly in the treated patients with effects lasting out to 40 weeks.  Submitting that: “Stem Cell Educator therapy is safe, and in individuals with moderate or severe [Type-1 diabetes], a single treatment produces lasting improvement in metabolic control,” the study authors conclude that: “Initial results indicate Stem Cell Educator therapy reverses autoimmunity and promotes regeneration of islet beta cells.”

View news source…

Yong Zhao, Zhaoshun Jiang, Tingbao Zhao, Mingliang Ye, Chengjin Hu, Zhaohui Yin, et al.  “Reversal of type 1 diabetes via islet beta cell regeneration following immune modulation by cord blood-derived multipotent stem cells.”  BMC Medicine 2012, 10:3, 10 January 2012.

  

Health Headlines MORE »

Agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the Agave plant, may help to lower blood sugar and manage weight, among type-2 diabetics.
Pure silk protein derived from silkworm cocoons is engineered into promising devices for surgical repair of broken and fractured bones.
Women who are married or living with a partner are 28% less likely to die from heart disease.
Traffic-related air pollution associates with changes in right ventricular structure and function.
Avenanthramides display potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Telomere length may predict how long it takes to recover from psychological stress, among older men.
Consuming greater amounts of vegetables, berries and fruits, fish and unsaturated fats from milk products in midlife may help to prevent dementia in later years
Among women and those younger than age 70, hearing loss may be associated with depression.
Measurements suggest that the Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is seven-times more potent in antioxidant capacity than curcumin.
The PVL positive strain of MRSA is becoming a public health concern across communities in Ireland.