Medical research

Implantable islet cells come with their own oxygen supply

Since the 1960s, researchers have been interested in the possibility of treating type 1 diabetes by transplanting islet cells—the pancreatic cells that are responsible for producing insulin when blood glucose concentration ...

Diabetes

Smart egg cartons to transport cells to cure diabetes

We have developed "smart egg carton" packages for transporting live human pancreas cells for transplantation to diabetic patients. The egg cartons provide oxygen and allow physical separation to prevent damage and death to ...

Diabetes

Islet transplantation improves quality of life in T1DM

(HealthDay)—There are significant improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) following islet transplantation in patients with type 1 diabetes complicated by severe hypoglycemia, according to a study published ...

Immunology

Bystander T cells can steal the show in resolving inflammation

In Type 1 diabetes the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing pancreatic cells, leaving patients dependent on lifelong insulin injections. The putative perpetrators of the attack—which are called ...

Medical research

Human 'glucostat' identified

Pancreatic islets have the overall responsibility for maintaining normal blood glucose levels in the body, according to a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Miami Miller School ...

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