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Stem Cells 'Can Treat Diabetes'

Experimental stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections.

An experimental stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections. A US-Brazilian project with 23 patients found most were able to produce their own insulin after a transplant of stem cells from their own bone marrow and even those who relapsed needed less insulin than before. The stem cell treatment is designed to stop the immune systems of those with type 1 diabetes from mistakenly destroying the cells which create insulin.

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