Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment

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  1. Deacon

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    Aug 23, 2002
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    Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment [LINK]

    Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.
    In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.
    The results show that insulin-dependent diabetics can be freed from reliance on needles by an injection of their own stem cells.

    They enrolled Brazilian diabetics aged between 14 and 31 who had been diagnosed within the previous six weeks. After stem cells had been harvested from their blood, they then underwent a mild form of chemotherapy to eliminate the white blood cells causing damage to the pancreas. They were then given transfusions of their own stem cells to help rebuild their immune systems.
    The new study, by a joint team of Brazilian and American scientists, found that one of the first patients to undergo the procedure has not used any supplemental synthetic insulin for three years. “Very encouraging results were obtained in a small number of patients with early-onset disease,” the authors, led by Julio Voltarelli, from the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. write. “Ninety-three per cent of patients achieved different periods of insulin independence and treatment-related toxicity was low, with no mortality.”

    These finding supplement a study that found stem cell therapy beneficial in the treatment of heart attacks.

    Heart attack victims to be given own stem cells [LINK]

    Notice that FETAL stem cells are NOT used in these treatments.

  2. donnA

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    I had heard that so far no diseases had been cured with fetal stem cells, and several, forgot the number, had been cured with adult stem cells. Now this is different, using their own stem cells.
    Wow, what a novel idea, use your own stem cells instead of a dead babys.
  3. Bro. Curtis

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    Oct 25, 2001
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    Since abortion can't be shown in a positive light, don't expect the Mainstream media to jump on this. Most of the articles I have read, the type of stem cells used is the last thing the writer mentions.

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