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2008-12-11 11:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Minnesota has received a $40 million pledge for diabetes research from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Goals for the funding, to be paid over five years, are to capitalize on the University's strength in diabetes research and to accelerate the timeline to translate it into a viable cure for people with type 1 diabetes. The gift is the second largest in the history of the University and the second...

2008-12-03 16:35:26

Kidney disease patients' ability to understand basic health information may have a significant impact on whether or not they will receive an organ transplant, according to a study appearing in the January 2009 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The findings reveal an important disparity in access to care and point to the need for more standardized procedures for referring patients for transplantation.Research has shown that people with poor health...

2008-11-26 09:02:30

Researchers identified a new source of insulin-producing cells. Results of a new study show cells in the pancreas that produce insulin -- called beta cells -- can form after birth or after injury from another, unrelated kind of cell. The unrelated cells, called pancreatic duct cells, can differentiate into the insulin-producing cells. The finding contradicts widely-cited research published in 2004 that suggested new beta cells could only come about through the division of existing beta...

2008-11-20 20:06:56

Doctors have tricked mouse immune systems into thinking cells from a donor pancreas are theirs, bringing hope to diabetes patients, U.S. researchers said. The new technique, to fight type 1 diabetes, eliminated the need for drugs that inhibit immune-system activity in diabetic mice that had insulin-producing islet cell transplantation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researchers said. Immunosuppressive drugs prevent bodies from rejecting the islet cells, but they're toxic...

2008-11-06 09:00:12

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Salad Creations, VITAZEST(R) Water and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation have teamed up to create a diabetes-friendly, create-your-own-salad meal that is available in Salad Creations restaurants around the country. While Salad Creations is already a fresh alternative to fast-food, the new diabetes-friendly menu takes the concept one step further by identifying the food options that are lower in...

2008-10-29 09:00:36

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases paint a different picture of survival based on racial group for adult and child recipients of liver transplants. Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine used a United Network for Organ Sharing dataset of 2700 pediatric liver transplant recipients age 17 years and under to determine if there were any differences in survival between racial...

2008-10-16 09:00:43

DiaKine Therapeutics, a development-stage company commercializing immune modulators for the treatment of diabetes and related complications, has announced that a Phase II clinical trial with the company's lead drug candidate, Lisofylline, is underway. The trial is part of the Clinical Islet Transplantation (CIT) Consortium created by National Institutes of Health (NIH). The protocol, CIT-02, will focus on treating islets pre-transplant, and recipients - during and post-transplant - with...

2008-10-14 09:00:11

DiaKine Therapeutics, developers of drugs designed to cause diabetes to go into remission, announced today that a Phase 2 Clinical Trial with the Company's lead drug candidate, Lisofylline (LSF), is underway. Use of LSF may improve the long-term success of transplanting islets (the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas) into people with type 1 diabetes. The trial is part of the Clinical Islet Transplantation (CIT) Consortium created by National Institutes of Health. The protocol,...

2008-09-19 15:00:54

As a world leader in organ transplantation, UCSF will celebrate its 45th year of transplantation with a week of exciting workshops, lectures and forums. "Virtually every single person in this country knows someone who has end-stage organ disease and who could benefit from transplantation," said Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD, chair of the department of surgery. "UCSF has premier programs in transplantation of virtually all the solid organs. Our expert teams of specialists provide outstanding patient...

2008-08-20 00:00:14

Doctors in Houston are testing a procedure that transfers pancreatic cells into arms or legs to provide insulin for patients who have lost their pancreas. The work at Houston's Methodist Hospital builds on a small study in Sweden, the Houston Chronicle reports. A month ago, Wanda Prouty became the first person in the United States to undergo the procedure. In addition to preventing diabetes in people who have had the pancreas removed because of disease or injury, doctors say it might be...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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