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2008-05-12 10:41:41

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis working with diabetic mice have examined in unprecedented detail the immune cells long thought to be responsible for type 1 diabetes.Researchers were able to examine the immune cells from isolated insulin-making structures in the pancreas known as the islets of Langerhans. They caught the immune cells, known as dendritic cells, "red-handed" carrying insulin and fragments of insulin-producing cells known as beta cells. This...

2008-04-04 15:00:09

Kinexum Metabolics, Inc. (KMI) announced two abstracts will be presented on INGAP Peptide at the Keystone Symposia on Islet and Beta Cell Biology to be held April 6-10, 2008. These two studies demonstrate important new data to advance the development of INGAP Peptide as a treatment to regenerate fully functioning islet cells that can restore insulin secretion for Type 1 diabetes patients. "We are encouraged by these new studies and believe they demonstrate great potential for INGAP Peptide...

2005-12-30 16:32:17

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a protocol in mice in which insulin-producing islet cells are labeled with a magnetic imaging probe that can be detected by MRI, thus representing a potential easy noninvasive way for doctors to follow islet cell transplantation in humans. Islet cell transplantation is a promising therapy for insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes. "Right now, all we can do to follow the fate of transplanted...

2005-11-29 13:43:44

CHICAGO - Researchers are using a new cell transplantation technique to restore the cells that produce insulin in patients with type 1 diabetes. The method is minimally invasive, with few complications. The study was presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "We used ultrasound guidance to inject donor cells into the portal vein of diabetic patients, which is accessed through the skin," said co-author Saravanan Krishnamoorthy, M.D., radiology...

2005-06-07 17:10:43

A Davidson woman has been successfully treated for her Type 1 diabetes through a procedure performed at Carolinas Medical Center. Paul F. Gores, M.D., has led a multi-disciplinary team through a series of three pancreatic islet cell transplants since the summer of 2003. The result is a patient who is now insulin-free. "This is a giant step for diabetes research, our transplant team, our patient, and all Type 1 diabetics," said Dr. Gores. "I can't tell you how exciting it is to be a part of...

2005-04-26 07:30:00

Finding could eventually lead to cure for diabetes, researcher suggests HealthDay News -- Researchers have found a way to transform neural stem cells into insulin-producing cells -- a discovery that could one day lead to a possible cure for the blood sugar disease diabetes. That's the claim of a study published in the April 26 issue of PLoS Medicine. The idea is to use these transformed cells to replace lost insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas. In research with neural stem cells in...

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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.