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2010-02-24 16:16:00

Bee Gee Barry Gibb and wife, Linda, announce American citizenship HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three months ago, U.S. Senior Airman Tre F. Porfirio was critically wounded after being struck from behind by three high velocity bullets while serving in Afghanistan. On February 13, Porfirio made an extraordinary trip from Washington, D.C., to Miami to appear before an awestruck crowd of 600 at the Love and Hope Ball benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) -- the...

2010-01-22 13:18:52

The neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) makes cameo appearances throughout the body, but its leading role is as the opening act in the stress response, jump-starting the process along the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that CRF also plays a part in the pancreas, where it increases insulin secretion and promotes the division of the insulin-producing beta cells. These findings, which will be published...

2009-12-17 17:50:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Treatment for Diabetic Patients a Major New Objective Key points: *Single injection of proprietary adult stem cells resulted in increased blood insulin levels and sustained reduction in blood glucose levels *Stem cell treatment induced two-fold increase in total numbers of pancreatic islets, and increase in insulin-producing beta cells *Results indicate pancreas may successfully be regenerated by proprietary adult stem cells...

2009-12-15 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 21-year old Airman severely wounded in Afghanistan is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after several surgeries and an unprecedented transplant. The procedure performed by medical teams at Walter Reed and the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, is the first known case of successful isolation and transplantation of insulin producing cells following severe trauma requiring complete removal of the pancreas. When...

2009-11-09 07:00:00

GORDONSVILLE, Va., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Beta-Pro LLC, a biotechnology firm that provides diabetes researchers with custom cellular and consulting services, has entered a new phase of growth as it bridges the widening gap between an inconsistent, low quality supply of human pancreatic islets and skyrocketing demand. Beta-Pro provides pharmaceutical researchers with a high quality, consistent supply of islets and other biomaterials. The firm isolates and distributes insulin-producing human...

2009-10-08 11:00:00

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study results suggest new approaches for preventing disease MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators have discovered how destructive immune cells gain access to insulin-producing cells and help cause diabetes. The finding points to possible new strategies to halt or prevent type I diabetes. Working in mice, researchers demonstrated that to enter key areas of the pancreas known as the...

2009-09-10 15:04:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Exsulin Corporation today announced the start of a phase II human clinical trial of Exsulin(TM), a peptide drug product aimed at restoring insulin production in people with diabetes mellitus. The randomized, controlled 12-week trial in patients with established Type 1 diabetes (T1DM) will be co-led by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada. First results are expected to be available in Q2 2010. The...

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2009-07-10 11:55:00

For years researchers have been searching for a way to treat diabetics by reactivating their insulin-producing beta cells, to no avail. Now, they may be one step closer. A protein, whose role in pancreatic development has long been recognized, has been discovered to play an additional and previously unknown regulatory role in the development of cells in the immature endocrine system. These cells ultimately give rise to pancreatic islet cells, which include beta cells.By carefully defining the...

2009-06-26 11:29:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Receiving more than $80,000 from Minnesota and Wisconsin Multiple District Lions Clubs over the past years, Spring Point Project, a non profit organization developing pig donors for pancreatic islet transplantation to cure diabetes, is attending the Lions Clubs International 92nd Convention. Over 12,000 Lions delegates from more than 200 countries are expected to attend the convention July 6-10, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn. Spring Point Project...

2009-04-10 08:36:09

Scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine have demonstrated in mice that transplanted pancreatic precursor cells are protected from the immune system when encapsulated in polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). The study, which suggests a new approach to treating Type 1 diabetes, was published online on April 8 in the journal Transplantation.The team of scientists showed that after transplantation, the...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.