Type 1 breakthrough on the horizon?

haoleboy
By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-10-10 21:40:34 -0500
Started 2014-10-09 18:07:29 -0500

Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough
Harvard University has produced the vast quantities of insulin-producing cells needed for transplants … read on : http://bit.ly/Tonecure


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haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-10-10 21:40:34 -0500 Report

Having read a lot more on this I have found that the expectation (if this ever is approved for use) is that you would need to get a "new" batch of these beta cells every year or so. While I am not T1 this sounds better than current treatments.
Which begs the question … Is this a "cure" or just an effective treatment?
I seem to be unclear on exactly what the medical community defines as "a cure" … your thoughts?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-09 23:48:54 -0500 Report

It does concern me that they use embryonic stem cells to do this.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-10 06:40:45 -0500 Report

They are using the cells from the umbilical chord according to his video or those that die during birth or pregnancy. I don't thing they are advocating abortion to achieve their goals.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-09 19:02:41 -0500 Report

This is amazing! I was a little confused though, it is going to trial here or in the UK? The UK gets all the cool stuff before we do, but in any case, this is so encouraging. Now if it can work in humans it will change the lives of so many.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-10-09 19:24:28 -0500 Report

my understanding is that the lead scientist is a stem cell scientist named Douglas Melton from Boston that has been working on this at Harvard for over 20 years. I would assume the trail will be here in the US.