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New research offers hope for Type 1 diabetes

Updated söndag 22 februari 2015 kl 11.26
Published söndag 22 februari 2015 kl 11.03
Bone marrow stem cell, Image: Promotive, Dreamstime/Lund University
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Bone marrow stem cell, Image: Promotive, Dreamstime/Lund University
Per-Ola Carlsson, Photo: Private/ Lund University
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Per-Ola Carlsson, Photo: Private/Lund University

New Swedish research shows that stem cells from the nervous system can improve the chances of diabetes patients after a transplant of insulin-producing cells, writes Upsala Nya Tidning.

Currently people with Type 1 diabetes receive transplants of cells from their pancreas. But it’s difficult for enough of those cells to survive. Now a new study from researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital shows a clear improvement with the use of neural stem cells, which stimulate the growth of nerves and blood vessels.

So far the method has only been tested on mice, but the researches are now working to remove neural stem cells from human bone marrow.

“The results of the laboratory tests and experiments are promising,” Professor and Senior Physician Per-Ola Carlsson tells Upsala Nya Tidning. “But before this new method can be tested on patients we have to establish cultures of these stem cells for clinical use.”

The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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