Swedes make diabetes discovery
Swedish doctors have discovered a new method of treating diabetes.
The treatment involves implanting insulin-producing cells into the arm, and offers hope to those suffering from more severe forms of the illness.
Doctors have expressed optimism after a successful transplant was carried out.
Nine-year-old Lina Gustavsson from Skåne, southern Sweden, is the first patient to receive the insulin-producing cells into her underarm.
Lina first received the new cells in 2004, when she was acutely ill. Her doctors said that they noticed the method was working quickly.
Johan Permert, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, says the transplanted cells have survived and continue to produce insulin some three years after the operation.
The trial was used on another eight Swedish patients, all of whom appear to be reacting well.