Patient possibly cured of Type 1 diabetes

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An Ohio man appears to have been cured of his type 1 diabetes after he participated in an early-stage clinical trial of a stem cell treatment by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. the new York Times Report.

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why it matters: If ultimately successful, the development could offer hope for the millions of Americans who suffer from life-changing symptoms of the disease.

  • In June, 64-year-old Brian Shelton received an infusion of cells grown from stem cells that mimicked the insulin-producing pancreas cells his body lacked.
  • According to the New York Times, “We’ve been looking for something like this to happen literally for decades,” said Iral Hirsch, a diabetes specialist at the University of Washington.

But, but, but: The results are still early and have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Experts say they want to repeat the study, see if there are unexpected adverse events and whether the treatment will last a lifetime, according to the New York Times.

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