“Reverse vaccine” fights type-1 diabetes

by Federica Mastroforti - 2013.07.09
“Reverse vaccine” fights type-1 diabetes
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The "reverse vaccine" is a new vaccine developed to help type-1 diabetes young sufferers produce their own insuline. It seems to act on the immune system, killing its "bad" cells  that destroy the pancreatic ones of type B. This is the proposal of researchers from the Stantford University of Medicine, who published their paper in Science Translational Medicine. Also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, according to the WHO, 3% of the world population are suffering from this metabolic disease. The Professor Lawrence Steinman, coordinator of the research, says that it could be possible to fight diabetes through immunotherapy, modifying the response of immune cells. The analysis, conducted on patients with diabetes for at least 1-3 years, showed those who had been vaccinated were able to produce increased amounts of insulin (the hormone that transports glucose in the blood). On the contrary, those who had not been treated, did not.  Harmful cells, however, vastly decreased.

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