Sunday, June 26, 2011

BCG after all...

There's an unusual story making the rounds this weekend - I saw it in the LA times:
Is BCG a cure for diabetes?
The first trial in a handful of humans has suggested that injecting patients with Type 1 diabetes with an inexpensive vaccine normally used to prevent tuberculosis can block destruction of insulin-secreting pancreatic cells in humans and allow regeneration of the pancreas. Such a finding, if confirmed and expanded on, could lay the foundation for freeing the estimated 1 million U.S. Type 1 diabetics from their daily insulin shots. It brings up a word that is rarely or never used in considering the disease: "cure." 

So maybe the BCG vaccine will become more popular in the US - but as a cure for diabetes?!

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