RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (BP)--In a study that some say should impact the debate over embryonic stem cells, 13 diabetic patients no longer are using insulin after undergoing a procedure where they were infused with their own adult stem cells.
The trial in Brazil involved 15 type 1 diabetes patients of both sexes ranging in age from 14-31, all of whom had been diagnosed with diabetes within the previous six weeks. All but two of them are insulin-free after undergoing a treatment where they intravenously received stem cells from their own blood. In fact, the treatment even worked in one of the latter two patients for a year before a relapse.
Some are throwing around the word "cure," although most doctors are avoiding that term for now. Studies with larger groups need to be done. Read More