Monday, December 18, 2006

Diabetes breakthrough

This story on a possible cure for diabetes is fascinating: Diabetes breakthrough. What does this have to do with information technology, higher education, or the social nature of computing? Nothing, but it‘s my blog and I can write about anything I choose. :) I find this sort of stuff of great interest. I want to know more about the team that made this discovery, a lot more. What was it about this team which made this sort of discovery possible? They shot the pancreas up with capsaicin. Where the heck did that idea come from?

The other significant thing is how many other auto-immune diseases that this discovery might impact.

Their conclusions upset conventional wisdom that Type 1 diabetes, the most serious form of the illness that typically first appears in childhood, was solely caused by auto-immune responses — the body‘s immune system turning on itself.

They also conclude that there are far more similarities than previously thought between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and that nerves likely play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and Crohn‘s disease.

The “paradigm-changing“ study opens “a novel, exciting door to address one of the diseases with large societal impact,“ said Dr. Christian Stohler, a leading U.S. pain specialist and dean of dentistry at the University of Maryland, who has reviewed the work.

“The treatment and diagnosis of neuropathic diseases is poised to take a dramatic leap forward because of the impressive research.”

And if you went to the article and were wondering if I clicked through to the second page? The answer is no.

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