Saturday, December 16, 2006

Diabetes Breakthrough

Excellent news of a diabetes breakthrough, which, like the paradigm shifting ulcer breakthrough over a decade ago, holds out hope of more or less solving the problem of the disease.
In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.
And in even better news, this "paradigm shifting" breakthrough holds out hope of a new way of thinking of a range of auto-immune diseases that so far have eluded cures, because the auto immune response is still ill-understood.

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.

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