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Diabetes - Islet cell transplantation

KUHF-FM (88.7, Houston), February 20, 2010

UTMB is among several universities looking to find better treatments for diabetes, report Norbert Herzog and David Niesel in this week’s installment of UTMB’s Medical Discovery News. One innovative approach involves islet cell transplantation. Islet cells make insulin in the pancreas, which regulates the breakdown of glucose. The procedure isolates the islet cells from a patient’s removed pancreas, which are then transplanted back inside the patient’s body. What’s remarkable is that this “transplantation” does not require a scalpel. The islet cells are injected, and then they set up shop in the liver so that the body is able to make and regulate insulin again. MDN airs locally at 10 a.m. Saturday on KUHF.




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