Scotland to launch islet treatment program for diabetics

11/18/2009 | BBC

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will launch a program that will allow Type 1 diabetes patients to receive injections of insulin-producing cells taken from a donated pancreas. The method could eliminate the need for pancreas transplants, which is a "high-risk surgical procedure," an expert said. An estimated 12 patients will be able to get the new treatment annually.

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