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New Vaccine May Help Type 1 Diabetics in Future
Date:10/8/2008

function in new-onset diabetes," Insel said.

The good news is that the vaccine seemed safe and didn't cause any troubling side effects, according to Faustman. "GAD looks pretty benign here -- two vaccinations given four weeks apart. There's something positive happening, though the therapeutic benefit is small. But, there was a measurable and significant benefit."

Ludvigsson said the researchers have begun new trials, including children who've had diabetes for a much shorter time because those were the ones who responded most in this study. Additionally, they'll be working on a clinical trial to see if this vaccination could be used to prevent type 1 diabetes from occurring in children who have a high risk of the disease.

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Learn more about type 1 diabetes from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCES: Johnny Ludvigsson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, and head physician, Linkoping University Hospital, Sweden; Denise L. Faustman, M.D., Ph.D., director, immunobiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Richard Insel, M.D., executive vice president, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Oct. 30, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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