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Diabetes mellitus is a severe and debilitating chronic disease that develops in nearly 5 percent of the world’s population. People with this disease have a shortage of insulin or a reduced ability to use insulin, the hormone regulating blood glucose levels, which is normally produced by the pancreas. In the United States alone, an estimated 18 million people have diabetes, and each year about 1 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and is responsible for over 200,000 deaths a year. Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes accounts for around 10% of diabetics. For those patients, suffering from an inability of their pancreas to produce insulin, the only practical treatment possible is regular insulin replacement by multiple daily injections. Transplantation of a pancreas or pancreatic tissue would be beneficial to millions of such patients in that it would restore their normal ability to produce self insulin. Transplantation of human pancreas or pancreatic islets is a practiced and time-honored such therapeutic approach, but is extremely limited by the severe shortage of human donor organs. Tissera's R&D efforts in this domain are directed towards the development of a universally available and reliable source of animal fetal donor pancreatic precursor tissue, suitable for transplantation and eventual normal structural and functional growth in human diabetics.
Vitamin D and estrogen can prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in women

Vitamin D and estrogen can prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in women

No lasting improvement in insulin secretion with diabetic medication

No lasting improvement in insulin secretion with diabetic medication

Native Hawaiians have highest risk for pancreatic cancer, study shows

Native Hawaiians have highest risk for pancreatic cancer, study shows

Antihypertensive drug use linked with reduction in dementia risk

Antihypertensive drug use linked with reduction in dementia risk

Brigham team presents five-year follow-up results for face transplant patients

Brigham team presents five-year follow-up results for face transplant patients

Doctoral thesis focuses on the role of oxidative stress in Wolfram syndrome and hypothermia

Doctoral thesis focuses on the role of oxidative stress in Wolfram syndrome and hypothermia

Innovative system for treating type 1 diabetes mellitus

Innovative system for treating type 1 diabetes mellitus

Study compares gestational diabetes in India with Sweden

Study compares gestational diabetes in India with Sweden

More care is needed for patients after kidney transplantations, reports research

More care is needed for patients after kidney transplantations, reports research

Gut bacteria and pregnancy

Gut bacteria and pregnancy

Study finds increasing prevalence of COPD in nonsmokers

Study finds increasing prevalence of COPD in nonsmokers

Cardiovascular benefits of diabetes drug extend across a wide spectrum of patients, shows study

Cardiovascular benefits of diabetes drug extend across a wide spectrum of patients, shows study

Harmless purple bacteria can visualize aspects of tumor heterogeneity

Harmless purple bacteria can visualize aspects of tumor heterogeneity

Medical treatment for gestational diabetes could prevent long-term complications in children

Medical treatment for gestational diabetes could prevent long-term complications in children

Low adherence to cholesterol-lowering drugs also has beneficial effect in patients with type 2 diabetes

Low adherence to cholesterol-lowering drugs also has beneficial effect in patients with type 2 diabetes

Relationship between circadian misalignment and cardiovascular risk in women

Relationship between circadian misalignment and cardiovascular risk in women

C-Path and FARA announce launch of Friedreich's Ataxia Integrated Clinical Database

C-Path and FARA announce launch of Friedreich's Ataxia Integrated Clinical Database

Scientists identify how cells make choice between various mechanisms to repair DNA

Scientists identify how cells make choice between various mechanisms to repair DNA

Mechanism behind how diabetes causes muscle loss revealed

Mechanism behind how diabetes causes muscle loss revealed

Heart attacks more likely to be fatal in women and rates are rising

Heart attacks more likely to be fatal in women and rates are rising