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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.
Intima media thickness of the carotid artery

Intima media thickness of the carotid artery

DES in diabetic patients

DES in diabetic patients

Study first to show range and severity of birth defects associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

Study first to show range and severity of birth defects associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

Disruption of blood sugar levels after heart surgery is common

Disruption of blood sugar levels after heart surgery is common

Hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression links

Hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression links

Being born over 10 pounds increases risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Being born over 10 pounds increases risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Diabetic women get less intense treatment of heart disease than men

Diabetic women get less intense treatment of heart disease than men

How to reduce obesity and cardiovascular disease risk

How to reduce obesity and cardiovascular disease risk

Low levels of vitamin D in men linked to heart attack

Low levels of vitamin D in men linked to heart attack

Discovery of genes that regulate glucose levels

Discovery of genes that regulate glucose levels

Alendronate may be associated with irregular heartbeat

Alendronate may be associated with irregular heartbeat

Thiazolidinediones may slow bone formation and speed bone loss

Thiazolidinediones may slow bone formation and speed bone loss

Tredaptive and Janumet recommended for approval in European Union

Tredaptive and Janumet recommended for approval in European Union

GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

Increased risk of myocardial infarction and diabetes in East Germany

Increased risk of myocardial infarction and diabetes in East Germany

New genetic clues to diabetes

New genetic clues to diabetes

Type 2 diabetes genes linked with prostate cancer

Type 2 diabetes genes linked with prostate cancer

Researchers find evidence of periodontal disease leading to gestational diabetes

Researchers find evidence of periodontal disease leading to gestational diabetes

National Institutes of Health launches center to study genomics and health disparities

National Institutes of Health launches center to study genomics and health disparities

Lilly knocked back by FDA on Zyprexa for schizophrenia treatment

Lilly knocked back by FDA on Zyprexa for schizophrenia treatment