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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.
A new source of islet cells

A new source of islet cells

New method of oral insulin delivery patented

New method of oral insulin delivery patented

Whole grain breakfast cereals may reduce risk of heart failure in men

Whole grain breakfast cereals may reduce risk of heart failure in men

Benefit of exenatide has not yet been proven

Benefit of exenatide has not yet been proven

Weight loss before bariatric surgery linked to shorter hospital stay

Weight loss before bariatric surgery linked to shorter hospital stay

Risk of death following bariatric surgery

Risk of death following bariatric surgery

Surgical treatment of morbid obesity increases likelihood of patients returning to work

Surgical treatment of morbid obesity increases likelihood of patients returning to work

Over 2 decades experiences shows that ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is the procedure of choice

Over 2 decades experiences shows that ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is the procedure of choice

Low doses of a red wine ingredient resveratrol fights diabetes in mice

Low doses of a red wine ingredient resveratrol fights diabetes in mice

Omega-3 fatty acids linked to decreased risk of type 1 diabetes

Omega-3 fatty acids linked to decreased risk of type 1 diabetes

Lifestyle interventions in the treatment of childhood overweight

Lifestyle interventions in the treatment of childhood overweight

Breath-analysis testing offers potential for blood sugar monitoring in diabetes

Breath-analysis testing offers potential for blood sugar monitoring in diabetes

Tadalafil appears to improve erectile function in men with spinal cord injuries

Tadalafil appears to improve erectile function in men with spinal cord injuries

getABI study finds that even mild atherosclerosis in the legs increases mortality substantially

getABI study finds that even mild atherosclerosis in the legs increases mortality substantially

Pill box organizers increase HIV patients' adherence and improve viral suppression

Pill box organizers increase HIV patients' adherence and improve viral suppression

FDA approves Somatuline Depot to treat acromegaly

FDA approves Somatuline Depot to treat acromegaly

New diabetes mellitus clinical practice guidelines

New diabetes mellitus clinical practice guidelines

Women with a history of gestational diabetes may have higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer

Women with a history of gestational diabetes may have higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer

Diabetes increases risk of death for patients with acute coronary syndromes

Diabetes increases risk of death for patients with acute coronary syndromes

Staggering costs of end-stage renal disease in U.S.

Staggering costs of end-stage renal disease in U.S.