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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.
Research may re-define management of heart failure in diabetes

Research may re-define management of heart failure in diabetes

Questions about validity of HOPE TOO vitamin E study

Questions about validity of HOPE TOO vitamin E study

Vitamin E may increase heart attack risk - does not prevent cancer

Vitamin E may increase heart attack risk - does not prevent cancer

Study indicates that vitamin E does not prevent cancer

Study indicates that vitamin E does not prevent cancer

ViaCell and Genzyme announce collaboration - ViaCell announces patent issuance

ViaCell and Genzyme announce collaboration - ViaCell announces patent issuance

Obesity among African-American stroke survivors increases risk factors for recurrent stroke

Obesity among African-American stroke survivors increases risk factors for recurrent stroke

Mutations in newly discovered gene, NPHP5 cause Senior-Loken syndrome

Mutations in newly discovered gene, NPHP5 cause Senior-Loken syndrome

Kidney dysfunction in HIV patients can be detected earlier

Kidney dysfunction in HIV patients can be detected earlier

Cell phones useful and feasible for visualizing leg wounds

Cell phones useful and feasible for visualizing leg wounds

Olmesartan improves blood supply to kidneys

Olmesartan improves blood supply to kidneys

Soy may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

Soy may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

Elevated glucose levels and diabetes associated with a greater risk for cancer

Elevated glucose levels and diabetes associated with a greater risk for cancer

Sticking to one diet plan key to losing weight

Sticking to one diet plan key to losing weight

Good oil in walnuts helps diabetes patients

Good oil in walnuts helps diabetes patients

Elevated BMI may not increase risk of death among men with heart attack or stroke

Elevated BMI may not increase risk of death among men with heart attack or stroke

Patients taking the lipid-lowering medications have a relatively low risk of developing rhabdomyolysis

Patients taking the lipid-lowering medications have a relatively low risk of developing rhabdomyolysis

A new magnetic navigation system shows promise for use during percutaneous coronary interventions

A new magnetic navigation system shows promise for use during percutaneous coronary interventions

New beta blocker may help diabetic patients with high blood pressure

New beta blocker may help diabetic patients with high blood pressure

Patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who kept their blood pressure very tightly controlled had fewer eye disorders caused by their diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who kept their blood pressure very tightly controlled had fewer eye disorders caused by their diabetes

Obese patients have higher health care costs

Obese patients have higher health care costs