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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-15 13:42
  Subject:   Mice cured of diabetes?
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In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.

Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas. "I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."

The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market.


http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=a042812e-492c-4f07-8245-8a598ab5d1bf&k=63970
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Trevor Stone: mathnet - to cogitate and to solve
  User: flwyd
  Date: 2006-12-15 20:57 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:mathnet - to cogitate and to solve
I wonder if there's also a Hospital for Healthy Children in Canada...
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dpcfmander
  User: dpcfmander
  Date: 2006-12-16 03:55 (UTC)
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We've heard a similar hypothesis before, and it didn't pan out. Best of luck to them though.
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