March 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:41 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis researchers say they are one step
closer to curing Type One diabetes using drug studies on mice at
A study published in the journal Science this week shows a
window of time in mice after diabetes sets in where drugs can save
insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Doctor Emil Unanue, the study's author, says
that same window is in humans who have Type One diabetes.
The study advances a transplant-free approach to curing Type One
with a short and inexpensive drug treatment.
As many as three million diabetes cases are Type One,
according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Researchers hope medication can eliminate the need for
pancreatic cell transplants that require long-term drug treatment.