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10/18/05/-Tyler

Islet Cell Transplant Research

More than a million Americans suffer from type one diabetes.  Those are the folks that could benefit from this new treatment.  Research shows signs of success in the new islet cell transplant.  It may allow those with type one diabetes to live an insulin- free future.   Dr. David Shafer of UT Health Center in Tyler says the transplant is non-invasive and similar to a blood transfusion.  Dr. Shafer also says, "About 50 % of the individuals that receive this transplant are able to get off insulin, sometimes they require more than one transplant to achieve success."  The islet cell transplant is still considered experimental.  Less than 500 people worldwide have had this procedure. 
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