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Infusions of stem cells taken from umbilical cord jelly helped people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes reduce their need for insulin injections in a small study
By Clare Wilson
31 May 2023
A scanning electron micrograph showing mesenchymal stem cells, derived from an umbilical cord, that were grown in a gel culture
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Stem cells taken from babies’ umbilical cords can delay the progression of type 1 diabetes in other people, a small trial has shown.
Type 1 diabetes usually begins in teenagers and young adults, when their immune system starts to mistakenly attack cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. People with the condition therefore have to inject artificial insulin.
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