90 year Old Tuberculosis Vaccine Being Studied as Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Articles and News Reports on Research on Type 1 Diabetes are available here. Dating back to 2006 this list of Media Coverage details the progress and sometimes the road blocks to progress. Links go to PDF articles, Pod casts and archived Radio broadcasts.
Below is part of an article retrieved from Wikpedia, I have left most links intact. All this information gives some background into the ongoing research for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and several other Immunological based diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis. http://faustmanlab.org/images/Faustman2.jpg
“Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine”
Further information: Bacillus Calmette-Guérin
Former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca, whose wife died of type 1 diabetes complications and who has declared a desire to see the disease cured in his lifetime, is a patron of her work. The Iacocca Foundation helped raise the $11.5 million dollars needed to support a Phase I human clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital to test whether vaccination with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), a weakened strain of bacteria that is used in the prevention of tuberculosis and in the treatment of bladder tumors and bladder cancer, as a treatment for advanced type 1 diabetes. Like CFA in the mouse, BCG induces TNF-α production in humans (CFA is not approved for use in humans). In previous human trials, BCG has not generally been shown to have a benefit in the prevention of type 1 diabetes or remission of the disease in those who are newly diagnosed, although one study from Israel did show a benefit (disease remission) in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes.Faustman hypothesizes that the optimal dosing of BCG has not been utilized in previous trials. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License “
Keeping up todate with research is important. Supporting research is even more important. Just from reading some of the reports, it is possible that the best results were obtained when using an anti inflammatory plus the TB vaccine in mice who had spontaneously developed Type 1 Diabetes. However this particular drug was not approved for humans so a different approach is being used.
If you are interested in supporting this research, you can click on this link and will be taken to a page where the program and the goals are explained. There is a link for donations on the page. http://faustmanlab.org/support/support_bro.html There are two downloadable pdf files that you can share.
Here is a link to a page that lists Denise Faustman’s Academic Publications beginning in 1982. http://www.faustmanlab.org/research/research_ap.html Some of it is heavy reading, but charts and graphs do make some of the information more accessible and understandable.
A lot of links and information, but hopefully useful to you, which is my intent.
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