Researchers testing new vaccine to help people with type 1 diabetes

(WXYZ) - A new type of vaccine may stop the autoimmune attack that occurs in people with type 1 diabetes.

Researchers from Stanford University say the vaccine helps boost insulin production, which could prevent some of the most severe complications from type 1 diabetes.

Instead of increasing the immune system's activity like the polio vaccine, the new vaccine turns off a portion of the auto immune response, acting as a reverse vaccine.

The researchers conducting the study recruited 80 volunteers diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the past five years.

No one in the study was able to stop using insulin, but that is said to be a possible goal.

The study was reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

 

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