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Viral Cure for Diabetes Discovered

Virus helped pre-diabetic mice fend off blood sugar disease

FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Researchers in California have found a virus that could possibly provide an inoculation against type 1 diabetes.

Doctors from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology found that when pre-diabetic mice were exposed to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, the virus completely abolished the diabetic process.

The data showed the viral infection apparently stimulated the immune system enough to fend off diabetes. The findings appear in the Jan. 2 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin for the body.

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SOURCES: Journal of Clinical Investigation, news release, Jan. 2, 2004
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