Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Vaccine, unlike others stops immune system

A vaccine for type 1 diabetes is being hailed as a significant step. Scientists say it may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's own immune system to stop attacking their body, an early trial suggests.

The immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes, leaving the body to unable to produce enough insulin. Regular injections of insulin are needed throughout life.

The immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes, leaving the body to unable to produce enough insulin. Regular injections of insulin are needed throughout life.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Diabetes, Type 1, insulin, vaccine, immune system


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Unlike type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by an unhealthy diet, type 1 diabetes is usually hereditary. Those who suffer from type 1 diabetes have an immune system that destroys the cells that make insulin, which is the hormone needed to control blood sugar levels.

A vaccine has proven that those who suffer from type 1 can retrain their immune system. This was proven in a study of 80 patients, published in the most recent journal of Science Translational Medicine.

Typically, a vaccine teaches the immune system to attack bacteria or viruses that cause disease, such as the polio virus. However, researchers at the Stanford University Medical Center used a vaccine with the opposite effect, i.e. to make the immune system cease its assault.

The immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes, leaving the body to unable to produce enough insulin. Regular injections of insulin are needed throughout life.

The vaccine was targeted to the specific white blood cells which attack beta cells. After patients were given weekly injections for three months, the levels of those white blood cells fell.

In addition, blood tests suggest that beta cell function was better in patients given the vaccine than in those treated only with insulin. Other parts of the immune system seemed to be left intact.

"We're very excited by these results, which suggest that the immunologist's dream of shutting down just a single subset of dysfunctional immune cells without wrecking the whole immune system may be attainable," Professor Lawrence Steinman says.

"This vaccine is a new concept. It's shutting off a specific immune response."

Research remains at an early stage and trials in larger groups of people, which measure the long-term effect of the vaccine, are required.

Steinman said the effect seemed to last for up to two months so regular boosters would be needed.

"For the first time we have evidence that this particular type of vaccine has an effect in preserving insulin production in humans. This is a significant step forward on the journey towards a world without type 1 diabetes," Karen Addington, the U.K. chief executive of the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, says.

"We will build on this exciting DNA vaccine approach. Research into type 1 vaccines is a priority for JDRF's multimillion-pound global research program. But it is early days. Clinical use is still some time away."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Brain reset: Scientists uncover unusual way to get rid of brain disorders Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

By implanting special cells that emit GABA into the brains of adult mice scientists found a way to cure certain brain disorders, like lazy eye. Initially an almost impossible endeavor, the experiment led a team of scientists to a way to reset the brain and basically ... continue reading


Health in the United States: Which cities are the healthiest? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently released their 2015 American Fitness Index, naming the top three fittest and the least fit cities in the entire United States. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) -  Among the thousands of cities surveyed ... continue reading


Nebraska orders STATE OF EMERGENCY over H5N2 avian flu virus Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A type of avian flu, and unfortunately the most lethal to hit the United States, has posed several concerns for farmers and scientists. So far, the H5N2 strain of the bird flu virus has already killed 15,000 turkeys in Minnesota alone. Now, over 33 million birds in 16 ... continue reading


Why a handshake just might save your life Watch

Image of Handshakes may be able to determine your risk for heart disease or other illnesses.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Are you worried about a heart attack or stroke? Well there may be an easy way to tell if you are at greater risk for either of these diseases, are near death or seriously ill, and you don't need anything more than a hand and a partner. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Are you afraid of needles? Scientist believes he found way to reduce injection pain Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lot of people, the young and old alike, are really frightened of getting injections, even just the thought of it. The good news is that scientists have discovered a simple answer. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Spanish scientists believe that holding ... continue reading


Woman gives shocking birth to baby born with bladder outside of body Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Born with a rare congenital defect, Baby Lila underwent a unique surgery, shortly after she was born with her bladder outside the body. This defect was detected when the doctor couldn't find her bladder in a sonogram conducted during the 22-week prenatal appointment. ... continue reading


What do healthy people eat for breakfast? 11 healthy breakfast choices from dietitians and experts Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What we eat in the mornings have an effect on our energy levels throughout the day. Here, registered dietitians, personal trainers, health editors and nutritionists, suggest healthy breakfasts for a healthy morning start, with some help from BuzzFeed. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


NOT-SO HAPPY PILLS: Half a million patients die every year from psychiatric drugs Watch

Image of Professor Peter Gotzsche, research director at Denmark's Nordic Cochrane Center says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be discontinued without harm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Danish scientist has come forward to proclaim that mood enhancers, "happy pills" and other psychiatric drugs are frequently deadly - killing half a million people a year. Furthermore, he says that these medications are usually ineffective - not producing the ... continue reading


British man discovers shocking and disturbing item in phlegm he coughed out Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A man from Britain woke up to a very unlikely and disgusting surprise. After waking up, the man felt as though he had to let out a cough due to the "large phlegm ball" he was feeling inside. To his surprise, he found something completely more nauseating than mucus. ... continue reading


Good Morning America's Robin Roberts speaks on her near death medical experiences Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After bravely beating breast cancer, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts developed a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) that nearly claimed her life after a bone marrow transplant in 2012. She recalled her near death story and how she was saved by the pleas of a nurse ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11
1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:19-23
19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
3 Because of that, I want to make it quite clear to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 24th, 2015 Image

St. David I of Scotland
May 24: David, the youngest son of Scotlandís virtuous queen, (Saint) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter