Undiscovered protein may help identify those whose disease will progress rapidly
Researchers have discovered a combination of tests that can more accurately predict who will develop type 1 diabetes. In the process, theyve also uncovered signs of a new protein that may forecast a more rapidly developing form of the disease. Together, these findings could help researchers screen patients for clinical trials that eventually may lead to a vaccine or cure for type 1 diabetes.
"We cant use a vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes in the general population, like we do for polio, because we dont know if the vaccine will cause harm or effectively prevent the disease. So we have to identify people at risk first," said Massimo Pietropaolo, MD, a researcher in the Diabetes Institute at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. "Our study and the new research it leads to will help us better predict risk of type 1 diabetes and identify those who can be involved in major trials in the United States and around the world."
Marc Lukasiak | EurekAlert!
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