New Drugs, Devices Mount Assault On Diabetes

Scientists are racing to find the grail of diabetes research, a therapy that will eliminate the need for insulin injection. New products, innovative clinical trials, and a boost in federal funding all are contributing to a multifaceted effort to control one of America's most complex and dangerous ailments. With research getting promising results in several different fields, skilled people are in demand. TRANSPLANT SUCCESS: Transplantation of the whole pancreas should be performed more often, s

Steve Bunk
Sep 28, 1997

Scientists are racing to find the grail of diabetes research, a therapy that will eliminate the need for insulin injection. New products, innovative clinical trials, and a boost in federal funding all are contributing to a multifaceted effort to control one of America's most complex and dangerous ailments. With research getting promising results in several different fields, skilled people are in demand.


TRANSPLANT SUCCESS: Transplantation of the whole pancreas should be performed more often, surgeon David Sutherland suggests.
"The main areas where R&D appears to be having practical ramifications are in developing different medications and delivery systems," says Frank Vinicor, director of the division of diabetes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "Transplantation is another area."


R&D ADVANCES: New medications, delivery systems, and transplantation are all making progress in combating diabetes, says CDC's Frank Vinicor.
Such R&D efforts are warranted: Diabetes is America's fourth...

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