By Thania Benios In the 19th and early 20th centuries, diphtheria, measles, and mumps were frightening household names. Each year in the United States, these illnesses struck hundreds of thousands of people, and claimed up to tens of thousands of lives. Children were especially vulnerable to the bacteria and viruses that led to such staggering […]
By Thania Benios In this first installment of a two-part series, Countdown takes you on a tour of your immune system and how it can turn against your body. In the second, we will give you a panoramic view of how JDRF is propelling the search for vaccines that can reset your immune system and […]
Researchers were able to cure type 1 diabetes in mice using an antigen-specific nanoparticle “vaccine.” This approach holds great potential to reverse the immune attack that causes diabetes without generally suppressing the immune system.
Researchers are developing a novel oral vaccine for type 1 diabetes. Using “yeast shells” to deliver proteins and other agents, the vaccine is intended to interrupt the immune attack that causes diabetes, as well as silence key genes that contribute to inflammation and autoimmunity.