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Cancer Drug May Slow Body’s Rejection of Beta Cells in Type 1 – Diabetes Health | January 13, 2010

Rituxamab, a drug that treats lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis, may soon be used to help combat the destruction of pancreatic beta cells in newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes. Researchers at Indiana University have found that the drug, originally developed and sold by Genentech as Rituxan, temporarily slows or stops the destruction of the 10 or 20 percent of beta cells that type 1s typically have remaining when they are first diagnosed.

via Cancer Drug May Slow Body’s Rejection of Beta Cells in Type 1 – Diabetes Health.

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