Targeting Diabetes, From The Negev

Therapy with an emphysema drug, and transplant of pig cells could end a global epidemic, says Ben-Gurion University researcher.

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When Andy David’s nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the Israeli diplomat used his medical background to search for an unconventional treatment that would spare her from daily doses of insulin.

David, who is currently Israel’s consul general for the Pacific Northwest United States, soon learned about groundbreaking work at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev that shows great promise for kids in the early stages of Type 1 diagnosis.

The child (he prefers not to name her for security reasons) underwent eight weeks of transfusions of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, an anti-inflammatory drug generally used to treat emphysema.

Dr. Eli Lewis
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