Tag - pancreas

10-year-old boy to be the first person in the UK to have pioneering pancreatic surgery

As Kai McGorie fell off his bicycle, the handlebars ripped through his stomach, rupturing his pancreas. At first, Kai and his parents had no idea his injuries were so severe. The damage wasn’t visible. But when Kai started throwing up, his mother called the ambulance.

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Carlos Santana’s nephew Adam Lasher wows American Idol Judges (and raises T1D diabetes awareness with his robotic pancreas)

Over in America yesterday, Adam Lasher was on American Idol. And, although related to Carlos Santana (yes, that awesome guitarist) didn’t need to mention it.

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Islet cell transplants becoming a welcome reality

It’s great to see stories where people are successfully undergoing islet cells transplants.

Kathleen Duncan has made the news this week for becoming the first woman in Scotland to receive an islet cell transplant.

A number of NHS centres around the UK are starting to roll out islet cell transplantation as a treatment procedure. The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s transplant unit, where Kathleen’s transplant was carried out is one of these with other islet cell transplant centres including London, Bristol, Oxford, Newcastle and Manchester.

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Legacy illness – what if a type 1 vaccine is successful

With news that a vaccine for type 1 diabetes is getting through its development stage, it has me wondering what life would be like if the vaccination turns out to be a success. It would be quite odd to live with a condition that, in a way, is essentially cured.

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