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Diabetes prevention: On the road to a vaccine

January 18, 2001
Web posted at: 4:31 p.m. EST (2131 GMT)

(CNN) - Ten-year-old Eric Woods injects himself with insulin and monitors his blood sugar several times a day to control Type I diabetes. But his younger sister, Chrissy, may hold the key to a cure.

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"Childhood diabetes develops because the immune system has decided to kill the cells that make insulin, explained Dr. George Eisenbarth of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Doctors are studying Chrissy Woods and 300 other unaffected children who are at high risk for the disease because they are related to someone who has it. An ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health is looking to see whether regular insulin shots will prevent the disease.

CNN Correspondent Holly Firfer reports.



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