Welcome to the E-newsletter of the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures January, 2016! Below are a few articles that caught our eye this month. Enjoy.

Patients beware: warnings about shady clinics and suspect treatments


Every day we get a call from someone seeking help. Some are battling a life-threatening or life-changing disease. Others call on behalf of a friend or loved one. All are looking for the same thing; a treatment, better still a cure, to ease their suffering.

Almost every day we have to tell them the same thing; that the science is advancing but it’s not there yet. You can almost feel the disappointment, the sense of despair, on the other end of the line.

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Stem cell shortcut points S.F. scientists to potential therapy for diabetes

Sheng Ding, a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes

Scientists have reprogrammed human skin cells into insulin-producing cells that may offer a new strategy for attacking Type 1 diabetes.

The process could take years even to make its way into human clinical trials — let alone a regulator-approved therapy — but a scientist at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco said the shortcut for manufacturing trillions of those cells could leap an important commercial hurdle for stem cell therapies.

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Regenerating damaged muscle after a heart attack

clusters of heart muscle cells

Every year more than 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Many of those who survive often have lasting damage to their heart muscle and are at increased risk for future attacks and heart failure. Now CIRM-funded researchers at UCLA have identified a way that could help regenerate heart muscle after a heart attack, potentially not only saving lives but also increasing the quality of life.

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White Board: Type 1 Diabetes

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