This medical video looks at the advancements being made to cure Diabetes.
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Jennifer Mathews: Last year at this time, Ohio native Kaitlin Walsh-Reed was taking off on a plane for a trip to Florida. But today, the 17-year-old's plane landed 800 miles north, outside Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Not exactly a vacation, but Kaitlin makes the trip every few weeks for medical care. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four months ago. Kaitlin Walsh-Reed: When I first heard that I had it, I thought it was something like really bad and I was kind-of scared. Jennifer Mathews: Kaitlin's part of a new study on a drug called Rituximab. It targets the body's B-cells, which could preserve any insulin-producing cells a newly-diagnosed patient still has or even jump-start insulin production. Dr. Henry Rodriguez: It has implications both in terms of prevention as well as achieving a cure. Jennifer Mathews: But researchers aren't there yet. In the meantime, Kaitlin will continue checking her blood sugar levels before each meal and keep careful records of her calories and carbs. But she hopes someday, she won't have to. Kaitlin Walsh-Reed: That they can find a cure for diabetes. I love it. Jennifer Mathews: But for today, Kaitlin's happy to just be going home. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.