Researchers Find Link Between Common Rotavirus Vaccine And Reduced Risk Of Type 1 Diabetes In Children

It seems that Australia is really showing the world how to eradicate diseases and conduct successful vaccination programs that start having positive side effects. Australia’s National Immunization program has become an example of well organized and successful disease prevention management. They even managed to eradicate rubella last year 2018 and became the world’s first country to eliminate cervical cancer. Now the icing in the cake is a side effect of their children’s vaccination against the rotavirus. It just so turns out that the side effect is turning out to be a surprisingly positive one and that too against a deadly disease.

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1Rotavirus vaccine a cause for doctors to smile

The side effect of Australia’s rotavirus vaccination is bringing smiles to doctors and parents alike because it could possibly prevent the initial contraction of type 1 diabetes. Now that is an impressive aspect of a vaccination that was intended for something else instead.

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2Rotavirus is a vicious disease that attacks children

Rotavirus, as you know, is a disease that attracts children and is very much like the flu. It attacks children and causes symptoms like vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea in infants. The virus s administered between 2-4 months. Now research teams have reasons to believe that the vaccination could also be causing a decline in children with type 1 diabetes after finding a fall in the rates of diagnosis in kids with the disease.

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3A decline in type 1 juvenile diabetes for the first time since 11 years

The recent decline in diagnosis of children with type 1 disease comes for the first time since the last drop was observed in Australia in the eighties. In type 1 diabetes, the immune cells of the body attack the insulin-making cells in the pancreas. This stops the body from regulating sugar or blood glucose.

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4How type 1 diabetes is caused

Scientists feel that type 1 diabetes and juvenile diabetes could be caused by environmental factors and even viruses. Thu there is a lot of validity in them also feeling that with successful rotavirus vaccination, the conditions of diabetes in juveniles have reduced. It could also mean that the rotavirus could perhaps even had something to do with type 1 diabetes and could be partly responsible for it.

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5Ongoing research is trying to find a cure for diabetes

The biggest problem in Type 1 diabetes like type 2 as well is the frequent need to take daily insulin injections even though researchers are trying to find more way to combat the disease. Groundbreaking attempts were made to cure type 1 diabetes through stem cell therapy in 2017.  It involved stem cell implantation under the forearm which then formed into islet cells that are found in the pancreas and responsible for insulin production. It is these cells that are attacked b the body’s immunity in type 1 diabetes.

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