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Whoa. . .

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=a042812e-492c-4f07-8245-8a598ab5d1bf&k=63970&p=1

Suspecting a link between the nerves and diabetes, he and Dr. Salter used an old experimental trick -- injecting capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot chili peppers, to kill the pancreatic sensory nerves in mice that had an equivalent of Type 1 diabetes. 

"Then we had the biggest shock of our lives," Dr. Dosch said. Almost immediately, the islets began producing insulin normally "It was a shock ? really out of left field, because nothing in the literature was saying anything about this."

It turns out the nerves secrete neuropeptides that are instrumental in the proper functioning of the islets. Further study by the team, which also involved the University of Calgary and the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, found that the nerves in diabetic mice were releasing too little of the neuropeptides, resulting in a "vicious cycle" of stress on the islets.

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jonathanchrist
Dec. 17th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
a lot of studies are being done on capsaicin. i saw an episode of Scientific Frontiers about the use of it in extreme artritis cases and in cancer studies.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4993576.stm

http://www.hon.ch/News/HSN/531595.html

however, i hate this guy:

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/daily/2004/12/21-capsaicin.html
sicksexfix
Dec. 17th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Wow that's so amazing. I wonder what side effects that would have?
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