How’s THIS for the only democracy in the Middle East: Thanks to a Tel Aviv University student named Adi Mor, Insulin Shots may become obsolete very soon.

insulinAdi has developed a tablet-based treatment for Type 1 diabetes, which tests show restores insulin production in animals. The drug is based on something called a Ras protein inhibitor. The Ras protein is found in 30% of all cancerous tumors, and completely disrupts a cell’s normal function. The inhibitor allows cells to continue with business as usual by taking the protein out of the equation. The drug was initially designed for patients with pancreatic cancer but Mor modified it to function for diabetics.

The great news about that is, since the previous version of the drug already passed most of the hurdles for FDA approval, this spin off could skip straight to clinical trials, cutting the wait for the drug to about 5 years.
The same drug is also effective against autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and lupus. The drug helps autoimmune diseases, which occur when the body’s immune system begin to attack the body itself, by increasing the production of a protein called Foxp3 that keeps the immune system cells in check. This is the same thing which keeps diabetes in check.

If it works, Israel chocks up another victory against common worldwide diseases. See our article on radiation sickness for further good news.