Childhood Virus Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers have found a link between an enterovirus infection in childhood and developing type 1 diabetes. A small subset of children who get enterovirus will go on to develop beta cell autoimmunity, with those children whose infection lasts a month or longer at higher risk. Young people who have a particular genetic variant in this virus receptor have a higher risk of developing beta cell autoimmunity. Read more

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