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  • Barbra Streisand on Gender Inequality: 'Even Female Mice Are Discriminated Against!'

    12/14/2015 12:32:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Brietbart ^ | December 12, 2015 | Kipp Jones
    Speaking at an event for women in Los Angeles this week, Barbra Streisand complained that society is so misogynistic, even female laboratory mice are being discriminated against. "Gender discrimination drives me crazy," said the multiple Grammy and Academy award-winning actress and singer. "Women are still treated as second-class citizens when it comes to equal pay in the workplace and equal representation in Congress." [Snip] Streisand, who has made contributions toward heart disease research for nearly three decades, then spoke out about gender inequality in medical research. "Gender inequality even extends to mice in the labs," she said. "They're all male!"...
  • New Docs Confirm UMass Purchased Fetal Cadavers for Use in Humanized Mice as StemExpress Dumps...

    08/18/2015 6:27:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | 8/17/15 | Cheryl Sullenger
    A loss in court and increased public outrage over fetal parts trafficking has prompted StemExpress, to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood and recalibrate its public profile to one that is “predominately” focused — at least outwardly — on adult blood and tissue procurement. This news came in the same week that Operation Rescue obtained purchase orders that show the University of Massachusetts Medical School paid StemExpress a total of $29,000 for human fetal cadaverous tissue, (presumably harvested from Planned Parenthood abortions), for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice. StemExpress is a biotech company in Placerville, California, that has been...
  • Most medical research is flawed, says leading medical editor

    02/07/2014 9:44:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 26 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 7 February 2014 | Richard Smith
    Twenty years ago last week the statistician Doug Altman published an editorial in the BMJ arguing that much medical research was of poor quality and misleading. In his editorial entitled, “The Scandal of Poor Medical Research,” Altman wrote that much research was “seriously flawed through the use of inappropriate designs, unrepresentative samples, small samples, incorrect methods of analysis, and faulty interpretation.” Twenty years later I fear that things are not better but worse. (snip) Why, asked Altman, is so much research poor? Because “researchers feel compelled for career reasons to carry out research that they are ill equipped to perform,...
  • Relapse of 'cured' HIV patients spurs AIDS science on

    01/04/2014 2:06:58 PM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | Jan 2, 20114 | Kate Kelland
    (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a cure for AIDS say they have been inspired, not crushed, by a major setback in which two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured found the virus re-invading their bodies once more. True, the news hit hard last month that the so-called "Boston patients" - two men who received bone marrow transplants that appeared to rid them completely of the AIDS-causing virus - had relapsed and gone back onto antiretroviral treatment. But experts say the disappointment could lay the basis for important leaps forward in the search for a cure. "It's a setback for...
  • A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain

    10/19/2013 9:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 10/18/2013 | Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller
    If you move the view to the side, however, you can see the top and bottom parts of the brain, demarcated largely by the Sylvian fissure, the crease-like structure named for the 17th-century Dutch physician who first described it. The top brain comprises the entire parietal lobe and the top (and larger) portion of the frontal lobe. The bottom comprises the smaller remainder of the frontal lobe and all of the occipital and temporal lobes. Our theory's roots lie in a landmark report published in 1982 by Mortimer Mishkin and Leslie G. Ungerleider of the National Institute of Mental Health....
  • Wake Up, America [re:Huntingdon Life Sciences/SHAC/ Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Lib FR (E]

    03/04/2002 4:19:38 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies · 722+ views
    Consumer ^ | March 4, 2002
    "Arson, vandalism, burglary, grand larceny, firebombing, kidnapping, slander, conspiracy, computer crimes, and theft. If you think this sounds like a rap sheet for a hardened, malicious criminal, you would be close. It's your local neighborhood animal lover and tree hugger gone berserk," ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) writes. And columnist Todd Wilkinson notes, "Because involved individuals are anonymous, they could be anyone. Parents, teachers, church volunteers, your neighbor or even your partner could be involved." SHAC, a violent anti-medical research organization that has harassed and beaten individuals linked with Huntingdon Life Sciences, now says it will extend its campaign or terror ...
  • Pig-to-Human Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think

    10/22/2011 9:29:06 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 47 replies
    PopSci ^ | 10.21.2011 at 3:10 pm | Dan Nosowitz
    Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation--the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another--in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human transplants. Their conclusion? Clinical trials of pig-to-human transplants could begin in just a few years. Pigs that are genetically modified with genes to protect their organs and other inside bits from attack by the human immune system are capable of all kinds of potentially life-saving effects. Research has been conducted until now...
  • Stem cell agency's top salaries stand out on [CA] state roster [will be asking taxpayers...]

    07/05/2011 1:32:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Jack Dolan
    Reporting from Sacramento— California's stem cell research agency says it needs billions more taxpayer dollars to deliver on promised cures to major diseases. Yet at a time when other departments are cutting back spending, the agency recently agreed to pay its new boss one of the highest salaries in state government. The 50-person grant-making body will pay a Los Angeles investment banker $400,000 to serve as its new part-time board chairman, pushing the combined salaries of its two top officials to nearly $1 million per year. Santa Monica-based Saybrook Capital founder Jonathan Thomas — chosen over a former cardiologist who...
  • Swedish team turns skin into nerve cells

    06/07/2011 8:07:52 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 06/07/2011 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A team of researchers at Lund University in southern Sweden have managed to develop nerve cells from human skin cells without using stem cells - a development described as an ethical and medical breakthrough. "This fundamentally changes how we look at mature cells and their capacity. Previously a skin cell was thought to always remain a skin cell, but we have shown that it can be any cell," said Malin Parmar, the Lund University researcher leading the study, to The Local on Tuesday. The new technique works by reprogramming connective tissue cells, so-called human fibroblasts, directly into nerve cells, opening...
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Develop Coating That Safely Kills MRSA on Contact

    08/16/2010 10:20:33 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ^ | August 16, 2010 | Unknown
    Building on an enzyme found in nature, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections. “We’re building on nature,” said Jonathan S. Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and director of Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies. “Here we have a system where the surface contains an enzyme that is safe to handle, doesn’t appear to lead to resistance, doesn’t leach into the environment, and doesn’t clog up with...
  • Artificial lung "breathes" in rats: study

    07/14/2010 1:29:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/10 | Nature Medicine
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. researchers have created a primitive artificial lung that rats used to breathe for several hours and said on Tuesday it may be a step in the development of new organs grown from a patient's own cells. The finding, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, is the second in a month from researchers seeking ways to regenerate lungs from ordinary cells. In the latest study, Harald Ott and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston removed the cells from rat lungs to leave a scaffolding or matrix. They soaked these in a bioreactor...
  • Naps Clear Brain's Inbox, Improve Learning

    02/23/2010 8:38:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 537+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 22, 2010 | Victoria Jaggard
    If your brain is an email account, sleep—and more specifically, naps—is how you clear out your inbox. That's the conclusion of a new study that may explain why people spend so many of their sleeping hours in a pre-dreaming state known as stage 2 non-rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. For years sleep studies have hinted that shut-eye improves our ability to store and consolidate memories, reinforcing the notion that a good night's sleep—and power naps—is much more conducive to learning than an overnight cram session. Now scientists may have figured out how, in part, this happens: During sleep, information...
  • Charles River Lab is closing (More Obama job creation)

    01/16/2010 1:54:52 PM PST · by Gordon Pym · 7 replies · 423+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Lisa Eckelbecker
    SHREWSBURY — Charles River Laboratories International Inc., which conducts research for drug developers, will suspend operations at its Shrewsbury facility and lay off 300 workers by mid-2010 because of weak demand for the company's preclinical services, Charles River reported yesterday. The company, based in Wilmington, said it expects to retain about 30 workers who will handle ongoing operations at the plant or take jobs at other Charles River sites. Charles River said it expects the move will cut operating costs by about $20 million this year. The company has no plans at this time to dispose of the plant, said...
  • State (Texas) to destroy 4 million newborn blood samples (kept without parental consent)

    12/22/2009 2:26:10 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies · 1,136+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 22, 2009, 1:57PM | By PEGGY FIKAC AUSTIN BUREAU
    The state will destroy blood samples legally collected from newborns, but kept without parental consent under a federal lawsuit settlement announced today. There were between 4 million and 4.5 million specimens stored between 2002 and this year at Texas A&M University by the Texas Department of Health, said lawyer Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project, which sued over the practice on behalf of parents in federal district court in San Antonio. The number of newborns involved was unclear, because there could be multiple samples from each... “There's no financial gain for any of the plaintiffs,” Beleno said. “Basically,...
  • WEIRD and decidedly offbeat Medical research findings of 2009

    12/18/2009 4:59:10 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies · 1,066+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/18/09 | AAP
    Among the weird findings: Pulling a tick off the wrong way can lead to meat allergy. An Australian doctor found the link while studying rising cases of the allergy among people who live on Sydney's tick-prone northern beaches. "I now tell everybody I see who lives anywhere near ticks to use `Aerostart' (spray-on engine cleaner) or another high-alcohol substance," said Dr Sheryl van Nunen. "Stun the tick before you scrape it out and it can't inject what it injects." The first US case of "cannabinoid hyperemesis" was recorded in the medical literature. The syndrome was first described in 2004 in...
  • “Physicians Committee” Abuses the Law. Again.

    10/29/2009 12:56:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 358+ views
      The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a ridiculously misnamed animal rights group, filed a complaint with the USDA yesterday against a Massachusetts hospital that uses pigs in its trauma treatment training. PCRM claims the hospital’s use of pigs violates the federal Animal Welfare Act. But the USDA was having none of it. As a government spokesman made clear, “The use of live animals in the type of training we’re talking about here is not a violation of the Animal Welfare Act.” And a medical center chief pointed out that the pigs are fully anesthetized in compliance with the...
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Clinical Trials, Wrapped in Red Tape

    08/08/2009 7:20:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 282+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2009 | SALLY SATEL
    Op-Ed Contributor Washington IT’S Christmas in August for hopeful scientists. The National Institutes of Health is now sending out its annual “priority scores,” the indicators of whether grant requests will likely receive financing from the agency. And hearts are beating faster than ever, as the federal stimulus package has poured an additional $8.2 billion into the institutes’ budget specifically for research. However, for those grant-winners whose studies will involve human volunteers, another big hurdle remains: federal ethics regulations. No one denies the need to shield human subjects from undue risk. But current regulations have become so stringent and unwieldy that...
  • Israeli Doctors Can Predict Heart Attacks 3-4 Years in The Future

    08/03/2009 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Israel 21C/The Lid ^ | 8/3/09 | The Lid
    So many times you hear of someone having a heart attack just a few weeks after they have had medical exam or even a stress test that gave a clean bill of health. In most cases the doctor is not at fault, the growing heart problem was not detectable by present methods. A Doctor in Heart Institute at the Sheba Medical Center Israel, has found a solution, looking at the arteries in your arm. An accurate correlation between the elasticity of the endothelial lining of the brachial arteries in the arm has been shown scientifically to be a good predictor...
  • Scientists Uncork Potential Secret Of Red Wine's Health Benefits (Resveratrol)

    08/03/2009 12:19:32 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies · 1,301+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 3, 2009 | Science Daily Staff
    Scientists from Scotland and Singapore have unraveled a mystery that has perplexed scientists since red wine was first discovered to have health benefits: how does resveratrol control inflammation? New research published in the August 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, not only explains resveratrol's one-two punch on inflammation, but also show how it - or a derivative -can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.
  • Narcolepsy: A Case of the Body Attacking Itself?

    05/05/2009 9:51:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 522+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 4 May 2009 | Gisela Telis
    Enlarge ImageMystery disease. Scientists monitor a narcoleptic patient. Credit: Donna E. Natale Planas/Miami Herald/MCT/Newscom The millions of people who suffer from narcolepsy might have their immune system to blame. Researchers have tied the disabling sleep disorder to two immune system genes, suggesting that it's an autoimmune disease. The discovery may eventually lead to improved narcolepsy treatments. Narcolepsy affects 1 in every 2000 people, making it about as common as multiple sclerosis. The disorder encompasses an odd constellation of symptoms, including overwhelming daytime drowsiness, uncontrollable sleep attacks, and cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle tone after an intense emotional outburst,...
  • Medical Madoff: Data Faked in 21 Studies

    03/10/2009 7:38:38 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 17 replies · 1,975+ views
    NN&V ^ | 3/10/09 | Nuke
    Over the past 12 years, anesthesiologist Scott Reuben revolutionized the way physicians provide pain relief to patients undergoing orthopedic surgery for everything from torn ligaments to worn-out hips. Now, the profession is in shambles after an investigation revealed that at least 21 of Reuben’s papers were pure fiction, and that the pain drugs he touted in them may have slowed postoperative healing. “We are talking about millions of patients worldwide, where postoperative pain management has been affected by the research findings of Dr. Reuben,” says Steven Shafer, editor in chief of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, which published 10 of...
  • Row over 'tree man' virus samples

    11/26/2007 10:52:06 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 10,932+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-26-2007 | Felix Lowe
    Row over 'tree man' virus samples By Felix Lowe and agencies Last Updated: 5:00pm GMT 26/11/2007 An Indonesian fisherman who developed tree-like growths on his hands and feet is at the centre of an international medical spat after his country's health minister criticised doctors trying to treat him. Indonesia's health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, lambasted the US doctor currently treating the 35-year-old man, who has the rare affliction caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. Indonesia's health minister Siti Fadilah Supari (second right) inspects Dede's tree-like growths Mrs Supari is angry that Dr Anthony Gaspari has taken blood and tissue samples...
  • Statement by Fred Thompson on Adult Cell Research Breakthrough

    11/20/2007 2:21:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 152+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 20, 2007 | Senator Fred Thompson
    McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson issued the following statement regarding today's scientific breakthrough in adult cell research: "There is exciting news for patients today. In yet another breakthrough for adult cell research, scientists have made normal human skin cells take on the relevant properties of embryonic stem cells. That is in addition to 73 breakthroughs for adult and cord blood research to date. There are still no embryonic stem cell breakthroughs. "For all who are concerned for patients and their families, the effective, ethical, and compassionate answer is to put our money where the breakthroughs are happening -- in...
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Influence Tendon-Healing in a Rabbit Achilles Tendon

    01/02/2007 10:42:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 330+ views
    The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). 2007;89:74-81. doi:10.2106/JBJS.E.01396  © 2007 The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. This Article Full Text Full Text (PDF) Letters to the Editor: Submit a response Alert me when this article is cited Alert me when Letters to the Editor are posted Alert me if a correction is posted Services Email this article to a friend Similar articles in this journal Alert me to new issues of the journal Add to My File Cabinet Download to citation manager Reprints and Permissions Google Scholar Articles by Chong, A. K.S. Articles by Lim, B....
  • Science told: hands off gay sheep

    12/30/2006 5:17:24 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 103 replies · 3,333+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | December 31, 2006 | Isabel Oakeshott and Chris Gourlay
    <p>Scientists are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.</p> <p>The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes.</p>
  • The Animal House Falls Apart - Peter Singer shocks with monkeys. (Flips on medical research!)

    12/01/2006 5:25:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,020+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2006 | Wesley J. Smith
    November 30, 2006, 0:00 a.m. The Animal House Falls ApartPeter Singer shocks with monkeys. By Wesley J. Smith Is the animal-rights movement beginning to fracture? The evidence definitely points in that direction. Liberationists have been engaged recently in some nasty infighting over basic issues of ideology and the propriety of violent and intimidating protest tactics. Indeed, the antipathy among the various factions seems to have grown so intense that the animal-rights movement could soon segregate into antagonistic camps. A shattering blow accelerating this potential disintegration may have just been struck — ironically, by Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer, who is...
  • Women's Health Study Results (fat in diet didn't increase risk of heart attack and stroke)

    10/07/2006 10:44:59 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 31 replies · 916+ views
    UCLA ^ | Oct. 1, 2006 | UCLA
    Women Consider How to Interpret Health Study Results October 01, 2006 As results emerge from one of the largest women's health studies ever undertaken, women are trying to sort out how to apply the findings to their own lives. With more than 160,000 participants, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) tracked postmenopausal women for seven to 12 years looking at, among other things, the value of menopausal hormone therapy, a low-fat diet, and calcium and vitamin D supplements. UCLA participated in the study under the direction of Howard Judd, M.D., now professor emeritus of obstetrics/gynecology. Some of the still-emerging results have...
  • UCLA/VA Study Finds Chemical Found in Curry May Help Alzheimer’s Disease

    10/07/2006 10:24:44 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 17 replies · 1,004+ views
    UCLA ^ | Oct. 3, 2006 | UCLA researchers
    UCLA/VA Study Finds Chemical Found in Curry May Help Immune System Clear Amyloid Plaques Found in Alzheimer’s Disease UCLA/VA researchers found that curcumin — a chemical found in curry and turmeric — may help the immune system clear the brain of amyloid beta, which form the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Published in the Oct. 9 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the early laboratory findings may lead to a new approach in treating Alzheimer's disease by enhancing the natural function of the immune system using curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Using blood samples from six...
  • SHAC Stiff Sentencing Is a Victory for Medical Research

    09/13/2006 12:01:35 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 612+ views ^ | 9 12 06 | George Goodno
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Biomedical Research today applauds the stiff sentencing imposed against three members of a radical animal-rights activist group, known as SHAC USA. Federal District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson delivered the sentencing against the group and three of its six members – who were convicted last March on all charged counts for their roles in a campaign to terrorize an animal research company and its employees. Judge Thompson stopped short of delivering the maximum punishment available, though she did sentence the SHAC entity to five years of probation plus restitution and assessments...
  • Florida lawmakers approve funds to lure another California firm

    08/18/2006 3:49:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 453+ views
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Legislators have approved $155.3 million to lure yet another California biotechnology institute to Florida. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, based in the San Diego area, now is deciding whether to build its 175,000-square-foot facility in Port St. Lucie or Orlando. "This is the beginning of us becoming the premier research state in the nation, if not the world," state Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, said Thursday after the Legislative Budget Commission's approval of the funds. The commission meets periodically when the Legislature isn't in session to make certain state financial decisions that can't wait until the...
  • Ethical Alternatives - Keeping a focus on ethics in medical research.

    07/19/2006 12:19:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 153+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 19, 2006 | An NRO Q&A
    July 19, 2006, 1:28 p.m. Ethical Alternatives Keeping a focus on ethics in medical research. An NRO Q&A Dr. David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at Family Research Council and founding member of Do No Harm, the Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics. A stem-cell expert, he’s been closely involved in the recent congressional action on stem-cell research. As President Bush prepared to veto legislation that would federally fund embryo-destroying stem-cell research for the first time, Dr. Prentice spoke to NRO editor Kathryn Lopez about the debate. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Do adult stem cells have more promise than...
  • Groundbreaking Study Finds Drug Arouses People from a Permanent Vegetative State

    05/24/2006 4:13:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 986+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/24/06 | Terry Vanderheyden
    SPRINGS, South Africa, May 23, 2006 ( – South African researchers have discovered a medication that temporarily arouses patients from a permanent vegetative state.Scientists Ralf Clauss, now practicing nuclear medicine in the UK, and Wally Nel, in family practice in South Africa, found that Zolpidem, an insomnia drug, effectively restored consciousness to three individuals who were all in permanent vegetative states for at least three years before commencing the trial. After administering the drug, which the doctors have been doing every morning for three years, the three individuals all “wake up” to varying degrees, answer simple questions and engage...
  • A cancer treatment you can't get here

    03/01/2006 11:35:48 AM PST · by voletti · 12 replies · 1,851+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/1/06 | Bruce Einhorn
    China, with lower regulatory hurdles, is racing to a lead in gene therapy. Once a week, Hashmukh Patel, a 62-year-old retired semiconductor engineer from Silicon Valley, travels with his wife, Bena, from their Beijing hotel to Beijing-Haidian Hospital. They ride the crowded elevator to the ninth floor, enter a pleasant, sun-filled ward with private rooms, and Patel gets an injection that he hopes will save his life. Suffering from late-stage cancer of the esophagus, he has come to Beijing for a Chinese gene-therapy drug called Gendicine that's supposed to kill tumor cells. Patel tried just about everything before coming to...
  • Animal lab supporters go on march (Scientists do a good street protest)

    02/26/2006 3:23:37 PM PST · by VOA · 9 replies · 335+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-06 | (uncredited)
    Hundreds of people marched in support of animal testing at Oxford University's new £18m biomedical research centre on Saturday. Students, academic staff and members of the public gathered near the lab site, being built under strict security. Anti-vivisection activists, who believe animal testing "belongs in the past", want to stop the centre opening. (snip) Laurie Pycroft, the 16-year-old founder of the student movement Pro-Test, which sparked the campaign in favour of the new laboratory, said: "I felt that it was about time to speak out in support of scientific research." At one point, the two rival groups stood just a...
  • Antioxidant-Rich Foods Preserve Vision (prevent macular degeneration)

    12/27/2005 9:07:56 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 31 replies · 2,384+ views
    Forbes ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | HealthDay News
    Eating carrots, which are rich in the nutrient beta carotene, as well as foods containing the antioxidant vitamins C and E and zinc, results in a significantly reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration in elderly people, a new Dutch study has found. Currently, age-related macular degeneration affects 11.5 percent of white people over the age of 80. The number of people severely disabled by late-stage AMD in the United States is expected to increase by more than 50 percent, to 3 million, in the next 20 years. Previous studies evaluating antioxidants had shown conflicting results, with one major study showing...
  • Attack on medical research

    04/21/2005 9:28:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 758+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2005 | David Martosko
    The Washington Attack on medical researchBy David MartoskoPublished April 21, 2005 Last week the world celebrated an historic medical research milestone, the 50th anniversary of the polio vaccine. But Hollywood glitterati -- including Alec Baldwin, Noah Wyle and Emmylou Harris -- dishonored that life-saving moment by celebrating another milestone -- the 20th birthday of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). This is an organization which opposes the very research that made the polio breakthrough possible.     In 1949, Science magazine explained to readers that animals (including mice, oxen and rhesus monkeys) were needed in every phase of polio...
  • Education, politics and a tasteless display (Corrupt New President at UMDNJ)

    04/08/2005 6:31:53 PM PDT · by Steve Cohen · 9 replies · 640+ views
    The Bergen Record ^ | 4/6/05 | James Ahearn
    OPINION THE RECORD Education, politics and a tasteless display Wednesday, April 6, 2005 By JAMES AHEARN AS PLANNED, the party for John Petillo's inauguration as president of the state University of Medicine and Dentistry was going to set a New Jersey record for vulgar extravagance. Bear in mind that the university is a public institution, supported by taxes. Bear in mind that the State House is struggling to fill a $4 billion hole in the budget for next year. Against that background, consider that the university was going to spend $20,000 to rent the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in...
  • Diabetes Foundation Loses its Way

    03/27/2005 2:23:30 PM PST · by rmlew · 17 replies · 995+ views
    Worldnetdaily via ^ | March 23, 2005 | Michael Fumento
    The slick Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International flyer that appeared in Sunday newspapers throughout the country showed a little girl on monkey bars with her hand just inches from the next bar. "The cure is so close we can almost touch it," her accompanying mother says. Likewise, JDRF Chairwoman Mary Tyler Moore proclaimed in a recent TV commercial, "We are so close to finding a cure." So wrong. JDRF is the world's largest juvenile diabetes philanthropy, distributing over $85 million in grants last year. Yet it supports no efforts that could lead to a cure any time soon for this...
  • Sweet cell of success (Adult stem cells viable!)

    03/22/2005 5:03:32 AM PST · by ewin · 11 replies · 442+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 22, 2005 | Wayne Smith
    ALAN Mackay-Sim and his small team of researchers investigating the human sense of smell have tended to get up the noses, pardon the pun, of the serious scientists working in the field of stem-cell exploration. Most of the real players were to be found studying embryonic stem cells at such long-established research centres as Monash University and the University of Queensland, although the work of those other Australian scientists targeting bone marrow and neural stem cells was also highly regarded. But no one quite knew what to make of Mackay-Sim's Griffith University team that somehow had taken an odd turn...
  • Illinois Action Alert, Cloning Bill Vote 11/16 please act today

    11/16/2004 5:58:36 AM PST · by RepCath · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Pro-Life Action League ^ | 11/15/2004 | Eric J. Scheidler
    If you live in Illinois, please act today to stop a pernicious bill that is expected to come up for a vote tomorrow in the state Senate The bill, HB 3589, sanctions human cloning, the purposeful destruction of human embryos, and the donation of tissue form aborted fetuses for medical research. Call your state Senator today to tell him or her to vote NO on HB 3589. If you get this message in the evening, call first thing tomorrow (11/16). To get contact information on your state senator, see this page: If the link above gets broken by your...
  • VANITY - Glenn Beck: List of $$$ spent on medical research

    03/05/2004 8:15:04 AM PST · by day10 · 11 replies · 180+ views
    None ^ | 3/5/2004 | me
    Glenn Beck this morning listed off the dollars spent on various medical research project and how AIDS dwarfed everything else. Does anyone have a link to a list of thise numbers?
  • Bird flu linked to 1918 pandemic (Science report)

    02/12/2004 2:39:00 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 6 replies · 329+ views
    Telegraph ^ | (Filed: 10/02/2004) | By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
    Details of how the Spanish flu virus that killed up to 50 million people in 1918 originated from a bird flu have been revealed by a study of the most destructive outbreak of disease in recorded history. Reassuringly, a reconstruction of parts of the extinct virus, also published in the journal, Science, suggests that the outbreak in Asia does not, at present, pose anything like the same threat. Because the virus kept key characteristics of its avian precursor, it could catch the human immune system off-guard, accounting for its high infectivity and the extraordinary mortality. The new understanding has come...
  • Dyslexia's DNA Clue: Gene takes stage in learning disorder

    09/01/2003 3:17:25 PM PDT · by bd476 · 11 replies · 434+ views
    Science News Online ^ | August 30, 2003 | Bruce Bower
    For the first time, scientists have identified a gene that appears to influence the development of at least some cases of dyslexia. This learning disorder is characterized by difficulties in perceiving sounds within words, spelling and reading problems, and troubles with written and oral expression. It's estimated that dyslexia affects at least 1 in 25 people. Although scientists are investigating dyslexia's suspected neural roots (SN: 5/24/03, p. 324:, the condition's causes remain unknown. If confirmed in further studies, the new genetic finding represents a major step forward for dyslexia researchers. Until now, investigators have only been able to link...