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  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australia’s SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar “organs-on-demand” transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australia’s News.com, described...
  • Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

    09/04/2009 4:15:09 AM PDT · by Man50D · 105 replies · 2,375+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 04, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken. Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done. Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the...
  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • Science Fiction Becomes Science-Fact: Two Strategies for Repairing Humans (regeneration)

    08/09/2014 11:02:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | Sonia Arrison
    Not long ago, it would have sounded like science fiction to discuss growing human organs in the lab or re-writing DNA. Yet today both are realities that will change the world and allow for longer and healthier lives. Already, lab-grown bladders, windpipes and blood vessels have been successfully created and implanted into humans. Most recently, tissue engineering pioneer Dr. Anthony Atala and his team at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine announced another breakthrough: lab-made vaginas—one of the most complex organs made to date. In four girls with MRKH syndrome, a medical condition in which the vagina and uterus...
  • A Fully Functional 3-D Printed Heart Sooner Than You Think

    04/17/2014 8:15:44 AM PDT · by null and void · 14 replies
    Qmed ^ | April 15, 2014 | Stephen Levy
    Posted in Cardiovascular The Cardiovascular Innovation Institute's executive and scientific director, Stuart K. Williams, PhD, has set his sights on a fully functional, implantable 3-D bioprinted human heart, which could provide a potential cure for heart disease. “We think we can do it in 10 years — that we can build, from a patient’s own cells, a total ‘bioficial’ heart,” Williams, who is also a professor of surgery at the University of Louisville, told the Louisville Courier-Journal's Laura Ungar in an interview published on the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII) website. The CII is a collaboration between the University of Louisville...
  • Doctor uses printed 3D heart to assist in infant heart surgery

    02/25/2014 8:35:26 AM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 2-25-14 | Bob Yirka
    Louisville Kentucky cardiothoracic surgeon Erle Austin has performed successful heart repair surgery on a 14 month old infant named Roland Lian Cung Bawi — heart surgery on such a young patient is not unheard of, of course, what's new is that Austin was able to map out his surgical approach using a nearly exact model of the patients heart—it had been printed on a 3D printer. Young Roland had been born with four congenital heart defects—doctors had known since before he was born that his heart had problems. Fixing them all would prove to be a challenge. When it came...
  • Cash for Kidneys: The Case for a Market for Organs

    01/18/2014 8:01:29 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/17/2014 | Gary S. Becker
    In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year ... For all the recent attention devoted to the health-care overhaul, the long and growing waiting times for tens of thousands of individuals who badly need organ transplants hasn't been addressed.
  • Quest to Grow Human Organs Inside Pigs in Japan

    01/07/2014 6:39:24 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    BBC Science ^ | January 2, 2014 | Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
    I am standing in a fully functioning operating theatre. A surgeon and team of specialists in green smocks are preparing to operate. But I'm not in a hospital. I am on a farm deep in the Japanese countryside. On the gurney about to undergo the knife is a six-month-old female pig. Standing over her, scalpel in hand, is Professor Nagashima. He carefully cuts open her abdomen and pulls out her uterus. To me, it looks more like intestines - but he assures me this is what a pig's uterus looks like. Then with a syringe and a catheter, he begins...
  • Underage Somalian girl trafficked to UK for organ harvesting: UK report

    10/23/2013 8:23:18 AM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Oct 22, 2013 13:57 EST | by Hilary White
    LONDON, October 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An unnamed underage Somalian girl was brought by traffickers into Britain to be used as an unwilling “organ donor,” a report by the British government has revealed. But, as horrifying as the revelation is, Britain’s leading anti-child trafficking organization has speculated the problem may actually be more widespread than the report indicates. “Traffickers are exploiting the demand for organs and the vulnerability of children,” Bharti Patel, the chief executive of Ecpat UK, a charity that combats child trafficking, told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s unlikely that a trafficker is going to take this risk and...
  • Girl smuggled in to have 'organs harvested'; 'Modern slavery is an appalling evil in our midst'

    10/20/2013 7:06:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    wnd ^ | 10/20/13 | (TELEGRAPH)
    (TELEGRAPH) — The first case of a child being trafficked to Britain in order to have their organs harvested has been uncovered. The unnamed girl was brought to the UK from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to those desperate for a transplant. Child protection charities warned that the case was unlikely to be an isolated incident as traffickers were likely to have smuggled a group of children into the country.
  • Belgian doctors looking for disabled patients to be euthanized, donate organs

    08/30/2013 3:16:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30, 2013 | WESLEY J. SMITH
    It’s sackcloth and ashes time.  Belgium is really gearing up its euthanasia followed by organ harvesting regime–and apparently the transplant medical community has no moral qualms. In fact, it has become so morally ho-hum, that it was the subject of discussion at the 21st European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery held in the UK in May. It’s all just peachy keen. From the Abstract (0-099) of “Lung Transplantation with Grafts Recovered From Euthanasia Donors: January 2007 and December 2012, 47/350 (13.4%) patients received pulmonary grafts from controlled DCDs [donation after cardiac death], including 6 (1.7%) after euthanasia in accordance with state legislation and...
  • 3D-Printing Spare Human Parts; Need an Organ? Just Print It

    08/19/2013 7:59:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Science marches on at a blistering pace. The star-trek "replicator" that seemed preposterously far-fetched is now here. For example: Accidentally cut your ear off? Just 3D print a new one This week, researchers at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China unveiled their Regenovo 3D printer. Unlike more familiar 3D printers, which work with plastic or metal dust, Regenovo prints living tissue – such as these little ears. The Hangzhou team aren't the only ones 3D-printing spare parts for people. Earlier this year, a team at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, also demonstrated an ear printer, and Organovo in San Diego,...
  • Patient Wakes Up as Doctors Get Ready to Remove Organs

    07/09/2013 8:31:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 9, 2013
    It was exactly midnight when Caroline Burns eerily opened her eyes and looked at the operating lights above her, shocking doctors who believed she was dead and were about to remove her organs and donate them to patients on the transplant waiting list. The Syracuse Post-Standard unearthed a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that chronicled the series of errors that led to the near-organ removal on a living patient at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2009. "The patient did not suffer a cardiopulmonary arrest (as documented) and did not have irreversible...
  • Beware: Killing for Organs, Taking Organs From Living People

    04/14/2013 6:28:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    I have been warning for several years that many in bioethics and the organ transplant community hope to legalize killing for organs, that is, taking organs from the living. The latest example comes in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics by Canadian philosophy professor (of course!) Walter Glannon. It’s a long article and I don’t have space here to deal with every aspect. But a few points: First, he claims that all decisions about organ donation and the treatment of patients are kept strictly segregated. From, “The Moral Insignificance of Death in Organ Donation:” All transplant policies and protocols require...
  • Ethicist’s Stunning Challenge: Why Wait Until a Patient Is Dead to Harvest Organs?

    04/09/2013 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/9/13 | Liz Klimas
    We’ve seen ethicists discussing the controversial topic of time of death and organ donation before. Now, another ethicist is discussing the “moral insignificance of death” when it comes to organ donation in the latest issue of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. As pointed out by BioEdge, Walter Glannon, a Canada Research Chair in Medical Bioethics and Ethical Theory and professor at the University of Calgary, is among the many ethicists that have begun questioning whether it’s necessary to wait until death before harvesting organs, especially in light of recent shortages. Glannon’s abstract states (the full article is available for purchase)...
  • Researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs

    03/14/2013 11:40:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | March 13, 2013
    The long-term goal of this branch is to create functioning human organs some five or 10 years from now. While bioprinters at other institutions use one arm with multiple heads to print multiple materials one after the other, the UI device with multiple arms can print several materials concurrently. This capability offers a time-saving advantage when attempting to print a human organ because one arm can be used to create blood vessels while the other arm is creating tissue-specific cells in between the blood vessels. The first major goal is to make blood vessels. The next goal is to make...
  • Organ-donation euthanasia: a growing epidemic

    02/23/2013 7:57:37 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Joe Tremblay
    By Joe Tremblay * Euthanasia is not such a bad word anymore. In fact, the medical practice of prematurely declaring a person as clinically dead is widespread in the West; especially when the patient is an organ-donor. Although the practice of organ donation is morally permissible and is inspired by honorable intentions, nevertheless, what should be borne in mind is that not a few hospitals, hospices and other medical institutions are heavily influenced by the culture of death.Take Dominic Wilkinson, a physician specializing in newborn intensive care and medical ethics in the UK. In May of 2010 he wrote about...
  • Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 15, 2012 | STEVE WEATHERBE
    AARHUS, Denmark — Carina Melchior is a 20-year-old Danish woman who was plunged in the middle of controversy by two close encounters with death — the first in car crash last year that put her in a coma; the second in a hospital, where doctors persuaded her parents to donate her organs and shut off her life support. But Carina recovered, and she now is at the center of a storm of questions about the criteria for brain death, over-aggressive transplant agencies and the commodification of the human body. What might have been played out quietly in an obscure Danish...
  • One in five ‘brain dead’ patients still alive, claims lawsuit

    10/02/2012 6:41:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 1, 2012 | Hilary White
    NEW YORK, October 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At least one in five patients declared “brain dead” and approved as “organ donors” by one organ donation organisation, are in fact still alive and are being killed by the removal of vital organs, a lawsuit filed last week in Manhattan alleges. The suit outlines the ghoulish worst-case scenario, one that was widely dismissed as scaremongering in the early days of the development of organ transplant technology, but which is getting a second hearing amidst growing concerns that coercion and abuse are becoming increasingly common in the highly lucrative transplant business. Patrick McMahon,...
  • Organs taken from patients that doctors were pressured to declare brain dead: suit

    09/26/2012 8:38:50 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 73 replies
    The New York Organ Donor Network pressured hospital staffers to declare patients brain dead so their body parts could be harvested — and even hired “coaches” to train staffers how to be more persuasive, a bombshell lawsuit charged yesterday. The federally funded nonprofit used a “quota” system, and leaned heavily on the next of kin to sign consent forms when patients were not registered as organ donors, the suit charged. “They’re playing God,” said plaintiff Patrick McMahon, 50, an Air Force combat veteran and nurse practitioner who claims he was fired as a transplant coordinator after just four months for...
  • Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

    02/24/2012 4:10:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | February 23, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
  • mother's nightmare as baby born deformed after doctors misdiagnose ectopic pregnancy

    01/24/2012 7:17:44 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:24 AM on 25th January 2012 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A mother is suing the obstetrician who she claims misdiagnosed her pregnancy as ectopic and injected her foetus with an abortant, resulting in birth defects. Thirty-five-year-old Rachel Schoger of Caldwell, Idaho, says she was four weeks five days pregnant with her daughter, Seraphine, when her doctor injected her foetus with chemotherapy drug methotrexate in 2006. Two weeks later, the baby was found inside the uterus. And against all odds, Seraphine made it through term. But the little girl will never lead a normal life, her mother says, after she was born without reproductive organs or a rectum as a result...
  • 21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs

    12/22/2011 11:11:04 AM PST · by julieee · 59 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs Tucson, AZ -- A 21-year-old man has awaken from a coma just hours before doctors were ready to shut off life support and take his organs for donation purposes. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/22/21-year-old-man-wakes-from-coma-before-doctors-take-organs/
  • Gangs Are Pillaging Europe's Poor And Selling Their Kidneys (and even making a killing)

    11/03/2011 9:23:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/03/2011 | Robert Johnson
    <p>Europe's most poverty stricken residents, from the corners of countries like Belarus and the Ukraine,are being lured by easy money and empty promises to donate vital organs to smugglers.</p> <p>Bloomberg reports the practice is becoming a near epidemic in Israel where religious practices keep the organ donor pool at one of the lowest level in developed countries.</p>
  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Solve the organ shortage with euthanasia, says leading bioethicist

    05/11/2010 8:30:18 PM PDT · by antiobamacare · 38 replies · 663+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | May 11, 2010 | Michael Cook
    It was only a matter of time before someone would construct a serious formal argument for solving the growing organ shortage by euthanasing brain-dead or unconscious. It has finally happened. The only surprise is that it has been made by an Oxford don who is the editor of the leading journal, Bioethics. Professor Julian Savulescu and his associate Dominic Wilkinson, in an early on-line article, “Should we allow organ donation euthanasia? Alternatives for maximizing the number and quality of organs for transplantation”, contend that their proposal could supply as many as 2,200 more organs each year in the UK. Savulescu...
  • Chinese accused of vast trade in organs

    04/27/2010 1:46:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-27-10 | Julia Duin
    China's hidden policy of executing prisoners of the forbidden quasi-Buddhist group Falun Gong and harvesting their organs for worldwide sale has been expanded to include Tibetans, "house church" Christians and Muslim Uighurs, human rights activists said Monday. In a news conference on Capitol Hill, several speakers, including attorney David Matas of B'nai Brith Canada and Ethan Gutmann of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said their investigations have unearthed a grisly trade in which an estimated 9,000 members of Falun Gong have been executed for their corneas, lungs, livers, kidneys and skins. They likened the practice to the Nazi...
  • Did The Israel Defense Forces IDF Harvest, Steal Human Organs in Haiti?

    03/20/2010 10:48:40 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 17 replies · 672+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | March 20, 2010 | Joel Leyden
    Did The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Harvest, Steal Human Organs in Haiti? By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- March 20, 2010 …. . At first, most of the educated public in the democratic world would respond with a resounding "no". While many of us who live in Israel and those of us who had actually been in Haiti would choose not to dignify the question with an answer. I was sitting at an outdoor restaurant yesterday in Ra'anana, a sleepy, northern suburb of Tel Aviv with my 9-year-old daughter. We had just participated in the Ra'anana 3k Annual...
  • Ukraine academic: Israel imported 25,000 kids for their organs

    12/03/2009 12:45:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,027+ views
    haaretz ^ | 12/3/09 | Lily Galili
    Stories appearing on several Ukrainian Web sites claim Israel has brought around some 25,000 Ukrainian children into the country over the past two years in order to harvest their organs. The claim, which was made by a Ukrainian philosophy professor and author at a pseudo-academic conference in Kiev five days ago, is the latest expression of a wave of anti-Semitism in the country. It comes a few months after a Swedish tabloid ran an article alleging that Israel Defense Forces soldiers have killed Palestinian civilians for their organs. Jews, Israel and anti-Semitism have become a major motif of the presidential...
  • EDITORIAL: Fox hunting -- The White House targets independent media

    10/15/2009 7:47:43 AM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies · 1,415+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2009
    Let's face it. Fox News runs stories that the Obama administration would rather ignore - from the sleaziness and corruption in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to the bizarre views and actions of senior presidential appointees such as Van Jones and Kevin Jennings. Last weekend, the Obama administration declared war. "We're going to treat [Fox News] the way we would treat an opponent," said Anita Dunn, White House communications director. She claimed, "We don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave." The administration has begun using a government blog to...
  • Cash-strapped sell their kidneys to pay off debts

    09/26/2009 9:33:01 PM PDT · by Saije · 21 replies · 688+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/27/2009 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    British victims of the credit crunch are offering to sell their kidneys for Ł25,000 or more to help pay debts, an investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed. At least a dozen adverts have appeared on the internet offering kidneys for sale from British “donors”. Five of the sellers corresponded with undercover journalists, who posed as friends and relatives of sick patients to negotiate sales. One person willing to sell a kidney is a 26-year-old mental health nurse who said he needed the money to pay debts after a business he set up went bankrupt. Another is a 43-year-old taxi...
  • Chinese Organ-Harvesters Lead the Way in Healthcare Cost Containment!

    08/26/2009 6:17:30 PM PDT · by vadum · 8 replies · 592+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 26, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    China's on the cutting edge --literally-- of cost-containment in government healthcare systems.That nation finally admitted it harvests the organs of executed prisoners and uses those organs for transplantation. The organs account for two-thirds of China's transplant organs.Perhaps ObamaCare would actually work if America started doing the same thing.Just trying to help.
  • Dozens (DEMOCRATS) Arrested For Selling Human Organs and other Corruption (New Jersey)

    07/23/2009 6:35:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies · 1,711+ views
    hree New Jersey mayors, two state lawmakers, a deputy mayor and five rabbis were among 44 people charged Thursday in a two-track corruption and international money-laundering probe, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey announced. The investigation began as a probe into a money-laundering ring that allegedly trafficked in goods as diverse as human organs and fake designer handbags. Based on information from a cooperating witness, the probe then widened to government corruption when the witness approached public officials about bribes, the attorney's office said in a statement. FBI and IRS agents arrested most of the suspects Thursday morning in...
  • Lodi pipe organ player believes silent movies are golden

    02/26/2009 3:40:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Recordnet ^ | February 26, 2009 | Lori Gilbert
    It doesn't take much to coax a song or two out of Bob Hartzell, owner and operator of Lodi's Harmony Wynelands. On a recent wintry morning, by request, he sat down at the Robert Morton pipe organ that graces his tasting room and launched into a jaunty version of "Singing in the Rain," followed by the haunting "Stormy Weather." Hartzell, 75, obliges whenever customers sipping zinfandel or riesling at his counter ask him to play. Without looking at a single sheet of music, Hartzell, who played in a dance band when he was a college student at University of California,...
  • Arab Boy’s Organs Save Four (Israel)

    01/28/2009 8:19:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 376+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-28-09 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) The heart, lungs, liver and kidneys of an 8-year-old were transplanted into four Jewish children. The boy's father said: "It’s as if he’s still living." A week ago, eight-year-old Anwar Abu-Arar from the Israeli-Arab town of Kalansua, east of Netanya, was hit by a car on a busy street near his home. Though doctors labored to save his life, a two-doctor committee determined after several days that Anwar had suffered respiratory brain death. His father was asked if would agree to donate Anwar’s organs, and he immediately agreed.
  • Pig organs ‘available to patients in a decade’

    11/07/2008 9:10:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 799+ views
    Times Online ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | Lewis Smith
    Organs from pigs could be widely available for transplanting into patients in a decade, Lord Winston said yesterday. The first organs suitable for transplanting, most likely kidneys, are expected to be ready within three years and, if tests are successful, their use could be widespread by 2018. A herd of as few as 50 pigs is expected to be kept as breeding stock to provide organs “to order” and to slash waiting times for thousands of people needing transplants. Professor Winston, of Imperial College, London, and his collaborator, Carol Readhead, of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, are leading research...
  • Balkans: Ex-chief UN war crimes prosecutor 'gagged' (Swiss Ban Del Ponte Book Promotion)

    04/12/2008 1:49:40 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 93+ views
    AKI ^ | April 8, 2008 | AKI (Greece)
    Belgrade, 8 April Belgrade, 8 April (AKI) – Swiss authorities banned former chief prosecutor at the UN's Hague-based Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, Carla del Ponte, from presenting on Tuesday her recently published autobiography in her hometown of Lugano, according to media reports. The Swiss federal department of foreign affairs also banned Del Ponte (photo) from presenting the newly published Italian translation of her book 'The Hunt' to journalists and the public in a bookshop in the northern city of Milan on Monday. "Carla del Ponte's book on her work as chief prosecutor of the Hague tribunal contains statements which are...
  • Quettesville on "Revelations in Carla del Ponte's book" regarding atrocities against Kosovo Serbs

    04/12/2008 8:50:14 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 28 replies · 206+ views
    The London Daily Telegraph ^ | April 11, 2008 | Harry de Quettesville
    I have written in today's paper about the revelations from Carla del Ponte's new book "The Hunt: Me and War criminals". I wanted to talk to her before writing the piece, but was unable to get an interview. Some readers of this blog have already posted snippets of the book in their comments. Most of these excerpts - translated from the original Italian - have come from Serb media outlets - perhaps not the most objective source for a story about Serbs being tortured. So with the help of our Rome correspondent, Malcolm Moore, I have put together a transcription...
  • A "Holy Grail" Of Healing[Regenerative Medicine]

    02/17/2008 5:20:13 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 561+ views
    CBS News ^ | 07 Feb 2008 | Wyatt Andrews
    Regenerative Powder Helped Re-Grow A Man's Fingertip, And Could Change Medicine (CBS) A new generation of researchers is changing the way we heal, one cell at a time. This is the second in a CBS News series on the innovative field of regenerative medicine. You might become a believer in the power of magic dust, when you see how a special powder re-grew the tip of Lee Spievack's finger. He sliced off a half inch of his finger in the propeller of a hobby shop airplane. His finger never even formed a scar. "Your finger grew back flesh, blood, vessels...
  • Bill would require NJ drivers to make organ donation choice

    02/14/2008 9:00:14 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 86 replies · 246+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | February 14, 2008 | Susan K. Livio
    New Jersey would become the first state in the country to require people renewing or obtaining a driver's license to decide whether they are willing to become registered organ donors under a bill a Senate committee approved today. The "New Jersey Hero Act" (S755) also would make New Jersey the first state to require high school health classes to teach the importance of organ donation. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee unanimously approved the bill over the objections of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. MVC Chief of Staff Denise Coyle said neither the commission's 30-year-old computer...
  • Communism A Failure, Says Former Estonian PM

    12/02/2007 7:02:52 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 25 replies · 164+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | November 26, 2007 | By Joan Delaney
    Mart Laar, two-time Prime Minister of Estonia, has been credited with lifting the small Baltic nation out of economic and social collapse under communism to becoming a prosperous, free society. Currently a member of the Estonian Parliament, Laar first became Prime Minister of Estonia at age 32. During his tenure from 1992-1994, he initiated sweeping economic reforms that included unilateral free trade, privatization, and the introduction of the world's first flat tax. Laar was re-elected in 1999 and served until 2002. Known as the Baltic Tiger, in the past two decades Estonia has experienced unprecedented economic growth and has dramatically...
  • Stem cells from testicles offer organ bonanza

    10/01/2007 9:52:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 289+ views
    the register ^ | September 20, 2007 | Lewis Page
    US medi-boffins believe they may have developed a new way of obtaining potentially useful stem cells, which could be key to a range of therapies in future. The catch is that they plan to harvest the basic material from human testicles.  Stem cell research is considered one of the more exciting fields in medicine at the moment. It uses the body's basic "master," or stem cells, which can at least theoretically be made to produce any other type of cell. This might allow injured or wasted tissues to be healed, or perhaps even permit failed or degraded organs to be...
  • Federal Appeals Court Rejects Demand of "Transsexuals" for Special Rights

    09/30/2007 12:03:07 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 15 replies · 224+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 26, 2007
    Federal Appeals Court Rejects Demand of "Transsexuals" for Special Rights DENVER, September 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A federal appeals court has issued a significant ruling saying that an employer's concern over the use of restrooms by "transsexual" employees is legitimate, according to Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum.  Raum explained further that the court ruled that "transsexuals" do not qualify as a protected class under Title VII. "The court delivered a significant legal punch to political special interest groups who are demanding that persons with Gender Identity Disorder be treated as though they were members of the opposite...
  • Top Doctor Wants More Organ Donors (Everyone is an Organ Donor in the UK)

    07/17/2007 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 38 replies · 531+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 7/17/2007 | Peter Griffiths
    LONDON (Reuters) - Everyone should be treated as a potential organ donor unless they explicitly ask to opt out of the system, the chief medical officer said on Tuesday. Sir Liam Donaldson said reversing the current system would help tackle a chronic organ shortage that leads to the deaths of hundreds of patients on waiting lists each year. "There are simply not enough organs donated to meet the need for transplants, with one person dying every day while waiting," he said. The number of people on the NHS donor register needed to treble to meet the growing demand. "I believe...
  • Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human (Goal is to produce organs for human transplant)

    03/25/2007 10:57:38 AM PDT · by Stoat · 158 replies · 2,715+ views
    This Is London ^ | March 23, 2007
    Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human 25.03.07   Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and Ł5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep's foetus.  Chimera: sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells  He...
  • Creation of new organs a step closer

    03/03/2007 6:46:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 148+ views
    Guardian ^ | 12.28.06 | Alok Jha
    Scientists are a step closer to growing replacement organs and tissues which can be transplanted into patients. Their breakthrough uses tiny protein scaffolds that encourage stem cells to grow into three-dimensional structures for the first time. Growing organs that are genetically matched to patients is one of the great hopes of research using stem cells. These are the body's master cells, which can turn into any type of tissue given the right chemical signals - a process called differentiation. Although scientists are beginning to better understand how stem cells differentiate they face a stumbling block when it comes to growing...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • Study: China's Army Harvesting Body Parts From Live Prisoners

    02/01/2007 10:28:37 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 11 replies · 617+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/1/07
    China's military is harvesting organs from unwilling live prison inmates, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, for transplants on a large scale — including to foreign recipients — according to a study.
  • A Tissue Engineer Sows Cells and Grows Organs

    07/10/2006 10:32:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 682+ views
    The Treasonous NY Times ^ | July 11, 2006 | ANN PARSON
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Inside the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s spacious new headquarters here, when asked how many siblings he has, Anthony Atala gives a long gentle laugh instead of a reply. Just to have shared that he was born in Peru and comes from a large family is more than he normally divulges about his personal life to journalists. But asked about his work with urothelial cells — the cells that line the bladder, ureter and urethra — Dr. Atala bends forward and talks a blue streak. Which might be expected of a urologist and tissue engineer who...
  • Human Organs: Another Chinese Export

    11/22/2006 9:03:36 AM PST · by nancyvideo · 11 replies · 627+ views
    RightBias ^ | 11-21-06 | Nancy Morgan
    "They told me my kidney came from an executed prisoner because you get them fresh that way. From the taking of the kidney, it is only a few hours to get it transplanted in me." So said one of six prisoners recovering from a transplant operation at Huaxi University of Medical Sciences in Chengdu, China, whose comments were secretly recorded on videotape in 1994 by Chinese dissident and former political prisoner Harry Wu. Five other patients in the room had also received a "fresh" kidney that day. It is unlikely that it was a mere coincidence that, one the same...