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  • Adult Stem Cells from Teeth Could Heal Stroke Damaged Brains

    09/20/2008 10:43:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 267+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/19/08 | LifeSiteNews
    ADELAIDE, Australia, September 19, 2008 ( - Researchers within the University of Adelaide's new Centre for Stem Cell Research are aiming by the end of this year to show repair in stroke-damaged brains using stem cells taken from adult teeth. The world-leading research using dental pulp stem cells from extracted human teeth and stroke-affected rat brain tissue will be outlined as part of the launch of the Centre for Stem Cell Research. The focus of the new Centre will be on turning novel basic research into potential life-saving treatments and cures for serious conditions and diseases. The Centre will draw...
  • Obama casts light on McCain's abortion stance

    09/18/2008 8:35:44 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 449+ views
    Town Hall ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | LIZ SIDOTI
    Republican John McCain, an abortion rights opponent with a conservative Senate record on the issue, seems content with the public's perception that he's more moderate on the subject. Democrat Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights, is only too happy to remind voters where McCain stands, but he tries to make his case without attracting too much attention. Both presidential candidates are gingerly trying to strike the right chord on abortion as they reach out to a critical voting group _ independents and moderates, primarily women in swing-voting suburban regions of crucial states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. The candidates'...
  • Pentagon Invests $250 Million in Adult Stem Cell Research

    09/10/2008 3:42:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 354+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/10/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2008 ( - As scientists continue to gather evidence that adult stem-cells hold great potential for healing and rebuilding human tissue, The Pentagon has announced it is investing a quarter-billion dollars into the research, reports Pentagon plans to speed research in a five-year initiative to further unlock the ability of adult stem-cells to stop scarring, rebuild tendons and grow bones, in order to aid injured military personnel.  Adult stem-cell therapy works by harnessing the patient's own regenerative ability, since the cells are harvested from the patient's own skin, bones, or wisdom teeth.Col. Bob Vandre...
  • Joe Biden Slams Sarah Palin on Down Syndrome Son, Stem Cell Research

    09/09/2008 4:16:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 524+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/9/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Joe Biden, Barack Obama's pro-abortion running mate, is coming under fire for comments he made today attacking vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. After attacking her on abortion, Biden then slammed Palin on the birth of her son, who has Down syndrome. During her acceptance speech last week, Palin promised the parents of disabled children that she would be their advocate in the White House. Biden questioned that commitment by attacking Palin's stance on the issue of embryonic stem cell research, which has never helped a single patient. "I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are...
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Launches New Stem Cell Research and Anti-Abortion Ads

    09/05/2008 10:04:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 361+ views
    life site news ^ | 09.05.08 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    WASHINGTON, September 5, 2008 ( - The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released four new print ads, two addressing stem cell research and two focusing on abortion.   The ads were initially published in the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, and were distributed at the Democratic Convention in Denver and at the Republican Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, by pro-life groups. The stem cell research ads highlight scientific advances using adult stem cells that are making embryonic stem cells obsolete. One ad shows a commuter running for a train, and asks: "Science is moving...
  • Stem Cell Researchers Make ALS Advances Without Destroying Human Life

    08/01/2008 4:29:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/1/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Boston, MA ( -- Researchers at Harvard and Columbia have made advances dealing with ALS and stem cells without having to destroy human life. The scientists were able to use a new technique to transform the skin cells of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease into motor neurons. The process may one day be able to create tailor-made cells to replace the damaged ones and either reverse or slow down the deadly disease. An article on the research is scheduled for the July 31 edition of the medical journal Science describes the direct reprogramming process used to make the stem cells...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research With Cord Blood Cells Eases Girls' Cerebral Palsy

    07/29/2008 4:27:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 169+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/29/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Though the debate over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research isn't as hot of a political topic in this presidential election, part of the reason could be the enormous success of adult stem cells. While embryonic cells still haven't helped a single patient, adult stem cells continue to perform miracles. Arizona toddler Chloe Levine had cerebral palsy and was unable to perform tasks such as holding her bottle with her right hand or crawling. After a diagnosis with a neurologist, Levine's parents say they learned she had -side hemiplegic cerebral palsy and would need nearly...
  • Getting a Lungful of Stem Cells

    07/10/2008 6:28:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 581+ views
    Treating lung diseases is a high priority--chronic lung diseases are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Now a Canadian team has successfully treated a rare, progressive lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, using the patient's own genetically-modified adult stem cells.   The company Osiris has also started a Phase II clinical trial using its adult stem cell product, Prochymal, for moderate to severe chronic obstructive lung disease. Researchers at Vermont College of Medicine have also shown that cord blood stem cells has the potential to regenerate lung tissue.
  • Understanding the Stem Cell Debate

    07/10/2008 6:08:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 117+ views
    icr ^ | Brian Thomas
    In the ongoing debate about stem cell research, few people differentiate between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Also, few know that there are over 70 successful treatments from adult stem cells and none from embryonic.1What has many up in arms is that the production of embryonic stem cells endangers the life of a very small, but distinctly human, person. Once a human egg has been fertilized, a new cell results, called a zygote. This single cell contains all the instructions required to mature and develop a full-term baby and is therefore rightly considered an immature person. The...
  • Reliance Life readies stem cell therapies

    07/01/2008 6:54:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 144+ views
    live mint ^ | 07.01.08
    Mumbai: Seven years after its inception amid much fanfare, Reliance Life Sciences, or RLS, is finally rolling out stem cell-based therapies in India, beginning with a treatment that can restore or improve vision. “This is the first commercial stem cell treatment in ophthalmology in the country,” said K.V. Subramaniam, CEO and president, RLS, part of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group. The company, which has invested around Rs1,000 crore in the business, has lined up other stem cell therapies for cardiac infarction, diabetic ulcer, and stable vitiligo or leukoderma (a skin disease), among others, to be offered in clinics in the...
  • Nobel Laureate Discovers Novelty In Intestinal Stem Cells

    06/29/2008 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 76+ views
    the med guru ^ | 06.10.08 | Daisy Sarma
    The progress in using stem cell therapy may have hit a minor bump, according to a new study. The study indicated that using stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue, a step that can be used in the treatment of diseases, may turn out to be a complicated affair, after all.  Nobel laureate and geneticist from the University of Utah Mario Capecchi conducted the study jointly with Eugenio Sangiorgi, another geneticist. It was conducted on mice and involved the use of a gene called Bm1 to indicate that adult stem cells were present in the intestine of the mice. While that...
  • Human Patients Treated for MS With Adult Stem Cells

    06/29/2008 6:33:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 272+ views
    psl group ^ | 06.11.08 | Judith Moser, MD
    NICE, France: In patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation elicited high response rates and improved quality of life for up to 6 years. The results of the study were presented here at the 18th Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS) by Tatiana Ionova, MD, PhD, Department of Haematology, Pirogov National Medical Surgical Center, Moscow, Russia. During the last decade, high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used with increasing frequency as a therapeutic option for patients with MS. "The aim of the study was to assess...
  • Pro-Life Dem Lawmaker Blasts Embryonic Stem Cell Research Plan

    06/29/2008 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 165+ views
    national review ^ | 06.14.08 | Jack Fowler
    New York is set to spend $600 million in taxpayer dollars on stem cell research. A recently released draft plan drooling over the potential of embryonic cells to cure a variety of diseases has drawn this blast from Rev. Ruben Diaz, the state senate's sole pro-life Democrat: June 13, 2008Judy Doesschate, J.D.Director of Board OperationsWadsworth CenterNew York State Department of HealthEmpire State Plaza, Box 509Albany, NY 12208-0509Dear Ms. Doesschate:This letter is to express my response to the Empire State Stem Cell Board’s strategic framework that will guide New York State’s $600 Million, 11-year investment in stem cell research. The...
  • Media Cover Up Adult Stem Cell Research Success With Misleading Terms

    06/22/2008 11:18:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 126+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/20/08 | William Beckman Note: William Beckman is the executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee. Opinion articles like this one do not necessarily reflect the views of The June 19, 2008 headline reads “US doctors kill skin cancer with cloned T-cells.” Does this suggest that human cloning of embryonic stem cells has been successful in treating skin cancer? Absolutely not! The details of the New England Journal of Medicine report that generated this news coverage reveal that adult stem cells obtained from the patient were used. As reported in ScienceDaily, researchers “removed CD4+ T cells, a type of white...
  • Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids (Support expressed prior to key vote; Video incl.)

    05/18/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT · by Stoat · 6 replies · 132+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 18, 2008 | Subhajit Banerjee and agencies
    Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids By Subhajit Banerjee and agencies Last Updated: 2:31PM BST 18/05/2008   Gordon Brown today strongly defended the medical use of animal-human hybrid embryos, ahead of a key Commons vote on the issue. The Prime Minister said that stem cell research was an "inherently moral endeavour" and a "profound opportunity" to save and transform millions of lives. "Britain is at the forefront of this research and responsible for much of the worldwide progress," he wrote in The Observer newspaper. The premier supports scientists who want to insert the nuclei of human cells into animal eggs,...
  • Missouri Measure to Close Loopholes on Human Cloning Won't Make Ballot

    05/04/2008 11:36:11 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 57+ views ^ | 5-2-2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Jefferson City, MO ( -- A measure that responds to the 2006 Amendment 2 proposal Missouri voters narrowly approved will not make the ballot this November. The measure would prohibit somatic cell nuclear transfer, a type of human cloning practice used by scientists to create and kill human beings for research purposes. It is designed to close a pro-cloning loophole in Amendment 2 that opponents hard warned would lead to human cloning. On Friday, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that part of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s ballot summary was “insufficient and unfair.” Carnahan released the ballot summary in...
  • Perry pledge to run in 2010 pumps up White's camp

    04/18/2008 5:21:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 428+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2008 | Rick Casey
    Some Republicans groaned at Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he plans to seek another term in 2010, but Mayor Bill White's camp reacted with glee. White has made no effort to hide the fact that he is looking to run for governor after being term-limited out of the mayor's office next year. And Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the biggest vote-getter in Texas history, has been more than hinting that she plans to "come home" to run for the same office. She outlined to Texas Monthly last November a plan to resign the Senate in 2009 to make the race, while...
  • Medical Journal: Adult Stem Cell Research Trumps Embryonic in Helping Patients

    02/27/2008 4:02:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 239+ views
    Life News ^ | 2/27/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association makes it clear adult stem cell research is leading the way in providing tangible assistant to patients with a variety of ailments. The article validates bioethicists who have said the use of adult stem cells can treat a wide variety of diseases already. Richard K. Burt, M.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues conducted a review of articles on both types of stem cell research. They found dozens of applications for adult stem cells appearing to justify the famous list Dr....
  • Breast milk contains stem cells

    02/23/2008 8:14:53 PM PST · by samiam1972 · 43 replies · 2,525+ views
    ScienceNetwork ^ | Monday, 11 February 2008 | Catherine Madden
    The Perth scientist who made the world-first discovery that human breast milk contains stem cells is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting them to research treatment for conditions as far-reaching as spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. But what Dr Mark Cregan is excited about right now is the promise that his discovery could be the start of many more exciting revelations about the potency of breast milk. He believes that it not only meets all the nutritional needs of a growing infant but contains key markers that guide his or her development into adulthood. “We already...
  • Frozen Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Cure Toddler's Cancer

    02/12/2008 4:32:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 294+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/12/08 | Hilary White
    BRISTOL, UK, February 12, 2008 ( - A two year old girl from Suffolk has been cured of a rare form of cancer using genetically matched adult stem cells from a Japanese donor. Last week, news reports around the world revealed Sorrel Mason, a toddler from Great Wratting in Suffolk suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, received a transplant of donated cells from a frozen umbilical cord from Tokyo. Sorrel's mother, Samantha Mason, told media, "Sorrel would be dead now if she had been left untreated." The little girl was given a 30 per cent chance of survival when she was...