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Monthly Archives: June 2007

Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research.

Published: June 29, 2007

If you have been unable to settle on an educated opinion concerning stem cell research, this well laid out book should end your dilemma.

Stem cell research is being conducted for both medical and scientific reasons. It could be the answer to many debilitating and terminal afflictions including Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Spinal Cord Injury and many more.

Injured girl home, celebrating Christmas

Published: June 29, 2007

Christmas will be celebrated this weekend at 6-year-old Taylor Parker’s house.

20070630__01_news_307e1_galleryA Christmas tree stands in the front room; wrapped presents wait to be opened and lights decorate the eaves outside. Several neighboring houses are draped with icicle lights and holiday trim, showing Christmas colors in the late June heat.

Taylor missed Christmas last December, laid up at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, after an accident in Chico injured her spinal cord.

Taylor’s mom, Tammy Parker, said the family decided to wait to celebrate the holidays when Taylor came home, and some of their neighbors decided to help them create the season by putting up Christmas lights and decorations for Taylor’s benefit.

She finally got home last month.

Don’t dive like me, pleads paralysed Ahmed

Published: June 27, 2007

PESHAWAR: Nineteen-year-old Ijaz Ahmed will pass his remaining life as a completely dependent person after he dived into a pond to escape a hot summer day last year on October 13.

Ahmed is being treated at the Hayatabad Paraplegic Centre after suffering a spinal injury following the fatal dive that left his whole body paralysed, leaving him no chance to pass his life like a normal human being. “He will be dependent on others for the rest of his life,” said Dr Abdul Qayyum Afridi, the centre’s spinal cord injury specialist, as the lack of movement is weakening Ahmed and his fragile body is testament to the fact.

New mouse stem cell is just like ours

Published: June 27, 2007

The discovery of a mouse embryonic stem cell that is a near-perfect match to human cells will speed research in regenerative medicine and treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s and diabetes, researchers say.

Embryonic stem cells from mice are usually taken from very early stage embryos, called blastocysts (see Instant Expert: Stem Cells). These cells are significantly different from human cells and so have limited value.

Stem cells made from eggs, not embryos

Published: June 27, 2007

NEW YORK –Scientists say they’ve created embryonic stem cells by stimulating unfertilized eggs, a significant step toward producing transplant tissue that’s genetically matched to women.

The advance suggests that someday, a woman who wants a transplant to treat a condition like diabetes or a spinal cord injury could provide eggs to a lab, which in turn could create tissue that her body wouldn’t reject.

Ethicists disagreed on whether the strategy would avoid the long-standing ethical objections to creating embryonic stem cells by other means.

Healing friend

Published: June 27, 2007

Therapy dog Colonel spreads joy as he visits hospitals, schools, centers

Colonel can bark in five languages – but that’s not the best part.

The 8-year-old golden retriever possesses a certain magic that helps people heal.

“It’s not just the ‘ah’ factor – ‘oh, that’s such a cute dog,’ ” explained Kathy Klotz, executive director of Holladay-based Intermountain Animal Therapy.

Clinical Trial Suggests Bone Marrow Stem Cells Are Useful for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 26, 2007

PrimeCell(TM) Therapeutics LLC today announced that it provided research support and pre-clinical studies for a clinical trial to assess the safety, feasibility and efficacy of implanting autologous bone marrow stem cells into spinal cord injury (SCI) patients.

Dr. Luis Geffner presented a preliminary report at the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy, held here June 24-27. From May 2006 to January 2007, 25 patients with SCI were treated at Luis Vernaza Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador. They were treated with autologous bone marrow stem cells – meaning the cells were extracted from the patients’ own bone marrow.

‘Missing link’ stem cells may shorten path to therapies

Published: June 26, 2007

miceThe discovery of a mouse embryonic stem cell startlingly similar to its human counterpart will likely speed progress toward the Regeneration of healthy cells and organ tissue in people, two studies reported Wednesday.

The newly-found “epiblast” stem cells, taken from the inner-most layer of week-old rodent embryos, will provide a better model in testing potential therapies for human diseases and injuries, the researchers said.

“They are a missing link between mouse and human embryonic stem cells,” Roger Pedersen, who headed a research team at Cambridge University, told AFP.

Journey just begun on stem cell research

Published: June 26, 2007

The passing of a bill overturning a ban on therapeutic cloning in NSW allows stem cell research to start, but the journey will be “long and arduous”, a leading scientist says.

NSW parliament’s approval of the legislation was met Wednesday with disappointment by the Catholic and Anglican churches.

The bill passed the Legislative Council late Tuesday, 27 votes to 13, following a rare conscience vote in the lower and upper houses.

Local band jams for cause

Published: June 26, 2007

Now that he has regained the gift of music, Ryan Nelson wants to use his talent to help others.

The 21-year-old Pilesgrove resident, who was paralyzed in a car accident three years ago, will be playing with his band Thursday at Rowan University for the Adam Taliaferro Foundation All Star Football Classic.

Proceeds will go toward athletes with spinal injuries.