Daily Archives: 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.
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.
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.
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.