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Conscience upheld in Arizona Courts

Without a conscience, what is a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist except a technician willing to follow the whims of law? (Again, this is not sound-bite material!) I received an e-mail from the American Defense Fund concerning the lawsuit against the State of Arizona by Planned Parenthood over a law to protect those of us in … Continue reading

S.A. blood center enters a new realm in the field of regenerative medicine | Investor Stemcell

“The Blood & Tissue Center generated $140.1 million in revenue last year, according to its annual report.” and,   GenCure is “filling a niche for a very high-growth industry and at the same time fulfilling another mission — treating patients,” Badylak said in an interview. “The field has grown so fast that the need for … Continue reading

How Tanning Changes the Brain – NYTimes.com

      I love being out in the sun if it’s not too hot. Could it be that my brain reacts the same way it would to desert? This is an interesting study comparing the activity of the brain when people who like to tan indoors are exposed to UV light and when the … Continue reading

Alcohol Math: Who Gets Drunk and Why – WSJ.com

Originally titled, “Testing the Limits of Tipsy: Many factors Alter the Effects of Alcohol; A Party Experiment” “How much alcohol does it take to get intoxicated? “Many people figure a few beers at a ballgame or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner won’t put them over the legal limit for driving. But how … Continue reading

Why Ethics?

Presentation to Texas GOP Vote in Austin, Texas, March 25, 2011 If you crack the egg of a bird on the Endangered Species List, it won’t matter that the bird was a fetus or embryo. You’ve still broken Federal law. Why is the species of an (unhatched) animal so clear cut under law, but human … Continue reading

Trust me, I don’t have a conscience, again

The Obama administration has released their new conscience regulations from the Health and Human Services dept. See this Adobe, pdf: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf There is now no protection for doctors who won’t council abortion, who refuse to prescribe contraception (including post-coital “contraception”) or those who don’t wish to perform fertility treatments for “certain groups of people.” Of … Continue reading

Austin Stem Cell Research Symposium

I attended a once in a lifetime event sponsored by the Austin Heart Hospital and Texans for Stem Cell Research on the University of Texas campus Wednesday, October 27th. Six (edited – not five as I originally wrote.) researchers reported on cutting-edge stem cell research works-in-progress, right here in Texas. The presentations by the PhD’s, … Continue reading

Abstinence study: it works!

I’ve been reading about the Jemmotts’ work with inner city kids for a while. There’s an article in this month’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine – one of the American Medical Association journals – about a randomized trial of abstinence-only vs. “safer sex” with encouragement to use a condom. The results were a significant … Continue reading

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome associated with lower serotonin levels

Nature News has an article on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that ties lower levels of serotonin to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (also called “cot deaths,” “crib deaths, or “SIDS”). The authors are not sure what causes the low levels or whether the low serotonin … Continue reading

Tebow Super Bowl Ad Controversy Proves “Pro-abortion” not “Pro-choice”

Sarah Palin has written a note on her Facebook page on the move to oppose an ad that’s scheduled to be run during the Super Bowl. The active opposition to the ad by the National Organization for Women (incorrectly named, btw) and other groups, shows just how pro-abortion, rather than pro-choice, they are. The 30 … Continue reading

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