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Get ready for the assault from "Stem Cell Action"

Even as we learn that the journal, Stem Cell, has given its annual award to a researcher who showed that umbilical cord blood cells can help repair kidneys after trauma, that scientists have induced adult stem cells to go from the skin cell line to the line producing blood cells, a group of fanatics join … Continue reading

Scientists and Budget Cuts (spend more, but not as much as we thought?)

Science, is a weekly journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The journal only allows non-subscribers to read an excerpt, but the AAAS report is available without subscription. In addition, the AAAS report has links to  a memorandum from President Obama’s Science adviser, Peter Orzag (a pdf), advising “non-security agencies” within the … 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

EllaOne, the new "post coital" or "morning after" pill

Few people know that there is a group of Pro-life OB-Gyns within the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This group has been invaluable for their expertise in OG/Gyn, and for their defense of life and the right to practice medicine in defense of “First, do no harm.” AAPLOG sends out an informative newsletter by … Continue reading

Patient's own stem cells used after stroke

UTHouston reports on the beginning a phase 1 study using bone marrow harvested adult stem cells in the treatment of stroke: [Dr.] Savitz said animal studies have shown that the healing effects of stem cells can occur as early as a week but cautioned it is too early to attribute Henrich’s improvement to the stem … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood's $1.3/2.0 Billion Fraud

Try and find a news article on the lost $1.3 Billion that the United States Federal General Accounting Office discovered in its audit of Planned Parenthood. There isn’t a single “Mainstream Media” article out there. Newsbusters reports what I found: Only the Houston Chronicle reported on the $627 Million of United States tax money that … Continue reading

What happened to the Blog?

I spend a lot of time on Facebook. The “Notes” on that site work pretty well for a blog. Come see, sometime. Late note, October 30, 2010: I’ve been trying to switch over from Blogger to Word Press and had to change my computer when the old laptop’s screen went black. And then the printer … Continue reading

Doctors pressured by scheduled Medicare pay cut

Here’s confirmation from The Hill.com that planned cuts in Medicare payments to doctors are being used by Senate and White House leaders to secure support for the current health care reform bills, without tort reform. The White House and Democratic leaders are offering doctors a deal: They’ll freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors in … Continue reading

The problem with fines (mandatory health insurance)

The Washington Post notes that manufacturers of medical devices are being accused – they haven’t offered “to give something back” to pay for health care insurance for all. Because they won’t play the game that President Obama’s been playing with the pharmaceutical industry and hospitals, their devices will be taxed like luxuries — and the … Continue reading

Science Knowledge Quiz

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has a 12 question quiz on general science knowledge. Take the test, here, and tell me how you did. (I got them all right.) (Did I mention that doctors are current or former nerds who “aced” every class – at least until med school? In … Continue reading

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