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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 22, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 22, 2009

Here’s what we are looking at today.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 21, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 20, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

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Adult Stem Cells Target Tumor Destruction

by David Prentice

May 20, 2009

Scientists at University College-London report that they have engineered adult stem cells to seek out and destroy cancer cells in mice. Mesenchymal stem cells, a type of adult stem cell found in bone marrow and connective tissue, have been shown to be good vectors to carry factors to different parts of the body, as well as seek out cancer cells throughout the body. The research team, led by Dr. Michael Loebinger, altered these adult stem cells to express the cancer-killing protein TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand), which causes the death only of cancer cells. In the lab, the cells were able to find and kill cells from lung, squamous, breast, and cervical cancer. They also injected the cells into mice with breast tumors and showed they were able to safely kill the tumors but leave healthy tissue intact. Results were presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 105th International Conference in San Diego.

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Adult Stem Cells Improve Chronic Heart Patients

by David Prentice

May 20, 2009

Doctors from the Netherlands report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that bone marrow adult stem cells injected into the hearts of patients with chronic heart disease can improve heart function and patient health. Fifty patients, average age 64, who had chronic myocardial ischemia—decreased oxygen to the heart, often due to blocked arteries—were tested in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The results were assessed at 3 months and 6 months after injections of the adult stem cells. Patients who received the adult stem cell injections had improved blood flow, reduced pain, and were able to exercise more.

The results continue to confirm the work of Bodo Strauer of Germany and others who have pioneered similar strategies for use of adult stem cells for various cardiac conditions.

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Handy Doctor Does Brain Surgery With A Power Drill

by David Prentice

May 20, 2009

Sometimes it helps to have a handyman for a doctor. An Australian doctor saved a boy’s life with quick thinking and using the tools at hand, in this case a home power drill. The 12-year-old boy had hit his head in a fall from his bike (he wasn’t wearing a helmet), fracturing his skull and causing internal bleeding. The clot and pooling blood within the skull were putting increasing pressure on his brain and could have killed him within minutes. Dr. Rob Carson was on call at the local hospital in the small town of Maryborough in Victoria, and recognized the signs, but had no neurosurgical drill at the hospital to relieve the pressure. So he borrowed a handyman’s drill (reportedly a DeWalt model) from the maintenance man, disinfected it, and used it to drill a hole in the boy’s skull. The boy, Nicholas Rossi, was out of the hospital soon after and celebrated his 13th birthday. Dr. Carson must have gotten an “A” in wood shop.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 20, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

May 19, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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