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Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by David Granovsky

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The High Point Enterprise : Golf for a cause

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by David Granovsky
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BY STEVE HANF

The questions finally ended for Glenn Heer last August. Now the fun really begins.

High Point Central’s senior golfer celebrated his 18th birthday last week immersed in work for his senior project. Beset by an unknown and life-threatening immune system disorder nearly his entire life, Heer has turned to the game he loves to raise money for research that just became a whole lot more meaningful.

via The High Point Enterprise : Golf for a cause.

Profile of Glenn Heer

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via http://www.childrensinn.org/atf/cf/%7BFC217B38-92A0-42EF-A404-C40162F8FE8F%7D/Fall_07_News.pdf

Amniotic Fluid May Provide New Source of Stem Cells for Future Therapies – FOXBusiness.com

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by David Granovsky

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ —-For the first time, scientists have shown that amniotic fluid (the protective liquid surrounding an embryo) may be a potential new source of stem cells for therapeutic applications. The study was prepublished online on February 12, 2009, in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.

“Building on observations made by other scientists, our research team wondered whether stem cells could be detected in amniotic fluid. We looked at the capacity of these cells to form new blood cells both inside and outside the body, and also compared their characteristics to other well-known sources of stem cells,” said senior study author Marina Cavazzana-Calvo, MD, Ph.D., of INSERM, the national French institute for health and biomedical research. Isabelle Andre-Schmutz, Ph.D., of INSERM, also a senior author of the study, added, “The answer was a resounding ‘yes’ – the cells we isolated from the amniotic fluid are a new source of stem cells that may potentially be used to treat a variety of human diseases.”

via Amniotic Fluid May Provide New Source of Stem Cells for Future Therapies – FOXBusiness.com.

OPRAH! MICHAEL J FOX! DR MEHMET OZ! THE STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!!

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

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Dr Mehmet Oz says to Michael J Fox, Oprah & ~7.2 million viewers:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

“I can take a little bit of your skin, take those cells, get them to go back in time so they are like they were when you were first made, and then they will start to make that dopamine & I think those cells, because they won’t be as prone to cancer & because they’re your genes will be the ones that are ultimately used to cure Parkinsons.”

“I think we are single digit years away from making a big impact in the lives of Parkinson’s disease but also diabetics, heart disease, people who have had a lot of problems.”

you can see the video here:
http://www.oprah.com/media/20090319-tows-dr-oz-brain

A Grim Fairy Tale – America’s Doomed Love Affair with Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Part 6 – Follow the Money, Not the Science

Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by David Granovsky
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A Six Part Series

by Don Margolis, Founder of the Repair Stem Cell Institute – http://repairstemcells.org
A Grim Fairy Tale – Part 6

There are six reasons why embryonic stem cells will never make it out of the lab and into the bodies of sick Americans.

Reason 6: Follow the Money, not the Science

There is just no way that anyone can make money, in the long run, from the disaster known as embryonics. Sure, in the short run there can be some old boy network exchanges of cash between funders and research facility executives, but once the word got out that embryonic stem cells can cause cancer or destroy immune systems, the money train was diverted, as seen by Geron (GERN) stock: $75 in 2000, $1.95 in 2008 until Wall Street, seeing Obama about to win, started its own profiteering, ripping off investors to the tune of $43,000,000.   See “Geron Marches On” in our March 5 Special Newsletter:

http://repairstemcells.org/CMSModules/Newsletters/CMSPages/GetNewsletterIssue.aspx?issueId=8

The dead end research of embryonics protects the huge profit margins of Big Medicine’s profitable drugs, no matter how deadly (Vioxx et al); profitable medical machines, no matter how toxic (drug eluding stents); profitable tests no matter the risk (mammograms); and profitable hospitalizations, no matter how useless (too numerous to mention). Support for the real cure of RSC could ravage those profits. Small wonder that the money and their controlled media have been attacking the only stem cells that actually work, calling RSC “snake oil.”

As Sharon Begley points out in her recent Newsweek article, “Doctors have long resisted having science guide their practice.” Add to that the list of science-resisting profiteers: pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers, health insurance companies and health management organizations, and it becomes much clearer why ESCs, which will never cure anything and affect profits, have been heavily promoted, while RSCs, which can diminish the current outrageous profits, have been heavily disparaged.   Just another reason why the American Medical System has been proven the worst in the developed world. See “Why Not the Best” at:

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Fund-Reports/2008/Jul/Why-Not-the-Best–Results-from-the-National-Scorecard-on-U-S–Health-System-Performance–2008.aspx

A Grim Fairy Tale – America’s Doomed Love Affair with Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Part 5 – The Magic of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by David Granovsky
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A Six Part Series

by Don Margolis, Founder of the Repair Stem Cell Institute – http://repairstemcells.org
A Grim Fairy Tale – Part 5

There are six reasons why embryonic stem cells will never make it out of the lab and into the bodies of sick Americans.

Reason 5: induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)

There are many ways of creating embryonic-like stem cells good for lab research by using what our Institute heartily endorses – adult cells. Dr. Bernadine Healy calls iPSC “a blockbuster discovery made in 2007.” iPSC are created by reprogramming DNA from adult skin; therefore, they bypass the need for embryos or eggs. As such, they have the advantages of significantly lower costs, ease of production, genetic identity with the patient, and no ethical dilemmas. Even the most respected pioneers of embryonic stem cell research, Dr. James Thomson (U.S.) and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (Japan), both of whom have our highest admiration, independently reached the conclusion in 2006 that it was preferable to re-direct research to development of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC). But despite their heroic efforts, all the ESC profiteers care about is money, and the real money is in government funding, huge grants, and not one cure really expected.

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Reason 6: Follow the Money, not the Science

A Grim Fairy Tale – America’s Doomed Love Affair with Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Part 4 – Real Scientists Prefer to Research Adult Stem Cells

Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by David Granovsky
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romeo & juliet

A Six Part Series

by Don Margolis, Founder of the Repair Stem Cell Institute – http://repairstemcells.org
A Grim Fairy Tale – Part 4

There are six reasons why embryonic stem cells will never make it out of the lab and into the bodies of sick Americans.   

Reason 4: Real Scientists really prefer to research Adult Stem Cells.

It’s kind of the “Field of Dreams” branch of science based on the hypothesis that “if you build it, they will come.” How well does that work? Just ask ES Cell International (ESI), a company established in 2000 in Singapore, which was the most embryonic- stem-cell-friendly country in the world.

ESI built tremendous facilities and gave jobs to almost any Western ESC researcher who wanted one. But, in 2007, down hundreds of millions of dollars, they did what Wall Street did in 2000 – they chucked embryonics into the trash bin as “unworkable.”

Alan Colman, ESI’s chief executive at the time of its demise, reasoned that “the likelihood of having products in the clinic in the short term was vanishingly small” and admitted to “a tinge of disappointment.”

Or, just ask Dr. Colin McGuckin, until recently a professor of regenerative medicine at Newcastle University (U.K.) and one of Europe’s leading embryonic researchers. He left Newcastle for France where the research atmosphere is much more receptive to adult stem cell research. It was reported by Times Higher Education that when leaving, McGuckin claimed that “A vast amount of money in the UK from the Government has gone into embryonic stem-cell research with not one patient being treated [italics added], to the detriment of (research into) adult stem cells, which has been severely underfunded.”

Take the recent case in California, which had almost $300 million of stem cell funding to distribute, but no researcher worthy of receiving it. Not surprisingly, the money went to powerful and well-connected friends to build new facilities to “attract scientists.”   As Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels might have said 75 years ago, “Once you have “them” believing the Big Lie, you can get away with anything.” In this case, sell “them” cures which will never come and give the money to your friends.

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Reason 5: induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)