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TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News

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

senateSenate to kick embryonic stem cell fight to budget conferees

1:29 PM Wed, Apr 01, 2009

CAPITOL ALMANAC.JPGThe Senate decided to punt the embryonic stem cell research controversy to House-Senate budget negotiators, according to Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco.

In their lunchtime huddle behind closed doors, senators decided not to try to rewrite today the embryonic stem cell research funding ban, Averitt said. As passed by the Finance Committee, 6-5, last week, the provision bars using funds in the budget for research that involves destruction of human embryos. Averitt said had he been present last week, he would have voted against and the provision would have died on a tie vote — assuming Ogden couldn’t find another “aye” vote.

Also being sent on to conferees, and not fixed on the floor today: A provision that would expand a managed care approach in Medicaid, to rural areas. It supposedly would save the state $7 million but would cost safety net hospitals in rural Texas as much as $200 million in federal matching funds for hospitals treating a lot of poor, uninsured people.

via TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News.


Stem Cell Research Now Helping Stroke Patients | Adult Stem Cell Research

Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by David Granovsky
Stem Cell Research Now Helping Stroke Patients

Posted 1 April, 2009 in Stroke |Stem Cell Research Paying Dividends to Stroke Patient

Thanks to advances in stem cell research, stroke patients can now be helped with their own Adult Stem Cells. Doctors at University of Texas Medical School in Houston treated a stroke patient for the very first time in the United States using the patient’s own stem cells.

Patient’s Own Adult Stem Cells Used for Stroke

Roland Henrich was the first American (in the United States) to be treated with his own Adult stem cells. From the stem cell article:

A University of Texas Medical School at Houston team last week injected stem cells taken from bone marrow of the trial’s first patient (Roland), who arrived at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s emergency department too late to receive tissue plasminogen activator, the clot-busting drug proven to treat stroke if given promptly.

Doctors say Roland is doing well although it is too early to tell if it is because of the stem cell treatment.

Adult Stem Cells for Stroke- Available to the Masses in 2019

Note this date April 1, 2009– if this treatment using his own stem cells is effective (and it should be) , it will take approximately 10 years before this stem cell treatment becomes available to the general population of the United States because of the FDA’s stance that says your own Adult Stem Cells are drugs.

Because- Unfortunately, this is only a part of a  Phase I trial to demonstrate safety-  Savitz said it should take about a year to enroll its 10 patients, who must arrive at Memorial Hermann more than three hours after suffering a stroke but within three days.

This goes to my point about the FDA classifying your own Adult Stem Cells as drugs–

About 1 year to enroll all the patients, another year to follow up on the results, then probably another year before the FDA says “OK, you can do a Phase II trial which will take even longer than the first one— and if that works out, ok, you can do a Phase III trial.  And then, when that is finally completed, the FDA  may then take their time before approving it as a treatment.   10 years from NOW.  Although the treatment is safe and no side effects because it is your own stem cells.

As I said before here in this post about US Doctors Challenging the FDA , just because it is in the trial phase does not mean it will be able to be used in the United States anytime soon.

Now, I am familiar with stem cell clinics all around the world that are having success using Adult Stem Cells to help stroke patients now.  But because of these ridiculous FDA rules-  Americans will have to wait 10 years for this treatment for stroke.  Think how many stroke victims will needlessly suffer during that time.

Other Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke Stories

This follows that “Stem Cell Tea Bag” that was used to treat (and help) a German stroke victim.

via Stem Cell Research Now Helping Stroke Patients | Adult Stem Cell Research. – Temple Daily Telegram

Posted in ALL ARTICLES with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by David Granovsky


Adult stem cell bill would assist local research

by Janice Gibbs | Medical Writer-  Published: March 13, 2009

Authorities in the adult stem cell field testified in Austin on Thursday in support of creating the Texas Adult Stem Cell Research Consortium.

Dr. Darwin Prockop, director of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, testified during the meeting of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of Senate Bill 73, which would help establish an expert research coordinating board to create the consortium.

The bill is authored by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The coordinating board would oversee funding for adult stem cell research received from both public and private sectors.

Prockop said this project has been in the works for a while and that he testified before a state House committee in May.

At that time, Prockop said he and some others had suggested forming the consortium and the idea advanced to Sen. Nelson submitting the bill.

“I think the idea has been well received,” Prockop said. “Everybody seemed optimistic.”

The goal of the consortium is to foster collaboration and build strength among the individuals working with adult stem cells, he said.

via – Temple Daily Telegram.

News: UT receives Michael J. Fox award to develop Parkinson’s vaccine. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News – Biotechnology from Bench to Business

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by David Granovsky

Feb 17 2009, 12:12 PM EST

UT receives Michael J. Fox award to develop Parkinson’s vaccine

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have received a $325,000 award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to develop a vaccine for this progressive neurological disorder that affects about a million Americans.

via News: UT receives Michael J. Fox award to develop Parkinson’s vaccine. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News – Biotechnology from Bench to Business.

No plea bargains this Presidents’ Day

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by David Granovsky

“Look no further than the bungled response to Katrina, the children left behind by No Child Left Behind, the vetoes of SCHIP (expanding health care for 6-10 million children) and the stem cell research bill.”



No plea bargains this Presidents’ Day

Sunday, February 15, 2009 1:47 AM EST -By GORDON GLANTZ

Tomorrow we have Presidents’ Day — systematically stationed between the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — to ostensibly honor the efforts and service of all our presidents.

What, then, do we do with the batch of terrible leaders we have endured in our history?

Presidents like the one who just packed up his duds and headed for Texas.

Some of you are now gnashing your teeth, saying: “He’s really going there again?”

Well, you better just move on to the comics or check out your horoscope.

I’m going there again.

And you can’t tell me that the eve of this rather minor holiday isn’t the perfect time to embark on such an excursion. Like Martin Luther King Jr. Day being a day of service instead of a day of sales, this is when presidential legacies — real and conjured — should be placed under the microscope.

Once nightmarish presidents decide to perish from the earth, rose-colored glasses are donned. There is a state funeral and every talking head with a microphone, blockhead blogger with a laptop or working stiff on a bar stool accentuates the positives — whatever few there may be — and lets the negatives blur and fade.
The textbooks tend to be just as kind — and inaccurate.

Because He Whose Name Shall Not Be Written (or spoken) is alive and kickin’ back, we must now act with haste.

While it hasn’t been a month, the view from here ain’t looking too good.

New president Barack Obama is finding out just what he got himself into. He will be spending perhaps all of his first term cleaning up his yo-yo of a predecessor’s mess.

Because the economy is such an overwhelming concern, the issues that loomed the largest during the marathon campaign season — health care, the ill-conceived war that virtually pushed the economy down this slippery slope, immigration, the environment, education, special interests, etc. — are placed out of view like gardening tools in a backyard shed during winter.

One would have to go to a nuthouse or a board meeting of one of the Big Three to find a potential president who could have created more problems in more areas in less than a decade of fumbling and bumbling.

For you people who wonder why I won’t even utter his name — why I wouldn’t consider him to have been my president — look no further than his pitiful body of work.

Look no further than the bungled response to Katrina, the children left behind by No Child Left Behind, the vetoes of SCHIP (expanding health care for 6-10 million children) and the stem cell research bill.

Look no further than opposition to the Kyoto Protocol, which is an international fight on greenhouse admissions that won’t discriminate between those who believe in the end of days and those who don’t.

Heck, this guy managed to anger his own conservative base with his “temporary worker program.”

Even a broken clock is right twice a day — but not when you want to sell port security to a Dubai-based company. Not when you want to appoint a glorified secretary, Harriet Miers, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Weapons of mass destruction, anyone? Civil war in Iraq — fought on the graves of more than 4,000 American soldiers? Mission accomplished?

Scandals? You want scandals? Scooter Libby? Alberto Gonzales?

And Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of Sept. 11, is still doing his broadcasts.

Want to be horrified? Read former press secretary Scott McClellan’s tell-all book, “What Happened.” Mortified? Listen and learn from what other former aides and staffers are now coming out of hiding and revealing.

The ex-president’s public defenders, while trying to plead him down to misdemeanor offenses, will offer up Sept. 11 in the court of public opinion.

I’ll give you part of that. Without that unforgettable day, we would have been looking at a run-of the-mill president whom nobody took too seriously — especially because he didn’t really win the 2000 election — who tried to peddle a redundant conservative agenda before getting voted out of office after one term (just like his daddy did).

But it happened, that unforgettable day. Like those great presidents for whom tomorrow is designed, he was handed the weight of a major crisis and gift-wrapped a chance for greatness.

He had a chance to unite this country of cliques and, through poor decision after poor decision, left it more charred with schisms.

He responded to the challenges by looking like Woody Allen trying to bench press his own weight. In turn, his approval rating between Sept. 11 of 2001 and his last day sullying the Oval Office dipped from 90 to 20 percent.

Let it go, you say? I understand your intention, but riddle me this: How are we to move forward without looking back and fully understanding how one president can let so much unravel on his watch?

There should be no pleading his case to misdemeanor charges in the court of public opinion. He has too much blood — foreign and domestic — on his hands. He is a felon.

Republicans, even those who soured on this clown long ago, say that history will wrap him in redemption.

Welcome to Cop Out City, folks. This is the place where we speak in code — like “history will be more kind … blah, blah, blah” — in order to close the door on what they see as a belabored conversation and, more importantly, avoid the harsh reality.

But each of us — of all political proclivities and walks of life — are living this harsh reality every day.

Including Presidents’ Day.

via No plea bargains this Presidents’ Day – The Times Herald Opinion > Columnists: Norristown, PA and Montgomery County (