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Category Archive: medicine

Nov 19 2008

Throat In A Jar?

The same methodology used to produceThe remarkable “heart in a jar”Has created a trachea, almost from scratch,And it looks like it’s working, so far!The organ was made from the stem cells extractedFrom marrow they drew from her hip,And a collagen shell from a donor cadaverWhose windpipe was one they could snip.The trachea, treated with antibioticsAnd …

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Mar 23 2008

T. M. I. (too much information)

…No, not the wonderful song by Roy Zimmerman, just letting you know that you might want to stop now, if you don’t like hearing about… well… Oh, by the way, (Yes, this is by way of giving you enough time to change your mind–just don’t blame me, ok?) Roy Zimmerman’s new newsletter just came out; …

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Feb 20 2008

Wonderful News! A Potential Cure For Diabetes!

A news release from Novocell todayReports a major step to find a cureFor diabetes. They have found a way,From embryonic stem cells, to make pureAnd uncontaminated strains, in mice,Of insulin-producing pancreas cells.For human diabetics, this is niceOf course, because this news potentially spellsThe end to constant testing and injections,Daily hassles, both the large and small,Relief …

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Feb 02 2008

Vaccination Fixation

Oh, pity poor Orac! He’s feeling the love of the anti-vax folks, who apparently think he is a stupid-head. So this one, like it or not, is for you, Orac. It’s obvious that ignorance combined with desperationAnd deliberate distortion mixed with misinterpretationNot to mention giant leaps of overstressed imaginationMay result in opposition to a helpful …

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Jan 17 2008

Matters Of The Heart (… in a jar)

It’s all over the news–researchers at the University of Minnesota have “created a beating heart in the laboratory“. Basically, they used the protein fiber matrix from one heart, stripped of muscle cells, as a scaffold upon which to grow a new heart, using a solution of cells from another rat. Yeah. I know, all this …

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Jan 08 2008

Juxtapositions (I just love that word)

Shelley, at Retrospectacle, once again has captured my attention. Plague week continues, of course, but another post will not be denied attention–how often do you get the chance to watch an egg-sized cyst, full of tapeworm larvae, being removed from a 16-year-old girl’s brain? Yeah, I know, cool! Cool…because the girl lives, and makes a …

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Jan 05 2008

Danger! Warning!

When bloggers write, with laptops, seated,Bits of them get overheated—Sitting in their rooms, retreatedTo their hidden cloisters.If I should hear “Well done! Well done!”I hope they mean my writing’s funAnd not some cruel and heartless punAbout my mountain oysters. The writers putting out these blogs,Like robots built with well-oiled cogs,Or samurai, or feral dogs,Eviscerate their …

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Dec 29 2007

No vaccine for arrogance…

Orac reports on the latest pinhead celebrity to jump onto the anti-vax bandwagon. Yup, it’s that walking, talking hairpiece, The Donald. The anti-vax pinheads are a group I find particularly annoying. My aunt had polio. My grandparents’ generation saw the Salk vaccine for the wonder that it is, and saw polio for the danger it …

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Oct 15 2007

Lines on the return of Polio

Link to “insolence” I wrote this one a while ago, but the above blog entry reminded me of it. Lines on the return of Polio A mother, doing what she thinks is right Believes the lies and chooses now to fight; She will not vaccinate. She is too young; How quickly we forgot the iron …

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