Placenta-derived stem cell therapy may benefit patients with Crohn’s disease

Bioethics
The successes for adult, cord blood, and placental-derived stem cells just keep piling up. Now comes an AP report saying, "Celgene Corporation ... reported a successful safety trial of a placenta-derived stem cell therapy as a treatment for Crohn's disease." During the trial, "12 patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease," who had been previously treated unsuccessfully, "were given two infusions of Celgene's PDA-001 at one week apart, at one of two doses." According to Celgene, patients who received a lower-dose of PDA-001 appeared to benefit from the treatment and clinical remission was noted in four participants, Reuters reported. Such findings were considered so encouraging that the firm has decided to test the therapy on a broad spectrum of diseases. What's more, PDA-001 is unlikely to draw ire, because it…
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Top 10 Pro-Life News Stories of 2009

Bioethics, Health Headlines
President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court, and healthcare dominated pro-life news in 2009. As we look back on 2009, the first with a new pro-abortion president, it seems to me that the pro-life movement essentially is on the defensive. Thanks to a pro-abortion president and Congress, pro-life advocates spent most of their time this last year attempting to hold back the opening of the floodgates ushering in an expansion of abortion and taxpayer financing of it. With the health care debate continuing into the new year, those efforts will be forced to continue -- although the potential for pro-life gains in the 2010 elections provides significant hope for the future. So, with that in mind, the following are the top ten pro-life news stories of 2009, ranked according to…
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First-Ever Treatment of Stroke Using Adult Stem Cells (another reason embryonic stem cell research is doomed)

Bioethics
In what is believed to be the nation's first such procedure, doctors in Texas were able to successfully use adult stem cells from a patient to treat the effects of his stroke. Physicians from Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston were involved in the process. More Information: (more…)
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Healing for the Holidays: Adult Stem Cell Research Still Outpaces Embryonic by Miles and Miles and Miles …

Bioethics, General Health, Heart Health
Today we seem to be floating on a tattered raft of bad news, but this is a week for Thanksgiving, and it seems only right to note that for all the trouble we face, we live in the most blessed times in human history. This is also an extraordinary era for medicine. As we count our blessings this week, consider what one field - adult stem cell research and therapy - is accomplishing for human healing. More Information: (more…)
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Adult Stem Cells Show Promise for Healing Broken Bones

Bioethics, Health Headlines
CitizenLink is reporting that researchers at the University of North Carolina have used adult stem cells to improve the healing of broken bones in mice. Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: "Although this particular treatment is still being tested in mice, it might soon be added to the long list of adult stem-cell treatments successfully used in people suffering from debilitating.” (more…)
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It’s time to stop wasting money on embryonic stem cell research

Bioethics
In a stunning news story, "Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful," Lord Patel of Dunkeld, the chairman of the United Kingdom National Stem Cell Network and a chancellor at Dundee University, says "embryonic stem cell research is simply not working." As I've pointed out in media interviews for years, embryonic stem cell research has not been used to help a single person and is siphoning off research dollars that could be used to further adult stem cell research. (more…)
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