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Unread 01-26-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default Somewhere, one day you just know it's going to happen

If you have been tuned into the last few weeks of health headlines they have shown reports on a woman who was said to be less than 30 days from dying when she got a new kind of assistive heart pump. She gradually got stronger and soon returned to the classroom to teach. Now she is scheduled to have the pump removed! Her own heart has recovered given the chance to "rest". A second report showed that doctors had injected stem cells into a dead heart. Days later it began to beat. They already stem cell transplants for dogs where they give them an autotransfusion of their own stem cells to combat hip problems. The dogs are jumping around in
2-3 months whereas they were nearly lame prior to the surgery. You just know that somewhere there is a doctor who is going to say we have got to find out if this works. If it weren't for all the legal crap we'd have an answer by now. The damned FDA hasn't proven worth its salt. We incarcerated Dr. Kevorkian for something that you have to admit deserves discussion. I just wonder how long we'll lock somebody up for when they try to give life back to a patient who is wheelchair bound, can't feed or care for themselves, the simple issue of falling asleep puts them at risk of death because they cannot swallow their own secretions. I could go on but I'll open this one up for discussion and lets see where it goes...
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Unread 01-26-2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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Dear Jim,

Your Stem cells specified to build specifie organs are not that difficult to deal with. Replacing neurons whose only task is to create dopamine is a waste of time if the cause of their death is not known in the first place. I have had this disease for 19 years. In the early 1990's a member of my support group had embryonic cells placed in his brain, to temporarily improve, then the cells died off and he was worse than before.

Investigators and researchers are beginning to lean toward the belief that the dopamine cells may not be committing suicide, but the delivery system or as others on this site feel toxins are getting past the blood brain barrier. I have a genetic form of Parkinsons. So does my sister. We grew up togeather and experienced the same environment, however; you would never in a million years be able to recognize us as sisters by our symptoms.
She is so thin she looks like she has an eating disorder. I am 100 lbs overweight. Then there is our third sister who shows no symptoms of PD.

If stem cells were the answer, them Japan, or an Europeon country without America's laws would have found a way. Or one of our own Pharmaceutical companies would were they willing to risk their own funds for the research.

The brain is the last frontier open to researchers for new exploration and believe me, they are exploring it with the curiosity of man as never before.
Understanding takes time. Look how far we have come since Madame Curie got her Nobel prize for discovering radium.

Peace to you,
Vicky
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