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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4/23/14 Artificial Blood 'Will Be Manufactured in Factories' ♦ Doctors Implant Lab-grown Vagina ♦ Protein May Kill Brain Cells as Parkinson’s Progresses ♦ Flu Drugs May do More Harm Than Good

'Will Be Manufactured in Factories'
Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood. But the production of blood on an industrial scale could become a reality once a trial is conducted in which artificial blood made from human stem cells is tested in patients for the first time. Continue Reading

Doctors Implant Lab-grown Vagina
Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US. A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a tissue match. They all reported normal levels of "desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction" and painless intercourse. Continue Reading
Too Much Protein May Kill Brain Cells as Parkinson’s Progresses
Scientists may have discovered how the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease destroys brain cells and devastates many patients worldwide.  The study was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); the results may help scientists develop new therapies. “This may be a major discovery for Parkinson’s disease patients,” said Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D.Source: Continue Reading
Flu Drugs May do More Harm Than Good, Researchers Find

Tamiflu and Relenza, antiviral drugs stockpiled by governments to tame influenza outbreaks, haven’t been proven to prevent pandemics and may cause more harm in some patients than good, researchers said after reviewing 170,000 pages of clinical-trial data.: Continue Reading

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