Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Life Links 2/27/08

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a review of adult stem cell treatments. In the review, Dr. Richard Burt of Northwestern and his collegues examined hundreds of adult stem cell studies which took place in the last ten years. Here's an article in U.S. News and World Report which summarizes the review.

A television station in Washington state has a story on a man whose multiple sclerosis was successfully treated with chemotherapy and adult stem cells.

A man in Sweden has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by an appeals court (the original sentence was a year) after mixing abortion pills into his girlfriend's yogurt in an attempt to induce an abortion. The woman suffered severe stomach pain and vaginal bleeding. She had an abortion after the incident because she feared the pills could have permanently damaged the child.

Cristina Page just can't stop writing blog posts which are intentionally misleading. For example, she claims "McCain won't - or can't - say whether he even supports the right to use contraception" based on questions McCain took from a reporter on his campaign bus. The questions have nothing to do with whether McCain thinks it should be legal to use contraceptives or not but rather if the United States should use tax dollars to provide contraceptives to African countries.

Is Page unable to comprehend that there is a difference between thinking whether contraceptives should be legal or not and thinking whether the U.S. should provide contraceptive funding overseas or not?

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