Thursday, October 14, 2010

Life Links 10/14/10

Placental stem cells are being used to treat patients with Peripheral Artery Disease at Duke University.
Cells are taken from the placentas of Israeli women who've given birth. Once injected, they secrete proteins, which boost additional cell growth. Then, it's believed those cells may contribute to the growth of additional vessels around the plaque, circumventing the blockage.

Three days after injections, Ronald was walking, and doctors say the oxygen level in his leg tissue jumped from 43 percent to 67 percent. This specific type of stem-cell therapy is currently involved in a phase-one clinical trial. P-A-D affects up to 20-percent of people over the age of 65.

A jury in Australia found a couple not guilty after they were arrested for importing RU-486 drugs from Ukraine to abort a pregnancy.
In summing up the two-day trial, Judge Everson explained to the jury that Ms Leach could be found guilty regardless of whether she had been pregnant or not when she attempted to procure her own miscarriage.

As a result, he said, the jury must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the drugs Ms Leach took were noxious to her health, rather than to the health of her unborn child.

Prolifers in Pittsburgh have won an injunction against a littering law which prevented them from placing prolife voter guides on cars.

A Montana school board has voted to end Planned Parenthood's 7-year run of providing presentations on birth control and STDs.

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