Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Life Links 11/18/08

Attempts to convict abortionist George Tiller for breaking Kansas law continue as former attorney general Phill Kline defends his investigation during questioning from Tiller's attorney.
Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney said Tiller's attorneys have a high burden in trying to show that Kline's conduct warrants suppression of the evidence. If they're trying to show that the prosecution of Tiller is selective, Disney said, they face the reality that Tiller is "uniquely situated" because he performs late-term abortions.

The Washington Post has a long article on how some evangelicals and Catholic (many of whom are Obama supporters) are going to try to reduce abortion by encouraging Congress to pass legislation to provide more social help to pregnant women.

The Salt Lake Tribune is has a story on a University of Utah adult stem cell clinical trial to treat patients with two types of heart failure.
The one-year Cardiac Repair Cell Treatment of Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy study -- the first trial of its kind in the country -- will provide "patients who have limited to no other options with a viable treatment," said Patel. "By using a patient's own cells, we eliminate the concern of rejection and the need for potentially harmful immunosuppressive drugs."

The treatment is targeted at patients with two types of heart disease. Ischemic heart disease occurs when hearts don't get enough blood and oxygen because of heart muscle damage caused by coronary artery disease. Non-ischemic heart disease describes muscle damage caused by other means, including viruses or drug use, Patel said.

A subset of these patients has dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that leaves the heart weakened, enlarged and unable to pump blood efficiently.

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