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No more drive-through mastectomies!

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on May 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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Proposed Mastectomy Law Change
(written by a surgeon)

I’ll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn’t grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet ‘Thank you’ they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let’s give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If you’re receiving this, it’s because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same.

There’s a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It’s about eliminating the ‘drive-through mastectomy’ where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.


This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your 20 friends.

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The circle of life…and money

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on May 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

Let me get this straight:

Smokers buy cigarettes…
Tobacco company makes billions…
Smokers get lung cancer and cardiovascular disease…
Tobacco company gets sued…
Tobacco company pays settlement…
Tobacco settlement funds adult stem cell research…
Adult stem cells treat lung cancer and cardiovascular disease successfully around the world…

Smokers die waiting for the US to catch up to the rest of the world on adult stem cell treatment research.

…yeah, that sounds about right.
Oh well, at least it’s a step in the right direction.  Don’t worry, we’ll have treatments in 10-12 years.  You can hold on that long right?
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Published: May 19, 2009 10:42 pm print this story

Enns applauds vote for adult stem cell research

State Rep. John Enns had praise Tuesday for members of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust board of directors for their vote to provide money for adult stem cell research.

A total of $5.5 million from the trust will be given for adult stem cell research.

$500,000 for a yearlong planning phase to determine how the money should be distributed, then award $1 million in grants each year for five years.

“…the state’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund was one of the best sources to fund adult stem cell research,” said Enns, R-Enid. “I have worked with the board this year and was very pleased they are now willing to dedicate dollars to this very worthy research.”

Enns was author House Joint Resolution 1035, which would let the voters amend the Oklahoma Constitution to specify 10 percent of the interest earnings on the tobacco trust fund to be used for adult stem cell research.

With the resolution in conference committee in the Legislature and the tobacco trust funds action, Enns said passage of the bill is not necessary now. His resolution will remain in conference until the 2010 legislative session…

via The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK – Enns applauds vote for adult stem cell research.

Stem Cells Transplanted From Marrow Into Heart May?!?! Improve Heart’s Performance

In ALL ARTICLES, CATCH UP! on May 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

May 26, 2009

Stem Cells Transplanted From Marrow Into Heart May Improve Heart’s Performance

ScienceDaily — The Cardiology department and the Area of Cell Therapy of Cordoba hospital Reina Sofia are carrying out clinical tests with patients who have suffered from a severe heart attack. With the implantation of the patient’s stem cells, the heart regenerates thus improving its wall motion, that is, its cardiac performance.

via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090526094616.htm

While I applaud the work, I think I’m going to start sounding like a broken record…
(Let’s jump back a week to May 20, 2009)
CATCH UP!! – Stem Cells MAY?? Offer New Way to Treat Blocked Arteries – Forbes.com

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on May 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Once again, US research and especially the US media (Forbes) is years behind the rest of the world on stem cell progress!

The headline in Forbes reads, “Stem Cells May Offer New Way to Treat Blocked Arteries.”  Here is where the rest of the world stands on cardiac and arterial treatment with stem cells.

1998 – Dr Doris Taylor takes stem cells from the thigh of a rabbit, injects them into scar tissue in the animal’s heart and repairs the damaged muscle.  The research was published in Nature Medicine.

1998-1999 – French researchers transplanted muscle cells into a human heart.

2000 – Human studies and trials using adult stem cells to regrow muscle tissue, including cardiac muscle tissue, are performed in many countries around the world.

2002 – Dr Taylor herself witnessed in Rotterdam the first patient in the world to get stem cells injected through a catheter into the wall of the heart. Encouraging results began to come in—improved ejection fractions, reduced diameters, thicker muscle tissue.

2004 – The first-ever commercial stem cell treatment center in the world was regrowing human cardiac muscle tissue in hundreds of patients in Thailand!  Stem cells are recognized as “smart,” going to where they were needed most, creating micro-vessel bypasses around blockages that were existing, those that were removed previously and in areas where stents were implanted.

2005 – Dr Taylor  rinsed rat hearts with detergent until the cells washed away and all that remained was a skeleton of tissue translucent as wax paper. She then injected the scaffold with fresh heart (stem) cells from newborn rats.  Four days later, “We could see these little areas that were beginning to beat.  By eight days, we could see the whole heart beating.”  The experiment, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, marked the first time scientists had created a functioning heart in the lab from biological tissue.

2009 – Present day.  There are currently dozens of stem cell treatment centers around the world who are using adult stem cells to treat cardiac disease in human patients and regrow both cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue and more.


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