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Tests begin on stem cell cure for rare heart disease | Science | The Observer

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on July 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I’m confused…they are going to BEGIN TESTS of stem cells to treat dilated cardiomyopathy?  Or are they going to completely repeat this trial from 2005/2006:

CARDIOMYOPATHY TRIAL – 55 CASES – 2005 to 2006

Bangkok Heart Hospital and U of Pittsburgh Medical Center/McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine clinical trial shows that VesCell type expanded autologous blood derived stem cells utilized in intramyocardial transplantation is feasible and safe in severely ill patients with intractable heart failure in all cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and in both first-time and “redo” ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) patients.

BRIEF RESULTS:

  • Overall ejection fraction (EF) improved significantly by 4.8% ± 7.5% at 149 ± 98 days postoperatively.
  • EF increased from 25.9% ± 8.6% to 28.7% ± 9.8% in dilated cardiomyopathy.
  • EF increased from 26.6% ± 5.8% to 33.6% ± 7.8% in ischemic cardiomyopathy.

And let’s not forget these other trials and studies. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/heart-disease-treatment/

Catch up already, would ya!  Or at least, stop ignoring the safety and efficacy that other studies and trials have proved half a decade ago. -dg

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Tests begin on stem cell cure for rare heart disease

Cardiologists hope new treatment can prolong the lives of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

Stem cells in storage at the UK Stem Cell Bank in London. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters

Doctors are investigating whether patients with an irreversible heart condition can prolong their lives by having stem cells taken from their hip and injected into the damaged organ.

Experts at the Barts and the London Heart Attack Centre hope their work will lead to a major breakthrough for the UK’s estimated 30,000 sufferers with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The rare condition causes the heart muscle wall to become thin and floppy, making the heart progressively less able to pump blood around the body. Drug treatment can be of limited benefit, and ultimately patients deteriorate to the extent that they will die unless they receive a new heart.

Researchers led by consultant cardiologist Professor Anthony Mathur are about to start the world’s first randomised control trial exploring whether stem cell therapy can repair the patient’s heart.

World’s first? Again; what about these? https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/heart-disease-treatment/

“We are using stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine to try to improve the heart’s function and maybe prolong their lives,” Mathur said. “These patients have such a poor prognosis, so it’s very important for them to be exposed to a potential new therapy that might change the outcome of their condition.”

He is recruiting 90 volunteers: half will have stem cells taken from the bone marrow of their hip and injected into their heart. The others will have their stem cells frozen and be given placebo injections, but will undergo the therapy if the trial is successful.

But Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said patients should not expect dramatic results soon. “At the moment, this is being done more in hope than expectation, because globally the fundamental science behind stem cells is not sufficiently mature for us to be confident of success.”

via Tests begin on stem cell cure for rare heart disease | Science | The Observer.

Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer

BY Aliyah Shahid

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, July 2nd 2010, 8:59 AM

Joseph Casias, 30, who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer claims in a lawsuit that he was wrongfully fired from a Walmart store in Battle Creek, MI.

Joseph Casias might just feel like a dope for doping — even though it was legal.

The Michigan father of two sued Walmart this week for firing him after he tested positive for marijuana — which he was using to alleviate pain from a brain tumor and sinus cancer.

Casias, 30, was canned late last year after five years on the job in Battle Creek.

According to the complaint, Casias tested positive for marijuana in a drug test administered after he injured his knee at work, under a Walmart policy that requires employees injured on the job to take the test.

Casias, who won an associate of the year award at the store in 2008, has been using marijuana on his oncologist’s advice after Michigan voters passed a law approving the drug’s medical use in 2008.

“Joseph is an example of a patient for whom marijuana has had a life-changing positive effect,” the complaint states.

A Walmart spokesman said he sympathized with Casias, but defended the dismissal.

“Like other companies, we have to consider the overall safety of our customers and our associates, including Mr. Casias, when making a difficult decision like this,” said Greg Rossiter.

The American Civil Liberties Union also has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest retailer.

“No patient should be forced to choose between adequate pain relief and gainful employment,” Scott Michelman, a staff attorney with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project told CNN. “And no employer should be allowed to intrude upon private medical choices made by employees in consultation with their doctors.”

Michigan is an at-will employment state, which means employers can fire a worker for any reason unless it falls under a federally protected category such as race, gender and religion. The ACLU is arguing legal medical marijuana users also should be included.

According to the complaint, Casias wants to be rehired and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

via Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer.

State Dems want to legalize medical marijuana to help plug budget gap

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

State Dems want to legalize medical marijuana to help plug budget gap

BY Glenn Blain

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 4:00 AM

Containers of medical marijuana. State pols believe legalizing medical pot would help fix the budget.

Containers of medical marijuana. State pols believe legalizing medical pot would help fix the budget.

They want to legalize medical marijuana as a way to generate nearly $15 million in licensing fees to help plug the state’s $9 billion budget gap.

“It is the right thing to do and there is revenue attached to it,” said state Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan). Duane and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) are behind the plan to make it legal for folks with serious medical woes to score limited amounts of weed from state-certified distributors – or grow it themselves.

The Senate still needs to approve the provision, though Dems included revenue projections from the sale of medical marijuana in their 2010-2011 budget proposal. “It’s ludicrous,” needled Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).

Golden and other Republicans said the Democrats’ budget proposal is laden with one-time-only gimmicks, including raising $700 million through the refinancing of tobacco bonds first issued in 2003.

The $136.2 billion plan contains most of the spending cuts proposed by Gov. Paterson, but rejects new taxes on cigarettes and sugary sodas. Paterson was pleased the Senate accepted his cuts, but worried their revenues were unrealistic.

“One of the things we’re going to have to avoid in this process is creating revenues that aren’t real,” Paterson said.

Paterson said he was encouraged that Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) has relented on his opposition to placing tolls on the East River bridges to ease the MTA’s budget woes.

“Just the fact that he and other senators are considering it is very helpful,” Paterson said.

Meanwhile yesterday, a coalition of good government groups reported that most New Yorkers – including city residents – aren’t getting their fair share of pork projects tucked into the budget.

The groups found that residents who live in 49 of the city’s 64 Assembly districts, and 11 of the city’s 26 Senate districts, receive less than the “fair share” or the average-per-district amount doled out on member items.

“The guys who get the most money are the leaders, the ones who hold all the political power,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

ALBANY – Senate Democrats are counting on a pot of gold!

via State Dems want to legalize medical marijuana to help plug budget gap.

DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday, May 4th 2010, 11:34 PM

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council has passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana, sending the bill to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Under the measure passed Tuesday, the nation’s capital would join 14 states that allow medical marijuana.

Patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS or cancer could obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It would be given out at five to eight distribution centers.

Patients would be limited to two ounces of marijuana per month.

If Fenty signs the bill as expected, Congress would have 30 days to review before it becomes law.

In 1998, residents voted to legalize medical marijuana, but Congress blocked the initiative from taking effect for years.

via DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor.

Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users

BY Aliyah Shahid

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Saturday, July 24th 2010, 4:23 PM

The VA department is relaxing the rules for medical cannabis in the 14 states where the drug is legal.

Should veterans have access to medical marijuana in every state? (To take this poll, go to original article at bottom of page)

  • Yes, if regulated, it is a safe drug, especially for medicinal use.
  • No, it is a drug that can lead to more serious drug use and increase crime.

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Coming to a Veteran’s Affairs clinic near you: medical marijuana…at least in some locations.

The VA department is relaxing the rules for medical marijuana users in the 14 states where the drug is legal, according to the Associated Press.

The department directive clarifies the current rule that bars vets from other medication if they use illegal drugs. The clinics won’t be able to prescribe marijuana, but the new directive explains that within the 14 states, the use of the drug is permitted.

That means veterans won’t have to face the possibility of losing their benefits and access to other prescription pain meds if they are caught smoking cannabis.

“For years, there have been veterans coming back from the Iraq war who needed medical marijuana and had to decide whether they were willing to cut down on their VA medications,” said John Targowski, a legal adviser to the group Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access.

Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the New York Times that he wished the rules included veterans who lived in states were medical marijuana was illegal.

But he called the latest step historic.

“We know have a branch of the federal government accepting marijuana as a legal medicine.”

via Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users.

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