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Fetal Tissue Not Needed for Alzheimer’s Cure

original article: Expert: Fetal Tissue Not Needed for Alzheimer’s Cure
August 17, 2015 by Brian Sikma

Critics of legislation prohibiting the use of aborted fetal tissue in scientific and medical research have suggested that potentially life-saving, life-transforming cures will never be found if the measure becomes law. One of the illnesses that may go uncured, these critics say, is Alzheimer’s disease, which is a “progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills” according tothe National Institute on Aging. But the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin says that fetal tissue has nothing to do with finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, and they are staying neutral on the proposed aborted fetal tissue research ban.

Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine, told an Assembly committee last week that aborted fetal tissue contributes to “potentially life-saving research.” Golden said the legislation would lead to the “unnecessary halt of vitally important research that has the potential to save countless lives.” According to Golden, “This research focuses on a wide variety of serious illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”

Robert Gundermann, a lobbyist and spokesman for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, disputed Golden’s claim, telling Media Trackers that fetal tissue is not used in the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s. “We do not see fetal tissue or stem cells providing a viable path to a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” he wrote in a statement. “The disease is far more complex than that.”

Gundermann said that his perspective was also the expert opinion of Dr. Sanjay Asthana, the director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (WADRC), which is part of the University of Wisconsin.

Because fetal tissue is not being used to pursue a cure for Alzheimer’s,the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is not taking a position on this legislation,” Gundermann said.

Throughout the early part of his testimony, Golden qualified his defense of aborted fetal tissue in science experiments, saying such research has “potential” and is “potentially life-saving.” Golden even said that “alternative methods [to aborted fetal tissue research] are used whenever possible.” Golden did not explain why alternative methods are important if it is perfectly ethical to use aborted fetal tissue.

State Rep. Andre Jacque (R) told Wisconsin Public Television that he, too, has spoken with Gundermann and was told the same thing: the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is not using fetal tissue in its research.

Golden was also interviewed by Wisconsin Public Television, and in a statement said the Waisman Center at UW is studying Downs Syndrome and its relationship to Alzheimer’s with research involving fetal tissue. This research would be completely separate from any cure for Alzheimer’s that is being pursued by the WADRC.

abortion, bias, medicine, science, stem cells

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Can you guess journalist opinions on stem cell research?

CBS, NBC Mourn Loss of Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
August 25, 2010 by Nathan Burchfiel

A recent court ruling found that federal funding for embryonic stem cell research violates laws prohibiting the government from using taxpayer money for research that destroys an embryo. The ruling has sent the evening network news broadcasts reeling.

While ABC’s “World News” briefly reported on the ruling Aug. 23, the NBC “Nightly News” and CBS “Evening News” have both aired reports suggesting that the ruling would end life-saving research – in spite of the fact the embryonic research can continue if privately funded, and federal funding of adult stem cell research is unaffected.

NBC’s Robert Bazell reported Aug. 24 that the ruling “left a lot of researchers fairly stunned.” CBS’s Wyatt Andrews called the ruling “a shock.” But was it really? Neither report mentioned that federal funding for embryonic stem cell research was severely restricted under the Bush administration, and was only widened by the Obama administration in July 2009.

abortion, bias, ethics, funding, government, health care, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, news media, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, politics, propaganda, public policy, science, spending, stem cells

Filed under: abortion, bias, ethics, funding, government, health care, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, news media, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, politics, propaganda, public policy, science, spending, stem cells

Stem cells – embryonic cells fail, adult cells succeed

California’s Proposition 71 Failure
January 12, 2010 by Investor’s Business Daily

Bioethics: Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures, no therapies and little progress. So supporters are embracing research they once opposed.

California’s Proposition 71 was intended to create a $3 billion West Coast counterpart to the National Institutes of Health, empowered to go where the NIH could not — either because of federal policy or funding restraints on biomedical research centered on human embryonic stem cells.

Supporters of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, passed in 2004, held out hopes of imminent medical miracles that were being held up only by President Bush’s policy of not allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) beyond existing stem cell lines and which involved the destruction of embryos created for that purpose.

Five years later, ESCR has failed to deliver and backers of Prop 71 are admitting failure. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state agency created to, as some have put it, restore science to its rightful place, is diverting funds from ESCR to research that has produced actual therapies and treatments: adult stem cell research. It not only has treated real people with real results; it also does not come with the moral baggage ESCR does.

To us, this is a classic bait-and-switch, an attempt to snatch success from the jaws of failure and take credit for discoveries and advances achieved by research Prop. 71 supporters once cavalierly dismissed. We have noted how over the years that when funding was needed, the phrase “embryonic stem cells” was used. When actual progress was discussed, the word “embryonic” was dropped because ESCR never got out of the lab.

ethics, funding, government, medicine, news, pandering, political correctness, propaganda, research, science, spending, stem cells

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Coming Soon — Stem-Cell Surgical Thread?

Coming Soon — Stem-Cell Surgical Thread?
July 24, 2009

Non-embryonic stem cells, and this discovery is achieved by the private sector, not by the government.

(HealthDay News) — A team of John Hopkins University undergraduates say they have found a way to quickly and easily embed a person’s stem cells into surgical thread, a procedure they believe may help improve healing and prevent re-injury.

The 10 biomedical engineering students developed the procedure as part of a contest sponsored by a medical technology company trying to patent the concept as a way to help patients recover from major orthopedic injuries, such as ruptured ligaments and tendons.

stem cells, health, medicine, news, science

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Frozen Stem Cells Save British Toddler’s Life
February 6, 2008, by Citizenlink

She was given just a 30 percent chance of survival before treatment.

A toddler with a rare form of cancer has been saved after she became the second person in Britain to be given a transplant using frozen umbilical-cord stem cells, Fox News reported.

medicine, news, pro-life, prolife, science, stem cells, health care, health

Filed under: health, health care, medicine, news, pro-life, prolife, science, stem cells


Now, vision possible with stem cells

science, stem cells, medicine, news

Adult stem cells prove themselves again and again

November 12, 2006, by Khushboo Sandhu

Filed under: medicine, news, science, stem cells

Using The Body’s Own Stem Cells To Grow New Arteries
science, stem cells, medicine, news

Adult stem cells prove themselves

November 12, 2006

Blocked arteries are dangerous wherever they occur and if you get a blockage in your legs, the can cause such excruciating pain walking can be difficult.

Now there’s a new treatment that allows patients to grow new healthy blood vessels to improve circulation.

Filed under: medicine, news, science, stem cells

Stem-cell work offers hope for hearts
science, scientists, stem cells, medicine, news

November 16, 2006, by Lindsay Tanner

CHICAGO — Scientists for the first time have grown human heart valves using stem cells from the fluid that cushions babies in the womb — offering a revolutionary approach that may be used to repair defective hearts in the future.

The idea is to create these new valves in the lab while the pregnancy progresses and have them ready to implant in a baby with heart defects after it is born.

The Swiss experiment follows recent successes at growing bladders and blood vessels and suggests that people may one day be able to grow their own replacement heart parts — in some cases, even before they’re born.

Filed under: medicine, news, science, scientists, stem cells

Voters say ‘no’ to more borrowing, but Dems just won’t stop
politics, stem cells, Democrats, elitism, government, funding

November 9, 2007

Less than 24 hours after the last ballot was cast Tuesday, Trenton Democrats sent a strong message to New Jersey voters: your vote doesn’t count.

One day after voters rejected plans for the state to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to support stem cell research grants, Democrats returned to the State House intent on pushing through millions in bonding for stem cell research facilities. Only after Republicans objected did the Democrats decide to cancel a hearing they had scheduled for Thursday to approve that borrowing.

Filed under: Democrats, elitism, funding, government, politics, stem cells

Alex Keaton: Democrat?
politics, stem cells, left wing, liberalism, Democrats, propaganda, pandering

March 10, 2008, by Jerry Agar

In contrast, the article “Just what would Alex Keaton do?” attempts to determine who the smart, conservative, self assured young Alex would vote for today and is reasonable in doing so for this reason; the article’s author, Gary David Goldberg, created the character.

Filed under: Democrats, left wing, liberalism, pandering, politics, propaganda, stem cells

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