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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

3,500 Ways to Avoid Genetic Imperfection
By Judie Brown
The field of science has made countless advances over the last few decades—-many of them beneficial and worthy of accolades. Yet, not all of these advances are for the betterment of human beings. Today’s commentary examines a recent breakthrough that purports to give parents an image of their preborn baby and his predicted health. But what is the cost? 

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Life News

A new study of women using the Depo Provera birth control drug finds the risk of breast cancer is increased, according to information released today from the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. The group notes a study of 1,028 women ages 20-44 in the April 15, 2012 issue of Cancer Research found that recent users of Depo Provera (DMPA) for 12 months or more had a statistically significant 2.2-fold increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer. The authors, Christopher Li and his team (including Janet Daling) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center called it the “first large scale U.S. study” examining the link between Depo Provera and breast cancer. They concluded it’s the fifth study “conducted over a diverse group of countries that have observed that recent DMPA use is associated with a 1.5- to 2.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer.”  


Update: Five months pregnant Chinese woman still in danger of forced abortion
LifeSiteNews
A 37-year-old Chinese woman who is five months pregnant still stands in imminent risk of undergoing a forced abortion at the hands of Chinese “family planning” officials, according to Women’s Rights without Frontiers. Today Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China, reports that the hospital released Cao Ruyi during the weekend after receiving payment of US $1500 as a “social compensation fee.” However, WRWF reports that government officials are still demanding an additional payment of US $25,000 for Cao to continue her pregnancy.  

LA Health Examiner

UCLA continues to make advances in stem cell research. Their latest breakthrough involved the use of fresh, purified fat stem cells to grow bone. They note that their new procedure grew bone more rapidly; in addition, it was of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods. They reported their findings June 11, 2012 in the early online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. Traditionally, new bone has been grown from a bone graft, which involves removing a section of bone from a patient. The invasive procedure is extremely painful. In contrast, fat cells can be readily obtained through much less painful processes such as liposuction. Furthermore, fat cells (adipose tissue) are considered to be an ideal source of mesenchymal stem cells. These plentiful and easily obtainable cells are capable of developing into bone, cartilage, muscle, and other tissues.

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