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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lives ‘Unworthy to Be Lived’ and POLST
By Judie Brown

Anyone who enters a hospital or is suffering from a serious illness or accident need beware of the POLST form, for their very lives depend upon whether or not this form is completed and followed. Today’s commentary addresses this and cautions us to be aware of what it entails so that we can educate not only ourselves, but our loved ones as well. 

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HEADLINES



Obama administration chooses Planned Parenthood 

over women’s health

Fox News
The Obama administration’s decision this month to award $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey comes as no surprise. Despite the $15 trillion national debt, the administration seems willing to keep borrowing to support the nation’s largest abortion provider. And this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has stepped in to ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to its favorite abortion provider even at the expense of women’s health care.  



A fact ignored by the WHO

First Things

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released “Born Too Soon,” the first country-by-country comparison of national rates of pre-term birth. This 125-page report, funded by dozens of public agencies and private foundations, claims to be “the global action report on preterm birth.” Hidden in its pages is a story of what must be better understood to help women carry a healthy baby to term. . . . Unfortunately, one significant, and modifiable, risk factor for preterm birth was completely ignored by the WHO report: prior termination of pregnancy. There is a large and growing body of scientific data documenting this risk factor for pre-term birth. More than 120 peer-reviewed studies, from more than a dozen countries, have found a statistically significant increased risk of preterm birth or low-birth weight after a termination of pregnancy.  



Stem cell therapy could offer new hope for defects 

and injuries to head, mouth

Science Daily
In the first human study of its kind, researchers found that using [the patient’s own] stem cells to re-grow craniofacial tissues—-mainly bone—-proved quicker, more effective and less invasive than traditional bone regeneration treatments. The study, “Stem cell therapy for craniofacial bone repair: A randomized, controlled clinical trial,” appears this month in the journal Cell Transplantation.

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