Thursday, January 29, 2009

Adult Stem Cells May Be the Answer to Spinal Cord Injuries

After all the controversies, issues, and funding restrictions on the use of stem cells derived from embryos, there may now be a glimmer of light at the end of a long dark tunnel. It's the light that may spinal-cord-injury patients had been waiting for a long time to come. It appears that stem cells from Adult donors can reverse the damage and effects of injury to the spinal cord.

The conclusion came from lab experiments done with rats lead by Miodrag Stojkovic, who heads the Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory at Centro de Investigacion Principe Felipe in Spain. He and his group had transplanted what are called progenitor stem cells, from the spinal cords of rats, into those of other rats with spinal cord injuries. A week after the transplant, the injured rast showed significant improvement in mobility, apparently reversing paralysis.

Stojkovic says "the human body contains the tools to repair damaged spinal cords. Our work clearly demonstrates that we need both adult and embryonic stem cells to understand our body and apply this knowledge in regenerative medicine." It is hoped that the Obama administration will lift restrictions on stem cell research that had been imposed during the term of former US President George Bush. It's really a somewhat old medical technology whose time has come.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

If Your Ring Finger Is Longer Than Your Index Finger, You're Supposed to Be Good with Money

What does the length of your fingers have to do with how good you are in business and making money? Well, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge in England led by John M. Coates, if your ring finger is longer than your index finger, then you are good in businesses like financial trading. Makes sense?

The finger researchers reported said that the ring-to-index finger relationship to success was first identified in sports like basketball. Now, they're saying the same goes for business, financial trading in particular. They claim that this type of biological manifestation equates to years of experience at the job.

The scientists say the cases when the ring finger is longer than the index finger involved a greater exposure to androgen hormones in the womb and old scientific studies have shown that exposure to this "male" hormone increases confidence, risk preferences, search persistence, heightened vigilance, and fast reaction.

The same team did testosterone-level samplings from financial traders in London and they found out that those who had a high level of the hormone had a greater chance of success on the trading floor with an "unusually high profit."

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