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Old 12-22-2012, 01:21 PM  
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Stem Cells Restore Vision

Stem cells restore vision in blind man


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Taylor Binns never planned to experience a simple delight of the world again: seeing it. The world was slowly going black, and time was running out. So he took his only options: a new procedure using stem cells. What we all take for granted became his gift: he could see again.

In a road-to-hell-is-paved-with-good-intentions story, Binns was doing mission work in Haiti, where he developed eye pain and blurring vision. No one knew what the problem was. Doctors were baffled while he slowly went legally blind during a two-year period.

In Binns' words, "Everything you could do before was being taken away, day by day, and it got worse and worse."

Finally, he was diagnosed with corneal limbal stem cell deficiency, which essentially meant his eyes were building scar tissue. Many things can cause the disease, including leaving contact lenses in for too long without disinfecting them. It also creates a problem: due to the nature of the disease, a corneal transplant is not an option.

What was an option was a procedure called a limbal stem cell transplant. Doctors in Toronto removed the scar tissue from his eyes and replaced it with stem cells from his sister's eyes. In a month, his vision was 20/40. It rose to 20/20 and 20/40.

His pain is gone.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:07 AM   #46
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Well we don't exactly agree on all of it.

For me it has nothing to do with abortion, or religion.

I am opposed to government funding of embryonic stem cell research because its an enormous waste of money.
really?

and if/when stem cell research cures a health problem like paralysis or muscular dystrophy and gets MILLIONS of people off of disability and back into the workforce?
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #47
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Tip for all of you....

Do not debate this topic with anyone who uses the phrase "Human fetus stem cells".

They're clearly not educated on the subject and are using rhetoric as their only weapon.

They're called embryonic stem cells, not 'human fetus stem cells'. As someone pointed out you can get these stem cells from umbilical chords. Who the **** is opposed to harvesting stem cells from an umbilical chord? Any of you fundies have a logical reason for that?
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:46 AM   #48
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Would love for this to be a priority. The idea of helping so many people with so many different issues is beyond amazing.

The thought of not finding stem cell research, but continue to fund millions for worthless research like the millions that went to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social settings makes my head want to explode.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:17 AM   #49
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as of now, SCR has resulted in the cure for certain types of cancer & diseases such as diabetes.

and ya -- this should be funded by tax $$ for a number of reasons.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #50
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as of now, SCR has resulted in the cure for certain types of cancer & diseases such as diabetes.

and ya -- this should be funded by tax $$ for a number of reasons.
There is a cure for diabetes?
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:13 PM   #51
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really?

and if/when stem cell research cures a health problem like paralysis or muscular dystrophy and gets MILLIONS of people off of disability and back into the workforce?
I am ALL FOR funding, and even increasing funding, of adult stem cell research. It is very promising.

I am not in favor of continuing to fund embryonic stem cell research any more than I am interested in flushing taxpayer money down the toilets on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #52
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There is a cure for diabetes?
Cure? No.

However, stem cells have shown promise in this area.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:10 PM   #53
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Cure? No.

However, stem cells have shown promise in this area.
Thanks. I already knew the answer but just wanted to know what the poster thought he was talking about.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #54
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There is a cure for diabetes?
certain types, yes
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:14 PM   #55
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Would love for this to be a priority. The idea of helping so many people with so many different issues is beyond amazing.

The thought of not finding stem cell research, but continue to fund millions for worthless research like the millions that went to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social settings makes my head want to explode.
Or attempting to find out if the world is just a huge computer simulation ala The Matrix?
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:46 AM   #56
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certain types, yes
Certain types? There are only 2 types. IDDM and NIDDM. There is a treatment for both types thru medication and diet but no cure yet bud.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #57
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I was thinking maybe they could stem cell me a liver just in case mine wares out prematurely.
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Certain types? There are only 2 types. IDDM and NIDDM. There is a treatment for both types thru medication and diet but no cure yet bud.
google is your friend

https://www.google.com/webhp?sa=N&hl...w=1181&bih=599

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252759.php
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #59
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Google could be your friend as well. As it clearly states these are possible cures, potential cures.... not an actual cure yet which what has been said already.
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I was thinking maybe they could stem cell me a liver just in case mine wares out prematurely.
They could but i think it requires embryonic stems cells

It would basically end extensive organ donor waiting lists and also end people needing to take organ rejection medicine for the rest of their lives.

it's called therapeutic cloning
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