US approves new trial of embryonic stem cells

US approves new trial of embryonic stem cells
Jan 3 10:19 AM US/Eastern
US biotech company Advanced Cell Technology said Monday it was cleared by the government to start its second trial using human embryonic stem cells to treat blindness, this time in older people.The trial will examine the therapy’s ability to safely treat people with a condition known as dry age-related macular degeneration, the most common form of irreversible vision loss in people over age 60.

There is currently no cure for the disease, which affects around 10-15 million Americans and another 10 million people in Europe, the company said.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the Massachusetts-based company in November to begin a similar trial on patients with a progressive form of juvenile vision loss, known as Stargardt’s disease.

“ACT is now the first company to receive FDA clearance for two hESC (human embryonic stem cell) trials, and is now a true translational leader in the field of regenerative medicine,” said Gary Rabin, Interim chairman and chief executive.

“It marks a major step forward, not just within the stem cell sector, but, potentially for modern healthcare techniques.”

The company hopes to begin the US clinical trials in the coming months, and intends to seek approval for similar trials in Europe. The US and European market for such a treatment amounts to 25 to 30 billion dollars, it said.

ACT’s announcement marks the third such trial, after US company Geron broke new ground last year with the first-ever attempt to use embryonic stem cell therapy on a human patient with spinal cord injury.

Embryonic stem cell research has been a controversial field ever since the first such stem cells were isolated more than 12 years ago. Critics oppose the research because it involves the destruction of human embryos.

However scientists say the cells offer great promise in treating Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and a variety of other diseases.

Leftist media in full court press backing warmism

Leftist media in full court press backing warmism

Russell Cook

If a major news story casts doubt on man-caused global warming, does it make a sound? If you are a promoter of the global warming crisis, those stories misdirect public opinion and prevent everyone from solving the crisis, while the rest of us see them as specks of gold in raging torrents of stories affirming Al Gore’s settled science.
Consider the ClimateGate story and its recent one-year anniversary. According to the Media Research Center,
Even though many considered it a huge scandal, the three broadcast networks didn’t think so. They ignored the story for roughly two weeks, and have only mentioned it in a dozen stories in the past year.
My own favorite mainstream media punching bag, PBS’ NewsHour did at least give the story cursory mention ten days after it broke, but then couldn’t be troubled to offer in-depth discussion of it until four months later, its solitary effort of lengthy analysis on the topic. This was noteworthy if only because it featured skeptic scientist Pat Michaels, the first such skeptic to appear on the NewsHour offering any opposing viewpoint of significance since George Taylor in 2007. That 2007 program was the NewsHour‘s first major foray into global warming skeptic opinion since the interview of an industry executive in 1997, and was one of just a few bits that prevented the NewsHour from having a 100% bias against presenting such viewpoints, as I quantified in a prior American Thinker article.
Yet, Joe Romm had this to say about ClimateGate’s anniversary in his 11/15 ClimateProgress blog titled “A stunning year in climate science reveals that human civilization is on the precipice” (hat tip to Michael Wiant),
The media will be doing countless retrospectives, most of which will be wasted ink…focusing on climate scientists at the expense of climate science…the overwhelming majority of the mainstream media…devoted a large fraction of its climate ‘ink’ in the last 12 months to what was essentially a non-story…
Meanwhile, we have the infamous recent op-ed in the NY Times in which the ‘science’ tells us to expect nasty snowstorms caused by global warming, and the NewsHour telling us about the ‘science’ of rapidly melting glaciers, and ‘studies’ of how to save polar bears
Romm’s efforts to frame the media as not doing its job properly are nothing new, Ross Gelbspan had this to say in his 2004 Boiling Point book about the media,
For many years, the press accorded the same weight to the “skeptics” as it did to mainstream scientists. This was done in the name of journalistic balance. In fact, it was journalistic laziness.
And for good measure, he said this about snowstorms in his 1997 The Heat is On, when speaking about a series of weather patterns being proof of global warming,
The severe weather has continued into 1996. My own back yard became a snow-buried casualty of New England’s 1995-96 winter from hell.
It’s a no-win exercise: excess snow is proof of global warming… unless someone in the mainstream breaks ranks and seriously asks if the prior “warming” from a few years ago couldn’t be proof for the original 1970s global cooling crisis.
Everyone knows how fickle the mainstream media is, and how they are ultimately driven to out-scoop each other for ratings gains. If they smell blood in the water of an imminent collapse to this entire so-called crisis, they will turn on each other and promoters like Romm and Gelbspan in a heartbeat, no doubt with yells of being hoodwinked or assumptions that other news outlets had initially checked the voracity of the “warming” science everyone else relies on.
2011 could turn out to be quite an entertaining year.
Russell Cook’s collection of writings on this issue can be seen at “The ‘96-to-present smear of skeptic scientists – or at least what I’ve dredged up.

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Obama’s 2010: By the Numbers

Obama’s 2010: By the Numbers

Posted by Mark Knoller
(Credit: CBS/AP)

WASHINGTON – No numbers in the year just ending are more consequential for President Obama than the results of the midterm elections. His party lost seats in the Senate and its majority in the House. The full impact of those numbers will only start to be felt when the 112th Congress convenes next Wednesday. 

But other numbers from 2010 add shading and perspective to other aspects of the second year of the Obama presidency:

Speeches, statements and remarks: 491

Since taking office: 883

News conferences and press availabilities: 27

Formal, solo White House Press Conferences: 6

Since taking office: 69 total, 11 WH.

Town hall meetings: 17

Since taking office: 40

Backyard chats: 7

 

Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days

Since taking office: 111 spanning 176 days

States visited for the first time: 9

Since taking office: 38

Vacation trips: 6 (all or part of 32 days)

Since taking office: 10 spanning 58 days

Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days.

Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days.

Flights on Air Force One: 172

Since taking office: 328

Flights on Marine One: 196

Since taking office: 386

Unemployment Rates:

January 8 2010: 10 percent.

December 3, 2010: 9.8 percent.

National Debt in 2010: Up $1.56-trillion

January 1, 2010: $12.311-trillion

December 28, 2010: $13.871-trillion

Bills signed in 2010: 203.

Since taking office: 329.

Cabinet meetings: 6

Since taking office: 12

Visits to Camp David:

In 2010: 4 visits, 8 days.

Since taking office: 15 visits: 35 days.

Recreation:

Golf: 29 rounds in 2010

Since taking office: 57 rounds.

Basketball: 20 basketball outings.

Since taking office: 28

Interviews: 107 in 2010

Since taking office: 254

Meetings with foreign leaders: In 2010, President Obama had face-to-face meetings with 61 foreign leaders, 30 for the first time.

Days of no appearances: 24

Since taking office: 45

Presidential pardons: 9

-President Obama granted the first and only pardons of his presidency on Dec 3, 2010.


Mark Knoller is a CBS News White House correspondent. You can read more of his posts in Hotsheet here. You can also follow him on Twitter here.