May 26, 2010

Regrowing Teeth

This is a pretty cool technology that should be hitting the market in the next couple of years (barring extreme nanny state bullshit):

Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

Dr. Mao's technique not only eliminates the need to grow teeth in a Petri dish, but it is the first to achieve regeneration of anatomically correct teeth by using the body's own resources. Factor in the faster recovery time and the comparatively natural process of regrowth (as opposed to implantation), and you have a massively appealing dental treatment.

Awesome.  Now, get moving on similar technology for organs.  My favorite part of the huge stem cell argument was that those opposed to fetal stem cells were saying, "there's got to be another way" and a bunch of closed-minded people said, "impossible!" 

There were, in fact, many better ways.

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May 24, 2010

Jenny McCarthy: Call your office.

It appears that the doctor responsible for that bullshit autism from vaccination claims is such a shitty doctor he's not allowed to practice in England anymore.

I'd say we should ban Jenny from practicing in America but with her career, that hardly seems necessary.

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May 14, 2010

Small Step Towards Kicking Cancer's Ass

In a very small preliminary study in Canada, four out of the five brain cancer patients given dichloroacetate showed "no further brain cancer growth after initial treatment". Isolated glioblastomas from 49 patients also showed improvement.  Good enough that the researchers are talking about more extensive trials.

Of course, the drug in question is generic, so funding for study had to be raised through private donations and government funding. 

Perverse as it is, it makes sense that drug companies would be reluctant to do expensive studies on drugs they can't patent.  But as the Slashdot summary asks, what's happening to all the money flowing to various cancer societies, if it's apparently not to research like this?

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May 11, 2010

Make Hummus, Not Hamas

If only this were the standard method of conflict resolution in the middle east:

On Saturday, more than 300 Lebanese cooks established the latest record for hummus. Hummus is fervently regarded by the Lebanese to be their national dish. This assertion is despite Israeli declarations to the contrary. The Lebanese maintained that the hummus is their national dish in the company of a Guinness World Records delegate, who confirmed that the hummus prepared on Saturday weighed 11.5 tons. That is 23,042 pounds.

The culinary battle has been played out in public for years between Israel and Lebanon with two sides outshining each other for the designation of the world’s best or world’s largest hummus dish.

Now that's a weapon of mass digestion! AHAHAHAHA!!!

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I'm precious.

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May 06, 2010

Revenge of the Sestak

Joe Sestak finally made the Specter attack ad that we've all been waiting for. Behold!


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May 04, 2010

I almost marked this as a Win!

Chinese Economy to Fail in Next 9 to 12 Months

May 3 (Bloomberg) -- Investor :S:d1">Marc Faber said China’s economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation’s property bubble is set to burst.



OK I know in the short run this will probably hurt us but, in my completely uniformed economic opinion, in the long run it helps us by forcing some systemic changes in things like the artificially low peg of the Yuan to the dollar. I am still of the opinion that "creative destruction" or no that America's economy can never fully recover as a service economy. We need mid-range manufacturing jobs and those can't reappear as long as China keeps their prices artificially low.

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May 02, 2010

Breaking: Bomb Found on Pittsburgh Marathon Course

As SteveEgg says, two is a trend.

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Breaking: Pakistani Taliban Take Blame For NYC Terrorist Attack

Allahpundit's Twitter.

"This attack is a revenge for the great & valuable martyred leaders of mujahideen


More like the appropriately punished boy-rapers of the mujahideen.

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