July 11, 2013 |
Italian researchers have used a defanged version of HIV to replace faulty genes - and eliminate devastating symptoms - in children suffering two rare and fatal genetic diseases. Improved gene therapy techniques prevented the onset of metachromatic leukodystrophy in three young children and halted the progression of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome in three others. The advance represents a major stride for a field that has struggled to translate experimental successes in lab animals into safe and effective treatments for people, experts said.
November 19, 2008 |
Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own bone marrow's stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs. The case of tuberculosis patient Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old Colombian living in Barcelona, was published online today in the medical journal the Lancet. Scientists and doctors in Italy and Britain stripped the cells off a donor windpipe, leaving only a tube of connective tissue, and produced millions of cartilage and tissue cells from Castillo's marrow to cover it. Once they were in place, the trachea was transplanted into Castillo in June.
July 17, 1988
Charles Perry wrote that "there is no cure for taking too much hot pepper" ("Hot News About Eating Chile Peppers," July 13). But there is! In Acapulco a few years ago I was eating something with (hot!) peppers in it that was accompanied by a small bowl of bone marrow broth. I just thought it was another sauce for the food, and wanted to use the spoon in the bowl for something else, so I licked it off the spoon. The burning in my mouth completely went away. Of course, I used this broth throughout the rest of the meal.
August 5, 1986
Dr. Robert P. Gale, a UCLA bone marrow specialist, said the death toll from the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26 has risen to 30, confirming reports of Western journalists who found two new graves in a special cemetery plot near Moscow for Chernobyl victims. Gale, who has just completed another Soviet visit to help treat Chernobyl victims, was interviewed in Tel Aviv.
August 28, 1986 |
The UCLA doctor who treated Chernobyl victims said today that health experts believe that as many as 75,000 people could die worldwide during the next 70 years from cancers caused by the Soviet nuclear plant disaster. Dr. Robert Gale, a bone-marrow specialist, said a minimum of 1,000 Chernobyl-related cancer deaths are expected worldwide, adding that experts believe that "the truth will lie between the extremes."
December 14, 1986
Folk singer and songwriter Kate Wolf, long a victim of leukemia, is dead at age 44. A singer for about 20 years, Miss Wolf, who had suffered complications from bone-marrow surgery, died Wednesday night at University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Her friends in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Boston had staged benefits in recent months to defray her medical expenses.