November 1, 1989 |
Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan has declined to rule on whether to extend the government's controversial ban on fetal-tissue research, an unexpected action that places responsibility for the decision with a lower official known to favor continuing the ban, health officials said Tuesday.
January 26, 1999 |
A man whose left hand was blown off while playing with a powerful firecracker 13 years ago received the first hand transplant in the United States. Hours later, the new hand was pink and warm. The 14 1/2-hour surgery, completed Monday, was the second such transplant ever. But doctors cautioned that the patient, Matthew David Scott, 37, had a high risk of blood clots and other complications in the first 24 hours.
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July 30, 1990 |
An inherited human disorder that causes retardation and skeletal abnormalities has been cured in mice by the injection of a human gene, a researcher said last week. The technique cannot now be used in humans, but the experiment demonstrates that gene replacement is feasible for treating an important group of human disorders, said Edward Birkenmeier of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Me. "It works remarkably well," Birkenmeier said. "You can completely cure the mice."
May 18, 1991 |
Health officials continued to search Friday for 50 or more transplant recipients who may have received organs, tissue or bone grafts from a donor whose infection with the AIDS virus had gone undetected. While the potential danger of AIDS infection from organ transplants is not unknown, this is believed to be the largest number of patients affected by a single donor, federal health officials said.
May 29, 1992 |
The House approved legislation Thursday that would overturn a federal ban on fetal tissue research, but, in a politically significant victory for the Bush Administration, the vote fell short of the number needed to override an almost certain presidential veto. Although many supporters were absent for the vote, opponents--who object to the research because it involves tissue obtained through elective abortions--attracted three more votes than the one-third needed to sustain a veto.
May 27, 1992 |
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Otis R. Bowen on Tuesday called a controversial moratorium on fetal tissue research--first imposed while he was secretary--a "mistake" and urged speedy approval of legislation that would overturn it. He also opposed as "medically unworkable" a compromise proposal by President Bush to encourage the research as long as it was conducted only with tissue obtained through ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages rather than through elective abortions.
May 19, 1992 |
The White House is expected to launch a last-minute attempt today to derail expected congressional action on legislation that would overturn a federal ban on fetal-tissue research. The action is likely to come in an order by President Bush to establish a national bank and registry for tissue obtained from ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.
February 10, 1999 |
An amputee who received a transplanted hand from a cadaver at a Kentucky hospital said that the joy of seeing his new left hand replaced the horror he had felt since waking from amputation surgery in 1985. "My first impression was, 'Wow, 13 years has just evaporated,' " Matthew Scott said at a news conference at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., where the 15-hour operation to attach a new hand was completed Jan. 25.
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January 22, 1990 |
A revolutionary, one-time treatment to eliminate organ transplant rejection could be tested in kidney recipients within the next year, a Stanford University researcher reported here last week. The process uses proteins called monoclonal antibodies to trick the immune system into recognizing foreign tissue as its own. It would eliminate the need for lifelong therapy with anti-rejection drugs that are themselves harmful to the body. Speaking at an American Heart Assn. science writers' meeting, Dr.
October 9, 1991 |
For the first time, scientists have been able to convert muscle tissue into bones of a precise shape, potentially providing an important new source of bone for grafts and wound repairs. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the National Institutes of Health combined muscle tissue from the legs of rats with finely ground bone powder, added a synthetically produced growth factor and injected the mixture into a rubber mold.