January 31, 1994 |
Terrie Wenc jogs five miles every day--not unusual for a 47-year-old woman in trim condition. But Wenc is not your average jogger. Less than a year ago, she could not even drive, much less jog. Parkinson's disease had frozen her into immobility for several hours every day. She had to give up the beauty salon she owned, forfeited two houses and a car because of her medical expenses, and faced a future of despair.
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January 21, 1994 |
Kaitlin Symsek, who was born missing a heart valve and couldn't walk or crawl until she received a valve transplant, will cut the ribbon today at the grand opening of the American Red Cross Western Regional Tissue Center in Costa Mesa. "We were very, very lucky that at the time she needed (a heart valve) one was even available," said Kaitlin's mother, Debby Symsek.
January 5, 1994 |
The federal government Tuesday approved the first grant for fetal tissue research since President Clinton lifted a five-year ban on studies using cells from aborted fetuses. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is giving $4.5 million to three institutions to study the effects of implanting fetal tissue into the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease. Dr. Patricia Grady, head of the federal institute, called the research promising.
December 11, 1993 |
The Food and Drug Administration, reacting to concern in Congress, moved Friday to guarantee the safety of human tissue and bones used in 450,000 transplant operations in the United States each year. FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler said that the agency was issuing interim rules on an emergency basis after finding evidence that some "tissue brokers" may be dealing in infectious body parts, principally cadavers from Eastern Europe and Russia.
April 7, 1993 |
A research clinic in Santa Barbara has entered into an agreement to import fetal tissue from Russia to transplant into diabetics. The agreement by the Sansum Clinic reflects U.S. researchers' frustrations over difficulties in obtaining fetal tissue for research purposes, despite President Clinton's recent lifting of a moratorium on the use of such tissue. This is the first agreement of its kind between U.S. researchers and Russian authorities.
January 26, 1993 |
Dr. Edward Oldfield remembers the fall weekend in 1987 when he and Dr. Robert Plunkett, a fellow neurosurgeon at the National Institutes of Health, were preparing to take a historic step--performing the world's first fetal-cell transplant on a patient suffering from Parkinson's disease. Instead, less than 48 hours before the scheduled brain surgery on a middle-aged patient, the operation was canceled as a five-year moratorium began on federal aid for fetal-tissue research.
January 23, 1993 |
With a stroke of a pen, President Clinton marked the 20th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on Friday by dismantling a series of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Administration abortion restrictions, only hours after tens of thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators rallied across the street from the White House.
November 26, 1992 |
In three separate studies released today, researchers report the most convincing evidence yet that the controversial technique of implanting tissues from aborted fetuses into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients can produce significant improvements in mobility and quality of life.
November 26, 1992 |
An American physician, frustrated that the Bush Administration has stymied research on clinical uses of human fetal tissue, is helping to open a center in Moscow to treat myriad illnesses--from Down's syndrome to third-degree burns--with fetal tissue. Some of Dr. Eugene Molner's fellow American doctors have expressed skepticism over the treatments' effectiveness.