Friday, March 24, 2006

Tidbits

There may be hope for people with Type I Diabetes. A simple injection of Freund's Complete Adjuvant kills the autoimmune attack on the pancreas beta islet cells. It is a New York Times article. Half of the diabetic mice given this simple treatment were spontaneously cured which means that the pancreas can grow new beta islet cells once the autoimmune attack is turned off by the Freund's Complete Adjuvant. Of course, plenty of diseases and cancers have been cured in mice, but the procedures didn't translate to humans. However, the fact that the pancreas can heal itself was a finding the medical establishment didn't initially believe. Same thing happened with the H. pylori discovery. H. pylori is the bacterium which causes stomach and intestinal ulcers. It can live in the acidic environment of the stomach. The medical establishment took ten years to accept the findings that a combination of an antacid and antibiotic would cure stomach ulcers. Resistance to new ideas is common in science. These cases just illustrate that science as a process works, but that scientists being human, will resist accepting the evidence until there is overwhelming proof. Some results are accepted almost overnight and other results take twenty years or more to be accepted.

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is on the rise worldwide due to patients not completing their therapy or medical incompetence or ignorance by physicians.It's an LA Times article.
Comments:
my brother is a microbiologist,
there are many very ill people
and men like you do the best you can
and G-d bless you for the good you do
but please don't let the days details keep you from the need
of praying for and hoping for a quick and miraculous method of cure for them all.
 
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