June 2: A stem-cell testing ground in Minnesota tries to heal damaged hearts

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 10:14 PM

At Abbott Northwestern, Dr. Tim Henry is using adult stem cells to come up with a realistic treatment option for heart disease.

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nessmessJun. 2, 13 7:18 AM

This is fantastic technology. Let's hope that the changes to American Health care don't make this treatment to cost prohibitive... I am fearful that many treatments will be deemed to cost prohibitive for people that are above age 50.

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munsterlandrJun. 2, 13 7:46 AM

The stem cell controversy was the destruction of human embryos incident to research involving embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell research was long suspected to be a dead end, but Obama used it as a hot button for votes in 2008. He claimed millions could be helped with this research without clarifying that the research that showed promise was the adult stem cell research and not the embryonic stem cell research. He then claimed the evil BUSH had blocked promising embryonic stem cell research which was a lie. That was one of the earlier events in which America should have learned that if Obama is talking he is lying.

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timandtiaJun. 2, 13 8:29 AM

Another reason why stem cell research should be in "full gear". I still don't know why some people are against stem cell's. If I had to do it, I would be the first in line!

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firefight41Jun. 2, 13 9:00 AM

Another reason why stem cell research should be in "full gear". I still don't know why some people are against stem cell's. If I had to do it, I would be the first in line! ************** No one was against stem cell research, Bush ended the federal funding of embryonic stem cells, and as seen by this article they are not needed.

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bluebeachJun. 2, 13 9:01 AM

What the article could not convey is the kindness and concern that Dr. Henry has for his patients. At age 44 I had a heart attack resulting from 100% occlusion of my left anterior descending artery. I am alive because of my good fortune to have had working collateral arteries around the blockage and Dr. Henry's skill in opening the occlusion through angioplasty and then "molding" the artery so that almost 20 years later I leave a very active lifestyle. During my recovery he was very supportive to me and my family. I wish you the best Dr. Henry as you bring hope to the hopeless through not only you research but also your concern for the well-being of your patients.

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chavistaJun. 2, 13 9:24 AM

Poor Musterland, he's another Tea Republican that doesn't recognize or believe in science until he personally needs it. Embryonic stem cell research is NOT dead, embryonic cells are being used in experiments every day looking for cures to some of the worst maladies. As to George Bush, he did restrict embryonic stems cells usage to only a few lines which were or quickly became contaminated and worthless, thus restricting scientists. Obama fulfilled his promise to open up new stem cell lines which are being used today. Sorry Musterland, but your post rates four Pinocchios!

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TheDarkOneJun. 2, 1310:58 AM

"The stem cell controversy was the destruction of human embryos incident to research involving embryonic stem cells." *************** You mean, the destruction of stored embryos that had little to no chance to ever see the light of day and at best would have remained in storage indefinitely at best, and otherwise been destroyed at some point in the future anyway? Those embryos? Perhaps your anger is more properly directed at infertile couples and/or fertility clinics who produce more embryos than necessary in the first place.

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firefight41Jun. 2, 1311:18 AM

Embryonic stem cell research is NOT dead, embryonic cells are being used in experiments every day looking for cures to some of the worst maladies. As to George Bush, he did restrict embryonic stems cells usage to only a few lines which were or quickly became contaminated and worthless, thus restricting scientists. *************** Bush restricted Federal funding, he did not restrict embryonic stem cell usage. Sorry Chavista, but your post rates four Pinocchios!

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munsterlandrJun. 2, 1312:19 PM

Virtually every scientist that is NOT GETTING GRANT MONEY from the government or other institutions will agree embryonic stem cell research is a dead end. Adult stem cells are where the inroads are being made. The problem is we have a fair number of scientists whose livlihood depends on making false promises on embryonic stem cells.

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chavistaJun. 2, 13 2:10 PM

munsterlandr Jun. 2, 13 12:19 PM - "Virtually every scientist that is NOT GETTING GRANT MONEY from the government or other institutions will agree embryonic stem cell research is a dead end." *** Those must be the same 2% of pseudo scientists that say there is no global warming? @ firefight, George Bush instituted policies in August of 2001 limiting stem cell research to 78 lines of cells. It was discovered that only 19 of these lines were usable due to contamination of the other 59, thus severely restricting science. You can't change history or the facts!

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