Can dormant bears help us heal?

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2009 - 11:26 PM

Hibernation research might someday help humans recover from injury or disease.

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tayrizDec. 26, 0911:49 PM

What an interesting article! Thanks, Star Tribune!

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maidenwolfDec. 27, 09 7:04 AM

Simply amazing.

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KepmeisterDec. 27, 09 8:17 AM

And quit wasting money studying this - we're not bears, our physiology is different, this info won't help us.

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twinsfan42Dec. 27, 09 9:29 AM

should not be allowed access to modern medicine. Obviously our physiology is different, and this is exactly why this study is relevant and worth our time. Dr. Iaizzo is one of the best researchers in the world, and would not be spending money on this study if it wasn't worth while.

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kitkat2Dec. 27, 09 9:49 AM

"She's the angry female," said Brian Dirks, Camp Ripley animal survey coordinator. "She doesn't sleep very sound." Ha! Just what is "the angry female" If she were a male she would be described as vigilant or some other more positive word, of course she's going to be protective if disturbed. I really enjoyed the article but couldn't resist pointing out the language above.

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geo35mmDec. 27, 0910:36 AM

Nice to know you're not a mammal like the rest of us. Next time you drink a glass of milk or eat a burger, remember they came from a ruminant with four stomachs and have no business being in your diet. (And "torture?" Pu-leeez! They didn't send the bear to Treblinka, they monitored his physiology while he slept.)

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notmetooDec. 27, 0910:36 AM

Well, if the Vikings can beat them tomorrow night it would help.

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beimbornDec. 27, 09 4:21 PM

As the graphic suggets, true hibernators behave quite differently in the winter. Their body temperature drops to ambient and they go through periodic wake up spells, every few days to few weeks, depending on the animal. Bears become dormant. They sleep all winter. Curious that a reporter who writes about bears did not know the difference.

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