Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Therapy May Reduce Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

TAMPA, FL, March 27, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Targeted immune suppression using human umbilical cord blood cells may improve the pathology associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study in a mouse model of this currently untreatable neurodegenerative condition reports. The study, led by researchers at the University of South Florida, is published online in the peer-reviewed journal Stem Cells and Development (www.liebertpub.com/scd). Following a series of low-dose infusions of human umbilical cord blood cells into mice with Alzheimer’s-like disease, the amount of amyloid-ß and ß-amyloid plaques – hallmarks of Alzheimer’s pathology in the brain – was reduced 62 percent. Amyloid-ß induces […]
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Brazil Teenager Murdered by Boyfriend for Refusing to Abort her Child

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman SÃO PAULO, Brazil, March 27, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mariana Almeida Andrade, a sixteen-year-old resident of São Paulo, lost her life for refusing to abort her unborn child, according to local police. After finding the teenage girl strangled to death in a vacant lot at a petrochemical plant in the São Miguel Paulista area, police interviewed her ex-boyfriend, who reportedly confessed that he killed her for refusing to have an abortion.  Almeida Andrade was three months pregnant at the time.  According to the police, her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, who remains unnamed in media accounts, said he did not […]
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UN Weekly Briefing: March 17th -23rd

By CLC UN Representative   TORONTO, Canada, March 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com)   WORLD YOUTH REPORT 2007    On March 17th, the website Caribbean360.com published an exposé on the UN World Youth Report 2007 titled Young People’s Transition to Adulthood: Progress and Challenges. Issued by the department of Economic and Social Affairs, the 306 pages long document outlines the challenges of young people around the world. It presents a regional analysis of education, health, employment opportunities and other elements affecting the lives and realities of young people today.   According to Caribbean360.com, the situation of young people in the Caribbean is […]
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Leading Political Party in Belgium Calls for Euthanasia for Teens and Children

By John-Henry Westen BRUSSELS, March 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –  The Leader of the Belgium Liberals, the primary Party in the Belgian coalition Government, has called for legal euthanasia to be permitted for teens and children.  The 2002 law which permitted euthanasia on newborns and terminally ill patients suffering “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain” currently restricts euthanasia to newborns and those over 18 years of age. Bart Tommelein, Leader of Belgium Liberals, said his Party would seek approval for measures to extend euthanasia to teens and elderly disabled with dementia and thus unable to decide for themselves to be […]
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California Court Agrees to Reconsider Ruling That Made Most Homeschooling Illegal

LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The California Court of Appeal agreed Tuesday to a request by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund to reconsider a Feb. 28 decision making most homeschooling a crime in the state. “Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “Because this ruling impacts all Californians, we believe the case deserves a second look. We look forward to presenting this case for rehearing.” Ruling against a child enrolled at Sunland Christian School, a private homeschooling program, the California Court of Appeal found, in the […]
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