For the man who is not ready for a child in his life, there are several wonderful options available for family planning. These include condoms, herbal remedies, vasectomies, prolonged heating of the testicles, and, of course, the infamous withdrawal method.
Obviously, most of these are either a tad final or woefully ineffective. Except for the condom, which protects against a range of STD’s as well, men really don’t have a highly effective, reversible means for contraception. Women, of course, have “The Pill,” and scientists have long been working to develop something similar for men. Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston reported their findings today in Cellthat may very well bring us one step closer. Continue reading →
Being the kind of person I am, I can’t describe the joy of setting off on a journey with absolutely everything I need. Nothing forgotten, nothing to grab along the way. Oh the peace of mind.
Ladies, we know that you come into this world equally well prepared. That is, for your journey towards motherhood. Or do you? We’ve all been aware that you’re born with all the eggs you’ll ever have, but is that true? Researchers in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Tilly at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston challenge that notion by reporting their discovery of human egg-producing stem cells in Nature Medicine this past February. Continue reading →
Ever watch Mr. Magoo? It’s pretty clear that blindness can be a hindrance to everyday living. When I was a kid, I used to see how I could manage with my eyes closed. There may be more than a few bumps from a run in with a wall or three.
Luckily, my childhood “condition” could be corrected with a little common sense. Now, those with actual impaired vision may have hope from the world of stem cell therapy. Dr. Robert Lanza’s team at Advanced Cell Technology in Massachusetts reported a new treatment using human embryonic stem cells in the January issue of The Lancet. Continue reading →
I’m always excited to find a follow-up to a story I’ve written about here before. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s happened too often. Could be because this is only my 63rd post, but I’m not one to point fingers. In any case, we have a follow-up on a subject that I’m particularly happy to report on.
I don’t want to go bald. I have friends that are bald. They can rock it. I’d look really weird. And I don’t think I could ever find a workable hair piece either. Yikes.
Luckily, I may not have to worry much longer. Dr. George Cotsarelis’ research team at the University of Pennsylvania published their discovery of a molecule that blocks hair growth, and thus a therapeutic target for baldness, in the March issue of Science Translational Medicine.