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Snaggy

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Icon 11 posted April 30, 2008 19:25      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
whoa.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7354458.stm

How? Well that's the truly remarkable part. It wasn't a transplant. Mr Spievak re-grew his finger tip. He used a powder - or pixie dust as he sometimes refers to it while telling his story.
Mr Speivak's brother Alan - who was working in the field of regenerative medicine - sent him the powder.

For ten days Mr Spievak put a little on his finger.
"The second time I put it on I already could see growth. Each day it was up further. Finally it closed up and was a finger.
"It took about four weeks before it was sealed."

Now he says he has "complete feeling, complete movement."
The "pixie dust" comes from the University of Pittsburgh, though in the lab Dr Stephen Badylak prefers to call it extra cellular matrix.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 02:16      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
From TFA:
It took the end right off, down to the bone

A possum did the same to me what I was about 10, it grew back, with less scarring than shown in TFA.

This miracle-powder doesn't sound very miraculous to me.

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 04:22      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Are you guys freaking kidding me? I thought that was computer enhanced. A finger does not just grow back, does it? Creepy. [Eek!]

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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 04:24      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ohh, btw, TFD.... I like your new signiture.... hehe FUNNY!!! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 06:28      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
Ohh, btw, TFD.... I like your new signiture.... hehe FUNNY!!! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

I tend to think of it as depressing-as-fsck, but different strokes...

Maybe he really meant: "We're not going to have any causalities."
(Albeit, 'causality' is a word, but 'causalities' might not be...)

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted May 01, 2008 09:16      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The Guardian gives that story the finger...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/may/01/finger.claim

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 17:07      Profile for Mr. Dave     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm... The Guardian interviewee complains that there's "no clinical evidence."

So just how, exactly, would you go about recruiting volunteers to participate in a statistically-significant clinical study on regrowth of amputated body parts?

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2008 18:50      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Actually, I can answer that one...

Most of the time, the call for subjects is sent out to hospitals and large medical groups. Doctors attached to the hospitals and groups then tell patients about the studies and/or post information so the patients can inquire further and decide if they want to sign up for the study.

Sometimes you'll also encounter radio or print ads for study volunteers too, but that's less common.

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Also, if they get the military interested, they could do trials that way, couldn't they? (That's probably the ideal place to get lots of subjects who have body parts that need regrowing these days. [Frown] )

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Icon 1 posted May 02, 2008 09:45      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My brother grew back his heel as a toddler. He was in an accident and lost about half of the fleshy part of his heel. It grew back with minor scaring, but the foot print is wonky. The doctor attributed it to his young age.
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Icon 9 posted May 02, 2008 20:14      Profile for joliet_jane     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Actually, I already made a thread about this. And it was frontpaged too. [ohwell]

http://www.geekculture.com/ultimatebb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=15;t=003620

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Snaggy

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Icon 1 posted May 02, 2008 22:38      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
oops, sorry jj, guess I should read what I Tidbit. [blush]
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Icon 1 posted May 03, 2008 15:47      Profile for joliet_jane     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
oops, sorry jj, guess I should read what I Tidbit. [blush]

S'ok! [Smile]

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