Report: Farmers’ Almanac more accurate than gov’t climate scientists

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks with farmers Joe Del Bosque and Maria Del Bosque as he tours a drought affected farm field in Los Banos, California February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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This exceptionally cold and snowy winter has shown that government climate scientists were dead wrong when it came to predicting just how cold this winter would be, while the 197-year old Farmers’ Almanac predicted this winter would be “bitterly cold”.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) predicted temperatures would be “above normal from November through January across much of the lower 48 states.” Continue reading “Report: Farmers’ Almanac more accurate than gov’t climate scientists”

Congressman blasts Obama’s Defense Department for blocking Marine colonel from appearing before Congress as key witness in Benghazi probe

By  David Martosko In Washington

PUBLISHED: 14:01 EST, 9 July  2013 |  UPDATED: 20:06  EST, 9 July 2013

Have you seen this man? U.S. Marine Corps Col. George Bristol commanded the Special Operations units in Northern Africa when terrorists attacked American diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya 

Have you seen this man? U.S. Marine Corps Col. George  Bristol, who is believed to have retired in March, commanded the Special  Operations units in Northern Africa when terrorists attacked American diplomatic  posts in Benghazi, Libya

A key witness to the military’s response  after the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya  hasn’t appeared before Congress to testify about what he knows.

And Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who  sits on the powerful House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, is losing  his patience with the Pentagon.

The Obama Administration’s Defense Department  has so far declined to tell the committee anything about Col. George Bristol’s  whereabouts, despite his position until March of this year as commander of Joint  Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara.

‘The Department of Defense is not willing to  pass along any sort of information,’ Rep.  Chaffetz told MailOnline. ‘That’s  unbelievably frustrating.’

Bristol’s former unit, which operates under  United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), played a key role in what unfolded as  armed terrorists executed a military attack on the Benghazi diplomatic post,  killing the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

 

‘We know he was in the chain of command that  evening,’ Chaffetz explained. ‘We want to know what his position was. And we  will find out.’

Meanwhile, the Utah congressman is critical  of the Pentagon for refusing to provide access to Bristol, or tell Congress  where to find him.

Looking for answers: Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to interview Bristol, but the Pentagon 'is choosing to not be helpful, he said'General Carter F. Ham, former commander of the U.S. military's Africa Command, testified before Congress in June about Benghazi

Looking for answers: Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz  (L) wants to interview Bristol, but the Pentagon claims it isn’t required to  furnish the whereabouts of retired officers. But General Carter Ham (R), the  retired former commander of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, was served up to  Congress by the Dept. of Defense

 

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was in flames during the military-style attack by terrorists in Sept. 2012. Congress continues to look for answers 

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was in flames  during the military-style attack by terrorists in Sept. 2012. Congress continues  to look for answers, despite the Obama administration’s unwillingness to  cooperate

 

‘It’s obvious to us that the Pentagon is  choosing to not be helpful,’ said Chaffetz.

‘In general, they have probably been more  helpful on Benghazi than other agencies, but with Col. Bristol, this is somehow  different.’

Maj. Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman,  told CBS News on July 5 that the Department of Defense ‘cannot compel retired  members to testify before Congress.’

Chaffetz called that assertion  ‘Hogwash.’

‘General Ham is retired,’ he said, ‘and they  made him available.’

Army Gen. Carter Ham was in command  of  AFRICOM until April 2013, and was Col. Bristol’s superior on the day  terrorists, including many affiliated with the al-Qaeda-linked group  Ansar  al-Sharia, bombarded the State Department’s Benghazi outposts.

Ham testified on June 26 in a closed session  before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and  Investigations.

Stonewalling? The Pentagon refuses to provide information about where Col. Bristol can be found, even as congressional Republicans ask for answers and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is now the Defense Secretary

 

Stonewalling? The Pentagon refuses to provide  information about where Col. Bristol can be found, even as congressional  Republicans ask for answers and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is now the  Defense Secretary

Chaffetz said he and other oversight  committee Republicans are still attempting to track down everyone – both  military and civilian – who can supply crucial pieces of the Benghazi  puzzle.

Questions remain unanswered about why Special  Operations soldiers were prevented from boarding a military plane in Tripoli  during the attack – a plane that was already preparing to take off for Benghazi.

Other questions focus on the degree to which  the State and Justice Departments may have waited too long to act in the  attack’s aftermath, missing opportunities to find answers or collect evidence.

The FBI didn’t arrive on the scene in  Benghazi until approximately three weeks had gone by, citing remaining security  concerns in the Mediterranean coastal city.

‘You can’t do a thorough investigation  without talking to everyone who knows something or saw something,’ Chaffetz  said. ‘Absolutely everyone.’

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel were killed by militants who attacked the diplomatic compound in the Mediterranean coastal town of Benghazi 

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three  other U.S. personnel were killed by militants who attacked the diplomatic  compound in the Mediterranean coastal town of Benghazi

 

And that, he said, includes the State  Department employees who worked in or around the consulate compound. More than  two dozen of them are believed to be either in military hospitals or under  Pentagon protection. As with Col. Bristol, the Department of Defense has not  provided Congress with any access to them.

‘I think we have a better idea of who they  are, and we know where some of them are,’ Chaffetz told MailOnline, comparing  the depth of Congress’ information with what it knew during the months following  the Benghazi attack.

‘But we’re no closer to getting interviews  with them. It will happen, but the State Department is just being incredibly  unhelpful.’

President Obama told reporters on May 1 that  he was unaware of any Benghazi survivors who had been prohibited from speaking  to congressional investigators, and he pledged to find out more.

‘I’m not familiar with this notion that  anybody has been blocked from testifying,’ the president said during a news  conference, in response to a direct question about the situation.

‘So what I’ll do is, I will find out what  exactly you’re referring to,’ Obama promised. The White House hasn’t commented  publicly on the matter since then.

Not just Benghazi: Protesters destroyed an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on the same day the Benghazi consulate fell 

Not just Benghazi: Protesters destroyed an American flag  pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on the same day the Benghazi  consulate fell

The State Department has pushed back against  claims that any of its career employees have been threatened with retaliation if  they provide members of Congress with new details about the Benghazi  attack.

‘The State Department is deeply committed to  meeting its obligation to protect employees,’ a spokesman told reporters during  a May 1 briefing, ‘and the State Department would never tolerate – tolerate or  sanction – retaliation against whistle-blowers on any issue, including this  one.’

Neither the State Department nor the Pentagon  responded to phone calls seeking comment. The Pentagon also did not reply to a  request for information about Col. Bristol’s whereabouts.

A Libyan man told the Associated Press that bloodstains outside the Benghazi consulate were from an American staff member who grabbed the edge of the column while he was evacuated 

A Libyan man told the Associated Press that bloodstains  outside the Benghazi consulate were from an American staff member who grabbed  the edge of the column while he was evacuated

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American Samoa’s battle against obesity as 95 per cent of the nation are declared overweight

  • WHO figures reveal extent of the obesity  crisis in the small Pacific island
  • One airline charging passengers tickets  based on their weight to save costs
  • Island-wide health push to encourage  healthier eating and more activity

By  Helen Collis

PUBLISHED: 11:58 EST, 8 July  2013 |  UPDATED: 11:59  EST, 8 July 2013

 

It has been officially ranked the fattest  population in the world – with estimates as high as 94 per cent  obesity.

The sheer scale of the problem has prompted  both public and private sector organisations to take action.

One airline has has become unpopular with the  locals by making every passenger stand on a set of scales with their luggage and  making them pay according to their individual weight.

Officially fattest: Islanders living on the beautiful American Samoa archipelago are officially the fattest in the world, according to WHO figures 

Officially fattest: Islanders living on the beautiful  American Samoa archipelago are officially the fattest in the world, according to  WHO figures

 

An American Samoan manAmerican Samoan local women performing a cultural show

Local American Samoans performing a cultural show; the  island’s inhabitants have been ranked the fattest in the world

While the healthcare sector is actively  encouraging the island’s inhabitants to pursue healthier lifestyles in a bid to  prevent the ticking time-bomb of health complications later in life, associated  with obesity.

The American-owned island, which forms part  of the Samoan archipelago chain in the Pacific Ocean, only has a population of  700,000, according to a 2013 census.

 

But, according to World Health Organization  records, 94 per cent, or 658,000 of them are overweight.

The dire statistic is blamed on an unhealthy  fast-food culture, influenced by its mainland powerhouse, and a penchant for a  sedentary lifestyle.

Almost all of the food in American Samoa is  imported and therefore expensive, but fast-food chains offer a cheap and  convenient alternative.

WHERE  ARE THE WORLD’S FATTEST PLACES…

1. American Samoa – 94 per cent

2. Kiribati, Central Pacific – 82 per  cent

3. French Polynesia – 74 per cent

4. Saudi Arabia – 73 per cent

5. Panama – 67.4 per cent

6. The U.S. – 66.9 per cent

7. Germany – 66.5 per cent

8. Egypt – 66 per cent

9. Kuwait – 64 per cent

10. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 63 per  cent

11. New Zealand – 62.7 per cent

12. Malta – 62.3 per cent

13. Israel – 61.9 per cent

14. Croatia – 61.4 per cent

15. Bahrain – 61 per cent

16. Macedonia – 60.4 per cent

17. Barbados  – 60.4 per cent

18. Seychelles – 60.1 per cent

19. Canada – 59.1 per cent

20. Chile – 59.7 per  cent

Samoa Air’s new ‘pay-by-weight’ system may be  having an effect on its passengers, however, so perhaps this is the way forward  for fat countries?

The island’s obesity epidemic is at crisis  point, since its population is now giving birth to overweight babies, starting  life with a plethora of health complications.

One study found that at just 15 months old,  40 per cent of boys and 30 per cent of girl babies were classed as overweight.

Being overweight is associated with a  catalogue of awful chronic diseases and health complications, including  hypertension and heart disease, diabetes and subsequent renal failure and liver  disease. It is also linked the asthma, cancer, depression, stroke and problems  associated with digestion.

The implications and burdens of such  crippling chronic diseases, not just to the individual and their relatives, but  also for the the country’s healthcare system, are immense.

But at last, it appears the island’s health  push is apparently sinking in.

An early morning exercise class at the  island’s only sports stadium is attracting more members.

Olivia Reid-Gillet attends twice a week  because she became aware of how serious her weight issues were.

Quoted by CBS News, she said: ‘I needed to  get healthier. I had high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high  cholesterol.’

Clinics including dietary advice, wellness  programmes, and childhood obesity tracking are also being offered to educate  people so they can take more control of their disease.

Local doctor, John Tuitele, told the news  service: ‘The people are being aware of the problem. People are realising the  importance of what we’re trying to get across.’

 

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Who is the unnamed U.S. Ambassador who ‘solicited prostitutes in public parks?’ Damning internal memo reveals disgrace of top diplomat

EEV: This article has been updated with the accused Ambassador at the following link:

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  • An internal memo  obtained by CBS News reveals specific instances where investigations were  ‘influenced, manipulated or simply called off’
  • One investigation  regarded allegations that a U.S. ambassador was soliciting prostitutes in public  parks
  • Another  allegation of prostitute solicitation involved members of Hillary Clinton’s  security personnel
  • The State  Department says the notion that it wouldn’t pursue such allegations is  ‘preposterous’

By  Hayley Peterson

PUBLISHED: 16:06 EST, 10  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 23:23 EST, 10 June 2013

A damning internal memo obtained by CBS News  alleges that – amongst various other alleged coverups – the State Department  swept under the rug allegations that an unnamed U.S. ambassador repeatedly  trolled overseas public parks in search of prostitutes.

According to the memo, written by the  Inspector General’s office, State  Department officials directed the  IG’s office to stop investigating the  official. He was called to D.C. to meet with Undersecretary of State for  Management Patrick Kennedy and  then allowed to return to his job.

But that allegation is just one in a series  of supposed coverups outlined in the report – others charge that the State  Department covered up allegations of sexual assaults and drug use within their  ranks.

The memo reveals at least a half dozen  specific instances where investigations into illegal or inappropriate behavior  on the part of State Department personnel were ‘influenced, manipulated, or  simply called off’ by senior officials, CBS  News‘ John Miller reports.

Miller reports that the cover-ups involved  ‘allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in  sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and … that  members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged  prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” – a problem the report  says was “endemic.”‘

Secretary of State John Kerry pauses during a joint news conference with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, Monday, June 3, 2013, at the State Department in WashingtonSecretary of State John Kerry pauses during a joint news  conference with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, Monday, June 3, 2013,  at the State Department in Washington

An internal memo has revealed that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail were investigated for engaging prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countriesAn internal memo has revealed that members of former  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail were investigated for  engaging prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries

The memo also references an ‘underground drug  ring’ operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that provided drugs to U.S.  security contractor.

Miller spoke to Aurelia Fedenisn, a former  investigator for the State Department Inspector General, who said investigators  expect some influence but that ‘the degree to which that influence existed and  how high up it went, was very disturbing.’

The memo details investigators’ concerns that  cases were being manipulated by senior State Department officials. In the final  report, however, all references to specific cases had been removed, Miller  reports.

Allegations of misconduct revealed by an internal memo involve U.S. diplomatic officials around the worldAllegations of misconduct revealed by an internal memo  involve U.S. diplomatic officials around the world

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki pushed  back against the CBS report during a press briefing on Monday.

The ‘notion that we would not vigorously  pursue criminal misconduct in a case, any case, is preposterous,’ she said. ‘We  take allegations of misconduct seriously and we investigate thoroughly. All  cases mentioned in the CBS report were thoroughly investigated or under  investigation.’

Psaki added that the State Department has  responded specifically to the Inspector General’s claims that its investigations  are being influenced.

‘The department has responded to the  recommendations in the [Inspector General’s] report,’ she added. ‘Diplomatic  Security has taken the further step of requesting additional review by outside  experience law enforcement officers on top of the [Inspector General’s]  inspection so that officers with law enforcement experience can make expert  assessments about our current procedures.’

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US Air Force stripped 17 officers controlling intercontinental nuclear missiles

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US Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control – and, if necessary, launch – nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills.

 “We are, in fact, in a crisis right now,” the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email confirmed by the Air Force.

 The tip to trouble was a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, which earned the equivalent of a “D” grade when tested on its mastery of Minuteman III missile launch operations. In other areas, the officers tested much better.

 The Air Force publicly called the inspection a “success.”

 But in April it quietly removed 17 officers from the highly sensitive duty of standing 24-hour watch over the Air Force’s most powerful nuclear missiles, the intercontinental ballistic missiles that can strike targets across the globe. Inside each underground launch control capsule, two officers stand “alert” at all times, ready to launch upon presidential order.

 The 17 cases mark the Air Force’s most extensive sidelining ever of launch crew members, according to Lt. Col. Angie Blair, a spokeswoman for Air Force Global Strike Command, which oversees the missile units as well as nuclear-capable bombers. The wing has 150 officers assigned to missile launch control duty.

 The trouble at Minot is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Air Force’s nuclear mission, highlighted by a 2008 Pentagon advisory group report that found a “dramatic and unacceptable decline” in the Air Force’s commitment to the mission, which has its origins in a Cold War standoff with the former Soviet Union.

 In 2008, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates sacked the top civilian and military leaders of the Air Force after a series of blunders, including a bomber’s mistaken flight across the country armed with nuclear-tipped missiles.

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Report: Nearby US special forces blocked during Benghazi attack, told ‘you don’t have authority to go’

Posted By Vince Coglianese On 1:11 PM  05/06/2013 In World |

As the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya raged on for more than seven hours, a team of U.S. special forces in Tripoli was blocked from flying in to attempt a rescue, according to a top American diplomat who was in the region.

In previously secret testimony given by Gregory Hicks — the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya — to congressional investigators last month, Hicks revealed two possible courses of action that could have saved American lives that night: allowing U.S. special forces to enter Benghazi and flying a fast-moving U.S. military aircraft over the scene of the attacks.

“So Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the [Special Operations Command South Africa] commander, his team, you know, they were on their way to the vehicles to go to the airport to get on the C-130 when he got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, you can’t go now, you don’t have authority to go now,” Hicks told congressional investigators, “and so they missed the flight,” which would have gotten the team inserted prior to the second attack on the CIA annex.

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reported on the exchange Monday afternoon, noting that “[n]o assistance arrived from the U.S. military outside of Libya during the hours that Americans were under attack.” The claim that U.S. forces were called off from their attempts to reach the besieged compounds is a direct contradiction of the Obama administration’s claim “that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized,” Attkisson noted.

Hicks — who briefly became America’s top diplomat in Libya once Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed that night — also told investigators that an intimidating presence by an American military aircraft could have been enough to scare off the attackers and save lives.

“I believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them,” Hicks said.

In excerpts of an interview that aired on CBS Sunday, Hicks revealed that he knew the attack was “a terrorist attack from the get-go.”

Hicks said he immediately sought answers to why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice characterized the attack as the spontaneous result of an unruly protest while making the rounds on the next week’s Sunday shows.

Hicks will appear before a public congressional hearing on Benghazi this Wednesday.

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U.S. military suspends joint patrols with Afghans ” our allies — have turned their guns on NATO forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them Americans”

(CBS News) The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training.

Afghan government troops — our allies — have turned their guns on NATO forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them Americans. That is more attacks than the last two years combined.

The order effectively suspends “until further notice” most of the operations which U.S. and Afghan troops conduct side by side. At higher headquarters, Afghans and Americans will still work together, but in the field small unit operations putting Afghan soldiers alongside Americans — the guts of the U.S. strategy to turn the fighting over to Afghans — will be suspended unless an exception is granted by a commanding general.

The order was issued after a long weekend in which four American and two British troops were killed by so-called “insider attacks” — Afghans turning their guns on their supposed allies.

After spate of “insider attacks,” NATO lessens Afghan partnership Anti-U.S. protests linger after deadly weekend of “insider attacks” in Afghanistan 4 U.S. troops killed in Afghan “insider attack”

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called the surge in insider attacks “a very serious threat to the campaign.”

In addition, two Marines were killed and eight fighter jets destroyed by enemy fighters who penetrated a heavily fortified base.

A Taliban video shot the morning after the attack on Camp Bastion shows smoke still rising from the most destructive enemy attack of the entire war. Just as disturbing is the fact the enemy was able to film this propaganda video, from just outside the base.

The attack began at 10 p.m. Friday night when a band of 15 enemy fighters somehow eluded detection by security cameras which scan the entire perimeter of Camp Bastion. Dressed in U.S. army uniforms, they cut their way through the outer wire and blew a hole through the base wall. Armed with automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests, they split into teams — each going after a separate target. One went for the harrier jet fighters, another for the fueling stations, and a third for the helicopters. Within 30 minutes, the damage was done. A quick reaction force finally arrived and after a two-hour firefight, killed 14 attackers and wounded one who is now in custody.

One U.S. official put it simply: “We have got to do a better job at protecting our troops.”

U.S. officials say that somewhere between 10 percent and 25 percent of the insider attacks are the work of enemy infiltrators. The rest are the result of personal insults and just plain cultural misunderstandings

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Paralyzed patients regain some sensory function after neural stem cell treatment

By Michelle Castillo
 
 

StemCells’ human neural stem cell

(Credit: StemCells Inc.)

(CBS News) For most people who are paralyzed, there is no treatment available to help them regain full function of their limbs. 

 

But, promising new research from a phase 1 study conducted at the University of Zurich sponsored by StemCells, Inc. shows that six months after the implantation of neural stem cells, two out of three complete injury patients – meaning they had no neurological function below the point of injury – were able to gain some sensory function.

 

“We haven’t made progress in how to address injury after they occur, but using neural stem cells in a transplant lets us, for the first time, think we can repair this,” Dr. Stephen Huhn, a neurosurgeon and the vice president and head of the CNS program at StemCells, Inc. said to HealthPop.

 

The phase 1 study was intended to see if the implantation treatment had any unwanted side effects. For the procedure, 20 million neural stem cells were implanted directly into the spinal cord, something that has never been done before. Then, any reactions were monitored including complex examinations of sensory function – for example light touch, sensitivity to temperature and sensitivity to subtle electronic stimulation – as well as electrostimulation of the spinal cord itself.

 

What researchers were surprised to find was that the neural stem cell implantation was able to return some sensation to these paralyzed patients, who were all injured at the thoracic or chest level.

 

Hugh explained that if you think of the spinal cord and its 31 segments as a building with a series of floors, these patients could not access the floor below the point of the initial trauma. However, after the implantation, one patient was able to access three to four floors (or spinal cord segments below the paralysis point) and the other was able to reach five or six floors.

 

“These patients have had such an injury to their spinal cord that to see this kind of effect is amazing. They contain the worst of the worst injuries,” he explained.

 

While the other patient did not regain sensation, none of the patients had any negative side effects. Huhn believes this means that the treatment may be able to work even better for people who have limited function after a traumatic injury. Since the treatment has been deemed to be safe, the next phase is to test the implantation on nine other people who have incomplete injuries or some limited sensation or function after an injury.

 

Huhn recognizes that the field of stem cell research is controversial. The world’s only other trial using stem cells to treat spinal injury – which used embryonic stem cells – was ended in 2011 for financial reasons, according to the New Scientist. But, Huhn feels that the unique properties of neural stem cells and potential benefits warrant their use in medical treatment. Neural stem cells have the unique ability to divide and replicate themselves though cell culture. This means that for this trial, the team was able to use only one donated brain source to supply all the material needed for the study.

 

“This is a very delicate area, and we appreciate that neural stem cells are one of the first discoveries that we’ve had in which we can think about biologically repairing the nervous system,” “Now we have a tool, a technology – something we can think about repairing the central nervous system with.”

 

The information was presented at the International Spinal Cord Society’s (ISCoS) annual meeting in London on Sept. 3

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