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There's An Experimental Method To Create Pregnancy


January 19, 2017

By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

On the page labeled “whatever happened to” I see the name Kim Davis. Yes, I know you remember Kim, a Kentucky county clerk and a longtime Democrat who switched to be a Republican because she felt abandoned by the Democrats in her fight against same-sex marriage. She was honored at the Values Voter Summit by the Family Research Council.

The Los Angeles County Supervisors recently passed an ordinance in the unincorporated areas to spay or neuter and microchip their cats. In 2014 the county Department of Animal Care and Control impounded 28, 911 cats and 21,055 were euthanized. Enforcement of the new mandate will be based on complaints, and pet owners will be given a warning and a chance to comply before being penalized with a fine.

Patients with advanced lung cancer who took Merck and Co.’s immune-boosting drug Keytruda as their first treatment lived longer on average than those who received chemotherapy in a new study that could herald a significant shift in treatment of the deadliest cancer.

The rumor is true – the Asia-Pacific region has changed in recent years; U.S. Marines in Japan will soon begin training alongside the Vietnamese military. Vietnam is not the only country eager to train with Marines in the Pacific. South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia will also take part in amphibious exercises.

The Army on September 14, 2016 broke ground on the site of the National Museum of the United States Army. The museum will sit on about 80 acres at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, that is very near Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Its 186,000 square feet of space will feature about 30,000 artifacts, documents and images and more than 15,000 pieces of artwork. The museum is expected to attract 500,000 to 700,000 visitors a year.

Can you believe it (because I can’t), 20 veterans commit suicide each day, and that’s one every 72 minutes?

It was just a little bit more than 40 years ago (September 17, 1976) the Episcopalian church in the United States okayed the ordination of female priests and bishops.

Boston, Chicago and New York City have all reached deep into their arsenal to get rid of the rat problem. The plan is to drop chunks of dry ice into burrows and seal up the tunnels. The dirty pests suffocate as the dry ice sublimates from a solid to a gas. The asphyxiated dead rats then decompose in place and out of sight. Chicago claims a 60 percent reduction of the rat population where used.

Ho, ho, ho! In its race toward a data-driven future the NFL has embedded wireless tracking sensors into every player’s shoulder pads to get details like speed and acceleration. The data is fed into a special command center at Zebra Technologies in San Jose. Zebra has also attached two chips under the collars of all referees’ shirts. and for preseason games the official game ball will have a chip just under the laces.

Do you also subscribe to Nature Communications? Then you probably read about the recent discovery made by those great minds at MIT and Georgia Tech. Hard to believe they invented a way to read a book that isn’t even open. I’m not surprised since the post office can read a letter in a still sealed envelope.

Hormone-blocking drugs for prostate cancer may increase men’s chances of developing dementia, a large study suggests, but researchers say the results aren’t conclusive enough to avoid the potentially life-saving treatment. Cancer patients who used the drugs faced about double the chances of being diagnosed with dementia over five years, compared with non-users. The researchers analyzed 20 years of electronic health records for almost 9,300 prostate cancer patients treated at Stanford University’s health system. After five years of follow-up about eight percent of men on hormone blockers were diagnosed with dementia versus almost four percent of non-users.

Here is another fiasco a la Wells Fargo. The FCC has fined Comcast $2.3 million for billing subscribers for services and equipment they didn’t order.

I just wonder, how many pumpkin pies can one make if the pumpkin weighed 2,624.6 lbs.? You guessed correctly, the giant pumpkin that set a new world’s record was grown in Belgium.

Are you a lady who wants to give birth to a baby, but don’t have a uterus? Well, help is here with a groundbreaking series of experimental surgeries. In late September 2016, four American women received womb transplants from living donors at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. It takes hours to remove a donor’s uterus and transplant it into a recipient. The estimated cost of a uterus transplant in the United States is $150,000 to $500,000. The procedure is not yet covered by health insurance.

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