Stem Cell Transplants Restore 2 Patients’ Vision

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental stem cell therapy restored partial vision to two patients with a common cause of blindness, British doctors reported this week.

Embyronic stem cells were converted into patches of eye cells and grown in the lab. The patches were then inserted into the back of one eye in each of the patients, both of whom suffer from age-related macular degeneration, the BBC News reported.

The transplants, on a woman in her sixties and an 86-year-old man, were performed at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. A year later, both patients report improved vision in the treated eye.

Another eight more patients are scheduled to take part in the clinical trial of the procedure, reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

“We’ve restored vision where there was none,” Lyndon da Cruz, consultant retinal surgeon at Moorfields, told BBC News.

“It’s incredibly exciting. As you get older, parts of you stop working and for the first time we’ve been able to take a cell and make it into a specific part of the eye that’s failing and put it back in the eye and get vision back.”

Da Cruz stopped short of calling the procedure a cure because it does not completely restore normal vision.



Where The Warmth Is

By Willis Eschenbach – Re-Blogged From

I got to thinking about the “hiatus” in warming in the 21st Century, and I realized that the CERES satellite dataset covers the period since the year 2000. So I’ve graphed up a few views of the temperature changes over the period of the CERES record, which at present is May 2000 to February 2017. No great insights, just a good overview and some interesting findings.

First, here are the raw CERES global average surface temperature data, the seasonal variations, and the anomaly that remains after removing the seasonal variations.

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Figure 1. Seasonal decomposition of the CERES surface temperature data. Statistical results (bottom line) are adjusted for autocorrelation using the method of Koutsoyiannis.

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Earth Hour is Tonight – Instead of Turning Off Your Lights, Turn Them On to Celebrate What Electricity Has Done For Mankind

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This excellent essay on the Earth Hour event, to be held tonight at 8:30PM in every local time zone, is an eye-opener.  Earth Hour is a testament to stupidity, in my opinion, and deserves to be mocked. North Korea reminds us what it is like to like in darkness, both politically, and in energy poverty.

satellite image of the korean penninsula at night, showing city lighting

Every hour is Earth Hour in North Korea – satellite image of the Korean peninsula at night, showing city lighting.

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Recycling Of The US dollars Financing The US Deficits Is Going To End (Part 3)

By Gijsbert Groenewegen – Re-Blogged From

Conclusion why the US dollar’s reserve status is at risk

What is at stake is the reserve status of US dollar following:

  1. Loss of dependency on Saudi oil because of the US becoming an oil net exporter as early as 2019 making the Petro-Dollar contract less of importance.
  2. The introduction of the Petro-Yuan-Gold contract planned for March 26.
  3. Trade tariffs that will reduce the flow of US dollars into foreign central banks and as such the recycling of US dollars into financing US deficits.
  4. The increasing budget and trade deficits that need financing from foreign investors (good for 48% of treasuries ownership), because Americans don’t save with a savings quote of 2.7%, and demanding higher interest rates. Also because the increasing US dollar hedging costs.
  5. The blowing out of the Libor-OIS spread, the global yardstick for cost of credit and uncertainty, risk in the global credit markets.
  6. Accelerating inflation, looming higher interest rates and the exhaustion/tapering of the QE measures that will not miss their impact on the tightening credit conditions resulting in the debasement of the currencies and especially the reserve currency.

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The Rule of Law; Article 1, Section 8; and Slavery

By Hillsdale College – Re-Blogged From

HUGH HEWITT: And for the Hillsdale Dialogue with Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale are located at All of our conversations dating back to 2013– I was going to say 1813, but that would date us– are collected at You can sign up for the free speech digests that Hillsdale College makes available by going to Find Imprimis and give me your email, your mailing address, your snail mail address. It is absolutely free. It is a wonderful addition to your reading material.

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3 Obesity Tests Better Than Body Mass Index

By Nick Tate – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

If you’re still using the BMI — body mass index — to determine if you’re dangerously overweight, you might as well be listening to music on an 8-track tape player or watching movies on an old VHS recorder.

That’s because the latest research shows that once-vaunted BMI is as outmoded as those old audio-video technologies and that other methods are far better at obesity-related risks for heart attack or other health problems.

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Approaching ‘Grand Solar Minimum’ Could Cause Global Cooling

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From

There’s a lot of evidence mounting that solar cycle 25 will usher in a new grand solar minimum. Since about October 2005, when the sun’s magnetic activity went into a sharp fall, solar activity has been markedly lower, with solar cycle 24 being the lowest in over 100 years.

Interplanetary magnetic field – Image from NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

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