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Multiple Sclerosis Damage Washed Away By Stream of Young Blood

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the finally-a-use-for-twilight-fans dept.

Medicine 216

FatLittleMonkey writes "A new study on mice suggests damage caused by diseases like Multiple sclerosis, as well as natural aging, can be reversed by an infusion of stem cell rich blood from younger mice. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that erodes the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord, and can result in serious disability. Similar effects occur naturally with aging. From New Scientist: 'White blood cells called macrophages from the young mice gathered at the sites of myelin damage. Macrophages engulf and destroy pathogens and debris, including destroyed myelin. "We know this debris inhibits regeneration, so clearing it up is important," says team member Amy Wagers of Harvard University.' Here's the academic paper's abstract."

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So...vampire treatment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701494)

I vant to suck you blood!

Re:So...vampire treatment? (0)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701762)

Is it fresh? I mean really fresh... Daddy needs to loose 10 years....

Re:So...vampire treatment? (0)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702328)

"loose"

Re:So...vampire treatment? (2)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702642)

"loose"

trollin away the day.

Re:So...vampire treatment? (2, Funny)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702676)

The study was made in cooperation with the University of Transylvania.

Virgins... (5, Funny)

bhagwad (1426855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701526)

Need to bathe me in some virgin blood - Ahahahahaha!

Re:Virgins... (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701544)

Countess Bathory, MD, PhD, postumously awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

Re:Virgins... (4, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701610)

You know a joke is obvious when you get to the comments section only to discover three people have already made it. Alas!

Unrelatedly, TED has a lot to say on the topic of ageing, much of it accessible. [ted.com] The general gist seems to be "as long as food is plentiful, it's in our best interest to reproduce fast and die young, so eating conservatively makes our bodies think they need to survive longer."

Re:Virgins... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702470)

You know a joke is obvious when you get to the comments section only to discover three people have already made it.

Ha. I only clicked on this article to see what jokes would be made around it.

Re:Virgins... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701920)

"Need to bathe me in some virgin blood - Ahahahahaha!"

All of the /. posters cower in fear.

Re:Virgins... (4, Funny)

voidphoenix (710468) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702654)

They did say "young"... I don't think 40-year old virgins count... ;p

Good, good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701530)

Life extension gets at least SOME coverage on Slashdot.

Re:Good, good. (1)

Gideon Wells (1412675) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701600)

I agree, It is always cool to see stuff like this. The only problem is that it always gives me a terrible urge to go check up on The Singularity Hub.

Re:Good, good. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701794)

"gives me a terrible urge to go check up on The Singularity Hub"

[smack] Snap out of it!

Re:Good, good. (1)

fast turtle (1118037) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701726)

Robert Heinlenn covered this in his novels "Time Enough for Love" and "Methusala's Children".

Re:Good, good. (1)

emilper (826945) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701876)

what Heinlein covered was Eugenics, which was still kind of polite to talk about in the '40s ...

Re:Good, good. (2)

NevergoldMel (1210176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702038)

Actually, he specifically mentioned the use of new or young blood to reverse disease and aging. It's about the same point in the book Lazarus talks to President (something with an F I think).

Re:Good, good. (1)

tsotha (720379) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702208)

Isn't that something Kieth Richards is rumored to have done?

Re:Good, good. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702650)

No, he very specifically wrote about the replacement of blood as a means of attaining longevity for those who were not genetically contrived to be long-lived.

Warlock... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701536)

Baptised or unbaptised?

Finally! (5, Funny)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701538)

A use for all those annoying neighborhood children.

Re:Finally! (5, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701934)

Hey you kids! Don't get off my lawn! In fact, there's even better grass down in the basement, come check it out!

Re:Finally! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701960)

I'll be outside hiding in a bush with a video game tied to the end of a string. "Come on kids, take the bait..."

Re:Finally! (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702302)

I'll be outside hiding in a bush with a video game tied to the end of a string. "Come on kids, take the bait..."

What you'll get is a herd of Slashdot nerds - is their blood really what you want?

Re:Finally! (3, Funny)

comrade k (787383) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702364)

Well, you can be sure they're free of HIV -- No sex to transmit it to them!

Back to the Future (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701548)

Someone get Michael J. Fox some new baby blood, stat. He's got a sequel to make.

Re:Back to the Future (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701604)

I hate to break it to you, but he has Parkinson's, not MS.

Re:Back to the Future (5, Funny)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701644)

We should try it anyway. For Marty's sake.

Re:Back to the Future (5, Funny)

jamesh (87723) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702108)

I hate to break it to you, but he has Parkinson's, not MS.

when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a skull.

Links to Aspartame (-1)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701574)

Knowing people with multiple sclerosis, I can say it is a horrid disease, you gradually lose your functions over time. I believe there is some links to aspartame intake.

http://duckduckgo.com/?q=aspartame+multiple+sclerosis [duckduckgo.com]

If we can grow stem cells in test tubes and then periodically inject those, is that morally dubious? Like growing artificial meat? Or we go the Bioshock route and go harvesting...

Re:Links to Aspartame (5, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701616)

There aren't any credible reasons to believe that aspartame causes MS. If that were the case you wouldn't expect the highest rate of MS in the world to be in Seattle where folks tend to be fairly paranoid about aspartame and artificial sweeteners in general.

Monsanto? (1)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701664)

It is interesting that aspartame was once manufactured by Monsanto. I have no idea why there are so many pages linking aspartame and MS. I don't see how Monsanto would benefit from this either.

Hmm...

Re:Links to Aspartame (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701698)

I always thought the high incidence of MS in Seattle was due to their headquarters being in Redmond

*ducks

Re:Links to Aspartame (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701774)

MS and MSFT are both equally virulent diseases which have resisted our efforts to cure.

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

TW Burger (646637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702116)

MS = Microsoft and MS = Multiple Sclerosis therefore Microsoft = Multiple Sclerosis! You're right! This is pure mathematical proof that Windows is a disease.

Re:Links to Aspartame (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701736)

I've been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Started with lesions in my spine taking out all the sensation from my neck to my hips for a month or so, then the blindness in one eye, since then various bouts of stocking+gloves neuropathy that come and go, mixed with random sensations of walking barefoot on gravel and every now and then I lean right while walking in a straight line.

At the time of the first incident, I was drinking about 2 liters (straight from the bottle) of non-diet Dr. Pepper a day, and didn't touch the diet stuff.

Now I drink the diet stuff (still about 2L/day) and lost 60 pounds. Doesn't seem to make a difference neurologically to me. YMMV.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701782)

I suspect you'd also see a huge correlation between Type 1 (and maybe even Type 2) Diabetics and MS if aspartame was a causal link. Since I was diagnosed with Type 1, I consume massive amounts of artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702758)

MS was recently linked to vitamin D deficiency.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701624)

...If we can grow stem cells in test tubes and then periodically inject those, is that morally dubious? Like growing artificial meat? Or we go the Bioshock route and go harvesting...

More like we'll go the capitalistic route. Little Johnny Wong and Jill Sindu can help their families by selling blood for $2 a unit. What could possible go wrong with that?

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701888)

Hmm... Comrade Chairman, I think I found a way to not only enforce our "one child per family" rule, but also profit from it...

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701628)

If we can grow stem cells in test tubes and then periodically inject those, is that morally dubious?

Absolutely not - but it would exacerbate the problem of overpopulation, at least until we learn to terraform other planets and/or live in space.

The Star Trek: TNG episode Too short a season [memory-alpha.org] underscores the pitfalls of vanity-related age reversal.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701646)

i always thought the lesson was impatience will kill you.

Re:Links to Aspartame (4, Informative)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701688)

Absolutely not - but it would exacerbate the problem of overpopulation, at least until we learn to terraform other planets and/or live in space.

One of the points made in Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy beginning with Red Mars [amazon.com] is that even with things like multiple space elevators, you'd never be able to move more people off the planet than are being born everywhere on it. The colonization of space is not a solution for population pressures.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701910)

Heinlein made that point in Farmer in the Sky [wikipedia.org] , in 1953.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701932)

The colonization of space (particularly Venusian upper atmosphere floating cities) by the ludicrously wealthy is actually a reasonable solution, short-term, for the (small) population pressure due to life-extension work, since they'll be the only ones able to afford it, and coincidentally the only ones able to afford Venusian vacation/retirement homes (and the contract labor to keep the place up and running, naturally).

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701886)

That's assuming that population growth remains constant when life expectancy and standard of living increase. However, it seems that living better and longer tends to result in having fewer children. Figuring out the exact effect would be difficult, but it could possibly make overpopulation LESS of an issue. In a nutshell, the way it might work is that people would be forever young and have no intention of settling down, and many people may be more career driven if they can achieve new levels of education. However, a lack of aging doesn't protect us from accidents, homicide, and suicide, so we'd still have those factors taking down our numbers.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701672)

Got to love that the 4th link listed is the snopes bit showing why the others are crap.

Dig More (2)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701724)

It's not hard to find more than one page suggesting it's just a hoax.

http://laurafreberg.com/blog/?p=55 [laurafreberg.com]

Maybe one day we'll learn the truth (the truth is out there) but something just seems fishy to me. I know someone with MS who drinks lots of diet coke, I don't trust it.

Re:Dig More (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702030)

If it's related at all, I'd say it's something else in the soda, not the aspartame. I drank lots (and lots) of non-diet and was diagnosed just out of college.

Re:Dig More (1)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702350)

Can you tell me more about this?

I have always assumed it was the aspartame as the active ingredient in diet drinks.

Re:Links to Aspartame (5, Informative)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701692)

I'm afraid not [snopes.com] . There is no conclusive link between aspartame and MS within the scientific community. Such claims are often repeated by doctors-turned-authors, scam artists, and conspiracy theorists, though.

Moving on, I do wish this madness with stem cells would end. They have their own soul as much as my feces (mostly dead blood cells and bacteria) do.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2, Informative)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701748)

I am not really sure to be honest. I do not see what these individuals can benefit from scaring people away from aspartame? The security industry? I am suspicious of aspartame because it was/has been manufactured by Monsanto and know people with MS who drink too much diet colas.

http://bolenreport.com/feature_articles/feature_article062.htm [bolenreport.com]
http://laurafreberg.com/blog/?p=55 [laurafreberg.com]

There is at least a link to symptoms that are similar to MS. Given the number of people who drink diet coke, there must be some people who are sensitive to it.

Sugar industry* (1)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701752)

That should read sugar industry.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701882)

Given the number of people who drink diet coke, there must be some people who are sensitive to it.

Just about every product both natural and artificial has some people that are sensitive to it. If you decide not to eat something because someone somewhere is sensitive to it then I can assure you that you will die of starvation. As to what the people scaring others have to gain, money, notoriety, attention, research dollars, market share.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702150)

As mentioned elsewhere, the scammers sell books and gain fame, which they use to sell more books and get on talk shows.

Distrusting a biological chemical because it was once manufactured by a biochemical company who makes some particularly nasty products is as ludicrous as trusting a product because its company has made a few good products lately. Do you think they somehow encode pure evil into the molecule, and it's somehow never noticed by the myriad safety studies?

iPads suck for slash dot. I will cease my rant now...

Re:Links to Aspartame (2)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702318)

No, it is that Monsanto has a bad reputation for manipulating public opinion and suppressing facts. There are many front groups that are funded by corporate interests. To ignore this when judging the merits of research is folly.

Re:Links to Aspartame (2)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702394)

Way to counter somebody's snopes link with the very same links the snopes article completely debunks. Everything on their is completely false. It's proven fictional writing featuring made-up doctors and absurd MSG-Floride-Aspartame Zionist New World Order conspiracy garbage. You have been conned, and not even by a slightly convincing troll. It's just painful how nonsensical that bullshit is. The "link" you are going on about is this: Decades ago an actual researcher left their email logged in, and somebody else sent out a terribly awful troll chain letter about the evils of aspartame. They mention that it metabolizes into methanol (true) and that methanol poisoning has MS/Parkinsons like symptoms (true) and concluded therefore that aspartame causes MS and Parkinsons (as well as about 50 other diseases from heart disease and stroke to cancer). And when the actual doctor said "I didn't send that" well that was just more proof for all of those "in the know" about the evils of the Monsanto or the UN or whoever is using aspartame to make money / brainwash people into supporting the NWO / whatever it is they're doing. They had back-traced the email and threatened this researcher, forcing them to recant, clearly, so that's all the proof you need! They wouldn't have made this researcher pretend they never sent the bogus email unless it was true!

At any rate, it's not MS aspartame causes, it's cancer. A friend in highschool told me. Her chainsmoking diabetic grandma died of cancer, and she drank a ton of died 7-up. QED.

Re:Links to Aspartame (1, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702380)

. They have their own soul as much as my feces (mostly dead blood cells and bacteria) do.

Who has argued that stem cells have souls? What's been argued is that embryo's are human (albeit at the earliest stage), and that getting into the habit of producing human life in a lab to be harvested for its resources (in this case, stem cells) on a mass scale open's a Brave New World kind of Pandora's box. If you're going to argue, at least begin from a real premise.

Second, all the big advances have come not from fetal embryo harvests, but from adult stem cells that have been repurposed in the lab. Feel free to correct me with a link should you have one, but I'm not aware of a single breakthrough in any of the fetal trials. Our own adult cells seem to be the best way to get the results we're looking for. And none of the people objecting to the fetal cell research object to adult stem cell research. So harvest your blood, bone, and skin tissue to your heart's delight. Not a single Catholic or Evangelical will object. And you're much more likely to actually get a working result.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702692)

Could you explain your reasoning on your ... interesting use of apostrophes? The plural of embryo is embryos. That's it, add an "s" and you're done. How about "open's"? Was there something belonging to the open, or did you mean open is or open was?

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701758)

I don't see why growing artificial meet would be morally dubious. Better than killing intelligent animals, for sure.

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

tsotha (720379) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702230)

Artificial meet? What, like, a dating site?

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702610)

You have to meat the meet.

Re:Links to Aspartame (4, Insightful)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702000)

Ugh, this aspartame nonsense is the worst kind of pseudo science. I suppose you also believe that vaccines cause autism? What about peach-pits curing cancer?

Wait, let me guess: the "medical establishment" doesn't want you to know the "shocking truth".

Looking below, it looks like you also believe Monsanto is in on the conspiracy!

I'd laugh if spreading nonsense like you've been doing wasn't so dangerous. People like you are causing real and measurable harm.

Leave medical science to the experts. Hmmm... I better clarify that: Reading a few conspiracy websites does NOT make you an expert!

Re:Links to Aspartame (2, Insightful)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702292)

You sir are arrogant and unpleasant. Maybe in X years we will truly find out how safe these things are. There is no conspiracy, only a link.

People like you do not see things before they are too late. People who stop and think about things (and witness them) are people who discover problems. Nobody thought X was harmful until it was too late. Maybe I am wrong about aspartame, I honestly have no idea, I just thought I would throw it out there. There is plenty of sources that state both angles.

Diet Soft Drinks (1)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702360)

I may have been wrong about singling out aspartame, it could be another chemical that is in diet colas.

Re:Diet Soft Drinks (2)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702478)

I may have been wrong about singling out aspartame, it could be another chemical that is in diet colas.

See, you still don't have any correlation between diet soda and MS!

People like you do not see things before they are too late.

Perhaps MS is caused by fumes released by scented candles? We better warn everyone of the dangers!

Oh, maybe it's caused by exposure to residue left from tub & tile cleaner? Stop cleaning the bathroom now! We don't know if we're safe!

You sir are arrogant and unpleasant.

Quite possibly. However, people like you are a serious danger to society. Not only do you spread misinformation, but countering that nonsense takes resources away from more productive avenues of research. If that weren't enough, you call attention to all the idiotic consipriacy sights that may be spreading even more dangerous nonsense, like the false vaccine-autism link that has caused the deaths of hundreds of young children.

I'll take arrogant and unpleasant over that any day.

Re:Links to Aspartame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702054)

People have been getting MS long before Aspartame was even invented.

Re:Links to Aspartame (1)

kiddygrinder (605598) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702370)

how is growing stem cells morally dubious?

Bathory wasn't crazy! (1)

Spinalcold (955025) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701614)

Seriously, what a misleading subject. It made me laugh though.

southpark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701648)

only me who is reminded of the episode of southpark where Christopher Reeves snap babies in half to suck out their spinal cords?

Methuselah's Children? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701654)

Isn't this basically what Heinlein used in Methuselah' Children back before I was born?

Be funny as hell if we ended up with a Public Health Service providing new blood to everyone when they needed it, as a life-prolonging treatment....

Young blood (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701656)

A black dude I knew years ago used to call me "young blood". Now I know why.

Good news, everyone! (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701660)

Professor Farnsworth knew it all along, so did Mr. Burns.

You won't stop me, Hackman! (0)

kiloechonovember (1704288) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701706)

Stop calling me Christopher! That name no longer has meaning to me! Christopher was someone who lived in a wheelchair! Always being pushed around by others! The old Christopher Reeve is dead! From now on, I am... [looks back menacingly] Chris!

Re:You won't stop me, Hackman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701912)

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153917/super-human-irony

Re:You won't stop me, Hackman! (0)

TW Burger (646637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702026)

Matt and Trey don't seem so crazy now. Do they?

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38701936)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory

New Market for Children? (3, Interesting)

TW Burger (646637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38701970)

I could see this becoming a new business in the third world. Selling children's blood would not be far fetched. Look up were all (or most) of the hair for natural wigs and extensions comes from: Little girls in India.

hell they already sell 'womb access' (1)

decora (1710862) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702012)

now the biomedical companies that make profits from selling to blood banks are suddenly going to have a whole new revenue stream.

Re:New Market for Children? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702460)

At least we don't have to worry about the Boomers literally harvesting the young. Their game plan has been to die off before anyone has to deal with their mess, not a whole lotta motivation to prolong things there...

Re:New Market for Children? (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702724)

Look up were all (or most) of the hair for natural wigs and extensions comes from: Little girls in India.

I'm fairly certain that they don't kill the little girls for their hair, and last I checked a haircut was pretty non-invasive.

That explains a lot (4, Funny)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702004)

natural aging, can be reversed by an infusion of stem cell rich blood from younger mice.

That explains how Dick Cheney manages to hang on so long; he's been sucking the life force from local villagers at night.

Re:That explains a lot (2)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702060)

"That explains how Dick Cheney manages to hang on so long; he's been sucking the life force from local villagers at night."

Worked for Jerry Sandusky until he got caught!

Re:That explains a lot (1)

tsotha (720379) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702272)

You know, people make jokes, but that dude had his first heart attack (of 5) 34 years ago. Whatever he's done to keep himself alive seems to have worked pretty damn well.

Re:That explains a lot (5, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702324)

You know, people make jokes, but that dude had his first heart attack (of 5) 34 years ago. Whatever he's done to keep himself alive seems to have worked pretty damn well.

What he's done is to just be rich - it works wonders with regards to access to health care.

Re:That explains a lot (1)

tsotha (720379) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702492)

Access to health care only matters so much, and from what I understand statistically it's access to a primary care physician that matters. You can catch things like hypertension and diabetes before they become serious.

Rich people die of heart disease all the time. I'm assuming Cheney never goes anywhere without a cardiology team, but that's not enough to explain 34 years. No amount of money would have mattered very much in 1978, and even today doctors can do only so much.

It may just be survivor bias, but still.

Re:That explains a lot (1)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702598)

It's simple, he tells his doctors if anything bad happens to him, he'll shoot them in the face.

Not-so oblig reference (2)

cvtan (752695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702040)

"A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual..."

Blood donations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702076)

With the hope of artificial blood [wikipedia.org] , one would expect the future need for blood donations to wane. However, if this new research pans out, the demand for real human blood will probably rise. And with a potential Fountain of Youth, I would suspect a potential black market to form.

Not as sexy, but MS found to be reversed by diet (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702140)

Even cheaper, and something that can't be patented by unscrupulous scientists and pharmaceutical companies, but researchers have already found MS can be reversed by changing your diet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

Dr. Terry Wahl presented at TEDxIowaCity that eating nutrient dense foods reversed her second stage MS, and they have moved on to trying it is more subjects. But it sure won't get government stem cell money. And the recommendations fly in the face of government dietary recommendations. Not to mention probably more than a few slashdotters habits.

Compare, trials in mice. Versus clinical trials in humans.

Countess Bathory (1)

germansausage (682057) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702214)

So Elspeth Bathory was at least half right.

This sounds like it could actually pan out (2)

tsotha (720379) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702298)

It looks like, for once, we could actually see a treatment in a relatively short period of time.

Re:This sounds like it could actually pan out (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702686)

It's hard enough to get adequate blood supplies for emergency use.
I can't imagine where we're going to find more donors for therapeutic purposes.
Not to mention the cost of screening all that blood.

So what if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38702446)

You can clone yourself grow "it" to 11 months old, then use the blood to rejuvenate yourself? Wonder what will become of us if we figure that bit of science out what with our situational morals.

Seem to recall hearing that before (2)

inglorion_on_the_net (1965514) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702452)

natural aging, can be reversed by an infusion of stem cell rich blood from younger mice

Drink young blood, stay young forever...now where have I heard that before?

new serial killer motivation (2)

0111 1110 (518466) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702476)

1. Stalk pretty young girl. The younger the better.
2. Extract her blood with a needle and inject yourself with it while it is still warm.
3. Rinse. Repeat.
4. Solve Rubik's Cube and prepare for eternal life.

Here we go... (1)

spotlight2k3 (652521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702522)

This will spur more twilight movies.... Please help us now.

Should Make the 1% Happy (1)

turkeyfish (950384) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702694)

This should make the 1% happy and those among the 99%, like their fawning Tea Party who protect them, a purpose in life.

Such Insight! (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 2 years ago | (#38702710)

Here they kept telling me my basement altar for child sacrifices wasn't useful for anything!

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