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Multiple Sclerosis Damage Washed Away By Stream of Young Blood 216

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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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Multiple Sclerosis Damage Washed Away By Stream of Young Blood

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  • Virgins... (Score:5, Funny)

    by bhagwad (1426855) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @07:13PM (#38701526) Homepage
    Need to bathe me in some virgin blood - Ahahahahaha!
  • Finally! (Score:5, Funny)

    by BradleyUffner (103496) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @07:14PM (#38701538) Homepage

    A use for all those annoying neighborhood children.

    • Re:Finally! (Score:5, Funny)

      by Darinbob (1142669) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:12PM (#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: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      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..."

      • 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?

  • 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....

  • by roman_mir (125474) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @07:29PM (#38701660) Homepage Journal

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

  • by TW Burger (646637) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:17PM (#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.

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

    • 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.

      • by tftp (111690)

        last I checked a haircut was pretty non-invasive

        Did you ask a girl, or it's your own opinion how girls should feel about a major haircut?

        • by c6gunner (950153)

          Did you ask a girl, or it's your own opinion how girls should feel about a major haircut?

          Well I asked them how they feel about starvation and/or going into the prostitution business, and they weren't too keen on either of those ...

          Seriously, who gives a damn? If people want to sell their hair, or their blood, let 'em. If it's a case of parents forcing their children to do it ... well, we might want to look into putting some controls in place to ensure it doesn't get overly abusive, but for many of them it's still better than the alternative.

  • by HangingChad (677530) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:21PM (#38702004) Homepage

    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.

    • by couchslug (175151)

      "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!

    • by tsotha (720379)

      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.

      • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:59PM (#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.

        • by tsotha (720379)

          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

    • It's simple, he tells his doctors if anything bad happens to him, he'll shoot them in the face.
  • by cvtan (752695) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:25PM (#38702040)
    "A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual..."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:36PM (#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.

  • So Elspeth Bathory was at least half right.
    • by KiloByte (825081)

      Well, she did experiment with taking virgin blood both internally (drinking) and externally (bathing in it). You see, a good scientist uses different approaches and repeats the test on a big enough sample to get good confidence.

  • by tsotha (720379) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @08:57PM (#38702298)
    It looks like, for once, we could actually see a treatment in a relatively short period of time.
    • by TubeSteak (669689)

      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.

  • by inglorion_on_the_net (1965514) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @09:19PM (#38702452) Homepage

    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?

  • by 0111 1110 (518466) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @09:23PM (#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.

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

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

  • by kheldan (1460303) on Saturday January 14, 2012 @11:04PM (#38703068) Journal
    Easy enough, right? Just get regular transfusions from someone young. Except nobody is going to advocate blood donations from children. Could you have your own cells harvested, reverted to stem cells, and reintroduced into your bloodstream?
    • by c6gunner (950153)

      Except nobody is going to advocate blood donations from children.

      Why not? First of all "young" doesn't necessarily mean "preteen" and, second, where's the harm? Other than the instinctive "think of the children!" emotional bullshit, what's the problem?

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