DailyDirt: With Super Healing Powers

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Time can heal some wounds, and technology can sometimes speed things up a bit. But regenerative medicine could really help to improve our health if we can re-grow body parts on demand. Here are just a few links on getting our bodies to heal themselves. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jul 2014 @ 10:35pm

    I knew a guy who had a fingertip re-grow after he got his hand caught in the wrong part of a door closing.

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    Rekrul, 31 Jul 2014 @ 12:14am

    Several years ago, a man accidentally cut off the tip of his finger and discovered that cells from the lining of a pig's bladder encouraged his fingertip to grow back within a few weeks.

    That's amazing! Too bad you will NEVER hear about this process ever again. Like dozens of other medical "breakthroughs" that I've heard about over the years, it will disappear without a trace.

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      Technoid (profile), 31 Jul 2014 @ 1:33am

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      most likely because clinical trials takes "forever", otoh this was 6 year ago so...

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        Rekrul, 1 Aug 2014 @ 10:44am

        Re: Re:

        most likely because clinical trials takes "forever", otoh this was 6 year ago so...

        More than a decade ago, I read an article about a new treatment for heart disease. A patient had a very badly damaged heart and the doctors said he wouldn't live long without a transplant. One doctor had a radical idea. He disconnected the heart from the circulatory system so that it no longer had to pump the blood and hooked up a small, external pump to replace it. This is allowed the heart to rest.

        According to the article, after one or two months, the heart had healed to almost normal. The pump was removed, the heart reconnected and the patient was pronounced healthy. It was speculated that this procedure could reduce the need for heart transplants down to a fraction of what it was and that it would save countless lives.

        Ever heard of anyone being treated this way?

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