Here's what we are reading today.

  • "Students Embed Stem Cells in Sutures to Enhance Healing," PhysOrg.com (July 20, 2009)
  • "Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have demonstrated a practical way to embed a patients own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair serious orthopedic injuries such as ruptured tendons. The goal, the students said, is to enhance healing and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself."

  • "Mayo Clinic calls House plan bad medicine," Christina Bellantoni and Jennifer Haberkorn, The Washington Times (July 21, 2009)
  • "A world-renowned clinic that President Obama held up as an example of good medicine said Monday that the American people would be "losers" under the House's health care proposal, joining the growing chorus of critics the Obama administration is trying to fend off as the debate intensifies from Capitol Hill to Main Street."

  • "Neural stem cells offer potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease," PhysOrg.com (July 20, 2009)
  • "If you look at Alzheimer's, it's not the plaques and tangles that correlate best with dementia; it's the loss of synapses - connections between neurons," Blurton-Jones said. "The neural stem cells were helping the brain form new synapses and nursing the injured neurons back to health."

  • "Health Bill Might Direct Tax Money to Abortion," Robert Pear and Adam Liptak, The New York Times (July 19, 2009)
  • "Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget director, asked whether he was prepared to say that no taxpayer money will go to pay for abortions, answered: I am not prepared to say explicitly that right now. Its obviously a controversial issue, and its one of the questions that is playing out in this debate.

  • "Mail policy questioned at jail," Tracy Bell, Stafford County Sun (July 21, 2009)
  • "The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia in conjunction with several other ally groups, late last week demanded that officials at the Rappahannock Regional Jail immediately cease censoring religious material sent to prisoners."

  • "Young Americans plan to be married," Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times (July 19, 2009)