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Are animal livers used in human transplants?

Are animal livers used in human transplants?

Not successfully: Animal organs have been used - in experimental circumstances - for a variety of human transplants, without long-term success. Remaining obstacles of rejection are major. When a winning strategy is developed, you will know because we will suddenly be able to address the organ shortage. We can use animal heart valves (usually pig) because they are treated + no longer stimulate an immune response. ...Read more

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Is novolin (insulin) truly animal or human?

Human: Meaning that it is synthetically made to be like human insulin, not that it comes from humans. Animal derived Insulin is no longer comercially available in the usa. ...Read more

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Is animal assisted therapy helpful?

Is animal assisted therapy helpful?

Depends what for: Therapy or assistance animals are used in many ways, from service dogs (and other species!) for the blind and physically disabled, to pet therapy for anxiety and mental health disorders, to equine (horse) therapy for physically and developmentally disabled children. As with anything, there are potential pros & cons in each unique situation, so discuss in detail with professional care team. ...Read more

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Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Milkweed for BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is primarily treated surgically. When caught and treated early, it is almost always cured, and recurrence rates should be very low. If you have been diagnosed with a bcc, get it treated by your local surgeon or dermatologist. Don't risk a recurrence or growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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Do vaccines containing human cells cause homologous recombination when injected into humans? Have studies been done in regards to this? Citations?

Do vaccines containing human cells cause homologous recombination when injected into humans?  Have studies been done in regards to this? Citations?

No: Computational detection of homologous recombination hotspots in many human chromosomes is not well documented or studied. Would make a nice topic for your phd thesis. ...Read more

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Is there an increase in stem cell research worldwide now?

Is there an increase in stem cell research worldwide now?

Major Expansion: Uses of adult derived stem cells have exploded in the that 5 years, with advances in orthopedic medicine, wound healing, anti-grafting (organ) rejection, structural fat grafting, etc. Particularly from fat origin (has the largest number of mesenchymal stem cells of any tissue in the body). Outside us having less regulatory controls makes research easier to complete. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism an evolutionary experiment, or human interference?

Help please! is autism an evolutionary experiment, or human interference?

Aspergers: Read this blog and think about the future... http://blog.southeastpsych.com/2012/02/21/the-asperger-mind-in-200-years-creating-the-super-human/. ...Read more

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Whats animal assisted therapy.?

Whats animal assisted therapy.?

Animal assisted: Therapy can refer to any setting in which an animal is used to assist in the care of a patient. So, it could be a therapist who has a dog in the office with a patient, a nursing home that invites in animal assisted therapist to bring people out of their shells or any number of different settings. ...Read more

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Are there any animal diseases that can transfer to humans?

Are there any animal diseases that can transfer to humans?

Yes: Pasteurella Multocida, methicillin- resistant Staphlococcus aureus, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and rabies are examples. ...Read more

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Does anyone know any group that provides animal assisted therapy?

Pet Partners is one.: You might also check with your local veterinarian. ...Read more

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Is a human beings consciousness different from animal consciousness. Like, are we any different from an animal such as a dolphin?

Is a human beings consciousness different from animal consciousness. Like, are we any different from an animal such as a dolphin?

What do YOU think?: You don't need me to tell you that our minds are different from lower animals'. Your mother can tell you that. Biopsychologists say that it's impossible to know what really goes on in animals' minds. Having had a lot of dogs and cats, my personal opinion is, of course dogs and cats can think. Unlike us, what they can't do is think about what they think about. That's the key difference as I see it. ...Read more

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Is rabies-infected meat dangerous for human consumption in foreign countries?

Possibly raw milk: Rabies virus can be found in unpasteurized milk of rabid animals and there are a few anecdotal reports of transmission possibly. There have been several large scale post-exposure prophylaxis incidents involved unpasteurized milk from a rabid cow. ...Read more

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Is live cell therapy a hoax promoted by naturopaths? How do living cells from an animal survive in a human body?

Is live cell therapy a hoax promoted by naturopaths?  How do living cells from an animal survive in a human body?

Crazy idea: Probably not live cells. However material derived from an animal allegedly containing live cells may contain live viruses and bacteria. Actual live cells from an animal will be quickly destroyed by your immune system. They cannot possibly survive unless you are immunosuppressed. The person promoting this idea should be reported to public health authorities and criminally prosecuted. ...Read more

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Are prions implicated in any human illness?

Are prions implicated in any human illness?

Yes: Traditionally classified human prion diseases include creuztfeld-jakob diseases (cjd), gerstmann-straussler-scheinker (gss) disease, fatal familial insomnia and kuru. Certain animal prion disease can be transmitted to humans including bovine spongifrm encephalopathy (mad cow disease), chronic wasting disease of mule deer and elk, and scrapie in sheep and goats. ...Read more

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Do all wild rats carry disease that humans can contract?

Do all wild rats carry disease that humans can contract?

Potentially: Have not actually checked all the rats (particularly the human ones), but most of these are in possession of organisms which may produce human disease. The manner in which you contact the critters will determine whether transmission is feasible. ...Read more

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Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more