Custom Organs and Co-Creation

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I write about these stories from time to time, and with each new headline the ball seems to be a little further down the field. I was particularly taken with a line in this article about Andemariam Beyene, who received a new windpipe to replace one ravaged by cancer. The windpipe was “grown” on a plastic scaffolding using [Read More...]

Germany: “Yep, We Still Hate Jews”

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Did you know that Germany banned circumcision in May? True fact! Why? I … I just don’t know. I know some people get seriously het up about this issue [coughAndrewSullivancough], but I always assumed it was just gay guys and their phallic obsessions. I didn’t know a whole nation has suddenly gone nuts over penises. I [Read More...]

Should Autism Be a Death Sentence?

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Paul Corby is 23, autistic, and suffers from a potentially fatal heart condition called left ventricular noncompaction. He’s high-functioning enough to have written and self-published a novel for pre-teens, but he also has severe social problems, is prone to emotional outbursts, and suffers from various psychological and developmental issues. He spends much of his day playing [Read More...]

Fr. D on the National Health

I’ve been circulating this post by Fr. D because I think it’s an important contribution to the conversation and deserves to be read far and wide. His final points are in tune with Distributism, so they caught my attention even though I see some practical problems in implementing them. He fleshes out a bit of the Distributism link in [Read More...]

Printing a Human Bladder and Kidney

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Dr. Anthony Atala gives an interesting TED talk about printing organs on 3D printers using cells. One of the printers is on stage printing an organ while he speaks. He goes through many of the techniques, and even introduces a patient who received a printed bladder a decade ago. The patient, Luke Massella, talks about the [Read More...]

Wait, We’re Transplanting ARMS now?

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How did I miss this? I knew we were reattaching all kinds of limbs, even limbs that no one even wants to think about being unattached, and I’ve heard of hand and face transplants, but not whole arms. Two of them! [Read more...]

USCCB General Counsel Requests Reconsideration of HHS Mandate

In response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) from the Department of Heath and Human Service, Anthony Picarello (USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel) and Michael Moses (associate general counsel) have submitted a new request for reconsideration of the odious contraception, abortifacient, and sterilization mandate. Here is the release from the USCCB press office [Read More...]

Franciscan U. Drops Insurance

The healthcare plan for students at Franciscan University at Steubenville is the first casualty of the Obamacare HHS mandate. “The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” the university says in a [Read More...]


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