The term "stem cells" has become part of the mainstream lexicon, likely to be overheard in conversations anywhere from a baseball game to cocktail get-togethers. But what exactly are these cells? Along with phrases such as "that's just immoral" or "stem cells could be the end-all cure," one could easily weave in some technical tidbits about these microscopic, yet significant, cells. Stem cells are considered the "engine" cells of regeneration in that they are self-renewing and able to duplicate, or clone, themselves. These special cells are used in the rapidly growing field of regenerative medicine to halt or even reverse chronic diseases. Regenerative medicine seeks to repair or replace tissues or organs that have been damaged by trauma, disease or congenital defects, according to the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. There are three types of stem cells: embryonic, umbilical cord (also known as mesenchymal, or … [Read more...] about What Are Stem Cells?
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Several weeks before he would become a folk hero across Puerto Rico, Jorge Bracero slipped in a puddle at San Juan’s central power plant and broke his leg. After a few days in a cast, he began to feel pain so intense he was unable to sleep or eat. When doctors realized he had developed blood clots in his injured limb, they prescribed a six-month regimen of blood thinners and barred him from returning to work for the duration. It was July 2017. So when the first big storms of that hurricane season began bearing down on Puerto Rico, Bracero—a power plant operator with the island’s public electric power authority, known as Prepa—sat on the sidelines, miserable and frustrated, reliant on a pair of crutches. Bracero is 38 years old and stoutly built, with buzzed hair and a dark beard. He has a sharp, pointed nose and prominent eyebrows that sometimes knit up into twin, back-to-back apostrophes at the middle of his forehead—especially when he is concerned. And … [Read more...] about What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico’s Year of Fighting for Power
“I was educated a Democrat from my boyhood,” a Republican delegate confided to his colleagues at Iowa’s constitutional convention in 1857. “Faithfully, I did adhere to that party until I could no longer act with it. Many things did I condemn ere I left that party, for my love of party was strong. And when I did, at last, feel compelled to separate from my old Democratic friends, it was like tearing myself away from old home associations.” As often seems the case today, American politics in the 1850s were nearly all-consuming and stubbornly tribal. So it was hard—and bitterly so—for hundreds of thousands of Northern Democrats to abandon the political organization that had long formed the backbone of their civic identity. Yet they came over the course of a decade to believe that the Jacksonian Democratic Party had degenerated into something thoroughly autocratic and corrupt. It had fallen so deeply in the thrall of the Slave Power that it posed … [Read more...] about Never Trumpers Will Want to Read This History Lesson
Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost? Good Samaritan Hospital has seven private rooms that are available to our patients at no extra charge. There are six additional private rooms on our newly refurbished maternity wing that cost $225 per night. These rooms include television and phone service, complimentary meals for the patient and their significant other, as well as other amenities, such as a small fridge and a hair dryer. Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes? Good Samaritan offers a robust perinatal education program for parents and parents-to-be. It starts with an Early Pregnancy class to prepare the expectant couple for what lies in the months ahead. We offer a comprehensive Childbirth Preparation course (Lamaze) to educate and prepare first-time parents. A shorter “refresher” course is available to remind parents of the breathing, relaxation and labor support techniques they learned from their first birth. There are also individual classes, … [Read more...] about Compare maternity services at 14 Long Island hospitals