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FDA approves second human embryonic stem cell trial
November 22nd, 2010
07:15 PM ET

FDA approves second human embryonic stem cell trial

For only the second time in history, the Food and Drug Administration has approved human trial of a therapy developed from embryonic stem cells.

William Caldwell, CEO of Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), tells CNN that 366 days after filing the application, the FDA granted approval for his company to start a clinical trial using cells grown from human embryonic stem cells.  The treatment will be for an inherited degenerative eye disease.

"Were still absorbing the fact that we finally got the approval" says Caldwell.  "The real work lies ahead."  Getting the trial going is the next big step, says Caldwell.  He hopes the first patients can be enrolled by the first quarter of the next year.

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Fighting kidney disease with diet, drugs and genetic testing
November 22nd, 2010
06:33 PM ET

Fighting kidney disease with diet, drugs and genetic testing

Eating vegetables and fruits and drinking pomegranate juice  have positive effects on kidney disease, according to two presentations at the  American Society of Nephrology's scientific meeting  in Denver Colorado.

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November 22nd, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Syphilis infections up; progress made on other STDs

A decade ago, the sexually transmitted disease syphilis was on the verge of elimination.  Today, a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a 39 percent increase in the disease from 2006 to 2009, with most new cases appearing in young black men.

“The majority of the increase is amongst men who have sex with men,” said Charlotte Kent, acting director of the CDC’s division of STD prevention.

The CDC called the increase a concerning new trend.

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November 22nd, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Is there a way to ease IUD insertion pain?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

From Janeer of Georgia

Last month as a birthday gift to myself, I scheduled an IUD. It hurt like the dickens and I didn't get the IUD. I'm 31, I have a steady boyfriend and I don't want to tie my tubes yet. Is there any way I can get an IUD without feeling excruciating pain? FULL POST


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