December 18, 2011

Reclusive Communist Leader Dead

1 North Korea's Kim Jong Il Has Died at 69

Even the most repressive and reclusive world leaders must eventually die, but Kim Jong Il, North Korea's communist leader, died before reaching 70. Kim Jong Il, who suffered a stroke in 2008, was believed to be 69 years old. His death was announced on state-run television in North Korea. According to the announcement, the communist leader died on a train during a visit outside the capital. CNN describes Kim Jong Il as a "slightly bizarre figure" with a small stature and "characteristically bouffant hair" that's been the target of jokes in the West. However, the leader was reportedly well respected in North Korea. Kim Jong Il's successor is his third son, Kim Jong Un.

More at CNN | Hat tip to BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Tags: Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-Un, North Korea Leader, Kim Jong Il Hair, North Korea Communism, World Leader Deaths

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Transplant Engrafts Faster

2 Novel Compound Improves Stem Cell Transplants

A phase I trial involving 12 patients undergoing reduced-intensity chemotherapy and a subsequent umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant found that a compound from zebrafish shortened the amount of time it took for them to engraft. It is harder to use cord blood stem cells because a smaller amount is harvested and infused into the patients so it takes longer for them to engraft which increases the risk of infection and other problems. In this study, hematopoietic stem cells were treated with the compound, FT1050 and then placed in the patients and engraftment of the stem cells happened three to four days earlier than it normally does and they engrafted in all of the participants. Minorities usually receive these transplants because their donor pool is smaller.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Half-Matched Bone Marrow Transplants Work

Tags: Hematopoietic Stem Cells, Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Transplant, FT1050, Zebrafish, Engraftment

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