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Submission + - Neuralstem gets ok from FDA (spinalcordresources.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Neuralstem, a company that has a stem cell procedure to use on ALS has been given the green light for stage 1 testing on humans. The trial has 12 patients that will each get injections in the lumbar portion of their spine. This test is primarily to guarantee the safety of the drug over a known amount of time. Each patient will be watched for signs of problems or rejection of the genetic material. Depending on how the 12 subjects do on this first test 9 on human subjects will determine if the FDA moves ahead to stage 2 testing, which is a larger group that tries to verify that the drug actually performs as advertised. This testing bodes well for Neuralstem as they are the first out the gate with a stem cell treatment to a form of spinal cord injury. If it makes it through all stages of testing, we will see if doctors are willing to se it on subjects that have injuries coming from physical injuries like diving accidents.

Submission + - Crime Reduction linked to Lead Free Gasoline

Hugh Pickens writes: "Even low levels of lead can cause brain damage increasing the likelihood of behavioral and cognitive traits such as impulsivity, aggressivity, and low IQ that are strongly linked with criminal behavior. The New York Times has a story on how the phase out of leaded gasoline starting with the Clean Air Act in 1973 may have led to a 56% drop in violent crime in the United States in the 1990s. Amherst Economics Professor Jessica Wolpaw Reyes discovered the connection and wrote a paper comparing the reduction of lead from gasoline between states (pdf file) and the reduction of violent crime by constructing a panel of state-year observations linking crime rates in every state to childhood lead exposure in that state 20 or 30 years earlier. If lead poisoning is a factor in the development of criminal behavior, then countries that didn't switch to unleaded fuel until the 1980s, like Britain and Australia, should soon see a dip in crime as the last lead-damaged children outgrow their most violent years."
The Internet

Submission + - P2P Source Arrested, OiNK.cd Raided, Shut Down (torrentfreak.com)

eldavojohn writes: "A British man was arrested who was allegedly the source of a distribution supply chain for leaking albums & movies to file sharers. He operated OiNK which was by invite only and would post files to be distributed which would then show up hours later further down the supply chain on other file sharing sites. This scheme stretched across many nations and is the result of a two year investigation by the IFPI. They hope that by infiltrating these layers of abstraction to the source, they can stop the early leaking of media."
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay 'kept child porn link for two weeks' 1

paulraps writes: The Pirate Bay's legal position has just become decidedly murkier after it emerged that the torrent site hosted links to child pornography for two weeks after being made aware of its existence. The Swedish police say that it is a clear child pornography case, but the prosecutor says the Pirate Bay are not suspects since they did not actually host the material. What's more questionable is the response, grammar aside, of the site's moderator when the child pornography torrent was highlighted: "I don't give a **** if you folks are upset. Me and the other moderators job are NOT to have an opinion about if it is imoral or not."

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