Category Archives: Science

Toddler Suffers Horrific Burns – Healed After Doctors Sprayed Boy’s OWN STEM CELLS On Him



(The Sun By BELLA BATTLE) – A toddler who suffered horrific burns has made a full recovery after undergoing pioneering new surgery – which saw doctors spray a new layer of skin on him.

Zed Merrick

Two-year-old Zed Merrick was left with second degree burns across his chest and shoulder after knocking a cup of tea off a kitchen worktop.

His mother Nicky Merrick, 33, feared he would be left with horrendous scars for the rest of his life.

But doctors carried out a “revolutionary” new treatment where they made a solution from Zed’s own skin cells and sprayed it over his burns.

And just four months after the life-changing treatment Zed’s burns have completely disappeared – leaving him scar free.

Yesterday Nicky said the result was “incredible” and she hopes Zed will now be able to forget the trauma of the accident.

She said: “This new procedure made a huge difference to Zed and we just want to promote it so that other people can receive it too.

“The first time they took the bandages off we were just like ‘wow’ – the way it worked so quickly was incredible.

“In a normal procedure Zed would have had to have his bandages changed almost every day which can be very painful.

“We just want to say thank you to the surgeons for helping our little boy, I never dreamed he could look like this again.”

Zed suffered his horrific burns on October 13 last year at home in Ulceby, Lincs, where he lives with his businesswoman mother Nicola and father Chunky, a sound-engineer.

Nicky said: “It happened within seconds, Zed is like lightning, I just couldn’t believe it – it was like every parent’s worst nightmare.

“My mum was with us and she took his shirt off him and bits of his skin peeled off with it.

“We rushed him straight into the shower to try and cool the wound but it was hard because Zed was screaming and struggling in my arms.

“We kept trying to put cold wet towels on him but we had to keep changing them because they just warmed up on his body. You could see the skin peeling off straightaway, it was horrendous.

“Zed was clinging to me and crying, I remember I was wearing a black fluffy jumper and bits of the fluff were sticking to his chest. It was hard I didn’t want the fluff to stick to him, but I knew he needed to be cuddled.

“He was like a wild animal in my arms, thrashing about and screaming, it was terrible to have to see.”

The toddler was rushed to the specialist burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, Yorks, where surgeons operated on him for two hours.

Doctors used a technology called ReCell Spray-On Skin, developed by Cambridge-based Avita Medical.

The dead skin is removed before a small sample of healthy skin, around the size of a postage stamp, is removed from the patient’s body.

This sample in then placed in the ReCell machine, which uses an enzyme to break down the healthy skin so that it can be suspended in solution.

The solution is put into a standard syringe fitted with a nozzle which is used to spray the skin cells over the damaged area.

Special dressings are then applied, but there is no danger of the body rejecting the cells because they come from the patient’s own body.

And because the dressings gradually lift off themselves as the skin underneath heals, the patient does not have to go through the painful process of changing them every day.

Zed will also avoid the trauma of needing skin grafts and scar treatment throughout his life, as the sprayed-on skin will stretch with his body as he grows.

The ReCell technology has been around for seven years but few surgeons in Britain perform it and Zed is believed to be one of the youngest to receive it.

Jeremy Rawlins, the consultant plastic surgeon at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust who treated Zed, said that one of the reasons the treatment is still rare in this country is because of the cost to NHS trusts.

Mr Rawlins estimates Zed’s operation cost £5000, but the figure varies between NHS trusts. The ReCell machine costs £800.

Mr Rawlins said: “The NHS Trust aren’t so interested in the big long-term savings. The automatic response is a reluctance to embrace new technology because they are afraid of the costs.

“The ReCell technology is an upfront investment but you have to look at the bigger picture. This technology saves on the number of hospital visits a patient needs, saves on the nursing requirements, saves on the pain killers needed, I really believe it is a revolution in care.

“You just can’t put a price on the quality of comfort and care a child receives in our hospitals.

“And when you get a good result like Zed’s it makes it all worthwhile.”

Report: Shale Fracking Not to Blame for Groundwater Pollution

While environmental groups have been spreading the word that hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — of shale rock for natural gas extraction causes a slew of environmental problems including groundwater contamination, a new study released during the first day of the American Association for Advancement in Science’s annual conference says the exact opposite.

(Related: ‘Fracking crazy’ or ‘fracking brilliant’? A look at the pro-fracting documentary ‘FrackNation’)

New Scientist reports that research from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, which evaluated violations in fracking regulations in Texas, Michigan, New Mexico and Louisiana, found that environmental problems associated with this method of obtaining natural gas was not from the fracking itself but other issues like “ruptured well casings that also affect conventional gas production, or surface spills of chemicals or wastewater”:

“We found no direct evidence that hydraulic fracturing itself had contaminated groundwater,” says [Charles] Groat, [the lead author]. “We found that most of the violations were at or near the surface.”

Study Finds Fracking Not the Result of Groundwater Contamination


Here are some of the main conclusions of the research:

Natural gas found in water wells within some shale gas areas (e.g., Marcellus) can be traced to natural sources and probably was present before the onset of shale gas operations.
Although some states have been proactive in overseeing shale gas development, most regulations were written before the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing.
Media coverage of hydraulic fracturing is decidedly negative, and few news reports mention scientific research related to the practice.
Overall, surface spills of fracturing fluids pose greater risks to groundwater sources than from hydraulic fracturing itself.
The lack of baseline studies in areas of shale gas development makes it difficult to evaluate the long-­‐ term, cumulative effects and risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

“Our goal was to provide policymakers a foundation for developing sensible regulations that ensure responsible shale gas development,” Groat said in a statement. “What we’ve tried to do is separate fact from fiction.”

Listen to Groat speak about the study in an interview with BBC:

New Scientist points to the fact that it also reached a similar conclusion recently in piece stating that when fracking is conducted responsibly, the risks are small.

Daily Show Prep: Tuesday, January 31

Florida primary yada, yada, yada … you don’t need a link to this stuff.  Stay tuned to 95.3 MNC for Florida primary coverage starting at 8 pm.


Right to work moves forward in Indiana Senate


Drug testing Indiana lawmakers is back on!


Mishiwaka high school wrestling scandal case to be closed to the public


Last teen in Niles ‘sextortion’ case is sentenced to probation


Dad calls 911 because kid was hit with snowball, filed battery complaint


Support Kelly Cares Foundation


Government says federal employees make more than private sector


Is Obama most polarizing president ever?


Indiana Senate proposes teaching creationism from many religion’s perspectives


Obama flubs how many jobs his administration created during Google+ townhall


Blake Griffin POSTERIZES Kendrick Perkins “DUNK OF THE YEAR”

Daily Show Prep: Friday, January 27

Florida debate highlights (videos split into parts)


Student suspended for taking photo of sleeping teacher


Bar exemption sought in Indiana smoking ban


Biden makes fun of Indian people again


Obama wants to raise dropout age to 18


Pat Sajak admits to being drunk while hosting Wheel of Fortune


Indiana’s very own Solyndra


Obama says spat with AZ governor ‘no big deal.’

Brewer disagrees

Here’s a copy of the letter she handed Obama that sparked the confrontation



Michigan proposal to raise gas taxes, and car registration fees


ACLU says teaching creationism is unconstitutional


Remember in 2011 when the theory of evolution (as taught in schools) was turned upside down?


Rich Santorum asked at the debate how Mitt Romney would debate Obama because Romney supports the individual mandate.  Turns out in 1994, so did Santorum.



Enhanced by Zemanta

The Importance of Studying Shrimp On Treadmills – US National Science Foundation (NSF)

The federal government takes in $6 billion a day in revenue, but they spend $10 billion a day. By the time the you go to bed, the government will have added $4 billion to the debt.

How can they possibly get so far in the whole?

Well, spending $682,570 to watch shrimp run on the treadmill is a part of it.

The irony of this story coming out on the same day Forrest Gump is put into the US film registry is hunger inducing.

Vodpod videos no longer available.