Apr 13 07 · news, politics, scientific

Stem Cell Bill Approved by Senate (0)

A stubborn Senate voted Wednesday to ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, ignoring President Bush’s threat of a second veto on legislation designed to lead to new medical treatments. The 63-34 vote was shy of the margin that would be needed to enact the measure over presidential opposition, despite gains made by supporters in last fall’s elections.

The House, which passed similar legislation earlier in the year, is expected to adopt the Senate’s version in the next several weeks for Bush’s veto.
The Senate’s action marked the latest act in a drama that blends science and politics on an issue that affects millions of disease sufferers and their families.

At least if Bush veto’s this bill again, he won’t have the opportunity to veto it a third time. Sucks to be him. Peter Kiernan, head of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was quoted, “The one thing we know is we will outlast him.”

I for one, will be glad to see an end to the veto Nazi’s reign.

Apr 11 07 · humor, scientific

Do you Shiver? I do. (0)

Post-micturition convulsion syndrome, also known as piss shivers or pee shivers, is a phenomenon where one feels a shiver running down the spine following urination. This is a form of myoclonus. It is experienced mostly in males.

Although no serious studies have been conducted on the matter, the most likely explanation concerns the body’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is comprised of two systems: the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).

It is the SNS which acts to control bladder function; it makes sure that the bladder is relaxed and that the urethral sphincter is contracted. Part of the SNS response causes the brain to produce a number of chemicals, including the catecholamines epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is a switch to PNS, and the resulting switch in catecholamine production which most likely produces the shiver.

So I’m producing dopamines when I pee? I was wondering why I liked using the bathroom so much.


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