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By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com / @stephgwhiteside
Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the house floor after she used the word "vagina" when speaking out against a restrictive anti-abortion bill.
The House Speaker found the term offensive and in violation of the House's rules of decorum. One representative even went so far as to say it wasn't appropriate for mixed company.
But Brown's use of the term wasn't gratuitous; in the context it was medically and anatomically correct.By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com / @stephgwhiteside Michigan state Rep. Lisa... more
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An invesigation is underway to determine how body parts and ashes of 274 soldiers killed in action have been found in a landfill.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2011/12/shocking-news-body-parts-and-ashes-from.htmlAn invesigation is underway to determine how body parts and ashes of 274 soldiers... more
Is the human body sacred? Or is it a commodity ready to be chopped up and exposed to the forces of supply and demand? The answer is a matter of perspective. Our own body is a temple. But when we need a spare part, suddenly we’re surprisingly open to a transaction. To a person looking for a kidney, a scientist trying to learn anatomy, a beauty parlor customer looking for the perfect ‘do, there’s no substitute for a piece of someone else.
The problem is, demand for replacement flesh grossly outstrips supply. In the US and like-minded countries, it’s illegal to sell body parts—they can be taken only from those who filled out a donor card before they died or who are willing to give up an organ out of sheer benevolence. This means there isn’t enough tissue to go around. So, as with any outlawed or heavily regulated resource, a bustling underground trade has formed.
Sometimes the market in body parts is exploitive: Desperate people are paid tiny sums for huge donations. Other times it is ghoulish: Pieces are stolen from the recently dead. And every so often, the resource grab is lethal—people are simply killed for their organs. Welcome to the red market.
Every year, millions of pounds of hair are given to the Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala temple in South India. The temple sells these donations to the West, where they become raw material for the US hair-extension industry. Indian hair is valued for its length and the fact that the average Indian doesn't use damaging products. The temple makes about $12 million a year in sales, which translates to hundreds of millions at the salon level. There are also secondary markets for human hair. Lesser manes, for example, are sent to factories and boiled down into enzymes that help soften the dough of many baked goods.
Corneas are relatively easy to transplant and easy to ship. This makes for a brisk international market, and cryo packages zip across the globe to needy eyeballs everywhere. Donation rates exceed demand in the US, so we are actually a net exporter of corneas. But overseas, the market is far from orderly. In 2001, a former Chinese surgeon testified before the US Congress that he had harvested hundreds of corneas (along with kidneys and skin) from more than a hundred executed Chinese prisoners. The United Nations has discussed trying to put an end to international organ brokering, but so far the global market remains unregulated.
Black-market heart transplants are extremely rare, if only because putting in a new ticker requires a state-of-the-art medical facility, and these tend to be highly fastidious about organ donation. While one hospital manager in Saudi Arabia told Wired that there's a black market for transplants in that country, there is no evidence of an actual operation ever taking place. The few known nonconsensual donations that do occur once again tend to come from Chinese prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners, according to the UN.
The liver is amazingly resilient; even a badly damaged one can fully regenerate on its own. But when there’s an excessive buildup of scar tissue, a person will need a transplant. The good news is that a patient may not need a whole new organ: Because of the liver’s fortitude, just a healthy lobe may be enough. This means living donors are possible. The bad news is that, for the living donor, recovery can be excruciating, so donors aren’t common. Executed Chinese prisoners are one source of black-market livers. Or organ brokers can set you up in the Philippines, where illicit donations likely come from those desperate for cash.
Don't have years to wait for a kidney in the US? Finding an international source is easy. In fact, two US insurance companies will sometimes even pay for you to go abroad. Outside the US, however, a kidney's origin can be difficult to discern. According to a Council of Europe report, for example, a clinic with ties to senior Kosovo officials engaged in an organ harvesting ring as recently as 2008. And in China, an investigation found that people on death row are routinely tested, typed, and held for on-demand "donations." Then there are India, Pakistan, and Indonesia, where slum dwellers are lured into selling their innards for a pittance.
Egg donation is legal in the US, but getting one (or more) is going to cost you in fees and hospital charges. That said, would-be buyers can also look abroad for deals. The Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus is one destination with a burgeoning illegal trade in human eggs. Clinics there have flown in impoverished women from Russia and Ukraine for aggressive egg harvesting, returning them before complications can arise. The deal can save a client up to 40 percent on in vitro fertilization services. Other egg-harvesting programs in Romania, Spain, and Israel offer similar deals.
India—the outsourcing capital of the world—is the go-to place for getting someone else to grow you a child. Tucked away in an industrial dairy town in Gujarat, for example, the Akanksha Infertility Clinic offers a complete surrogacy program for just $23,000—a fraction of what people pay in the West. The clinic achieves a surprisingly high success rate by transferring five or six embryos to women who sign up for the program (sometimes resulting in sets of twins and the prenatal developmental complications they entail) and by keeping the surrogates on lockdown for the nine months that they gestate.
In the late 1970s, Gunther von Hagens revolutionized the study of anatomy by changing the way specimens were prepared. Instead of immersing dead bodies in a preservative, he replaced their fat and water with polymer, turning corpses into plastic statues. Plastination exposed the body’s internal structures and greatly enhanced researchers’ ability to study them. It also led to several traveling exhibition shows. An investigation into those shows revealed that many bodies were likely coming from executed prisoners.
Most organs become useless soon after the owner dies. The key exceptions are ligaments and bone. Funeral parlors in the US have been implicated in stealing these less perishable body parts and selling them without permission to tissue banks. According to a recent criminal investigation, for example, between 2004 and 2005 a company named Biomedical Tissue Services illicitly harvested 244 bodies from Philadelphia mortuaries. Since tissue banks are not set up to monitor whether parts come from fraudulent sources, it is difficult to know how many donation recipients carry contraband inside their bodies.
If a burn or an ulcer leaves a hole in your body that's too big to stitch, the best option is to patch it up with extra skin—preferably your own. In a pinch, however, someone else's will do. There aren't a lot of people willing to donate living skin, so most grafts are taken from dead bodies—either legally from organ donors or, like ligaments and bone, illegally from funeral parlors. The danger of cadaver harvesting is that the skin is not always as sanitary as it should be. In the Biomedical Tissue Services case, workers hacked at body after body without washing their hands, sending potentially infected samples to tissue banks.
There was a time when every doctor in training received a full set of human bones along with their first-year textbooks. These bones usually came from Calcutta, which produced almost 60,000 skeletons a year. But in 1985 the practice of exporting human parts was banned, and there aren't a lot of good, legal sources of medical skeletons anymore. Today, black-market skeletons pilfered from graves in India are cleaned in acid baths, smuggled out of the country, and sold at a premium through brokers in Canada.
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_redmarkets/all/1Is the human body sacred? Or is it a commodity ready to be chopped up and exposed to... more
The government has apologised to the families of dead nuclear workers whose body parts were taken for testing without their knowledge.
The Redfern Inquiry was ordered when it emerged in 2007 that tissue was taken from 65 workers at Sellafield in Cumbria between 1962 and 1992.
Publishing the report, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said it was "regrettable" that organs were taken.
Families had demanded to know who authorised the tissue testing
Watch out people, the government is not just after your money...they want your body parts too.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-11768944The government has apologised to the families of dead nuclear workers whose body parts... more
Although no one likes having surgery or complications from a "useless" body part, it's nice to know that you can live without these body parts.
Link: http://www.toponlinecolleges.com/blog/2010/10-body-parts-you-can-live-without/Although no one likes having surgery or complications from a "useless" body... more
Read the story and watch the video here:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-soldier-describes-thrill-kill-innocent-civilians-afghanistan/story?id=11732681Read the story and watch the video here:... more
The gruesome account was released today.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/09/us-soldiers-charged-with-killing-afghan.htmlThe gruesome account was released today.... more
According to the Mirror, scientists have concluded that the secret to having youthful good looks is to be labially endowed like Angelina Jolie or Scarlet Johansson. But more importantly, what do your features say about you?
Small big toes and large heads are both a sign of intelligence. But not when they are pointy (the heads, that is).
A small nose indicates "cunning, mischief and lust".
And apparently, according to US-based researchers, men with hairy bodies are more intelligent than their non-glabrous counterparts. The researchers were particularly excited by this discovery.
Image: http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/famecrawler/2008/09/08-15/angelina_jolie_edwin-a-salt-brad-pitt-twins-tomkat-tom-cruise-katie-holmes.jpgAccording to the Mirror, scientists have concluded that the secret to having youthful... more
My Japanese Color Names Cheat Sheet (http://nihongoup.com/blog/japanese-color-names/) was a hit and thus I decided that it’s time to make a new infographic—this time on human anatomy.
http://nihongoup.com/blog/japanese-body-parts/My Japanese Color Names Cheat Sheet (http://nihongoup.com/blog/japanese-color-names/)... more
The German company Tutogen's business in body parts is as secretive as it is lucrative. It extracts bones from corpses in Ukraine to manufacture medical products, as part of a global market worth billions that is centered in the United States.The German company Tutogen's business in body parts is as secretive as it is... more
QUEENSLAND Health has launched an investigation into claims that body parts and fetuses were dumped and buried at a rubbish dump on Thursday Island.
Investigators with the department's Ethical Standards Unit interviewed Thursday Island residents this month as part of an inquiry into allegations of official misconduct over the inappropriate disposal of human waste.
The Crime and Misconduct Commission is monitoring the investigation, The Courier-Mail reports.
The CMC was notified on May 21 of a whistleblower's complaint involving the discarding of anatomical waste from Thursday Island Hospital at a Torres Shire Council tip in the mid-1990s.
Queensland Health's Acting District CEO Peter Sladden said the allegations were being taken seriously.
"I think any allegations of inappropriate use of body parts on Thursday Island or any island or anywhere in particular would certainly raise concerns," Mr Sladden said.QUEENSLAND Health has launched an investigation into claims that body parts and... more
A man was convicted Thursday of carving up cadavers donated to UCLA's medical school and selling the parts to unsuspecting medical research companies in a $1.5 million scheme.
Jurors found Ernest Nelson, 51, guilty of eight counts, including grand theft and tax evasion. Prosecutors said Nelson could face a maximum of 12 years in prison and they want him to repay $1.5 million to UCLA.
Nelson "was willing to go into a willed body program and cut up body parts for his own personal financial gain," prosecutor Marisa Zarate said after the verdict.
Defense attorney Sean McDonald said he was disappointed by the verdict and left court without further comment.
Prosecutors said Nelson and Henry Reid, the former director of UCLA's Willed Body Program, devised the scam in 1999.
Nelson, who ran a business transporting body parts to hospitals and medical research firms, has said he thought the sales were authorized by the university.
Prosecutors said he bought the donated torsos, cut them up and kept them frozen in a rented warehouse until they were sold to companies that didn't know they had been improperly obtained.
Nelson, of Rancho Cucamonga, used cashier's checks to pay Reid a total of $43,000 in 1999, Zarate said. Other payments were made in cash and weren't documented, she said.
The plan unraveled after a state health investigator became concerned about a sale in 2003 and contacted UCLA.A man was convicted Thursday of carving up cadavers donated to UCLA's medical... more
The New Jersey man who was the leader of the stolen body parts scam could face life in prison.
Michael Mastromarino pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to hundreds of counts of abusing corpses, forgery, theft and other allegations.
Mastromarino made millions of dollars in scams that involved funeral homes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He previously pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption, body stealing and reckless endangerment in New York, receiving up to 54 years in prison.
Without permission, he plundered hundreds of bodies sent to funeral homes and sold them to medical companies.
About 10,000 people received tissue from Mastromarino's company, and some say they have contracted diseases because the body parts were not medically screened.
The New Jersey man who was the leader of the stolen body parts scam could face life in... more
"Artists Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg analyzed over 10,000 songs to find out which parts of the human body were mentioned the most and broke down the resulting data by genre. The result: An interactive graphic work called "Listen" that correlates musical genres with the body parts they mention the most, as part of their ongoing Fleshmap project. Clicking on each genre brings up a more detailed representation of its chief bodily concerns.""Artists Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg analyzed over 10,000 songs... more
A New Jersey dentist and leader of an organ-trafficking ring is sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison.
Michael Mastromarino and his team stole body parts from corpses, including that of British journalist Alistair Cooke, and sold them to doctors.A New Jersey dentist and leader of an organ-trafficking ring is sentenced to 18 to 54... more
A New Jersey dentist behind a scheme to steal body parts from corpses, including that of British journalist Alistair Cooke, was sentenced yesterday to a maximum of 54 years in prison.
In March Michael Mastromarino, 44, admitted to leading a $4.6m operation that targeted funeral homes in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The ring dismembered more than 1,000 cadavers, selling the parts to doctors who transplanted them into patients.
"I am sorry for the emotional pain I have caused," Mastromarino told the court, repeating an apology he made to victims and relatives of the dead earlier this month.
State supreme court judge John Walsh made no comment as he sentenced Mastromarino, who had pleaded guilty to body stealing, reckless endangerment and enterprise corruption.A New Jersey dentist behind a scheme to steal body parts from corpses, including that... more
Another human foot has washed up on a B.C. shore today, the sixth foot discovered since last August. The foot was discovered in a black running shoe in front of a campground in Campbell River by a local woman who was looking for rocks she wanted for a crafts project.Another human foot has washed up on a B.C. shore today, the sixth foot discovered... more