Right Turn: Matters of the heart

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/28/13

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If you watch TV, you’ve no doubt heard of the show “Big Bang Theory,” a popular, American sitcom about four über geeky science dudes and their daily shenanigans, frequently centred around finding love – in the early episodes – and now about keeping their lovers happy. It premiered in September 2007.

It should not be confused with the BBC’s “Bang Goes the Theory.” Launched in July 2009, this British television science magazine series serves up science in plain language and easy to digest bites. Sometimes it tests scientific theories, at other times it explains and presents cutting-edge science. Such is the case with this episode that explains how stem cells work – using coloured gum balls! – and then introduces us to Michael, a patient enrolled in a heart disease stem cell trial. Hear from the surgeon and watch until the end to see stem cells, or possibly a placebo, injected into Michael’s heart as he remains awake through the entire procedure.

On “Bang Goes the Theory,” matters of the heart are no laughing matter.


Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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