Friday, January 23, 2009

good news for medical research

Here's an early piece of positive change: FDA approval of the first trials of embryonic stem cells in humans. Stem cell research shows so much promise for serious conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, damage from heart attacks, Alzheimer's disease, and other issues. I feel hopeful that President Obama (it feels SO good to write that) will overturn Shrub's ban on most types of stem cell research in the near future, and equally hopefully that this research will generate significant methods of treatment in the next 20 years.

4 comments:

Peggy said...

I am in China with my son who is being treated with stem cells for cerebral palsy. It would be wonderful if President Obama will allow the injections in the US. There are people here from all over the world, including 6 families from the states. It is wonderful to see the improvements in my son.

Fargo said...

My father died from Parkinson's disease just over a year ago. I hope that stem cell research will spare future Parkinson's patients the kind of death that he suffered.

Fargo said...

Peggy - I hope that your son and the other patients there have significant improvements in their lives from stem cell treatment.

Fargo said...

Tonight I was watching Jim Lehrer's PBS news show, which had a segment on stem cell research in California. They mentioned a research program that could help lots of orthopedic patients down the road: growing replacement cartilage using stem cells. They could be ready for trials with human patients in a few years.