What a day for putting politics in the back seat and bring science front and center in health care. Not only did President Obama signal that he will lift the ban on federal funding for stem-cell research in the U.S (a kick for the economy, seeing that the research was being done overseas), the FDA approved human tests on use of stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries.
This opens the door to more research on finding treatments or cures for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis and leukemia. It's a shame Christoper Reeve isn't here to sign up for the study.
Also, the President signed an executive order today to restore U.S. funding to international family planning organizations that provide pregnancy termination services or counseling. It's important to note that funding doesn't fund abortions -- ALL funding was pulled from the organizations for ALL services -- including women's health care, HIV prevention, contraception, and a number of other services to poor people all over the world. Now, poor women will not be second class citizens when it comes to U.S financial contributions to their care.
And it's only the third full day of this administration.......