Daily Archives: March 5, 2009
CHICAGO (Ivanhoe Newswire) — There are more than 5 million kids living with disabilities in the United States. Many times, their unique physical challenges keep them from competing with their peers in the classroom, but what if kids could master a wheelchair before they even learned to read? Therapists are trying to teach independence to kids as young as 1 year old.
Little Owen Chaidez can’t walk on his own, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get around. Owen was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder that limits movement of his joints and the function of his muscles.
In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the world’s first human trials of a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells. The treatment, intended to repair spinal-cord injury, should be celebrated for the future it gives humankind.
The year 2008 was filled with fear and doubt about the future and the strength of humanity, yet the science community still made astonishing advances. With science funding at an all-time low, we managed to successfully cure a 2-year-old’s fatal genetic disease and to remove HIV and leukemia from a 42-year-old using stem-cell transplants.