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US court victory for embryonic stem cell research

Published: August 1, 2011

A District Court judge in the US has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to ban federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. The decision, by Judge Royce Lambeth, is the latest development in the case of Sherley v Sebelius – a landmark lawsuit filed against the US’s state-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2009.

The case was brought by two scientists, Dr James Sherley and Dr Theresa Deisher, who opposed changes to NIH guidelines that expanded hESC research following an executive order by President Barack Obama. This order eased restrictions on hESC research imposed by the previous President, George W. Bush, but the pair, who both work with adult stem cells, argued the new guidelines violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. This is a 1996 law which bars the use of federal funds for ‘research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed’.

“One Door At A Time” Written by Melanie Winkler D’Andrea about her Husband’s Spinal...

Published: July 15, 2011

Melanie reaches out to caregivers like herself who were dealt a life-changing event as she relates the story of her husband’s spinal cord injury and subsequent treatment and disability.

Melanie Winkler D’Andrea’s new book release titled “One Door At A Time” is about her and her husband’s experience with his spinal cord injury from her perspective as a caregiver. Dan D’Andrea was injured in a work-related injury when he was struck in the back of the neck with a plank, leaving him with a C5-6 spinal cord injury. As a result he is paralyzed from the chest down.

How wheelchair skills can give you independence

Published: May 3, 2011

Life in a wheelchair isn’t as limiting as you’d expect, once you’ve learned the moves

The first time I got into a wheelchair I felt euphoric. After a month spent in bed, reflecting on all the things I would never do again – no more climbing or playing football – it was a joy just to be able to move again. Four weeks earlier my physically active lifestyle had come to a sudden stop when I fell from a tree, resulting in a spinal-cord injury which left me facing life with paraplegia.


Published: February 23, 2011

Skydiving seems like the last thing a person with a spinal cord injury should be doing, but we love to see people who defy expectations. Do you have a disability and want to jump out of a plane? No reason to let that wheelchair stop you.

Riding a bike with her hands

Published: February 20, 2011

Canadian Morgan Van Breda is cycling from Delhi to Kanyakumari to raise awareness about spinal cord injury, and funds for her own treatment

Thirty two year-old Morgan Van Breda is cycling across India — with her hands. The ambitious young Canadian was only 24 when a soccer post collapsed on her back while she was in Cuba, turning her into a paraplegic.

Now, she is on a 3,900 km, seven-week journey from Agra to Kanyakumari on a handcyle, raising awareness about spinal cord injury, and funds for breakthrough stem cell research that may allow her to walk again. 

Second Opinion Special Edition: Spinal Cord Injury on WXXI-TV Full

Published: December 2, 2010

University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Dr. Brad Berk shares his personal story about his 2009 bicycle accident that injured his spinal cord, and has left him in a wheelchair.

Christina Symanski – SketchBook Pro App

Published: October 5, 2010

Christina Symanski’s opinion of the Ipad app, SketchBook Pro painting and drawing software, which offers the best-in-class sketching tools for professional designers and artists from all industries.

Covington man first to get new procedure

Published: August 22, 2010

The first patient to undergo an adult stem cell procedure that may help spinal cord injury patients regain function had an injection Thursday that may change the course of medical history.

Sitting in his den Thursday morning, surrounded by pictures of Dr. John, Matt Cole, the patient, was cool, calm and collected. His wife Kim was with him, and he answered questions for documentation of the medical procedure he was about to undertake – an injection of his stem cells into his spinal cord that may help him regain use of his lower body.

Texas artist battles spinal cord injury through painting

Published: March 10, 2010

HOUSTON — He lost the use of his limbs but found a love for art — now a local artist is on a mission to help others with spinal cord injuries.