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Cell transplants help reverse paralysis

Published: October 24, 2003

Patients are feeling a sensation of hope

Robert Smith, 46, of Harrison Township underwent a Chinese procedure to help him regain movement.

The first American spinal cord patient to undergo a fetal cell transplant procedure — a Harrison Township man paralyzed in a Lake St. Clair diving accident — is regaining some movement and sensation a month after the experimental operation in China. Continue Reading »

Paralysed girl’s ‘miracle’ steps

Published: October 6, 2003

_39424266_gemma1_203A teenager who was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident has taken her first steps – despite being told she would never walk again.

Gemma Quinn, 19, from Woolton, Merseyside, suffered severe spinal injuries in a car accident 11 years ago.

She was told she would always be reliant on a Ventilator and a wheelchair.

Gemma said it felt “amazing” to be able to walk again. Continue Reading »

How Nerve Cells Grow

Published: July 24, 2003

FRIDAY, July 25 (HealthDayNews) — Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions have identified a protein that promotes the growth of tentacle-like axons on nerve cells.

The finding could eventually help scientists develop ways to rebuild nerves lost to spinal cord injuries or degenerative conditions such as Huntington’s disease. Researchers have spent decades trying to find signals that guide axons and lets these cell tips reach out to distant targets. Continue Reading »

Reeve recovery hopes boosted

Published: December 10, 2002

_38570933_reevechr300Scientists have uncovered evidence that actor Christopher Reeve could make a full recovery from paralysis if his spinal injury can be fixed.

Reeve, the star of the Superman films, was paralysed from the neck down after damaging his spinal cord in a riding fall seven years ago.

But doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, US, have discovered that his brain has maintained a near-normal ability to detect feeling and movement. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord: Heal Thyself

Published: August 29, 2002

Transplanted stem cells can improve Motor skills in injured rats

FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDayNews) — Japanese researchers are reporting yet another advance in the repair of damaged body parts using fetal stem cells.

This one could be big because it involves spinal cords, experts say. Continue Reading »

Benefit for paralyzed snowboarder takes off

Published: April 6, 2002

BRECKENRIDGE – On April 6, 2002, Matt Wyffels was competing at Copper Mountain and broke his back.

After suffering a spinal cord injury, doctors told Wyffels he’d never be able to use his legs again.

Wyffels resisted. Continue Reading »

Christopher Reeve for Embryonic Stem Cells

Published: July 27, 2001

July 28, 2001: Christopher Reeve, Mary Tyler Moore, and others favoring research involving embryonic stem cells, continue to pressure President Bush, who is said to be agonizing over the stem-cell decision, one of the most important of his presidency.

On CNN’s Late Edition, Reeve argued against focusing only on adult stem cells, saying this would be a “big mistake because you could spend the next five years on adult stem cells and find out they are not capable of doing what we already know embryonic stem cells are capable of doing now.” Continue Reading »

Police Officer Hospitalized After Crash

Published: June 28, 2001

Spinal Injury Could Cause Paralysis

(LOUISVILLE, June 29th, 2001, 3:30 p.m.) — A Louisville police officer was seriously injured this morning in a single car wreck in the city’s south end.

Officer Kelly Fentress reportedly was traveling northbound on Southern Parkway and possibly swerved to avoid another vehicle when his car left the road and smashed into a tree at Southern Parkway near Kingston Drive. The tree was knocked completely out of the ground by the impact, and crews had to cut Fentress from the wreckage. Continue Reading »

Pig Snouts Used to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 4, 2000

In a recent study, scientists used cells from pig snouts to successfully repair severed spinal cords in rats. The pig cells were engineered so that they would not be rejected by the rat’s immune system, as is usually the case with cross-species transplants. In the future, doctors may be able to use these engineered cells to treat human spinal cord injuries, according to an article published in the Aug. 29 issue of Nature Biotechnology. Continue Reading »