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Using donor stem cells to treat spinal cord injury

Published: August 28, 2017

Immune cells populating spinal cord after injury affect ability of stem cells to promote recovery

A new study in mice published in The Journal of Neuroscience details a potential therapeutic strategy that uses stem cells to promote recovery of motor activity after spinal cord injury.

The transplantation of neural stem cells could help promote repair of an injured spinal cord, but the interaction between donor cells and the resident cells that are part of the body’s immune response to injury is not well understood. Continue Reading »

It’s Not a Rat’s Race for Human Stem Cells Grafted to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: August 28, 2017

Lengthy study finds that implanted neural stem cells grow slow and steady, and success needs to be measured accordingly

More than one-and-a-half years after implantation, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center report that human neural stem cells (NSCs) grafted into spinal cord injuries in laboratory rats displayed continued growth and maturity, with functional recovery beginning one year after grafting. Continue Reading »

Surfer finds freedom in California

Published: August 25, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jay Liesener, Team Surfgimp conquer more than just West Coast waves

With sunburnt cheeks and scabbed-over nose, Jay Liesener’s face tells it all. His recent trip to surf California’s southern coast was a success.

That’s a good sunburn, said Liesener with his head-wide smile as his wife, Melanie, helped him get out of their van.

Liesener is a quadriplegic and adaptive surfer who lives in Milton. When Gazette readers last saw him, it was days after a crowd-funding effort had raised more than $15,000 to send him and his team, Team Surfgimp, on a bucket-list-checking surfing trip to southern California. Continue Reading »

A Year Ago He Was Paralyzed From the Neck Down — Then This Happened

Published: August 24, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

You might feel a bit down if you watch the news. Who wouldn’t?

Angry people might be grabbing headlines and making you wonder about the future, but the antidote is all around you.

Talk to some of your neighbors. Chances are, no matter what they look like or where they’re originally from, you’ll find they’re actually pretty decent people — just like you.

The little improvements we all try to make may not register much, but the accumulation of them all eventually does. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegics and paraplegics go on skydiving adventure

Published: August 14, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A group of people with spinal cord injuries visited iFly Virginia Beach to experience what it feels like to skydive.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Two dozen people with spinal cord injuries left wheelchairs firmly on the ground as they floated above it Saturday.

Determined2Heal Foundation sponsored and adventure at iFLY Virginia Beach that allowed quadriplegics and paraplegics to experience what it feels like to skydive. Continue Reading »

Patients with paralysis learn how to scuba dive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Published: August 12, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

As her father guided her wheelchair down the ramp alongside the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s pool on Saturday, 12-year-old Tylena Fisher fiddled with the folds of the borrowed wet suit she was wearing, and took a few deep breaths.

This is a girl who loves the feel of water sluicing around her limbs, who until recently was working on her underwater swimming, who takes every opportunity to spend time in the water. Continue Reading »

Dan Baird: Quadriplegic Motocross Athlete

Published: August 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’ Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic author: ‘I will be out of this chair one day’

Published: August 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The story he wanted to tell was several decades in the making, so it’s easy to see why David Rippy took two-and-a-half years to compose his memoir.

That it centered on the impact that a one-car crash which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down had on his life – both for good and for bad – makes that accomplishment amazing, though.

“I took two summers off to write. It’s hard to stay indoors and work when it’s nice out,” said Rippy of the process that brought about “Captain of My Soul: Mastering a Destiny Altered.” Continue Reading »

Scientists May Have Discovered How Spinal Injuries Are Repaired On a Cellular Level

Published: August 2, 2017

Scientists have learned more about how a new surgical technique works to reconnect the spinal cord with sensory neurons after traumatic spinal injuries. A rat study suggests that this procedure encourages new growth from spinal neurons, and if this is how it works in humans, it could be used to repair other kinds of injuries, including severed spinal cords.

Reconnecting The Motor Root

Scientists in Sweden and the U.K. developed a surgical technique to reconnect the spinal cord with sensory neurons after traumatic spinal injuries. Now, by recreating the technique in rats, they have new insights into the cellular processes implicated in the technique. Continue Reading »

The house that love built: Kurt Drysdale Comes Home

Published: August 1, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

A young man rendered a quadriplegic by a freak footy accident now has a house designed to meet his every need thanks to the generosity of friends, the community, and the audience of A Current Affair.

Kurt Drysdale was just 20 when he injured his spine in a wayward tackle during a weekend rugby league match.

He was left unable to breathe on his own and without most of his movement, and faced spending the rest of his life in hospital or care.

However, his family was determined to bring him home. Continue Reading »