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Yearly Archives: 2003

Hope for new source of stem cells

Published: December 24, 2003

US scientists have found a way to turn adult cells back into immature cells with the potential to become many different types of tissue.

The breakthrough by Scripps Research Institute in California could provide a non-controversial way to grow tissue for medical treatments.

Jim Silcock

Published: December 18, 2003

I want to share with you a little bit about my husband and our family. I think that my husband is truly an “exceptional parent” and is a perfect example of how a person with a significant Disability can make a difference in the lives of others.

Jim Silcock is 36 years old and the parent of nine children. He is the adoptive father of three children with severe physical and medical special needs. He is also the foster father to six children with multiple handicaps. Additionally, Jim and I are in the process of adopting twin two-year-old boys with physical and developmental disabilities.

PT Cruiser Conversions

Published: December 14, 2003

pt_driverUndeniable style meets amazing mobility and freedom with the PT Driver.

Go anywhere with the PT Driver – our easy access ramp limits your possibility of being blocked in.

Your PT Driver or Rider comes equipped with a removable seat, allowing your friends and family to use the vehicle when you aren’t.

Steroids May Reverse Loss Of Substance Tied To Nervous System Disease

Published: December 14, 2003

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Steroids help to reduce inflammation, but University of Illinois scientists suggest they also could be used to reverse a loss of Myelin — a major problem in Multiple Sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases and injuries associated with the central and Peripheral nervous systems.

Friends of Moses Website

Published: December 13, 2003

Moses is a C3, C4, & C5 injury like me. Moses great friends have made him a very nice website. I think this site is interesting because they document Moses progress in a journal idea style. You can read entry by entry as Moses gets better. The Status Updates are well managed with entries going back to 10/23/02, days after Moses was injured.

ProNeuron to test spinal cord treatment in U.S.

Published: December 8, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters) – ProNeuron Biotechnologies Inc. on Monday said it was beginning U.S. clinical trials of an ambitious new drug aimed at improving the condition of patients who would otherwise remain paralyzed throughout their lives.

The experimental treatment, ProCord, until now has been tested primarily in Israel, where the small, privately held company is based.

Drink-Aide!

Published: December 7, 2003
Drink-Aide

Drink-Aide is a cost-effective solution to many caregiver concerns too. It provides a number of practical benefits including:

* Frees caregiver to attend to other needs
* Users no longer have to wait for a caregiver to quench their thirst
* May reduce the frequency of hospitalization due to urinary tract infections caused by inadequate hydration

Christopher Reeve, Scientists Share Honor

Published: December 5, 2003

Actor Christopher Reeve, two scientists who discovered an arthritis therapy and a researcher who helped show how cells read their genes have won prestigious medical awards.

The prizes, from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, will be awarded Friday in New York. In the last 11 years, 15 scientists who received one have gone on to win a Nobel Prize.

Monkey test offers hope to paralysed

Published: November 29, 2003

sriimg20031126_4491945_0The treated monkeys, which had suffered paralysis in one hand, regained 80 per cent of the movement they had lost.

Up to 12 months of further study is needed to confirm these results and, in particular, to see if there are any serious side effects.

“This is one more step on a very long road,” cautioned Eric Rouiller, professor of neurophysiology at Fribourg University.

New study may explain spinal cord pain

Published: November 18, 2003

BY PAULA BRADY – Staff Reporter
A new study by Yale researchers has found a possible explanation for chronic pain in patients with spinal cord injuries.

Conduction of signals in nerve cells is controlled by molecular “batteries” called sodium channels. The study found that injured nerve cells tend to produce more sodium channels that transmit pain signals to the brain, resulting in chronic pain after injury.

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