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Yearly Archives: 2003

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) With Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: September 8, 2003

What is a urinary tract infection?

When bacteria get into your bladder or kidneys and cause you to have symptoms, you have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It is important to know the difference between an infection and bacteriuria (having bacteria in the urine but no symptoms).

Spinal Cord Injury Facts & Statistics

Published: September 8, 2003

Think you know the facts about spinal cord injuries?  Here is some information that may surprise you.

Who Do Spinal Cord Injuries Affect in the United States?

  • 250,000 Americans are spinal cord injured.
  • 52% of spinal cord injured individuals are considered Paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic.
  • Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year.
  • 82% are male.
  • 56% of injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
  • The average age of spinal cord injured person is 31.
  • SCI injuries are most commonly caused by:

Average yearly expenses?

Published: August 7, 2003

Average Yearly Expenses

Severity of Injury First Year Each Subsequent Year
High Quad(C1-C4) $572,178 $102,491
Low Quad(C5-C8) $369,488 $41,983
Paraplegia $209,074 $21,274
Incomplete any Level $168,627 $11,817

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.

Craig Hospital to launch experimental spine therapy

Published: March 18, 2003

An experimental therapy that has shown promise for people with spinal cord injuries will soon be available in the metro area. The process, called activated macrophage, has previously only been performed in Israel. That’s where two young people from Colorado received it in an early test involving only 11 subjects. But Craig Hospital in Englewood is waiting for final approval from the Food and Drug Administration to bring activated macrophage to North America.