Monthly Archives: January 2004
Scientists reported Sunday that they coaxed human embryonic stem cells to become spinal Motor neurons, critical nervous system pathways that relay messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
The new research, published in the on-line version of the journal Nature Biotechnology, was conducted by Chinese scientists working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center, a Catholic institution, are using cells derived from aborted fetuses in medical research.
Catholic doctrine opposes abortion, but the university decided to let researchers who have been using the cells continue their work into treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, Spinal Cord Injury and Cancer.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (USA)–When someone’s spinal cord is completely severed, brain signals can no longer reach the legs to tell the legs to walk.
A study in this month’s journal Spinal Cord shows that those who have suffered a spinal cord injury can generate muscle activity independent of brain signals.
A gel of tiny fibers could help reverse paralysis from spinal cord injury.
The gel, created by scientists from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, contains a three-dimensional network of nanoscale fibers that form a scaffold to promote Neuron growth.
12-year-old Paralyzed by Accidental Mortar Being Evacuated to USA
BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — A U.S. mortar attack that hit the wrong target has threatened the future of a child in Iraq. But the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is stretching its reach to help her rebuild her life.
Little is known about the gastric effects of spinal cord injury (SCI). There have been few studies on the gastric emptying half-time (GET1/2) of SCI patients and the studies that have been done have varying results. The rate and completeness of gastric emptying (GE) are major determinants of the bioavailability of oral medication and supplementation. Researchers in Taiwan recently studied the GET1/2 of solid meals in SCI patients by radionuclide imaging.
This prospective study was conducted on 50 SCI patients. There were 28 patients under the age of 40 years.
In general, patients with appendicitis present with a reliable set of signs and symptoms that facilitate early diagnosis. Prompt surgical treatment usually results in low morbidity and mortality rates for this common condition. In patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), the normal visceral and somatic pathways that permit the recognition of symptoms are disrupted. In addition, SCI patients frequently have comorbidities (e.g., Urinary Tract Infection, gastroparesis, constipation, decubitus ulcers) that may mask or mimic the early features of appendicitis.
Most people begin by telling some tragic story about paralysis. The tragic part often happens after the injury.
During high school, I had a teacher who had been injured in Viet Nam. He taught marketing, computer skills and much more about life. He was someone you could just sit around with and kick the bull. Very rarely did he talk about what he’d been through but you just knew it was a lot. When he did reflect back on those days it was kept very brief and it was something you respected. Shortly after my accident, he said to me, “right now is the easiest you’ll ever have it.” I had just received the biggest blow of my life and was loosing everything and everyone around me.
Thirty years ago, I had a car accident that rendered me quadriplegic. As you can imagine, this one moment changed everything. One week later, as I lay in bed trying to fathom what happened, I heard the doctor in the hall saying: “did anyone take care of the Quad in 301”? At that moment, I realized that if I didn’t say something and keep saying something, the person that once was Dan would now be just “the quad”. At that moment I felt I was in great danger of losing myself.
You see, trauma, like life itself, creates a story that must be told. Life is lived through stories. It’s how we define ourselves and how we experience emotional intimacy.
Louisville, KY… The Kresge Foundation has awarded Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services (JHHS) a $1.5 million challenge grant to aid in the completion of Frazier Rehab Institute’s $88 million capital campaign. As part of the challenge grant, the Jewish Hospital Foundation must raise $9.4 million for Frazier Rehab Institute by June 1, 2005 to receive the $1.5 million grant award.