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Monthly Archives: February 2004

Pell City to build house for Montgomerys

Published: February 17, 2004

feb17-1PELL CITY — As sunlight streamed across Mays Bend Road Friday morning, the group of people standing near lot 9 of the Woodland Hills subdivision to break ground could have been any group of developers.

The difference was simple to those who know John Paul Montgomery and his plight to overcome a spinal cord injury suffered in a football practice at Pell City High School late last year.

During a tackle, John Paul’s neck was broken and his spinal cord bruised. He was left paralyzed.

Fountain of Neurons Created

Published: February 17, 2004

Immortalized stem-like cells could provide a limitless supply of spinal cord and brain replacement parts

A method of producing an unlimited supply of human neurons has been developed that could be used to treat brain diseases and spinal cord injury.

How does the spinal cord work?

Published: February 16, 2004

Neurons (nerve cells) in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve send axons (nerve fibers) up and down the spinal cord in spinal tracts. These spinal tracts are called white matter because axons are coated with a membrane called myelin and myelin appears white. In the spinal cord, white matter is usually situated close to the surface of the cord, arranged into several columns called the anterior, posterior, and lateral columns. The spinal cord contains neurons located in the middle part of the spinal cord. The areas of the spinal cord that contain neurons is called gray matter. The gray matter is most abundant in the parts of the spinal cord that connect to the arms and legs, called the cervical and lumbosacral enlargements.

Spinal cords fixed in tests

Published: February 16, 2004

With a genetic tweak, scientists have created an unlimited supply of a type of nerve cells found in the spinal cord and have been able to use the cells to partially repair damaged spinal cords in lab animals.

Spinal research planned for Nov.

Published: February 15, 2004

Benefit ball raises $1 million toward facility to search for ways to cure injuries

DEARBORN — Doctors want to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Patient advocates also want to help victims deal with the affliction better.

BOEC lands “Quality of Life’ grant

Published: February 14, 2004

BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant as part of more than $713,000 it distributed to 103 organizations nationwide recently.

‘I would do anything . . . if there was any chance’

Published: February 14, 2004

Eric Coffman, of Denver, was a 19-year-old Colorado School of Mines student when he damaged his spinal cord snowboarding in 2001.

He flew to Israel to get experimental macrophage injections. “I was the fourth person to ever have it done,” said Coffman. “They told me it might take a few weeks or a few months to see if the injections had done some good.”

Promise for the paralyzed

Published: February 14, 2004

Groundbreaking procedure at Craig Hospital offers hope to those with spinal injuries

ENGLEWOOD – A skid into a tree, a bad fall on an icy mogul, a fall from a roof – it takes just a second to turn a healthy person into a quadriplegic or Paraplegic.

‘I remember what it was like to have nothing – no feeling’

Published: February 14, 2004

Melissa Holley, the first person in the world to get macrophage injections for a spinal cord injury, is a believer.

“I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve gotten so much back,” said Holley, 22. “I’m very excited about (the procedure) coming to Denver.” In 2000, Holley severed her spinal cord in a car accident in her Western Slope hometown of Ridgway. The statistics say that just 3 percent of people with complete spinal cord injuries regain feeling below the site of the injury.

Man hurt in surgery to get $3.6 million

Published: February 14, 2004

Jury: Surgeon breached standard of care during operation at Christiana Hospital

A federal jury in Wilmington awarded a Chesapeake City, Md., man $3.6 million Friday in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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