Monthly Archives: February 2004
The South Korean researchers who made history this week in creating human embryos through cloning and extracting viable stem cells say they adamantly oppose cloning to make babies.
“We are in the position against reproductive cloning,” Woo Suk Hwang said Thursday at an American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle.
Spinal cord trauma is damage to the spinal cord that results from direct injury to the cord itself, or from indirect injury from damage to the bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels surrounding the spinal cord.
Spinal cord compression or injury; Compression of spinal cord
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ — Today, Dana Reeve, wife of actor Christopher Reeve, a director of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) and Chair of the Quality of Life Committee, visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to present a Quality of Life Grant check to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
Outlined below is a study that requires volunteers who wish to get healthier and have a spinal cord injury. This project has obtained a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to examine “The development of FES systems for cycling: improving health after spinal cord injury.” Read the following outline from the Research Team and see if you are interested to helping further this unique Spinal Cord Injured project….
FES Functional Electrical Stimulation is the application of an electric current to a muscle or nerve to cause a muscle contraction.
Effective drug therapy for spinal cord injury first became a reality in 1990, when methylprednisolone, the first drug shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury, moved from clinical trials to standard use. The NASCIS II (National Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study II) trial, a multicenter clinical trial comparing methylprednisolone to placebo and to the drug naloxone, showed that methylprednisolone given within 8 hours after injury significantly improves recovery in humans.
Prentke Romich’s HeadMaster Plus™ is a head pointing system that takes the place of a mouse. Just move your head and the cursor moves on the screen. Puff on the tube to make selections. Mouse clicks can also be made by activating an external switch (sold separately) or by dwelling with a dwell software program (sold separately). It is the only head pointing system that tracks both lateral and rotational movement. Also available for HeadMaster is an optional Remote Adapter providing for wireless infrared use and an optional Laptop Adapter.
Scientists have succeeded in restoring movement to rats paralysed by spinal injuries.
The breakthrough could ultimately lead to new treatments for people who have been paralysed by damage to their spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries typically arise from car accidents, violence, falls and sports injuries.
Institutional costs are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement to states. Home services aren’t. I wrote awhile ago about activists pushing the Medicaid Community Attendant Services Act in Congress. That bill proposes that in-home services be covered by Medicaid – not just by a “waiver” program the state may, or may not, choose to offer. But this bill has gone nowhere.
Another villain, say activists, are the nurse practice acts in force today in most states. Toby Olson explains nurse practice act this way: “They carve out a range of activists and say, ‘if a person is going to do this for pay, it’s going to be a nurse.’ Period.” Olson heads Washington state’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System. They are covered by three layers of membranes called meninges and bathed in protective Cerebrospinal Fluid, which acts as a “shock absorber” to help prevent injury.
The largest part of the brain is comprised of the cerebrum, which is split into right and left hemispheres. The cerebrum controls voluntary actions, thought, speech, and memory. Most mammals have a relatively small cerebrum, but in humans it makes up most of the brain. This allows us to perform much more complicated actions than other species can.
It fits snugly within the skull, hidden from view inside of the top half of the head. Its grayish-pink bulges and grooves and fluid-filled channels and cavities are made up of billions of continuously interacting cells. Three layers of membranes completely cover its surface, which is bathed in protective fluid. Soft and delicate, it is so important to human existence that it is housed in a hard case of bone. Despite the infinite number of very simple to extremely complex actions it performs and commands, it weighs less than 3 pounds.
What is it? The brain – the most vital organ to our being and the one that makes us who we are.