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Daily Archives: March 2, 2004

Current Understanding

Published: March 2, 2004

To understand how treatment for spinal cord injury can be improved, it is important to understand the normal spinal cord and its functions, how these functions change after injury, and the status of current treatment.

The Normal Spinal Cord

The spinal cord and the brain together make up the CNS. The spinal cord coordinates the body’s movement and sensation. Unlike nerve cells, or neurons, of the Peripheral nervous system (PNS), which carry signals to the limbs, torso, and other parts of the body, neurons of the CNS do not regenerate after injury.

‘Friday Night Lights’ stars raise money for football players

Published: March 2, 2004

“Friday Night Lights,” a film about the 1988 Odessa Permian High School Panthers football team, is currently in production in Central Texas. On Tuesday the stars took a break from filming in Taylor and announced plans for a benefit concert in the area.

Stops Pulled on Nerve Regeneration

Published: March 2, 2004

By Gabe Romain, Betterhumans Staff

“Stepping on the gas” could lead to better spinal cord treatments

A two-pronged strategy of enhancing growth and halting growth inhibitors greatly improves the Regeneration of nerve fibers and could lead to new treatments for spinal cord injury and some eye and brain diseases.

Reeve Paralysis Center Sponsors Author Gary Karp

Published: March 2, 2004

SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 2 /U.S. Newswire/ — The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF), is sponsoring Gary Karp for a second round of speaking engagements at four new locations in Florida — three in Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale — to educate the public on healthy living with paralysis. Author and public speaker Karp, who sustained a spinal cord injury in 1973 after falling 25 feet from a tree, hopes to turn the common perceptions of life with a Disability upside down-one person at a time.

Iowa troops, Harkin help injured Iraqi girl

Published: March 2, 2004

WASHINGTON — A 12-year-old Iraqi girl, who was paralyzed in a misguided U.S. mortar attack, arrived in America for treatment Saturday, thanks to the efforts of Iowa National Guard members and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

Maj. Sharnell Hoffer, 31, was at Andrews Air Force Base to greet Ma’rwa Ahteemi when she arrived. Hoffer is a pediatrician who cared for Ma’rwa while serving with Iowa’s 109th Medical Battalion.

JUST LIKE FLOATING IN SPACE

Published: March 2, 2004

Wheelchair users dive at Monterey aquarium

It was 5:15 p.m. and Steve Lyon was preparing to get vertical for the first time in two weeks.

Zipped into his dry suit — warmer, more comfortable than a wet suit — he sat on a concrete deck, about 10 feet from the edge of what looked like a medium-sized swimming pool.

Spinal cord injury sufferers stay busy with new group

Published: March 2, 2004

A new spinal cord injury group in Naples is gathering steam, with weekly and monthly events to keep members busy and its first major fund-raising effort in the works.

“We are here for anyone with any spinal debilitation that would cause a change in their quality of life,” said Mindy Idaspe, group founder.