Monthly Archives: June 2004
WASHINGTON, June 23 /U.S. Newswire/ — Today, patients gathered for a press conference on Capitol Hill to echo the Congressional calls on President Bush to revise the current stem cell research policy. 142 patient groups, universities and scientific societies sent a letter today to the White House urging the President to expand the policy, which severely curtails embryonic stem cell research and hinders potential treatments and cures.
June 23 (Bloomberg) — A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House introduced a measure that would lift President George W. Bush’s limits on funding of research using embryonic stem cells.
The bill, introduced by Republican Michael Castle of Delaware and Democrat Diana DeGette of Colorado, seeks broader federal funding for the research, which scientists say may help cure conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and paralysis.
Medtronic Announces FDA Approval of Smaller Implantable Drug Pump for Chronic Pain, Severe Spasticity
New programmable pump features greater accuracy, larger reservoirs and longer refill intervals, making treatments more convenient and easier to manage
Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT), today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its SynchroMed(R) II Programmable Pump for the treatment of chronic pain and the management of severe Spasticity – the tight, stiff muscles commonly associated with cerebral palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.
LONDON – Cambridge University said Monday it will open a center for human embryonic stem cell research to develop treatments for currently incurable diseases such as diabetes and spinal cord injuries.
Researchers at the $30 million Stem Cell Institute, described as the world’s largest center for this research, said they hope to proceed to human testing within five years.
NEW YORK —- Despite the high profile that Nancy Reagan and others have given the idea of using embryonic stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease, advances are likely to come faster from other approaches.
Experts cite other more promising efforts that in five to 10 years may be used to fight the disease that led to President Reagan’s death.
ALBANY, N.Y. — A state Senate bill drafted in response to former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s plea for more stem cell research has raised hopes that New York will validate the scientific exploration into what advocates say holds promise for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
IRWINDALE, Calif. — Paralyzed from the neck down in a horrendous 135-mile per hour car accident, and all but given up for a life of round-the-clock nursing care, 51 year old Patrick Rummerfield will soon be charging around Irwindale Speedway pursuing his dream of driving in NASCAR competition.
Acute spinal cord injury refers to hours or days after spinal cord injury during which continued deterioration or tissue damage may occur. Shortly after an injury, the spinal cord often does not appear to be severely damaged even though there may be immediate functional loss. The injury initiates a cascade of chemical and cellular responses that contribute to further tissue damage, including inflammation, free radicals, and swelling (edema). The spinal cord may be compressed during this period.
VANCOUVER, Jun 16, 2004 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — Canadians heard the call from Canada’s Man In Motion, Rick Hansen, as they came out in communities across Canada on Sunday, June 13 to help keep his dream alive. The 2nd annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion invited Canadians to wheel, bike, skate, run or walk to help improve the quality of life of people with a spinal cord injury (SCI).
Approximately 450,000 people live with SCI in the US. There are about 8,000 new SCIs every year; the majority of them (82%) involve males between the ages of 16-30.
These injuries result from motor vehicle accidents (42%), violence (24%), or falls (22%). Quadriplegia is slightly more common than paraplegia.