Monthly Archives: June 2004
The initial trial of a controversial method for treating spinal cord injuries within two weeks of an accident suggests it may be partly successful. More patients recovered some sensation and movement than would normally be expected, the company behind the trial claims.
Cape Town – Quadriplegic Ian Hamilton, who is claiming R23m in damages from the minister of safety and security, was quizzed in the Cape High Court on Tuesday on his financial affairs.
Hamilton was shot by a mentally unstable woman in Stellenbosch 10 years ago and is confined to a wheelchair.
MINER – Terry Cole has no self pity. Although he is disabled and uses a wheelchair, he doesn’t allow these circumstances to slow him down in any way.
“You can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself,” Cole said. In fact, he advises others with aches, pains and disabilities to “quit whining.”
Spinal cord injury didn’t stop Kent Hehr
There it was in the middle of his face, itching. And it would take Kent Hehr some six months to do what he had done millions of times before — reach up and give his nose a scratch. Relearning simple tasks and how to live a new life was all about baby steps, hard work, confronting fear and moving on.
A Chinese neurosurgeon’s experimental operation using fetal cells is giving paraplegics hope but stirring medical and ethical concerns.
Strolling briskly through the dim halls of Chaoyang Hospital, neurosurgeon Huang Hongyun says his pioneering medical work using fetal cells to treat paralysis and other nervous system ailments is swamping him with attention.
Amid controversy and federal limits, study goes on in the region. New Jersey will even fund an institute, but a Pa. abortion law deters some.
Stem-cell research is flourishing at major universities, medical centers and Biotechnology companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey despite radically different political climates in the two states.
If you are likely to benefit from rehabilitation, you are referred to a state rehabilitation agency or private organization for rehabilitation services. Social Security pays for the services if you are successfully rehabilitated. If you recover from your disability while in an approved rehabilitation or training program that is likely to result in your becoming self-supporting, benefits will continue until the program is over.
For example, if you were in a nurse’s aide training program and your condition improved so that you were no longer disabled, benefits ordinarily would stop.
Every year, thousands of people end up paralyzed when their spinal cords are injured. Right now, these patients almost never fully recover. But, as this ScienCentral News video reports, one nanotechnologist says there may be a way to grow back injured nerve cells—and repair damaged spinal cords, so that paralyzed patients can leave their wheelchairs behind.
BEIJING – Strolling briskly through the dim halls of Chaoyang Hospital, neurosurgeon Huang Hongyun says his pioneering medical work using fetal cells to treat paralysis and other nervous system ailments is swamping him with attention.
The cell phone jangles. Lecture invitations mount. E-mails pour in from around the world.
The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Are Now Enrolling for Proneuron’s Phase II Study of ProCord for Neurologically Complete Spinal Cord Injury Announcement Made at the Rally for the Cure in NYC