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Monthly Archives: July 2004

NIH Funds Anti-Inflammatory Research

Published: July 19, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Adenosine Therapeutics, LLC announced today the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Health and Human Services at the National Institutes of Health for further study

Man arrested in death of beaten quadriplegic

Published: July 18, 2004

SAN ANTONIO – One man is in custody and two others are sought today in the beating death of a quadriplegic man inside a housing complex near the former Kelly Air Force Base. Three men and a woman were also hurt in the attack.

The 47-year-old quadriplegic’s body was found Saturday morning on a bed in his ransacked apartment, with a pillow over his battered face.

The Evolution of Cervical Disc Surgery

Published: July 18, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla.,/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — PainCare Holdings, Inc. (Amex: PRZ) is proud to present an industry introspective entitled “The Evolution of Cervical Disc Surgery” authored by Merrill W. Reuter, M.D., PhD, FACS, Chairman of PainCare and President of Advanced Orthopaedics of South Florida, a PainCare subsidiary.

MRI Technique Used to Detect Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

Published: July 18, 2004

An innovative study at Robarts Research Institute provides early evidence that hospital MRI scanners can be used to detect distinct brain cell abnormalities that are predictors of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

In a preclinical study in rats with a disease similar to the human form, Robarts scientist Dr. Paula Foster used an injection of nano-particles of iron oxide, which exhibit magnetic qualities and can be detected by an MRI scanner.

Nerve Cells’ Powerhouse “Clogged” In Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Published: July 18, 2004

By studying rodent models of the relatively rare inherited form of Lou Gehrig’s disease and tissue samples from a patient with the condition, scientists have discovered the first evidence that damage to nerve cell powerhouses is directly responsible for these cells’ death. The findings appear in the July 9 issue of Neuron.

Give scientists all needed tools

Published: July 18, 2004

I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes almost 26 years ago. Every day since then, I’ve needed to carefully monitor my diet and exercise, p**** my fingers six times a day to test my blood sugar levels, and inject myself with insulin four times a day, simply to stay alive.

Because insulin is not a cure for diabetes, I go to bed each night with the fear of developing kidney disease, going blind, losing a limb, having a stroke, or even worse, losing my life, since diabetes on average shortens one’s life expectancy by 15 years.

Woman ‘keeps going’ in battle against paralysis

Published: July 18, 2004

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS — Like actor Christopher Reeve, Jenifer M. Bonner believes in persistence. The 27-year-old hasn’t been able to walk since a July 4, 2001, car accident paralyzed her legs. Some doctors said she never will again.

“But my goal is to walk again, unassisted,” she said recently.

Combination Strategy Promotes Better Recovery of Walking

Published: July 17, 2004

Investigators at The Miami Project have designed a new triple combination strategy that opens up new possibilities in the search for successful treatments for spinal cord injury. Damien D. Pearse, Ph.D., working with Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D. and colleagues, tested their new strategy and found the treated animals improved to 70% of normal walking function. The new treatment combines Schwann cell grafts with the administration of rolipram and a form of cyclic AMP, drugs that influence Axon growth.

What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?

Published: July 16, 2004

Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), also known as Hyperreflexia, is a potentially dangerous complication of spinal cord injury (SCI).

In AD, an individual’s blood pressure may rise to dangerous levels and if not treated can lead to stroke and possibly death. Individuals with SCI at the T-6 level or above are at greater risk.

AD usually occurs because of a noxious (irritating) stimulus below the level of the injury. Symptoms include headache, facial flush, perspiration, and a stuffy nose.

ATHENS, Here we come!

Published: July 16, 2004

MODESTO — When Paraplegic athlete Darwin Holmes touched the wall at the America’s Center pool in St. Louis, he had a feeling his time was fast.

A casual glance over his shoulder at the rest of the field told him his time was fast — probably one of the fastest-ever by a paraplegic swimmer.