Monthly Archives: July 2004
Bankruptcy judge extends deadline for bids after paralyzed Willits youth raises funds
A Florida bankruptcy court has given a Willits teen another crack at buying the company that made a gun that left him paralyzed in an accidental shooting a decade ago.
Let me rephrase your question. Only 10% of the axons in the spinal cord are necessary and sufficient for recovery of functions such as locomotion. That is probably why a majority of people with so-called “incomplete” spinal cord injury recover walking. As many as 50% of people with incomplete spinal cord injuries will recover walking.
Adhesion of the spinal cord to the surrounding dura and tethering of the cord has several potential deleterious effects on the spinal cord. First, cerebrospinal fluid normally flow in the space between the spinal cord and dura. Adhesions between the spinal cord and dura may obstruct the fluid flow. The fluid then may be forced to flow in the central canal or through any channel that it can find.
Over time, this abnormal flow causes an enlarged cyst in the spinal cord called a syringomyelia or syrinx. Second, the spinal cord normally slide smoothly within its dural enclosure.
OTTAWA — Canada’s first quadriplegic MP was forced to take a back entrance through the kitchen yesterday to join his new colleagues for lunch in the swank parliamentary restaurant.
Steven Fletcher’s large motorized wheelchair is too big for the otherwise accessible elevators used by most diners.
A Senate hearing on stem cells generated heated discussions Wednesday despite the best efforts of the senator in charge.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) opened the meeting saying, “Today’s hearing is about miracles,” referring to adult stem-cell therapies. Several witnesses came forth who had been treated successfully for spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease using adult stem cells.
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has awarded Steven Crone, a post-doctoral fellow in Neurobiology, Pharmacology & Physiology, a two-year grant of $120,000 to conduct spinal cord research that focuses on identifying spinal interneurons, which are required for locomotor function.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — It was supposed to focus on “good news” associated with advances made in the field of adult stem cell research, but tempers flared at a Senate hearing on Wednesday when one advocate of the destructive research asked a scientist whether she was part of a pro-life organization.
OTTAWA (CP) – Canada’s first quadriplegic MP had to take a back entrance through the kitchen Thursday to join his new colleagues for lunch in the swank Parliamentary restaurant.
Steven Fletcher’s large motorized wheelchair is too big for the otherwise accessible elevators used by most diners. That’s just one challenge facing the new Conservative MP for the Charleswood-St. James riding in Manitoba.
MT. VERNON — Had he been able, he would have leaped out of his bed, fists raised. If his legs had responded, if his back had not been riddled with shooting pain, he would have been ready to brawl.
But, for perhaps the first time in his life, Drew Millwood’s body would not answer a challenge.
NEW ORLEANS — Christopher Reeve and scores of actors are fighting New Orleans’ soggy heat in different ways.
Reeve, directing a TV movie about a paralyzed girl’s successful fight to return to school, has to spend as much time as possible in an air-conditioned trailer he calls his “Bat Cave,” watching monitors.