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Monthly Archives: July 2004

Teen gets 2nd chance to bid on gun factory

Published: July 16, 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.

I understand that 10% repair will make functional recovery, at what % would the...

Published: July 15, 2004

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.

If the scar forms around the outside (from a bruise), why do the nerves...

Published: July 15, 2004

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.

Parliament’s front door not ready for paralyzed MP

Published: July 15, 2004

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.

Senator Pushes Adult Stem Cells

Published: July 14, 2004

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.

Post-doctoral fellow to study spinal cord interneurons with Reeve grant

Published: July 14, 2004

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.

Senate Hearing on Adult Stem Cell Research Has Tempers Flaring

Published: July 14, 2004

Washington, DC ( — 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.

Canada’s first quadriplegic MP inspires

Published: July 14, 2004

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.

Don’t bet against him

Published: July 13, 2004

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.

Reeve deals with New Orleans’ humidity

Published: July 13, 2004

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.