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Monthly Archives: August 2004

Is there a cure for Spinal Cord Injury?

Published: August 19, 2004

Damage to the spinal cord due to an injury can be permanent and currently there is no cure, however new research proves that spinal cord repair and regeneration is possible.

More and more researchers around the world are confident that a cure for paralysis could be as close as ten years away. New breakthroughs and discoveries leading to a cure are imminent.

Do people with SCI ever get better?

Published: August 18, 2004

Yes, before World War II, most people who sustained SCI died within weeks of their injury due to urinary dysfunction, respiratory infection or pressure sores. With the advent of modern antibiotics, modern materials such as plastics and latex, and better procedures for dealing with everyday issues of living with SCI, many people approach the life span of non-disabled individuals. Interestingly, other than level of injury, the type of rehabilitation facility used is the greatest indicator of long-term survival.

What are the usual demographics of people who get SCI?

Published: August 17, 2004

The mean age is 33. Most persons are between 16 and 30 years of age. There is a 4:1 male:female ratio and most persons are white although blacks are at higher risk than whites. The percentage of cases occurring among blacks has been increasing in recent years.

Is there any treatment?

Published: August 17, 2004

While recent advances in emergency care and rehabilitation allow many SCI patients to survive, methods for reducing the extent of injury and for restoring function are still limited. Immediate treatment for acute SCI includes techniques to relieve cord compression, prompt (within 8 hours of the injury) drug therapy with corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone to minimize cell damage, and stabilization of the vertebrae of the spine to prevent further injury.

Only 11% of US population opposes Stem Cell Research

Published: August 17, 2004

Those Favoring Stem Cell Research Increases to a 73 to 11 Percent Majority
A good issue for the Democrats

In 2001, a Harris Poll reported that a 3-to-1 majority believed that stem cell research should be allowed. Three years later, a new Harris Poll finds that this majority supporting stem cell research has increased to more than 6-to-1.

Recipient of Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant

Published: August 6, 2004

The Transverse Myelitis Association Named Recipient of Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced today that The Transverse Myelitis Association has been awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant. The Transverse Myelitis Association and the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center are co-sponsoring the Rare Neuroimmunologic Disorders Symposium. The Health Promotion Quality of Life grant will be used to support this symposium.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 7, 2004 — The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced today that The Transverse Myelitis Association has been awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant. CRPF awarded a total of $779,321

Rotarians hear story of young quadriplegic

Published: August 5, 2004

On Tuesday, Woodland Rotarians, with many of their children and grandchildren, listened raptly as 24-year-old quadriplegic Anthony ‘Tony’ Venditti told of how his life drastically changed two days after his 21st birthday.

That was the day that Venditti, a graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento, popular student, school leader and a community volunteer, went with a group of friends on a trip

Reagan and P-I wrong about stem cells

Published: August 4, 2004

One of the primary responsibilities of any editorial is to get the facts right. Unfortunately, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s editorial extolling Ron Reagan’s speech at the Democratic convention (“Health, science trump politics,” July 28), failed to make the grade.

First, the P-I claimed that stem-cell research could “yield treatments” for Alzheimer’s disease. Actually, as reported by The Washington Post — and admitted by Reagan on the television show “Hardball” — Alzheimer’s is unlikely to be effectively treated with embryonic stem cells

ATP plays large role in spinal cord injury

Published: August 2, 2004

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Adenosine triphosphate, which provides energy for the body’s cells, plays a major role in spinal cord injuries by killing Motor neurons surrounding the injury site — a discovery that could lead to new and much-needed treatments to prevent paralysis, researchers told United Press International.

Dive leaves girl quadriplegic

Published: August 1, 2004

FOR 12-year-old Laura Brown a false start at a swimming carnival was the beginning of a life confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others.

The teen dived into water just 90 centimetres deep after the starting blocks were placed at the wrong end of the pool at a swimming club carnival on November 11, 2000, the Victorian Supreme Court heard today.