Monthly Archives: September 2004
Care Provided by Hospital, Corrections Dept. in Question
By Henri E. Cauvin – Washington Post Staff Writer
Jonathan Magbie, a 27-year-old Mitchellville man, was sent to jail in the District last week for 10 days for marijuana possession.
He never made it home.
On October 23 and 24, 2004 the Central Coast Motorcycle Association (CCMA) is hosting a special and unique fundraiser motorcycle and ATV race at the Oceano Dunes SVRA, (aka Pismo Dunes) located on the Central Coast of California. Inspired by the infamous Le-Trouquet Beach Race in France, the race will start within a rooster tail of the surf, and run a 6+ mile course winding through the dunes. It is the first race of its kind in the Oceano Dunes. It is a knobbies only race (no paddles) designed for all types of dirt racers; with the primary goal being a fun race for good causes.
Several experimental therapies are aimed at restoring function in chronic spinal cord injury, when recovery has stabilized a year or more after injury.
These include 4-aminopyridine (a drug that increases excitability of demyelinated axons), porcine fetal stem cell transplants (stem cells from pigs), and olfactory ensheathing glial transplants (cells from the nasal mucosa or from olfactory bulbs).
A significant trend over time has been observed in the racial distribution of persons in the Model System database.
Among persons injured between 1973 and 1978, 77.5% of persons in the database were Caucasian, 13.5% were African-American, 5.7% were Hispanic, 2% were American Indian and 0.8% were Asian.
There are seven cervical, twelve thoracic, five lumbar, and one sacral vertebrae that make up the spine. The bones get progressively thicker moving down the spinal cord. The level of injury references Spinal Cord Injuries.
Cervical Injuries are the highest these injuries are referred to as C2 being the highest level of injury and C8 being the lowest level of injury with the most function. Individuals with Cervical injuries are most often referred to as Quadraplegics because all four limbs are affected.
T The part of the spinal cord that is situated at the bony segmental level of L1 contains most of the spinal cord that represent the L1-S4 spinal segments. These segments innervate the pelvic area and the legs.
Collections of neurons in these segments control a variety of functions. These include walking (locomotion), the series of reflexes leading to urination (micturation), sexual function, etc.
Several clinical trials are assessing therapies that are applied within 2 weeks after injury.
These include activated macrophages (which may help repair the injured cord), alternating currents (to stimulate regeneration), and AIT-082 (a drug that may stimulate growth factors and stem cell proliferation).
The macrophage trial is limited to people with “complete” thoracic spinal cord injury and requires surgery.
It is estimated that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI), not including those who die at the scene of the accident, is approximately 40 cases per million population in the U. S., or approximately 11,000 new cases each year.
Since there have not been any overall incidence studies of SCI in the U.S. since the 1970’s it is not known if incidence has changed in recent years.
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Motor vehicle crashes rank 1st at 38.5% followed by acts of violence at 24.5%; falls at 21.8%; sports at 7.2% and all others at 7.9%.
These figures are for all injuries reported to the National Database since 1990. The percentage of cases due to acts of violence and falls have increased steadily since 1973.
The percentage of cases due to motor vehicle crashes and sports has been falling.