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Monthly Archives: October 2004

What is the ASIA Classification System?

Published: October 19, 2004

After injury, many people are frequently told that they have been classified as ASIA A, B, C, or D. What is the meaning of this classification. ASIA stands for the American Spinal Injury Association. The members of this association encompasses physicians who take care of approximately 70% of people with spinal cord injury in the United States and Canada.

Does demylination STOP conduction or SLOW DOWN conduction?

Published: October 15, 2004

Axons that are demyelinated cannot conduct as well. Cells called oligodendroglial cells form myelin around segments of axons. Each segment may be as long as several millimeters in length. Also, the axons are usually partially remyelinated after injury. The conduction deficit depends on the extent of demyelination and remyelination.

Demyelination may stop or slow down conduction. More important, it may prevent the conduction of a train of impulses. Axonal information is often coded in bursts of action potentials. Demyelinated axons may be able to support one impulse but not a rapid train of impulses.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Mourns

Published: October 10, 2004

Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) issued the following statement today in response to the death of CRPF’s Chairman, Christopher Reeve.

(Springfield, NJ) – “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, we are deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden death of our Chairman, Christopher Reeve,” said Lewis.

Reeve Courageously Backed Stem Cell Research/ CureParalysisNow mourns the loss of THE GREATEST SCI...

Published: October 10, 2004

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Christopher Reeve, the paralyzed actor who died nine years after a riding accident, worked tirelessly to promote medical advances, especially the controversial stem cell research that has emerged as a campaign issue this year.

`Superman’ star became real-life fighter for spinal cord research

Published: October 10, 2004

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Christopher Reeve, the chiseled, strapping “Superman” of celluloid who became another kind of hero as a force for spinal cord research after a devastating horse-riding accident, has died at 52.

Reeve, a quadriplegic for the last nine years of his life who vowed that he would one day walk again, died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore.

Actor, Director and Activist Christopher Reeve Dies at Age 52

Published: October 10, 2004

Christopher Reeve died suddenly at 5:30 p.m. yesterday of heart failure. He was 52 years old.

On Saturday October 9, Reeve fell into a coma after going into cardiac arrest while at home. Reeve was being treated for a pressure wound that he developed, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

Reeve was admitted to Northern Westchester Hospital on Saturday evening and never regained consciousness. His family was at his side at the time of death.

Reeve Visited Chicago Rehab Institute Last Week

Published: October 10, 2004

Actor: Research Can Relieve Human Suffering

CHCIAGO — Christopher Reeve made an appearance in Chicago just last week, on Oct. 8, to celebrate the Rehabilitation Institute’s 50th Anniversary.

The actor, who became an activist for the disabled after suffering a spinal cord injury in an equestrian accident, said scientists must get the funding they need to make progress,

Stem-cell studies divide America

Published: October 10, 2004

Is Sen. John Kerry “a cannibal in a suit?” Or does the Democratic presidential nominee’s platform on embryonic stem-cell research offer the best-known hope to millions of Americans who suffer from debilitating diseases and conditions?

Politics colors the debate as Kerry and President George W. Bush head down the stretch in the Nov. 2 election race.

Quadriplegic will run marathon

Published: October 9, 2004

Alan Robinson will be one of the last runners to cross the finish line in Sunday’s LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

When he ran last year, it took him more than six hours to finish 31,309th out of 32,455 finishers.

It nevertheless was an extraordinary achievement. Robinson, 51, is a quadriplegic who 13 years ago woke up from a car accident paralyzed from the neck down.

Three-step paralysis treatment

Published: October 8, 2004

Paralysis results from an injury or disease that damages the nervous system, affecting the ability to move or feel. Each year, more than 11,000 people in the United States become paralyzed. Paralysis is traditionally irreversible, but new research could help change that.

Neuroscientist Mary Bartlett Bunge is working at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami. She has helped develop a “triple play,” combining three treatments believed to help paralysis when used individually.