Yearly Archives: 2004
BY TAL ABBADY – South Florida Sun-Sentinel
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – (KRT) – He once was a swimmer and scuba diver whose idea of a quick afternoon break was a dive in the surf. Now he sits in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the shoulders down, his hands curled in his lap.
This is the body Kevin J. Mullin was left with after an Oct. 6, 2003, swimming accident.
Dr. Keith March and his team of researchers at the IU School of Medicine are finding a possible lifesaver, from a most surprising source: Fat. “It just happens that the cells that are found in many places in the body that have repair functions… Also happen to be found in fat, and that, of course, is a place that we are largely willing and able to get rid of extra abundance of.”
Researchers are actually finding those repairing cells, called stem cells, in human fat tissue taken from liposuctions.
Patients paralyzed by injuries to their spinal cords have the hope of walking again thanks to stem cell therapy, which is expected to become widely available by 2006.
Chosun University professor Song Chang-hun, who gained global prominence last week with the case of a miracle stem cell cure, made the remarks in an interview with The Korea Times.
Injured animals received a polymer that lets nerve cells repair selves in Purdue/Texas study.
Madeline and Fred Pernell will never know exactly what happened with Rusty. They came home from a shopping trip and found their miniature dachshund dragging his back legs.
He was paralyzed. It looked bleak. Their veterinarian couldn’t offer much hope.
Coach Considers Himself ‘Blessed,’ Not Lucky
BALTIMORE — A high school wrestling coach who was 15 minutes away from being paralyzed says he’s blessed.
On Nov. 22, Mike Zito, 35, who is Loyola High School’s assistant wrestling coach, lost the use of all four extremities for 15 minutes.
Injections of a man-made liquid may some day help treat spinal cord injuries and prevent permanent paralysis, according to an animal study.
One day, ambulances could carry the chemical for use at accident scenes, sparing people from spinal damage.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – A 15-year-old boy who was paralyzed in a 1997 accident on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-point buck Tuesday by pulling a string with his teeth to fire a customized rifle.
Tyler Harris, a high-school freshman from Aspers, killed the animal on the second day of hunting season in southern Adams County. It was about 200 yards away when he fired the fatal shot.
Source: Johns Hopkins University
In a collaboration blending biology and robotics, researchers are unraveling the circuitry in an eel’s spinal cord to help develop a microchip implant that may someday help paralyzed people walk again.
Newswise — In a collaboration that blends biology and robotics, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland are unraveling the circuitry in an eel’s spinal cord to help develop a microchip implant that may someday help paralyzed people walk again.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was left paralyzed after his neck was broken during a 1997 arrest by Baltimore police has agreed to a $6 million settlement with the city.
The Board of Estimates was set to vote at its meeting yesterday on the settlement with Jeffrey Adrian Alston, 39, a quadriplegic receiving around-the- clock care at an Ellicott City, Md., nursing home.
A report earlier this week that South Korean researchers have used stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood to help a woman with a damaged spinal cord walk again is bound to re-ignite the battle over human embryonic stem cell research.
The researchers say they harvested embryonic stem cells from blood taken from umbilical cords and injected them into the spine of a 37-year-old woman named Hwang Mi-soon.