Monthly Archives: February 2005
IRVINE, Calif. – Hans S. Keirstead might be the Pied Piper of stem cells – and not just because he makes rats walk. He also helped lure Californians to the polls last fall to approve spending $3 billion of the state’s money on embryonic stem cell research over the next decade. But he has critics who worry that he may be leading their new field too far, too soon into uncharted territory.Dr. Keirstead, an assistant professor at the University of California campus here, has been making paralyzed rats walk again, using a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells.
Whoever learns to control embryonic stem cells that can morph into healthy human cells could be standing on a gold mine: Four million Americans have damaged brain cells from Alzheimer’s, and a million people each year suffer tissue damage from heart attacks.
No one doubts that those people — and millions more who suffer from Parkinson’s, diabetes or stroke — would pay big money to restore their quality of life. But that powerful profit motive hasn’t pushed stem-cell research quickly toward to development of new treatments.
I’ll apologize to no one for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s one of the greatest laws ever passed. The ADA covers all races, both genders — all working-age people with disabilities. Its purpose is to extend the prosperity and freedom of America to millions who historically have been denied jobs, access to public transportation, access to public places, and access to telecommunications products and services. The ADA is a civil-rights law that translates into economic rights. It guarantees that every American can work, pursue happiness, and purchase what they can afford.
Bethesda, Md. – Score one for Clint Eastwood for his award winning film, “Million Dollar Baby,” a brilliantly executed attack on life after spinal cord injury (SCI).
It is exquisitely filmed and acted. Eastwood, director and star of the film, and actors Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman know their craft.
Maintaining a healthy sex life after spinal cord injury is an important priority to many people. Fortunately, over the past few years a large amount of research has begun to be performed in this area. Whereas in the past our knowledge about the field of spinal cord injury was exclusively focused on males and erectile function, recent work has begun to illustrate the impact of spinal cord injury on female sexuality. Moreover, recent gains in the study of infertility after spinal cord injury have allowed professionals to approach the care of newly injured patients with optimism for their potential in sexual functioning. In this article, I will provide a basic review of what is known about sexual functioning after spinal cord injury and the impact on patients.