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Does everyone who sustains a spinal cord injury use a wheelchair?

Published: May 23, 2005

No. Wheelchairs are tools for mobility. High C-level injuries usually require that the individual use a power wheelchair. Low C-level injuries and below usually allow the person to use a manual chair. Advantages of manual chairs are that they cost less, weigh less, disassemble into smaller pieces, and are more agile.

However, for the person who needs a powerchair, the independence afforded by them is worth the limitations. Some people are able to use braces and crutches for ambulation.

Alternative Stem Cell Bill Added to Debate

Published: May 23, 2005

With a closely divided House poised to vote today on whether to expand federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, opponents are offering fence-sitters what they say is an embryo-friendly alternative: a bill that would foster the use of stem cells from umbilical cords discarded after birth.

The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act — introduced by Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus — would establish a network of blood banks to help make cord blood cells readily available for patients and research.