Monthly Archives: June 2005
Nick Buoniconti’s Champagne glass was still in the air when the phone rang.
Lounging on a New Jersey terrace beneath a bright October sun in 1985, Buoniconti and a college roommate had more than enough reasons to hold their glasses high.
“Two Italian kids from very poor backgrounds who did pretty well in life,” Buoniconti said.
BEIJING — In January 2004, Kim Allen suddenly began having trouble turning the key in her car’s ignition. All too quickly, a spreading weakness slurred her speech and limited her ability to walk.
After two failed surgeries, endless trips to the doctor and eight months of steady deterioration, she was diagnosed with the incurable nerve illness known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The doctors told the 49-year-old native of Sioux City, Iowa, that she had no more than 18 months to live.
Recently there has been news from various countries of the effects of transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) into people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Of note to the scientific community are anecdotal reports that people who have undergone these procedures have had improvements in sensory and Motor function within the first days after the procedures. While there is interest within the scientific community, these anecdotal reports are leading to more questions than scientific answers.
DETROIT – (KRT) – Ten minutes after a recent announcement that South Korean scientists had discovered an efficient way to produce stem cells, the world’s largest spinal cord Web site carried the story.
“It’s unbelievable someone’s trolling the literature and posting it right away like that,” said Dr. Wise Young, administrator of www.sciwire.com.
VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ – More than 35,000 Canadians came out on all kinds of wheels and rolled for hope this past weekend at the 3rd annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion events, Presented by Scotiabank to help improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury. As of today, preliminary results show Canadians raised more than $1.8 million at events that took place in communities throughout every Province and Territory in Canada, an increase of more than 50% from the previous year.
Adam Taliaferro, who defied doctors’ expectations by walking again after a serious spinal injury, is to appear tonight on a TV show featuring inspirational stories of paralysis victims.
Taliaferro, paralyzed five years ago as a freshman football player at Penn State University, will tell his story on It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle.
The former South Jersey football standout graduated from Penn State last month with a degree in labor studies and industrial relations. The Winslow resident now is enrolled in Rutgers-Camden Law School and plans to become a sports agent.
An imaginary crisis yesterday morning triggered the mock evacuation of patients from the UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital in Squirrel Hill to a safe harbor at the South Side.
The need to move 24 patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to the new Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, a facility on two renovated floors of UPMC South Side, provided an opportunity to run an evacuation drill.
“Nobody’s ever done it” in Pennsylvania, said Dr. Ross Zafonte, director of the new institute. “What are the procedures necessary to evacuate a hospital?”
Kennedy Krieger Institute today opens the doors of its International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, the world’s first center focused on Rehabilitation and restoration for children with paralysis. The Center’s director, Dr. John McDonald, was the lead neurologist whose pioneering techniques helped the late actor Christopher Reeve to regain significant movement and sensation. The same novel therapies that produced remarkable results in Reeve will be applied to children at the new Center.
With stem-cell research on the congressional agenda, companies specializing in the field have recaptured the attention of investors. If you believe the hype on the science, you could take a long shot on four companies whose business revolves almost entirely around stem cells.
Some background: Stem cells are unspecialized and could one day be used to repair damaged parts of the body. Stem cells obtained from embryonic tissue can divide and renew themselves for long periods and have the far-off potential to replace any type of cell, such as the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Another form of stem cells, those derived from umbilical cords, is easier to use and have far fewer ethical and technical issues but show less promise.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) announced that it has received its millionth dollar in support from The Iams Company. Iams’ support of the Healthy Canine Initiative goes towards medical supplies, heart and eye exams, medical treatment, external lab fees, imaging and surgical fees, and extraordinary veterinary care for CCI’s highly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.
To help CCI meet the increasing demand for service dogs, The Iams Company has also sponsored 30 Canine Companion Teams all over the United States. A Canine Companion Team consists of a fully-trained Canine Companion and a person who has completed CCI’s team training program.