Monthly Archives: June 2005
SPRINGFIELD, N.J., June 14 /U.S. Newswire/ — The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has named Peter Wilderotter as Vice President of Development. Wilderotter will lead strategic national fundraising efforts for the Foundation.
As Vice President of Development, Wilderotter’s priority is to grow the Foundation’s national donor base through strategic partnerships and alliances with both corporate and individual donors. He will also provide senior counsel to the Foundation’s Board of Directors on issues including marketing initiatives and volunteer relations.
When I directed PVA’s Spinal Cord Research Foundation a decade ago, function-restoring interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) were rare and usually off the radar screen in this pre-Internet era. In contrast, today, so many promising surgeries are in the developmental pipeline, it is difficult to keep track of them; at this ever-accelerating rate, the next decade’s progress is anticipated with great excitement. This article’s purpose is to provide brief synopses of some of these surgeries involving the transplantation of various stem or olfactory cells.
New York, NY, Jun. 13 (UPI) — Cutting-edge nanotechnology is beginning to help advance the equally pioneering field of stem-cell research, with devices that can precisely control stem cells and provide self-assembling biodegradable scaffolds and magnetic tracking systems, experts told UPI’s Nano World.
“Nanotechnology might show people once and for all that you really can help regenerate organs with stem-cell biology and help people walk again, help people after heart attacks, help people after stroke,” said John Kessler, a neurologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Orthopaedic Surgeons Offer Tips to Avoid Trampoline Dangers
ROSEMONT, Ill., June 13 /PRNewswire/ — Trampolines are now rivaling swing sets and sandboxes as the staple in American backyards. While these seemingly harmless structures can provide endless outdoor amusement for children and adults, they can also cause serious injury — and in some cases even death — if proper precautions are not taken. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), backyard trampolines sent more than 211,000 kids between the ages of 0 and 19 to hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics in 2003, translating into nearly $4.2 billion in medical, work-loss, pain and suffering and legal costs.
It was just as the race master yelled “go!” over the loudspeaker that a looming grey cloud opened up and dumped a torrent of fat raindrops onto people riding bikes, steering wheelchairs, running, walking and rollerblading around Griffiths Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The downpour, which quickly created puddles all over the track, didn’t stop the approximately 100 people who turned out for Saskatoon’s third annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, an event to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and to raise money for research and assistance for persons with disabilities.
Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights By Mary Johnson
In the spring of 2000, actor Clint Eastwood took on the 10-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. His Mission Ranch hotel in Carmel, California, had been sued for access violations under the law, and he’d been slapped with a lawsuit he’d never seen coming, he said….
Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts And Bolts Guide For Wheelers And Slow Walkers, 2nd Edition Candy Harrington
Authored by the editor of the leading travel magazine for people with disabilities, Emerging Horizons, this second edition of Barrier Free Travel continues to be the definitive guide to accessible travel for those who use a wheelchair, walker, or cane or have any physical ailment that may slow down their gait. It is a well-researched resource that contains detailed information about the logistics of planning accessible travel by plane, train, bus, and ship. It contains resources, travel tips, and updated information about accessible travel options.
Rebecca Wylie has learned how to live what she calls a normal collegiate life despite an illness that has left her paralyzed
Every morning, Rebecca Wylie, 20, gets dressed, brushes her teeth and eats breakfast. A junior graphic design major, she goes to class, hangs out with her friends and downloads everything she can find by heartthrob John Mayer, just like hordes of other MU students.
But life requires something more of Rebecca.
HOUSTON — South Korean stem cell pioneer Woo Suk Hwang says he wants to work with researchers at the Texas Medical Center, but federal law might make such a collaboration difficult.
Recently, Hwang and his researchers at Seoul National University created the first embryonic stem cells that genetically match injured or sick patients, work that was published in the journal Science last month. Last year, he created the world’s first cloned human embryo.
DOVER — Dover International Speedway, with its concrete surface, steep banking and tight turns, is an intimidating track for even the most accomplished race car drivers.
Aptly nicknamed the “Monster Mile,” the short but fierce track is home to two NASCAR Nextel Cup races a year, as well as plenty of jaw-dropping wrecks.
On Friday, lifelong racing fan Patrick Rummerfield, of Baltimore, took his first spin around the daunting speedway as part of Dover’s Monster Racing program.