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Monthly Archives: June 2005

Stem cell advocates plan strategy

Published: June 8, 2005

storystemcell1HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Scientists gather routinely at the Texas Medical Center to share research. But they are meeting this weekend in enemy territory for a war-room session on political strategy.

Advocates of embryonic stem cell research from the fields of academia, politics, health care and medicine — including South Korean cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-suk — are plotting ways to quell opposition and get the research money flowing.

Spinal experts urge footy rule changes

Published: June 7, 2005

A review of spinal cord injuries in Australian footballers has sparked calls for rule changes in both rugby union and rugby league.

Apart from the devastating effect such injuries can have on the lives of the footballer, family and friends, researchers studying the problem found players involved received inadequate insurance payouts.

Surgeon Thomas Taylor, of Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, and colleagues studied patients admitted to six Australian spinal cord injury units between 1997 and 2002.

Scrap the scrum, says Alan Jones

Published: June 6, 2005

A new study, published yesterday in the Medical Journal of Australia, shows seven of 23 rugby players who sustained acute spinal cord injury between 1997 and 2002 were scrum victims.

In all, 52 players across the codes – rugby union, rugby league, Australian football and soccer – were admitted to spinal units around the country over the period researched by five surgeons.

3D atlas will help navigate the spinal cord

Published: June 6, 2005

Professor George Paxinos and Dr Yuri Koutcherov of the Spinal Injuries Research Centre at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute have been awarded ~$200,000 by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to prepare a three-dimensional (3D) atlas of the rat spinal cord over the next two years.

Christopher Reeve met with Institute scientists during his visit to Australia in 2003 and was impressed with their work in spinal injuries research. Professor Paxinos is a world leader in the preparation of brain atlases, being the author of atlases of human, monkey, rat and mouse brains used world-wide by neuroscientists in all areas.

We have to overcome this hope barrier

Published: June 6, 2005

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

Spinal cord unit provides support for whole family

Published: June 5, 2005

HOWLAND — Patients touch balloons, pick up bean bags and tighten bolts in Forum Health Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital’s Occupational Therapy room.

They are part of a new program, the Spinal Cord Injury Center of Excellence, which opened May 12.

Rebecca LeBron, clinical supervisor of occupational and recreational therapy, said the hospital spent the past three years preparing to be a center of excellence.

Developing Nervous System Sculpted By Opposing Chemical Messengers

Published: June 5, 2005

La Jolla, Calif. — A newborn baby moves, breathes and cries in part because a network of nerves called Motor neurons carry signals from the infant’s brain and spinal cord to muscles throughout its body.

Thanks to new research by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, we are closer to understanding how these complicated network connections are wired up during embryonic development.

Fetal Cells Nix Rules, Fix Hearts

Published: June 5, 2005

Ten heart failure patients who received controversial fetal stem cell injections are all showing signs of rapid recovery three months after the treatment, surgeons who performed the first-time procedure said this weekend.

The treatments, which took place in Ecuador, have raised sharp ethical questions over the mere use of fetal stem cells, which some oppose on principle. But the case has also raised new concerns over rushing forward with unproven stem cell treatments.

Caring for Your Baby’s Health – What New Dads Need to Know

Published: June 5, 2005

capsuleLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 6, 2005–Awaiting the birth of a newborn can be as daunting as it is exhilarating for many dads-to-be. Many expectant fathers find themselves wondering: Do I have what it takes to be a good parent? Will I be able to handle the fussing and fatigue? How will I know if I’m doing everything possible to ensure my baby’s well-being?

One-man pot crusade begins

Published: June 4, 2005

Packs loaded with hemp energy bars, hemp pretzels and medical-marijuana petitions, Hermosa political activist Bob Newland set out for Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon – on a bicycle.

“It’s a personal growth experience,” he told reporters, who stopped him 10 miles east of town for brief interviews.