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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Electrical stimulation gives hope to paralyzed

Published: January 30, 2006

ercise_hmed2phmediumTherapy could help restore some function, some studies suggest

Vibrating tingles of electricity worm into the thin legs of paralyzed children, pulling at their muscles to pump up and down on a special bicycle.

It’s called electrical stimulation exercise therapy, and small but tantalizing studies suggest that this intense rehab just might help restore some function to people with spinal cord injuries, even if they were paralyzed long ago.

Game control gives disabled chance to play

Published: January 30, 2006

1handedrevcontrollerNintendo has been in the technology spotlight since announcing plans for a video-game controller that can be used with only one hand.

But a disabled fan in Southern California took notice for more reasons than just the excitement about the next generation of interactive entertainment.

To Travis Taft, 19, the controller was a stunning godsend in his fight against an injury that left him a quadriplegic. He has tried to call national attention to the unintended benefits that the gadget will offer for people with a variety of physical disabilities.

Young Tornado Victim Comes Home

Published: January 25, 2006

A homecoming for a young tornado victim.

Thirteen-year-old William Pfingston suffers from a paralyzing spinal cord injury when a twister tore through the Eastbrook mobile home park.

After months of treatment at an Indianapolis hospital, William is now back home in Evansville.

It’s been an exhausting few months for the Pfingston family. William’s battle to recover has taken an emotional toll.

American Chopper FANtasy Bike 4

Published: January 23, 2006

The final of four FANtasy bike winners is revealed as the guys head to California. After a car accident left this fan a paraplegic, OCC faces the challenge of creating a trike.JAN 30 2006 @ 10:00 PMJAN 31 2006 @ 02:00 AMFEB 28 2006 @ 10:00 AMOn The Discovery Channel

Bikers most at risk of spine injury

Published: January 20, 2006

Car and motorcycle crashes and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injury in Australia, a new report shows.

And men are more likely than women to suffer serious damage to the spinal cord – the bundle of nerves that runs through the backbone.

The report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), shows motorcyclists are most at risk of spinal cord injury.

Bringing The Promise Of Stem Cell Research A Step Closer To Reality

Published: January 20, 2006

Treena Arinzeh, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) who is one of the USA’s leading stem cell researchers, has received two grants that will help her bring the promise of stem cell research a step closer to reality.

Arinzeh received a $700,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, a state agency that funds spinal cord research.

Drayson Center¹s new equipment makes it no sweat for wheelchair users to work out

Published: January 17, 2006

Delmon Dunston clenched his teeth and drew a deep breath as he lifted weights.

It was a relief for Dunston to use the new wheelchair-accessible workout equipment in the Drayson Center¹s weight room. The equipment arrived at the Drayson Center Jan. 5 and has made working out a reality for those in wheelchairs.

Five years ago, Dunston was wrestling with a friend when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him unable to move his legs and some muscles in his right hand.

Botox smooths over bladder problems for injured

Published: January 16, 2006

botox008AUSTRALIA’S biggest trial of Botox — a toxin most commonly associated with cosmetic surgery — aims to put an end to the embarrassing bladder weakness experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries.

And trial participants are already hoping the West Australian Government will come to the party and provide funding to allow them to continue receiving the treatment.

Commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, Botox blocks the sensory nerve signals being sent from the bladder, while relaxing the muscle.

‘Hwang myth’ spurs dubious stem cell tests

Published: January 16, 2006

009040-001Rush to develop therapies leaves 12 dead, 80% in worse condition

KOREA – Hwang Mi-sun, 39, was once hailed as proof that miracle cures can happen. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury she suffered when she was 19, she met the press on Nov. 25, 2004, and took a few steps with the aid of a walker.

The press conference was called by a team of researchers at Chosun University’s medical school, Seoul National University’s veterinary college and Seoul Cord Bank, a Biotechnology company, who had treated Ms. Hwang with injections of adult stem cells.

Lawsuit raises liability issues

Published: January 14, 2006

bilde-6Officials, coaches still support sport

When a former high school gymnast in Sioux Falls filed a negligence lawsuit against her coaches, her school and a Sioux Falls training facility last fall, it cast light on issues regarding the safety of athletes as well as the vulnerability of coaches.