Monthly Archives: January 2006
Researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University ( OHSU ) have discovered one key gene that appears to control how stem cells become various kinds of brain cells.
The finding has significant implications for the study of Parkinson’s disease, brain and spinal cord injury, and other conditions or diseases that might be combated by replacing lost or damaged brain cells.
The research is published in the journal Developmental Biology.
Thomas “Jay” Harn is just 16, but he’s had a passion for hunting since he was barely kindergarten age.
On Nov. 5, the Banks County High School student was doing what he loved best, deer hunting in Middle Georgia’s Hancock County.
Then one misstep changed his life forever. Leaning out of a deer stand, he somehow fell forward, somersaulted in the air and landed on his back more than 10 feet below.
People who lost the use of their arms and legs face challenges the rest of us can hardly imagine. Some of them are unable to help themselves do most things. Now a unique program is offering a helping hand — but patients have to be willing to except some monkey business.
Ayla is a Capuchin monkey, the same monkeys organ grinders used. But now, instead of doing frivolous tricks, these monkeys are being taught to be the arms and legs of people who’ve lost the use of their own. The program is called Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that trains monkeys in a facility called “Monkey College.”
Chad Thomas said that one moment in the summer of 1998 changed his life forever.
Then 18 years old, the now 25-year-old Thomas fell asleep behind the wheel of his parents’ Ford Explorer and careened off the road, jumping a fence before coming to a violent stop. Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a series of injuries — none worse than the severed spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Hwang Woo-suk’s reputation, and the hopes of millions of disabled people, balanced precariously on the outcome of the investigation into his alleged cloning successes. Longing for a cure for paralysis, I held out a faint hope that Seoul National University’s final report, released Tuesday, would clear Hwang’s name and allow him to continue his research.
On the count of fabricating data about 11 tailor-made embryonic stem-cell lines in 2005: guilty. On the count of lying in 2004 about being the first scientist in the world to derive human cloned embryonic stem cells: guilty.
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ – Today, Toronto Fire Fighters joined Rick Hansen and the Man in Motion Foundation to help raise awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) and related disabilities in communities around the country. The event included a Wheelchair Skills Challenge at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to demonstrate the obstacles that Canadians living with SCI and related disabilities face every day.
CHICAGO — Spinal cord injuries are among the toughest conditions doctors encounter. So far, science has little to offer paralyzed patients.
NBC5’s Nesita Kwan reported Tuesday that new technology in Chicago is offering some hope.
Not all spinal cord injuries are permanent. Doctors have found that patients with slight feeling can regain more movement than ever thought possible.
The world may be missing the most important points of South Korea’s still unfolding cloning scandal.
While Hwang Woo-Suk’s stem cells fraud grabs the world’s attention, a remarkable display of professional ethics by Korean media’s remains unrecognized. Had the Korean media knuckled under to government and social pressure, remaining silent concerning a focus of Korean pride, the world’s dying and disabled might have waited years for the fulfillment of a fraudulent hope.
Nor is this the first time that cloning overshadowed a more worthy cause for Korean pride.
College student ready to undergo experimental stem cell transplant
MISHAWAKA — Joey McTigue relies on his muscular shoulders and arms to pull himself down the lane of the Memorial Hospital’s rehab pool. Leg power isn’t available. A float holds his knees together and keeps his legs from sinking.
It really doesn’t matter how fast he goes. Speed is no longer the main goal for the former Michiana Soccer Association standout.
Instead, his workouts are about time.
New Mobility Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2001. I’ve created this site to promote the disability rights movement. It’s dedicated to the pioneers of the movement and the people and groups that are making a difference. Hopefully the awareness and connections it creates will stir more action.