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Daily Archives: February 6, 2006

Key lawmakers oppose easing stem-cell rules

Published: February 6, 2006

A car wreck more than 20 years ago left Danny Heumann paralyzed from the chest down.

The Ann Arbor man now runs an organization that raises money for spinal cord injury research. He says there is promise for him — and for people with diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and juvenile diabetes — through embryonic stem-cell research.

But he said Michigan law does not allow the emerging science to flourish.

Safe Kids – Car seats, boosters save children’s lives

Published: February 6, 2006

Most parents know that babies and toddlers need to be restrained in car seats — properly installed and adjusted — every time they ride in a car. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t do nearly as good a job protecting older kids, those who should be riding on booster seats. While babies and toddlers ride restrained more than 90 percent of the time, children ages 4 to 7 ride restrained only 73 percent of the time. That’s a huge difference.

No one likes to think about tragedy, but a recent study shows that 4- to 8-year-olds not riding in booster seats are three times as likely to have an abdominal injury in a crash when compared to children in booster seats.

Levitra effective for ED due to spinal cord injury

Published: February 6, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The impotence drug Levitra is helpful for men who have erectile dysfunction (ED) caused by spinal cord injury, according to a report in the medical journal Neurology.

“In a recent survey, most men with spinal cord injury were not satisfied with their sexual lives,” Dr. Francois Giuliano from Academic Hospital of Bicetre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France and colleagues in the report. “More attention needs to be given to sexuality after spinal cord injury to meet the needs of the affected patients.”

Christopher Reeve Foundation Opposes Administration’s Research Budget

Published: February 6, 2006

SHORT HILLS, N.J., PRNewswire/ — The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and providing resources for people living with disabilities, today announced its opposition to the Administration’s request of a hard funding freeze for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget for FY 2007.

“Lack of adequate NIH funding is particularly dangerous in a relatively small field like spinal cord injury,” said Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.