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Monthly Archives: March 2006

Brain Cells From Adults Repair Spinal Cord Injury in Mice

Published: March 31, 2006

032906_stem_cells_spinal_cord_injuriesScientists from Canada have found that spinal cord paralysis in rats can be eased / repaired by transplanting brain cells taken from the adult mouse. It may be possible to take brain cells from patients with spinal cord injuries and then transplanting them back into themselves as a treatment.

Earlier studies have shown improvement in paralyzed lab animals with transplanted embryonic stem cells. The new research is important because the cells were taken from adult animals rather then embryos. Also, the positive effects were produced even two weeks after the injury.

Spinal Cord Injury and Pregnancy

Published: March 30, 2006

Spinal cord trauma is most often due to accidents and usually involve the Cervical and Thoracic spine. Spinal cord injuries do not prevent conception, but they do increase the risk of other conditions that can have a huge impact on pregnancy. The degree of impact is dependent on the level of injury to the spinal cord.

Snowboarder’s recovery subject of Emmy-winning film

Published: March 30, 2006

bild1e-24BRECKENRIDGE – Four years ago, Breckenridge competitive snowboarder Matt Wyffels was involved in a horrific snowboarding accident that left him completely paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors told him that he would live the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.

Just recently, that same wheelchair was auctioned off on eBay. Thanks to a new Physical Therapy regimen, the Sit Tall Stand Tall program, Wyffels has not only gotten rid of his wheelchair, but is walking with only the aid of leg braces, which he hopes to shed as well sometime in the near future.

Focus On Spinal Cord Injury And Prosthetics

Published: March 28, 2006

The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD Vol. 42) includes eight articles on spinal cord injury–addressing topics such as bone mineral density, women’s sexuality, and chronic pain–and three articles on prosthetics research. Other articles in this issue focus on robotic therapy for stroke rehabilitation, the diabetic foot, and vocational rehabilitation for patients with schizophrenia. Full-text articles are available, free, online at http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/.

Scotland gets landmark housing project for people with spinal injuries

Published: March 28, 2006

aspireThe heads of two charitable organisations have come together to mark the start of a housing project to help people from across Scotland build new lives after spinal cord injury.

Margaret Blackwood Housing Association and ASPIRE – the Association for Spinal Injury Research Rehabilitation and Reintegration – will work together to provide suitably adapted housing and support that will aid recovery from the trauma resulting from spinal cord injury.

Spinal-cord injury research shows promise

Published: March 26, 2006

PHILADELPHIA – For years, scientists have been trying to make injured spinal cords grow back, with limited success.

Lying awake in bed one night, University of Pennsylvania neurobiologist Douglas Smith came up with an offbeat alternative: Instead of trying to regrow the damaged nerves, how about taking nerve cells from elsewhere in the body and getting them to stretch? After all, he reasoned, a similar process must occur when whales and giraffes grow their spinal cords to tremendous lengths.

JRRD Focuses On Issues Such As Spinal Cord Injury and Prosthetics

Published: March 25, 2006

The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) mainly analyses articles related to spinal cord injury, bone mineral density, women’s sexuality, chronic pain and prosthetics research.

Under the title that dealt with veterans who reported chronic pain associated with spinal cord injury the author of the study said that 76 % of participants (spinal cord injury) reported chronic pain. He inquired about their pain frequency, duration, intensity, exacerbating factors, and effects on daily activities. The majority of the chronic pain components occurred daily and lasted most of the day.

Cooling Device Used To Help Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: March 24, 2006

8240079_240x180MIAMI, Fla. — Spinal cord injuries are very difficult to treat and many times, the damage is permanent. However, a new device helps the spine heal by cooling it down.

When police Officer Manuel Gomez fell from his police horse, he could not feel a thing below the neck.

“It’s incredible. I thought I was never going to walk again,” he said.

Gomez’s spinal cord was crushed, and Dr. Steve Vanni, of Jackson Memorial Hospital, said the paralysis could have been permanent.

Virtual reality helps spinal cord patients gain confidence

Published: March 24, 2006

vrSpinal injury patient Bob Jones may be paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but he won’t sit still for long. He uses virtual reality technology to help him with his injury.

“This gives you an idea of what you’re gonna’ be running into on the outside of the building,” Jones said.

It’s Rehabilitation that looks more like a video game.

“It’s fun, but a little scary,” Jones said.

Illinois woman undergoes experimental stem-cell surgery in Portugal

Published: March 24, 2006

d3fa9e74eeafadb0df509a88818643e2-1Within weeks of experimental stem-cell surgery Oct. 29 in Portugal, Jacki Rabon – paralyzed from the waist down after an auto accident two years ago – was standing and walking in Detroit.

But metal braces and an aggressive Rehabilitation program in Michigan, not restoration of sensation in her legs, were what helped the 18-year-old take steps she hadn’t attempted since a rollover accident in August 2003.

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