Monthly Archives: September 2006
Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are developing a robotic system that may offer wheelchair-dependent people independent, powered mobility and the ability, depending on patient status, to move to and from beds, chairs and toilets without assistance.*
The lifting ability of the system, which is called the “HLPR Chair” (for Home Lift, Position and Rehabilitation), also should significantly reduce caregiver and patient injuries.
The HLPR chair draws on mobile robotic technology developed at NIST for defense and manufacturing applications. It is built on an off-the-shelf forklift with a U-frame base on wheel-like casters and a rectangular vertical frame.
Eyes, not hands, now guide the work of wheelchair-bound vascular surgeon in Greenville
GREENVILLE — Glancing at a U.S. Open doubles tennis match on a big-screen TV in his ranch house, Dr. Bruce Fellows’ eyes sometimes dart back and forth between the bouncing, fuzzy green ball and the players’ quick-footed steps.
Martina Navratilova makes a winning point, but there is no “yeah, baby” clenched fist from Fellows.
A devastating spinal cord injury has spurred an Irish woman to create a new group dedicated to promoting stem cell research. The first person who needs convincing, she feels? President Bush. FRANK SHOULDICE reports.
ON October 4, a letter will arrive at the White House that President George W. Bush may not care to open. The letter, circulated to government leaders around the world, will begin,
France (TransWorldNews) Stand Together to End Paralysis Now – www.stepnow.org – a spinal cord injury global grassroots initiative launch their first worldwide campaign to urge governments to support and fund research that targets a cure for paralysis.
On October 4th 2006 paraplegics, quadriplegics and their families in 40 countries will participate in a global mailing, the first in a series of actions they hope will raise awareness of the devastation caused by a spinal cord injury, not only to the individual but also to family, highlighting all the ensuing health complications and most importantly the urgency for a cure.
Rugby union players are four times more likely to wind up as quadriplegics than their rugby league counterparts, new research shows.
A study by Adelaide’s Flinders University Research Centre for Injury Studies analysed severe spinal cord injuries among players of both codes in NSW between 1986 and 2005.
Researchers found 61 cases of Quadriplegia as a result of catastrophic neck injuries – 36 from union and 25 from league.
Friday, September 29, 2006 — The American Red Cross is rolling out the latest in its series of courses to better prepare employees and volunteers to serve victims of disasters, regardless of individual characteristics.
“Serving People with Disabilities Following Disaster” focuses on Red Cross policies and best practices for meeting the needs of people with disabilities, based on the organization’s commitment to relieve the suffering of all people, guided solely by their needs.
CAMPBELL, Mo. — On November 7, voters will cast their vote either for or against the Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, otherwise known in Missouri as Amendment 2.
Campbell resident Cody Bader recently visited a meeting of the Dunklin County Democratic Women to address the amendment.
Stem cells could provide cures for diseases and injuries that afflict hundreds of thousands of Missouri children and adults and millions of other Americans including diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease, ALS, sickle cell disease and spinal cord injury.
TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ – Yesterday the Conservative government announced spending cuts scheduled over the next two years. Funding for academic medical marijuana research – originally made available through the Medical Marijuana Research Program (MMRP), established in 2003 – was included in that list.
According to Prairie Plants Systems (PPS) – the Saskatoon-based company in which Cannasat Therapeutics is a shareholder – the spending cuts will not impact PPS, which has been growing and distributing medical marijuana for Health Canada since December 2000.
Sep. 23–The most remarkable thing about Mike Utley is that he says his life really didn’t change on Nov. 17, 1991 — yet admittedly everything did.
With a Pontiac Silverdome crowd watching in concerned silence — and with players from two teams on their knees — some of the longest minutes of a National Football League broadcast ticked off as Utley lay still on the artificial turf while he was treated by medical personnel.
Utley, a former Washington State University football player, was on the offensive line for the Detroit Lions that day. He was hit by a routine blow that would ultimately leave him in a wheelchair.
There is a lot to take into consideration when planning a bathroom for a disable person. Ultimately, there are only two things that really matter:
1) Making the bathroom experience safer
2) Making the bathroom experience easier and more comfortable
While safety is obviously a primary concern, ease of bathing should not be overlooked. Once a person becomes disabled, using a bathroom can become a nightmare; especially if assistance from a nurse or family member is required. As bathing becomes more difficult, it is common to see a person let their personal hygiene go by the wayside as they avoid cleaning themselves and using the bathroom. Inability to bathe without assistance will damage a persons pride and eventually make them avoid using the bathroom.