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Monthly Archives: November 2006

Adult Stem Cells Proving Worth In Spinal Healing

Published: November 30, 2006

10434469_240x180LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Debilitating spinal chord injuries not only affect mobility, but can lead to other serious health problems.

However, a new groundbreaking study conducted at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine may lead to a new therapy to reverse those effects.

With the help of 10 years of research, a Louisville doctor is using stem cells from nasal passages to help rebuild damaged spinal chord tissue.

Rugby injury research project

Published: November 30, 2006

Cape Town – The Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, in collaboration with the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, has launched a research project that aims to establish an accurate database of rugby-related spinal cord injuries in South Africa.

A Rugby Safety Indaba held in Cape Town recently concluded that existing data on the serious spinal cord injuries in the game was incomplete due to the lack of a proper injury reporting system. It was agreed that further research was required to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data.

Cole returns from China

Published: November 30, 2006

acf4631Terry Cole of Sikeston works on core muscle strength during a therapy session with Brooke Reed.

SIKESTON — After returning a week ago today from China, where he received stem cell treatments, Terry Cole is wasting no time working to gain movement.

He’s already able to move his toes.

“Jan. 4 will be 32 years,” Cole said about recalling the last time he’s felt any movement in his feet since he was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car accident.

Committee Review Of Stem-Cell Fraud Finds Editors Followed All Rules

Published: November 30, 2006

In handling fraudulent stem-cell research articles, journal editors went above and beyond existing procedures to try and verify the findings, but in today’s competitive publishing Environment, more stringent, less trusting safeguards are now essential, an independent committee has concluded.

Although editors at the journal Science “made a serious effort – substantially greater than that for most papers” to scrutinize research submitted by Woo Suk Hwang, the committee found, “the cachet of publishing in Science can be an incentive not to follow the rules.”

Democrats plan to revive embryonic stem cell bill that Bush vetoed

Published: November 29, 2006

vertbushstemcellgi1WASHINGTON — The same embryonic stem cell bill that prompted President Bush’s only veto is headed to his desk again, this time from Democrats who have it atop their agenda when they take control of Congress in January.

It’s uncertain whether supporters of the measure can muster enough votes to override another veto.

Democrats eye rebirth of vetoed stem cell bill

Published: November 29, 2006

vertbushstemcellgiWASHINGTON — The same embryonic stem cell bill that prompted President Bush’s only veto is headed to his desk again, this time from Democrats who have it atop their agenda when they take control of Congress in January.

It’s uncertain whether supporters of the measure can muster enough votes to override another veto.

The bill, which would expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, is supported by a majority of Americans as a way to speed the search for possible cures for dozens of diseases. It is staunchly opposed by Bush and others who liken the process to abortion since it requires the destruction of human embryos.

A dream to walk

Published: November 28, 2006

stock_empty_wheelchairBeaverton – Suffering from a spinal cord injury and becoming paralyzed is a devastating and life altering event.

Those once told they might never walk again are proving doctors wrong at a local Rehabilitation center.

Project Walk is a state of the art facility in Beaverton. Trainer J.J. Fowler opened the center in Portland in June from the company’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California. They started the new location to be closer to nine of their clients.

Researchers Discover Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Pain

Published: November 28, 2006

ST. PAUL, MN — November 28, 2006 — Spinal cord injury patients with moderate to severe nerve pain experienced less pain and in some cases no pain while taking the drug pregabalin, according to a study published in the November 28, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“The findings are promising as spinal cord injury pain is a condition which generally responds poorly to currently available treatments,” said study author Philip J. Siddall, MBBS, PhD, with Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Modified van, Marine mindset carry injured vet into a new chapter of life

Published: November 27, 2006

FREDERICK — An injury during his service in Iraq three years ago left Marine Sgt. Jason Wittling many things — a quadriplegic, competitor, interviewee, even a self-proclaimed “cripple” — but, he says, a bitter Marine he isn’t.

A sense of humor and help from a customized van have opened a new chapter in Sgt. Wittling’s life. The 32-year-old from Mason, Wis., received a wheelchair lift-equipped van in September from Rhode Island-based Operation Support Our Troops.

Researchers discover treatment for spinal cord injury pain

Published: November 27, 2006

ST. PAUL, Minn – Spinal cord injury patients with moderate to severe nerve pain experienced less pain and in some cases no pain while taking the drug pregabalin, according to a study published in the November 28, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“The findings are promising as spinal cord injury pain is a condition which generally responds poorly to currently available treatments,” said study author Philip J. Siddall, MBBS, PhD, with Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

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