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Yearly Archives: 2006

Bringing The Promise Of Stem Cell Research A Step Closer To Reality

Published: January 20, 2006

Treena Arinzeh, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) who is one of the USA’s leading stem cell researchers, has received two grants that will help her bring the promise of stem cell research a step closer to reality.

Arinzeh received a $700,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, a state agency that funds spinal cord research.

Drayson Center¹s new equipment makes it no sweat for wheelchair users to work out

Published: January 17, 2006

Delmon Dunston clenched his teeth and drew a deep breath as he lifted weights.

It was a relief for Dunston to use the new wheelchair-accessible workout equipment in the Drayson Center¹s weight room. The equipment arrived at the Drayson Center Jan. 5 and has made working out a reality for those in wheelchairs.

Five years ago, Dunston was wrestling with a friend when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him unable to move his legs and some muscles in his right hand.

Botox smooths over bladder problems for injured

Published: January 16, 2006

botox008AUSTRALIA’S biggest trial of Botox — a toxin most commonly associated with cosmetic surgery — aims to put an end to the embarrassing bladder weakness experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries.

And trial participants are already hoping the West Australian Government will come to the party and provide funding to allow them to continue receiving the treatment.

Commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, Botox blocks the sensory nerve signals being sent from the bladder, while relaxing the muscle.

‘Hwang myth’ spurs dubious stem cell tests

Published: January 16, 2006

009040-001Rush to develop therapies leaves 12 dead, 80% in worse condition

KOREA – Hwang Mi-sun, 39, was once hailed as proof that miracle cures can happen. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury she suffered when she was 19, she met the press on Nov. 25, 2004, and took a few steps with the aid of a walker.

The press conference was called by a team of researchers at Chosun University’s medical school, Seoul National University’s veterinary college and Seoul Cord Bank, a Biotechnology company, who had treated Ms. Hwang with injections of adult stem cells.

Lawsuit raises liability issues

Published: January 14, 2006

bilde-6Officials, coaches still support sport

When a former high school gymnast in Sioux Falls filed a negligence lawsuit against her coaches, her school and a Sioux Falls training facility last fall, it cast light on issues regarding the safety of athletes as well as the vulnerability of coaches.

Brg-1 appears to control how stem cells become various kinds of brain cells

Published: January 14, 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.

Active teen readjusts after paralyzing hunting accident

Published: January 14, 2006

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.

Monkey Helpers Lend a ‘Helping Hand’

Published: January 13, 2006

helping-handsPeople 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.”

Program fights mistakes that last lifetime

Published: January 12, 2006

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.

The State of Stem Cells, 2006

Published: January 12, 2006

perfectsoul2004102022161402Hwang 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.