Monthly Archives: January 2007
Aruna Biomedical, Inc. Announces Technology Licensing Agreement to Commercialize the First Products Derived From Human Embryonic Stem Cells
ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Aruna Biomedical, Inc., announced today that it has entered into a technology licensing agreement with the University of Georgia Research Foundation that will enable the company to commercialize human neural progenitor cell technology developed at the University.
The Queensland Government will provide more than $1.3 million to help people who have acquired spinal cord injuries to return from Rehabilitation to community life. Disability Services Minister Warren Pitt said the funding would be provided to the Spinal Injuries Association to help people with an acquired spinal cord injury, to move from acute care and return to their home. “This money will be largely used to provide vital support to people who are returning to the community following rehabilitation and discharge from Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital,” Mr Pitt said.
Biker Steve Booker has been discharged from Sheffield Hospital spinal unit six months after he broke his neck in a Superstocks qualifying accident at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Steve Booker is making a steady recovery at home six month after a serious accident.
Steve returned home to Branston in time to spend Christmas with his family and is making steady progress.
Graduate of Newport High School and former Newport resident Luis Acosta was injured in a snowboarding accident at Mount Hood Ski Bowl Dec. 8, 2006. Early that Friday morning, Acosta, who had been to the mountain several times this season, decided to make a solo trip to Mount Hood Ski Bowl to take advantage of good weather.
That night several of Acosta’s friends from all over the state joined him and his roommates in Portland to make an event of opening day at Mount Hood Meadows when Highway 35 opened the following morning.
Two scientists from the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that the spinal cord use network mechanisms similar to those used in the brain. The discovery is featured in the current issue of Science.
The research group behind the surprising results consists of Professor Jørn Hounsgaard and postdoc Rune W. Berg from the University of Copenhagen, and Assistant Professor and PhD Aidas Alaburda from the University of Vilnius. The group has shown that spinal neurons, during network activity underlying movements, show the similar irregular firing patterns as seen in the cerebral cortex.
The efforts of a handful of racers and organizers are helping make Golden a better place to live for people in wheelchairs.
Funds raised at last June’s fourth annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event in Golden will go towards improving parking spaces in the downtown corridor of Golden. Locals Rob McKeeman and Dave Clapperton co-ordinated the race and, through their efforts, more than $3,900 was raised.
The Rick Hansen Foundation confirmed last week that more than $1,500 will stay in Golden for a project to help people with spinal cord injuries.
What’s the difference between a Paraplegic and a quadriplegic?
Spinal cord injuries occur when there’s damage to the spinal cord. The result is loss of function, usually in mobility or feeling. Severe injuries that occur in the neck usually result in Quadriplegia, which is paralysis from about the shoulders down. Typically, the higher the neck injury, the more Disability there is.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Sledding accidents sent hundreds of people to the emergency room last year, most of them children, and a sledding accident last month in American Fork Canyon forever changed the life of a young Utah college student.
“I broke my neck and then I had spinal cord injuries and stuff,” said 19-year old Sandra Anderson as she lay in a bed at the University of Utah Hospital. Anderson broke her neck while snow sledding in American Fork Canyon on December 23, 2006. “The boy behind me was sliding backwards and hit me from behind and the next thing I remember is just waking up and it was snowing on me,” Anderson said.
CORTNEY HOFFMAN’S CHALLENGE: She pushes for independence
Whether she’s tired or not, Cortney Hoffman wakes up before dawn, three days a week, to make the one-hour trip to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit for therapy meant to coax her damaged body to move.
Hoffman, paralyzed from her shoulders down in an auto accident in 2002, still does not walk unassisted, but she is stronger and has made gains that make her healthier and more independent.
GRAND RAPIDS — Josh Buck, pastor at Greenhouse Ministries in Grand Rapids, was one hour into a Cancun vacation with his wife and another couple from the church when he decided to go swimming in the ocean.
Lured into the surf by huge, churning waves, Buck porpoised through the water.
Family members believe the 30-year-old struck his head on a submerged rock, broke his neck and nearly drowned.