Monthly Archives: January 2007
A novel approach from Rutgers holds potential for Central Nervous System damage
NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Uric acid is commonly associated with the excruciatingly painful joint disease known as gout, but it can also play a crucial role in the treatment of spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders, such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, according to Rutgers’ Bonnie Firestein.
Firestein, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her laboratory team have reported their discovery in the Early View (online in advance of print) version of the journal Glia.
The year 2006 was a life-altering one for Teresa Hukari, a Hood River native who was injured last March in a freak skiing accident in Idaho.
Her injuries included fractures to several Vertebrae and spinal cord injury, leaving her with very limited use of one arm and no use at all of her legs. Hukari spent seven weeks in the intensive care unit and neuro-science wing of a Boise hospital and several months in an Acute rehabilitation center in Denver, and is now a month into an intensive program at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery center in Carlsbad, Calif.
For someone who was used to a life of climbing, skiing, kayaking and cycling, the blow was hard. But she has attacked the challenge with guts and determination and a host of cheerleaders in her home towns of Ketchum and Hood River.
Progress for Andy Scott comes in bits and pieces.
The Powell, Wyo., man underwent experimental stem cell surgery in Europe six months ago in hopes of healing his partially severed spinal cord.
Scott, 23, is a quadriplegic. After the surgery, in which Scott’s own stem cells were harvested from the base of his nose and packed around the injury on the back of his neck, he went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery in Detroit.