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Daily Archives: February 15, 2007

Many spinal cord injuries from crashes

Published: February 15, 2007

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) Seventy percent of the 1,500 U.S. spinal cord injuries to minors result from vehicle accidents, and 68 percent were not wearing a seatbelt.

Our findings reinforce the need to educate teenagers on the importance of taking safety precautions when operating a Motor vehicle and the tragic consequences that can result from the irresponsible use of alcohol and drugs, says Dr. Michael G. Vitale, of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, also found that boys were more than twice as likely to experience spinal cord injuries as girls; African-Americans were at greater risk than whites; and Hispanics and especially Asians were at lower risk than whites.

Carpenter transforms stem cells, self

Published: February 15, 2007

Melissa Carpenter of Novocell transforms stem cells and herself.

Life is transformed in the stem cell laboratories of Melissa Carpenter.

“These cells are the coolest cells there are,” says Carpenter, vice president of research for Novocell Inc. of San Diego and Irvine.

If you give an embryonic stem cell in a lab the right set of biochemical signals, it turns into a brain cell.

“It functions. It makes neurotransmitters,” she says.

If you signal it to turn into a heart cell, the cell beats.

St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Clearance of

Published: February 15, 2007

Tripole 16C helps physicians customize care with 16 independent electrodes

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of two spinal cord stimulation tripolar paddle leads for use with the Renew┬« Neurostimulation System. With three columns of electrodes, these leads allow physicians more programming options to address complex pain patterns.

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