Monthly Archives: April 2007
CHESTER — Lee Carter wanted to enter the Chester County Courthouse without having to make an appointment.
Now, he can.
Because of Carter’s concerns, the county modified both sets of courthouse doors so that people confined to wheelchairs can enter by pulling a chain, said Cindy Goettsch, the county’s human resources director and its Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator.
Before Carter spoke out, one of the two front doors to the courthouse was locked, and a wheelchair was too wide to fit through the single doorway. He encountered the same problem at the back door.
There are currently no effective therapies for spinal cord injuries. But a protein injection may help some patients walk again.
Two years ago, Michelle Robinson was on her way home from work when she was hit by a car.
“All I remember is hearing a loud screeching noise and I remember going, flying up in the air,” Michelle said.
The accident left the 42-year-old mother paralyzed. Now she hopes an experimental drug will put her back on her feet.
Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious. Acupuncture for a spinal cord injury can bring relief to chronic pain and improve your quality of life.
Among the most devastating types of traumatic injuries is injury to the spinal cord. The major problem with spinal cord injury is the inability of the nerve cells to regenerate. It is thought that the cells do not regenerate for a couple of reasons. The network of nerve connections between the brain and the body is a complex network. If new cells and branches began to grow after injuries, there would be no telling what would be connected to what anymore. The other reason is there is a limited amount of room in the spinal column and growth of cells would be impossible. Since the cells do not grow, once the spinal cord is damaged or severed, the condition is permanent.
Schererville woman draws strength from dad’s example, commits to triathlon
SCHERERVILLE | Malini Goel, 34, looks to her father as an example of an ordinary person conquering extraordinary obstacles.
Nearly a year ago, Dr. Arun Goel suffered a momentary lapse of consciousness and fell onto a space heater, breaking his neck, his daughter said. He is paralyzed below the shoulders and relies on a Ventilator to breathe. Even the smallest tasks can be a Herculean effort.
PISCATAWAY — It looked empty, but the first piece of New Jersey’s new stem cell research center filled Saturday with the hopes and expectations of people who think it may change lives.
The center, in the New Brunswick area, is the nation’s first to be publicly funded, officials said. Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey told Saturday’s dedication ceremony that New Jersey’s researchers would spearhead efforts to improve health worldwide.
“We are opening … what some would call the doors of possibility, and unlocking the potential to ease suffering, treat and cure diseases, and save lives,” Codey said before cutting the ribbon on the laboratory.
Dr Glen House knows the difficulty of re-connecting with the world after a devas-tating injury, of navi-gating life with a Disability.
House is a quadri-plegic; a ski acci-dent at age 20 cost him the use of his legs and limited the dexterity in his hands. As medical director of the Center for Neuro and Trauma Rehabilitation at Penrose Hospital, he helps patients in similar situations piece their lives back together as they strive for some degree of independence.
Now, he’s reaching out to a wider audience: the 44 million American adults with disabilities. He’s cofounder of Disaboom Inc., which is developing a comprehensive online resource dedicated to transforming the way people with disabilities live.
A SALISBURY woman’s battle back from severe spinal injury has inspired the creation of a brand new charity trust.
Sally Mathieson, a former employee of Salisbury-based financial consultants Smith and Williamson, sustained serious injuries to her Cervical cord last year when she fell from a hammock in her garden.
However, the high standard of care she was given by staff at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital has inspired her to create the Salisbury Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT).
DENVER – It’s been two months since a triple shooting at a Las Vegas night club.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was there that night.
Since then, media accounts about Jones’ arrests and season-long suspension from the NFL abound.
Recently, NewsChannel 5 reporter Amy Rao interviewed Tommy Urbanski, who was paralyzed from the February shooting at the Minxx Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas.
Premier gives $200,000 over five years to help those with spinal cord injuries
Twenty years after his historic Man in Motion Tour last brought him to P.E.I., Rick Hansen returned to the province Thursday to enter into a new partnership agreement with the provincial government.
Hansen and representatives of the Canadian Paraplegic Association joined Premier Pat Binns at Province House to affix their signatures to the certificates of participation in the new initiative.
Canadian businessman Rob McEwen believes that Canada can be at the forefront of medical research with an innovative approach to curing disease. By donating part of his fortune, he is helping to fund research in the new field of regenerative medicine.
The McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Toronto envisions a day when the standard treatment for disease is not based on invasive procedures or powerful medications, but on utilizing the body’s own stems cells to have patients literally heal themselves.
Following an original gift of $10 million in 2003, Rob and his wife Cheryl recently donated a second $10 million to support research at the Centre — the largest cumulative gift in stem cell research in Canada. The McEwen centre opened last fall, attracting worldwide attention on Canada’s initiatives in stem cell research.