Daily Archives: April 12, 2007
Companies Team Up to Support America’s Paralyzed Heroes
BOCA RATON, Fla., and WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ — Reality Racing, Inc. and Paralyzed Veterans of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announced today a cross-promotional partnership to benefit America’s paralyzed heroes.
“Paralyzed Veterans strives to ensure that no American, especially those who risked their lives to protect the freedoms we take for granted every day, is denied access to employment, education, cultural activities or community life because of Disability,” stated Mark C. Dowis, Associate Executive Director of Marketing and Development, Paralyzed Veterans. “We are extremely pleased that Reality Racing has taken up our cause and made it their own.”
Some mature brain cells can grow new extensions when the amount of three particular proteins on their surface increases, a new study shows.
The research examined three related receptor proteins, called GPR3, GPR6 and GPR12, on nerve cells in the brains of rats.
When researchers increased the amount of the three proteins, the cells grew extensions that were up to three times longer than those on nerve cells with normal levels of the proteins, and the extensions grew four to eight times faster than in control cells.
Whom do you turn to if Superman dies?
Marc Buoniconti doesn’t have the comic-book feel of a superhero: He has been a quadriplegic since fall 1985, when his spinal cord snapped while he was making a tackle playing football at The Citadel. He needs 24-hour care from a private nurse. He moves with the aid of a breath-activated wheelchair.
But he is a fortunate son in more ways than one. He inherited the Buoniconti tenacity from a father who was an undersized dynamo middle linebacker with the Miami Dolphins dynasty in the 1970s.
Getting around just got a whole lot easier for spinal cord injury patients at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital.
Just ask Jeff Todd, a 24-year-old computer consultant who has tried them all when it comes to wheelchairs. After 11 months in rehab at the hospital run by Providence Continuing Care Centre, the young man is going home with a specialized titanium wheelchair that he calls “a high performance” outfit.
And now, thanks to a donation from the Rick Hansen Foundation, a brand new model of the super-light wheelchair will be available for others while they go through Rehabilitation.