Monthly Archives: April 2007
Astra Tech’s LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II Catheter is suitable for people with spinal injuries. LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II is a small, flexible and discreet catheter kit that comes folded. Patients can use LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II anywhere, which gives them freedom.
Astra Tech’s LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II catheter is suitable for people with spinal injuries. LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II is a small, flexible and discreet catheter kit that comes folded. Patients can use LoFricÒ Hydro-Kit™ II anywhere, which gives them freedom.
Most of the citizens of Barrhead and surrounding communities know the Preugschas family. Whether it was through their kids being involved in sports and 4-H, or through the family’s pig farm out in Bloomsbury, chances are you know them. On June 2, 1997, their world was changed forever. On their way home from a wedding in Minnesota, they were in a car accident. 18 year-old Nolan was killed, and 16 year-old Trina broke her neck and was paralyzed from the neck down.
Following the accident, Trina spent close to 4 months at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital where she underwent daily Physical Therapy. When she moved back home, her work continued. In addition to re-joining her class at Lorne Jenken High School, her rehabilitation progressed. She developed a home program and worked for several hours each day. One winter, Trina traveled to Edmonton daily for 4 months to partake in an experimental treadmill program. The Preugschas’ have even gone as far as Switzerland to work with equipment that is specially designed to recover spinal cord injuries. They purchased two of the machines for home use, and they have been well-used by Trina.
Kristen Smith, a family studies senior, stood in the sun in the New North courtyard remembering her friend Michael Brent.
“We always sat outside and talked about all the things we had in common,” Smith said. “He never let his Disability stop him; he had the same dreams as everyone else.”
Michael Brent, a UK graduate student who was left paralyzed after a car accident in high school died last week from a viral infection. He was 27.
Cyberkinetics Provides Andara(TM) OFS(TM) Therapy for Spanish Motorcycle Racer with Spinal Cord Injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: CYKN; “Company”; “Cyberkinetics”), announced that the Company provided its Andara(TM) Oscillating Field Stimulator (OFS(TM)) System to a Spanish motorcycle racer who recently suffered a spinal cord injury during a high speed crash. After the accident, the patient was taken to the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain, for treatment at its spinal cord injury unit by a vertebral-column surgery team led by Carlos Villanueva, M.D., Ph.D. The treatment was organized by Heinz Kinigadner, Executive Director and Founder of the Wings for Life Foundation, a European Spinal Cord Injury Foundation based in Austria.
“As a result of his severe spinal cord injury, my patient has lost all sensation and is paralyzed below his waist with limited chances of spontaneous recovery,” said Dr. Villanueva.
Findings described in a new study by Stanford scientists may be the first step toward a major revolution in human regenerative medicine—a future where advanced organ damage can be repaired by the body itself. In the May 2007 issue of The FASEB Journal, researchers show that a human evolutionary ancestor, the sea squirt, can correct abnormalities over a series of generations, suggesting that a similar regenerative process might be possible in people.
“We hope the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon will ultimately lead to new insights regarding the potential of cells and tissues to be reprogrammed and regenerate compromised organs in humans,” said Ayelet Voskoboynik, Ph.D., of Stanford University and first author of the study.
Like a battering ram, the helmeted dummy crashes headfirst into the steel plate at 13 mph — barely the speed of a bicycle.
But the crunch of impact makes St. Louis University biomechanist Jack Engsberg wince and whistle.
Sensors embedded in the dummy’s head and neck show that the helmet would have saved a person from head trauma. But the spinal cord? Even at these speeds, Engsberg says, it would have snapped.
Being a teenage girl is difficult. Being a teenage girl with a spinal cord injury is even tougher.
Just going to the mall with your girlfriends to try on cute clothes can be a logistical nightmare for a young girl confined to a wheelchair.
Jessica Greenfield knows this firsthand. The Indiana teenager suffered a spinal cord injury after a diving accident. She gets Rehabilitation therapy at Shriners Hospital in Chicago, which provides free treatment to children with spinal cord injuries and other conditions.
Paralyzed lab rodents with spinal cord injuries apparently regained some ability to walk six weeks after a simple injection of biodegradable soap-like molecules that helped nerves regenerate.
The research could have implications for humans with similar injuries.
“It will take a long time, but we want to offer at least some improvement, to improve quality of life for people with these injuries,” materials scientist Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., told LiveScience. “Anything would be considered a breakthrough, because there’s nothing right now.”
Science of tomorrow promises to alleviate suffering from intractable ailments of today
WASHINGTON, DC — Imagine a world where damaged organs in your body—kidneys, liver, heart—can be stimulated to heal themselves. Envision people tragically paralyzed whose injured spinal cords can be repaired. Think about individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s relieved of their symptoms – completely and permanently.
Dr. Samuel I. Stupp, director of the Institute of BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University, is one of a new breed of scientists combining nanotechnology and biology to enable the body to heal itself — and who are achieving amazing early results.
A successful businessman with spinal cord injury is nominated as one of Top Ten Business People for national wheelchair-based publication.
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) April 23, 2007 — New Mobility magazine, a publication addressing news, current events, and social and political issues affecting countless Americans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, has accepted the nomination of Todd Brown as one of the Top Ten Business People of 2007. Brown, disabled by a spinal cord injury 13 years ago, is the founder and CEO of a medical supply business that offers a wide range of catheters to those suffering from spina bifida, Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injuries — www.180medical.com.