Monthly Archives: June 2007
Having the capability of creating life-forming cells, cord blood has emerged as one of the most extraordinary discoveries in the past 2 decades. The process of cord blood banking is a highly specialized procedure that is taken up after the delivery of the placenta. Numerous positive outcomes have emerged in multiple cord blood cell transplants over the years and this is why medical practitioners are prioritizing the collection of these stem cells. Patients who are suffering from leukemia, liver disorders, heart attacks, some types of blindness, immune system disorders, diabetes, spinal cord damages etc, get relief from their severe conditions after cord blood cells are transplanted to them.
Cord Blood Vs Bone Marrow
Practitioners have made use of the umbilical cord blood collected in several life threatening diseases that had earlier treatment options like drugs and radiation treatments, often a combination of both.
Snoopy, the Labrador retriever whose ability to walk was threatened when he was hit by a car, is back home with Jay and Julie Snider and their three children.
And he’s walking.
“He’s able to run,” Julie Snider said. “He runs funny, but he runs.”
Snoopy suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by a car on Fillyaw Road on April 28 after escaping from the Sniders’ nearby home on Dandridge Drive.
(Media-Newswire.com) – MILWAUKEE – During a ground-breaking ceremony today for a world-class facility for spinal cord injuries, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson committed the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) to expand programs and open new facilities for seriously disabled veterans with spinal cord injuries.
“VA’s health care facilities provide world-class health care for America’s veterans,” said Nicholson. “Especially for our most seriously disabled veterans, VA is committed to continuing its role as a world leader in treatment and research.”
LEWISVILLE LAKE — Nine-year-old Joshua Vandiver stood in a folding chair so he could see at the helm of a 70-foot catamaran on Lewisville Lake on Sunday morning.
“He’s such a natural,” said the boat’s captain, Julie Jacob. “He just feels the wind in his hair and he knows where he’s going.”
Joshua, who has spina bifida, took the cruise as part of an outing with RISE Adventures, a new nonprofit organization for North Texas. The group’s goal is to encourage independence among those with physical disabilities by teaching them how to participate in adapted sports and other outdoor activities.
VICTORIANS with severe spinal cord injuries may become part of an international clinical trials to confirm embryonic stem cells can help them walk again.
Leading neurobiologist Professor Hans Keirstead, in Australia this week for an international stem cell conference, is set to start clinical trials in the US using embryonic stem cells to treat acute paralysis.
The cells are extracted from a fertilised human egg that can grow into any type of cell in the body.
Prof Keirstead, who heads a team at the Christopher Reeve-Irvine Research Centre in California, has proved the therapy works in rats.
Doctors said he couldn’t race, but veteran didn’t give up
GARLAND – Quintin Stephens has won more than 300 medals and has held seven national records.
He spots his opponents 20 or 30 years.
But it’s his degree of difficulty that may be most impressive.
The Marine veteran is one of less than 1 percent of athletes who race in national wheelchair competitions as a C5-C6 quadriplegic.
Heumann Appointed Member of Foundation Leadership Board
SHORT HILLS, N.J., /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) today announced that Daniel Heumann and his foundation, the Daniel Heumann Fund for Spinal Cord Research–a tax-exempt foundation dedicated to helping medical science find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury–has joined CDRF. This new collaboration will strengthen CDRF’s efforts to find treatments and cures for paralysis and continuously push the boundaries of research. In his new role, Heumann will serve as a member of the Foundation’s new Leadership Board. Additionally, CDRF has created the Daniel Heumann Young Scientist Fund as part of its Individual Research Grants program.
Some patients wait a year to get only such care in the city
Baghdad — Mohammed Abdul Hussein moans as he tries to shift his limp body across a bed in a stultifyingly hot hospital room. The 26-year-old police officer, who was shot by an unknown assailant while riding home on a motorcycle, is a Paraplegic.
Down the corridor, 12-year-old Saddam Radi, who lost the use of his legs after a bullet tore through his torso during a firefight, struggles to raise his arms in a therapy session.
ASPEN — Fifteen years ago when Amanda Boxtel crossed her ski tips at Snowmass Ski Area, she somersaulted and landed hard, severely injuring four Vertebrae. She knew instantly she was paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors said she would never walk again.
But as they say, never say never.
Boxtel is heading to Delhi, India, where she planned to begin two months of groundbreaking embryonic stem cell treatments from a doctor whose other patients with spinal chord injuries have experienced everything from increased sensation to walking with the help of leg braces.
Washington – The following statement may be attributed to Sean Tipton, president, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR):
“In the face of spiraling health care costs, President Bush once again used the stroke of his veto pen deliberately to hamper the progress of scientific and medical research, as well as endanger the future health and well being of the American people. His executive order directing NIH to continue pursuing alternate forms of research is nothing new, since NIH has already been conducting this research for the past 20 years. President Bush isn’t fooling anyone with this executive order; and the fact that it doesn’t change the policy adds insult to injury for the millions of patients who suffer every day.