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Monthly Archives: June 2007

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

Published: June 4, 2007

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. Frequent causes of damage are trauma (car accident, gunshot, falls, etc.) or disease (polio, spina bifida, Friedreich’s Ataxia, etc.).

Someone to lean on

Published: June 3, 2007

aa914e80f0020fd07 Living with a spinal cord injury is like riding a roller coaster, said Nathan Walters, who suffered an injury that left him in a wheelchair in February 2006.

One of his occupational therapists at the Wyoming Medical Center, Nicole Mussen, worked with Walters and realized she knew other people with spinal cord injuries facing the same ups and downs.

“I thought, let’s ride it together,” Mussen said, explaining why she decided to put together a spinal cord injury support group for people in Wyoming.

The group will hold its first meeting Tuesday, June 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Support Services Building at the Wyoming Medical Center.

MRI to predict recovery after spinal cord injury

Published: June 2, 2007

Spinal Cord Injury and MRI

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiologists can better predict the likelihood of full or partial recovery of patients with acute spinal cord injuries (SCI), according to a study published in the June issue of the journal Radiology.

“Our study demonstrates that the possibility and extent of neurological recovery after spinal cord injuries can be predicted within 48 hours after injury by rigorous assessment of MR images,” said co-author Michael G. Fehlings, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and medical director at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at Toronto Western Hospital.

A full-bodied passion

Published: June 2, 2007

A quarter-century after being paralyzed, soul man Teddy Pendergrass is celebrating quality of life for all.

Pendergrass at Philadelphia International Records' office
Pendergrass at Philadelphia International Records' office

Teddy Pendergrass is sitting in the Sound of Philadelphia souvenir shop, surrounded by his illustrious past.

Gold records hang on walls papered with album covers from his glory days with Philadelphia International Records.

Over his left shoulder, that’s the young Pendergrass in white tie and tails, a gruff-voiced powerhouse as part of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, for whom he belted out such classics as “The Love I Lost,” “Wake Up Everybody,” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.”

Scientist’s discovery of role of Aquaporin in spinal injuries recognized with research funding award

Published: June 2, 2007

Dr. Olivera Nesic-Taylor, an assistant professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Texas, Galveston, was presented with the Erica Nader Award for ‘breakthrough research in spinal cord Regeneration.’

“Dr. Nesic-Taylor’s work in isolating proteins, such as aquaporin, that act to prevent tissue regeneration following spinal cord injury represents a major leap forward in our understanding of a problem that has long plagued orthopedic and neurological specialists,” said Marc R. Viscogliosi, a principal of Viscogliosi Bros. LLC., a New York investment firm that conceived and has been funding the award since 2004.

Mr. Viscogliosi was addressing the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) today in Tampa, FL. The $10,000 research grant award is the largest of several awards administered by ASIA.