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Skin stem cells used to mend spines of rats

Published: September 5, 2007

A Toronto-led team of researchers has found a way to use stem cells derived from skin to treat spinal cord injuries in rats.

The finding lends promise to the idea that stem cells could one day be used to heal spinal cord injuries in humans, helping thousands of Canadians to walk again.

Injured rats injected with skin-derived stem cells regained mobility and had better walking co-ordination, according to the study published yesterday in the Journal of Neuroscience. The skin-derived stem cells, injected directly into the injured rats’ spinal cords, were able to survive in their new location and set off a flurry of activity, helping to heal the cavity in the cord.

Leechburg football player recovering from spinal injury

Published: September 5, 2007

Leechburg freshman football player Keeton Hayes was in fair condition Wednesday night at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh after suffering a spinal injury during practice Tuesday.

Michele Hayes, Keeton’s mother, says her son is recovering from what doctors have called a “spinal cord concussion,” and feeling is returning to his left side.

“It’s not 100 percent,” Michele Hayes said of her son’s nerve response on his left side. “But there’s a good chance of it returning to normal.”

New DVD aimed at reducing spinal injuries

Published: September 5, 2007

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Football players usually hoot and holler when viewing tapes of bone-crunching hits.

Recently, however, the West Florida High Jaguars could only gasp and cringe as they watched clip after clip of tackles that broke necks and damaged brains.

That’s the reaction Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and a coalition of sports doctors and trainers hope to get with “Heads Up,” a DVD being distributed to high school football teams nationwide.

Plager lives life full-speed ahead

Published: September 5, 2007

angieThe dining room table in Angie Plager’s living room is taller than most. So is her computer desk. The furniture is arranged along the walls of her parents’ Cambridge home, with no obstructions in the middle of the rooms.

The back door opens by remote, to a ramp overlooking a large yard in rural Iowa.

Plager, 24, and her parents modified the home following a car accident in 2003. Her car slid under a semi trailer, leaving her a quadriplegic.

This year Plager planned the Adapted Cycling and Kayaking Clinic, which takes place next weekend at Raccoon River Park, where she will demonstrate that modifications following a spinal cord injury are not limited to doors and ramps.