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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Manitoba gives $3M boost to spinal injury treatment

Published: February 29, 2008

The Manitoba government will spend $3 million over the next five years making sure people with spinal cord injuries receive the most up-to-date services.

Premier Gary Doer and other government officials announced the funding in the provincial legislature Friday.

The money will help ensure medical treatment and social services incorporate the most recent research and provide more counselling to people who have experienced spinal cord injuries, they said.

Brad Boiselle, who had a tumour removed from his spine seven years ago, said counselling helped him make the transition from mechanic to teacher.

Injury fund fees shifted to all drivers

Published: February 28, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS — State Senators gave a boost Wednesday to efforts to put Indiana at the forefront of medical research to treat patients with spinal cord and brain injuries.

Senators approved a plan to keep the research funding flowing while also replacing a controversial fee that motorcycle owners had complained was unfair.

By a vote of 47-0, the Senate approved the plan, House Bill 1318.

Last year, the Legislature created the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund to provide grants for Hoosier medical researchers to treat such patients. The fund had collected $713,110 as of Friday through a $10 surcharge on all motorcycle registrations.

Father Muller to host seminar on Physiotheraphy

Published: February 27, 2008

Mangalore February 27, 2008: The Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller Medical College is organizing Two day workshop on “Physiotheraphy Management of people with Spinal Cord Injuries” on 29 of February and 1st of March at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. Dr. Lisa Harvey senior Lecturer from the University of Sydney, Australia is the resource person.

Approximately 15 lakh people in India live with Spinal Cord Injury and number is seen to be increasing rapidly, targeting males between the ages of 16-30 years. The diagnosis of spinal cord injury can be devastating and frightening to trauma victims and their families. Hence, Rehabilitation plays a significant role in long term care and community based lifestyle modification.

Nano Scaffold Developed To Rebuild Nerve Damage

Published: February 27, 2008

ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2008) — A Monash University PhD student has developed a new technique that could revolutionise stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury.

David Nisbet from Monash University’s Department of Materials Engineering has used existing polymer-based biodegradable fibres, 100 times smaller than a human hair, and re-engineered them to create a unique 3-D scaffold that could potentially allow stem cells to repair damaged nerves in the human body more quickly and effectively.

Mr Nisbet said a combined process of electrospinning and chemical treatment was used to customise the fibre structure, which can then be located within the body.

StemCyte Expands Support of World Renowned Spinal Cord Injury Researcher Through Agreement with Rutgers...

Published: February 26, 2008

StemCyte, Rutgers Sign Research, Licensing Agreement for Novel Human Umbilical Cord Blood Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Being Developed by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ — StemCyte Inc. and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, today announced at the Stem Cell Summit that they have entered into a research and licensing agreement for a spinal cord injury therapy being developed by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., that uses StemCyte’s proprietary human umbilical cord blood (UCB) stem cells in conjunction with lithium.

Overturning 2006 vote favoring stem cell research is criminal

Published: February 26, 2008

Fifteen months ago Missourians passed the Missouri Stem Cell Amendment to protect research for lifesaving cures that could benefit 125 million Americans.

On Feb. 20 a Missouri judge forgot that election results are the collective voice of the people and ruled with the minority who oppose stem cell research.

I speak with 60,000 Missouri citizens and more than 100 respected patient, faith and medical groups when I say I am very disappointed.

The 2006 election results protected stem cell research in Missouri, thereby protecting the potential for cures for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anemia and spinal cord injury.

Pressing On – San Antonio, TX

Published: February 26, 2008
Pressing On

Pressing On is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization which provides a specialized exercise-based training program for those living with paralysis and other physical disabilities. The programs are customized for each client’s needs and are carried out by highly trained Neuro Fitness Specialists in a comfortable,safe and fully accessible environment.

Spinal Cord Injury May Not Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Published: February 25, 2008

Newswise — Americans who live with spinal cord injury do not appear to be at greater risk of developing carbohydrate and lipid disorders such as insulin resistance, diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, and high or low blood cholesterol levels – risk factors for heart disease – than able-bodied persons, according to a new evidence review by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

More than a quarter million Americans live with a Disability due to spinal cord injury, and 11,000 are hospitalized annually. Spinal cord injury is usually caused by a sudden traumatic blow to the spine such as from accidents or violent events, including combat.

Miracle boy fights back from spinal cord injury

Published: February 22, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS — Wanyae Givens’ chances of surviving the auto accident that nearly severed his spine at the base of his skull were extremely slim.

But less than two weeks after he nearly died, the 13-year-old Burton Middle School seventh-grader, although unable to speak, is the one assuring his mother and other family members he will be OK.

Injured in a car crash Feb. 10, he communicates by blinking his eyes — once for “no,” twice for “yes.”

Wanyae suffered what doctors call a “shear injury.”

U of L researchers get federal grants for spinal cord research

Published: February 18, 2008

Elizabeth Fust was part of a crowd Monday honoring University of Louisville researchers who won $4.7 million in federal grants. For Fust, the ceremony was more personal, knowing she might someday benefit from the search for new spinal cord injury treatments.

Fust, paralyzed from the waist down since a spinal cord stroke two years ago, said the highly sought grants show cutting-edge research is taking place in her hometown.

“I’m thrilled that I don’t have to go somewhere else in the country … to see this science come to fruition,” the 40-year-old lawyer said in an interview.