Monthly Archives: April 2008
Richard and Kyle Petty, in advance of the Crown Royal Presents Dan Lowry 400, May 3 at the Richmond (VA) International Raceway, will drop by to meet paralyzed veterans at Richmond’s Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center on May 1, 2008. The legendary duo will visit with seriously wounded troops and meet leaders and members of Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
The Pettys are longtime supporters of Paralyzed Veterans’ work to ensure that those who have served and sacrificed have everything they need to thrive.
A free online webinar from the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center featuring Dr. Steve Stiens, M.D.
Autonomic Dysreflexia is a serious side effect for some people with paralysis. It’s a potentially fatal complication that involves hypertension and sometimes leads to intracranial hemorrhage or stroke.
(HealthDay News) — Patients having decompression surgery within 24 hours of a Cervical spinal cord injury may have a better outcome than those who have the procedure later, according to new research.
Surgical decompression of the spinal cord involves the removal of various tissue or bone fragments that are being squeezed and comprising the spinal cord. While commonly done after an injury occurs, the timing of the procedure varies widely.
The study looked at 170 patients with cervical spinal cord injuries, graded as A (most several neurological involvement) to D (least severe), who underwent decompression surgery.
Scientists say difficulty lies in extrapolating animal data to humans
Washington—Research on traumatic spinal cord injuries is hampered by a reliance on animal experiments that don’t accurately predict human outcomes, says a new study in the upcoming edition of the peer-reviewed journal Reviews in the Neurosciences. The review was written by scientists with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
“Despite decades of animal experiments, we still don’t have a drug to cure spinal cord injury in humans,” says Aysha Akhtar, a neurologist with PCRM and the lead author. “According to the Journal of the American Paraplegic Society, at least 22 agents were found to improve spinal cord injury in animals, but not one of these was helpful in humans,” says Dr. Akhtar.
World’s Leading Spinal Cord Scientists Meet in Salzburg, Austria
SANTA MONICA, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Apr 28, 2008 — The foremost spinal cord injury researchers from the U.S. and around the globe will meet in Salzburg’s Hangar 7 this April 28-May 2 for a scientific symposium hosted by Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. Twenty-six of the world’s most renowned neuroscientists, including 13 U.S. scholars, will be discussing such topics as an injured spinal cord’s ability to regenerate and the potential treatments for Paraplegia.
Symposium presenters include Stephen Strittmatter of Yale University School of Medicine speaking on “The Nogo Receptor Pathway Regulating Axonal Growth after Spinal Cord Injury” and a talk entitled “Microglia in CNS Inflammation” by David Hafler of Harvard Medical School. Amongst cross-continental contributors is Vienna-based neuroscientist Friedrich Propst who has examined a possible therapeutic approach with molecules which are released during a spinal cord injury within the nerve fibre itself that then inhibit the nerves from reconnecting. Propst, along with handful of presenters each day, will provide the basis for an ongoing dialogue amongst their professional peers.
SurvivingParalysis.com facilitates the sharing of information between people with paralysis and other forms of disability, and in so doing, unite people like myself that were formerly islands. At the end of last year, I turned my website into an online magazine, for which I do all the writing and all the work. My goal is to further assist and aid those like myself trying to survive with a spinal cord injury.
A team of volunteers in Surrey is preparing to organize the sixth annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank and taking place on Sunday, June 8.
The Surrey Event Committee, chaired by Stan Leyenhorst and Tara Cleave, is asking the local community to show their support by joining the local event committee.
“Last year’s event was an unbelievable success and we want to build on that success this year by getting as many people involved as possible,” said Cleave.
“Wheels In Motion brings the community together to have fun, meet new people, and raise funds for solutions that improve the quality of life of men, women and children with a spinal cord injury.”
Namita’s life came to a standstill the day she suffered a spinal cord injury 16 years ago. Bound to a wheelchair all these years, she felt life was passing her by. Namita, who loved the outdoors, couldn’t even move without help. But what embarrassed her most was her loss of bowel and bladder control. Depressed, she had almost become a recluse. Then life changed suddenly again after she went for a new stem cell therapy. It worked wonders — she has regained some movement of her legs; she can take a few steps with the help of a walker and has even regained control over her bladder.
Harsha, a Bangalore-based Paraplegic, too has reason to smile these days. He had got used to life in a wheelchair for years. But a mesenchymal stem cell transplant in his spinal chord has given him some hope. Harsha can now move his limbs a little, and that’s given him a new lease of hope.
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