Monthly Archives: June 2008
Helmets are supposed to protect the head, but researchers at the University of British Columbia say their Pro-Neck-Tor helmet can also protect the spine.
A typical bike helmet can absorb a head-first impact, but when the cyclist’s head stops, the body keeps moving, and that can fracture the spine. Researchers claim the prototype helmet unveiled Tuesday can dissipate up to 56 per cent of the impact.
According to a UBC news release, a head-first impact in sports can load the neck with as much force as the weight of more than five people.
The UBC helmet has two shells: the outer shell takes the impact, and the inner shell rotates to dissipate the direct impact to the Cervical spine. The cervical spine is the weakest part of the back, and the UBC team is hopeful protecting it will prevent most neck compressions and fractures.
An Irvine company could be the first to win federal approval for clinical trials.
A tiny start-up company in Irvine has a shot at becoming the first to gain federal approval to test an embryonic stem cell treatment in humans.
Two degenerative nerve diseases are the first targets for California Stem Cell Inc.’s therapies. They are ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which kills adults, and SMA, a fatal disease affecting newborns.
The company hopes to win Food and Drug Administration approval next year to begin clinical trials for both sets of patients.
BrainandSpinalCord.org is a resource for those looking for information about brain and spinal cord injuries.
In this video, motivational speaker and peak performance coach Bill Cawley introduces himself and tells the story of his recovery following a life-changing accident 15 years ago.
Jason Lazarus, a financial planner from Orlando, FL, explains the differences between Medicaid and Medicare.
Shepherd Center spinal cord injury patient Edward Leatherman talks about his experience at Shepherd Center.
Mornings are the worst time for Kevin Everett. That’s when the pain is at its most intense, when he’s reminded that things probably will never be the way they once were.
“I’m still faced with challenges,” he said. “I pray every day that things will get better. I’ve got to cope with ’em the best way I can in everyday life.”
He knows he shouldn’t complain. Lord knows, it could have been so much worse. He thanks God every day that he can walk and talk and do the things thousands of others can’t. Therein lines the contradiction.
“I want people to know I’m blessed,” he said. “You’ve got to maintain your faith in the good times and the bad.”
Think of it as the cost of the first two sips of a morning coffee.
“Thirty cents, that’s all we have to get from each Canadian and we’ll have the $10,000,000 for the researchers to go ahead with doing more for the cure for spinal cord injury. They’re so close, all they need is the money. We have to let people know what’s happening,” said Charlie Cetinski, 65, a master electrician and entrepreneur, who got a spinal cord injury in a flying accident 10 years ago.
“This ride across Canada gives us hope and it’s hopeful for the 42,000,000 people around the world in wheelchairs and those with neurological conditions that could be helped by this research. We all hope to be walking in four to five years.”
Cetinski and three friends with spinal chord injuries, Les McLaughlin, Harvey Uppal and Chuck Mealing, all of Ontario, are biking across Canada starting from Victoria June 10 and expecting to end in St. John’s, Nfld. in early September.
Exercise equipment for those confined to a wheelchair.
Journey Forward is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury through an intense exercise program. Exercise is important to everyone and even more so to those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury.