Monthly Archives: October 2008
Starting a student newspaper is a challenge under the best of circumstances. Doing this while partially paralyzed takes it to a whole new level.
These days, DJ Lam can often be found peering at a laptop computer while sitting in a wheelchair in his room at the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, where he has been since his transfer in August from Vancouver General Hospital’s spinal-cord unit. Lam squeezes in time between his rehab sessions to work on the Runner, a nascent student publication that will begin distribution in January on the four campuses of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
“It will be, hopefully, a small part of making Kwantlen what it should be: a place where people say, ‘I’m glad I go to school here,’ ” Lam told the Georgia Straight in an interview in his room.
With fair weather and more tolerable temperatures, the arrival of fall months often draws people outdoors to enjoy a variety of activities. However, as people spend more time outdoors, their exposure to high-risk behavior increases.
This increase in high-risk behavior can often lead to higher rates of injury, especially potentially disabling or fatal spinal cord injuries. Fortunately, careful attention to surroundings and safety can often help people avoid these life-threatening accidents.
The Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine was established in 1999 to promote both individual and collaborative studies on injuries to the spinal cord and brain that result in paralysis or other loss of neurologic function.
“The majority of the research programs at the Cleveland FES Center focus on spinal cord injury (SCI) and stroke,” Mary Buckett, Cleveland FES researcher, said. “SCI programs at the FES Center vary and range from high level Tetraplegia to incomplete Paraplegia.”
The actual treatment is an implanted Prosthesis that restores communication between the brain and the muscles.
Researchers can also make the frontal lobe – the part of the brain that controls learning and thought – perform the tasks of the Motor cortex with an FES device.
Inside the competitors’ tent at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic you’ll find a long rack of brightly colored and stickered-up surfboards, all stashed by pro surfers preparing to paddle out for their heats. One board in particular stands out. It’s longer, wider and has handle bars mounted onto the front of the deck, designed specially for a surfer without the use of his legs.
The board belongs to Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, one of only two paralyzed professional surfers in the world. Lying Prone, Bailey will ride his customized six-finned surfboard out at Steamer Lane today as part of the Life Rolls On Foundation expression session. Bailey’s expression session will be held in conjunction with the Past Champions heat, featuring former Cold Water winners Anthony Ruffo, Richie Collins, Peter Mel, Adam Replogle, Kieran Horn and Toby Martin.
Rio Rancho, N.M. — Jim Hay knows a thing or two about adventure and he certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.
So he was more than ready to pull on a wet suit, strap on a tank, gear and goggles and head into the deep end of the pool during a scuba diving excursion at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center.
“You are really flying underwater. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Hay, a Vietnam veteran from Albuquerque. “It wasn’t really scary, it was more exciting. It is just relaxing, fun and it’s totally awesome.”
A new lab at UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center offers spinal cord injury patients a look at how technology can help them overcome disabilities, particularly in using computers and other electronic equipment.
The Dr. Samuel L. Stover Assistive Technology Laboratory is being dedicated at 12:15 p.m. today at the Center for Psychiatric Medicine. The lab is named for a former chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“We want to empower patients with information,” said Phil Klebine, project coordinator for the lab.
Quincy native Trevor Akers is called a “Never Ever Boy” at a Physical Therapy clinic in Fayetteville, Ga.
That’s because after a motorcycle accident in July 2003 in Quincy, doctors told him he would “never ever” walk again because of the severity of his spinal cord injury.
But Akers “never ever” accepted that verdict.
Scientists recently succeeded in stimulating paralyzed muscles through an artificial connection. In time the breakthrough by scientists at the University of Washington (UW) could benefit patients handicapped by stroke, spinal cord injury and similar catastrophic events. Rewiring the brain represents an ergonomic approach to helping severely paralyzed individuals cope with their diability; allowing them, for example, to turn dials, press buttons or hold a coffee cup.
Biomedical research highlights of AVS 55th International Symposium & Exhibition in Boston, Oct. 19-24
1) CELL “PRINTING” PAVES WAY TO ARTIFICIAL ORGANS
Despite the success of organ transplantation surgery, many people in need of transplants die while on the waiting list because of the scarcity of donated organs. Artificial, lab-grown organs offer one potential solution to the problem. One novel engineering technique involves the use of modified thermal ink-jet printers to “print” cells, creating the complex three-dimensional structure of real tissues. A lingering question, however, is how well cells survive the process.