Monthly Archives: December 2008
“Spinal Cord Injury: Is the Cure in China?”
Dr. Wise Young talks about his experience visiting over 100 hospitals in China and beginning the Spinal Cord Injury Network of China and the future of spinal cord injury and stem cell research in the US.
Global Petition in support of Spinal Cord Research
The launch of a global petition in support of spinal cord research took place yesterday. Signatures for Spinal Cord Research is a compelling appeal to all spinal cord injured, their families, friends and the public to come together under one petition to urge funding and support for research that will deliver a cure for paralysis. 2.5 million people worldwide are victims of traumatic spinal cord injuries, with well over an additional 130,000 new cases occurring every year.
On a snow day in March of 1999, life suddenly changed for Debbie Burke. The sixth-grade teacher took her kids sledding at Ottawa Park and took a major hit. The sled “went down the hill and it went sideways and backwards and I smacked my back into a tree, and instantaneously became paralyzed.”
Burke stopped teaching. She described the pain as constant and distracting. But Burke found something else: a group of people, paralyzed, working through pain together.
Stem cells taken from the nose could help spinal injury victims regain movement, new research suggests.
Tests on paralysed rats showed they were able to move their hind legs just six weeks after being injected with human nose cells.
Scientists at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where the research is being carried out, hope the results will eventually lead to a successful clinical trial on humans.
When you suffer from a spinal cord injury it doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home all the time or be dependent on someone else to take you where you need to go. Instead you can order an accessible taxi within the city to transport you,where ever you chose to go.
The Accessible Dispatch Program is a fairly new program that someone with a spinal cord injury NY can access through calling 311. The system seems to be working very well because there are certain taxis that are set up specifically to help people with disabilities get around and within the city of New York.
Life Rolls On Foundation’s second Public Service Announcement (PSA). World debut during the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship coverage on NBC Sports on December 12, 2008.
Satisfaction with technological equipment in individuals with tetraplegia following spinal cord injury
OBJECTIVE: To measure the acquisition, use and satisfaction with high technology equipment by spinal cord injured tetraplegic subjects. DESIGN AND SETTING: A questionnaire was mailed to 102 tetraplegic subjects who were hospitalised in the rehabilitation center of Kerpape (Ploemeur, France) between 1998 and 2004, and 59 subjects responded. The questionnaire asked about the use of telephones, computers, wheelchairs and environmental controls at home.
For decades, he treated patients in the Roanoke Valley as an orthopedic surgeon, but a bicycle accident flipped the script. In an instant, Dr. Bertram Spetzler was paralyzed, and he went from being a doctor to being a patient.
He is a quadriplegic, meaning he has paralysis in his arms and legs. Since late October, he has been undergoing therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. This is the same place News7 visited with Roanoke police officer Brian Lawrence when he was injured. It’s place of hope for many with spinal cord injuries.
KIM RUSSELL, 46, has lived more than half her life with a spinal cord injury. She thinks the words “false” and “hope” don’t belong in the same sentence: “You’ve got to have hope that tomorrow’s going to be a better day,” she insists.
She is perhaps one of the luckier ones. Married with two daughters – Juliet, 9, and Clare, 12, who have always known their mother in a wheelchair – she still drives from the family home in Avalon to work three days a week as a children’s speech pathologist.
One Sydney scientist likens it to the lunar mission; a potentially great but risky step forward. For some people with spinal cord injury – 15,000 in Australia, increasing by one a day – there finally appears cautious hope that feeling or even movement in paralysed limbs might one day be restored, even if no one is quite prepared to say exactly if it will be in this generation of patients or the next.
American health authorities may soon approve the world’s first trials of a human embryonic stem cell-derived product for spinal cord injury, GRNOPC1, after the California pharmaceutical company Geron handed 22,500 pages to the US Food and Drug Administration to justify GRNOPC1’s testing in human patients, perhaps within two weeks of injury.