Monthly Archives: January 2009
Until now, menstrual blood has typically been discarded as unsanitary waste. Few are aware that the blood shed during women’s menstrual cycles contains millions of stem cells, which can be easily collected, processed and preserved and may one day serve as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
The above mentioned scenario is not a revolutionary concept in regenerative medicine described in a sci-fi book. The service is already available in the US from Cryo-Cell International for more than a year now, promoted under the brand name of C’elle.
‘It’s amazing how she’s tackling’ tragedy
After a tragic summer accident 18-year-old Tyhme Thompson was told that she would never walk again.
“My surgeon told me I was complete, so what happens is a complete spinal injury means you won’t walk. That’s what it means,” said the Orillia teen.
“But, the doctor said ‘Please do; prove me wrong,'” said Thompson’s dad, Mike. “It’s hope and persistence that wins the battle.”
DUBLIN, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Moving Forward after Spinal Cord Injury DVD” report to their offering.
Moving Forward after Spinal Cord Injury is a comprehensive, educational program used by therapists to prepare spinal cord injury patients and families for discharge.
Developed by professionals at RehabCare, this program contains current best practices in Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation.
Gridiron Heroes hosts red carpet fundraiser
The Schertz-based charity Gridiron Heroes is hosting a star-studded fundraiser featuring the screening of two episodes of the NBC drama ‘Friday Night Lights.’
The fundraiser, including a red carpet event and an after-party, is set for 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at Santikos Palladium IMAX theater, 17703 I-10 West. Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased at www.gridironheroes.org
A small group of protesters, several of whom were seated in wheelchairs, gathered in 30-degree weather outside the Hays office of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services on Wednesday morning.
The idea was to keep things peaceful. There was no chanting, and no entrances were blocked. Rather, the group hoped to educate the public about a recent waiver freeze implemented by SRS, said organizer Lou Ann Kibbee, Hays.
Filmmaker Riley Poor, veteran of Matchstick Productions, Poorboyz Productions, and Simon Dumont’s personal cinematographer was tragically injured in a pool accident this past weekend.
First, to understand Riley Poor, this is from his Facebook profile:
“Lucky enough to love what I do and wake up every morning excited for what the day will bring. Fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing friends and a close family. Privileged enough to travel the world chasing deep snow, epic moments, good times and stories that will last a lifetime. I currently live in Boulder Colorado with my amazingly talented girlfriend.”
Ken Majonis, 31, was paralyzed in accident; now convalescing at home
MARLBORO — The Majonis family of Marlboro saw a happy ending to 2008 and an early look into 2009 provides hope for the future.
Ken Majonis, 31, suffered spinal injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a dirt bike accident on Sept. 21 in Tinton Falls. Majonis was flown from the scene of the accident to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he underwent surgery to stabilize his shattered T-12 vertebrae.
A major shift in White House policy on stem cell research is expected when Barack Obama takes office.
The president-elect has been a strong supporter of embryonic stem cell research.
He is widely expected to lift restrictions imposed by President Bush in August 2001 who was opposed to the destruction of embryos for scientific research.
This limited federal funding to stem cell lines created before that date.
An injury to the spinal cord could result in a catastrophic permanent disability to the patient. Approximately 10,000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) occur each year in the United States with most occurring in men between the ages of 16 and 30. The etiology of the majority of cases is associated with motor vehicle crashes followed by penetrating trauma; falls, especially in the elderly; and sports and recreational activities. Elderly patients are more prone to suffering from SCI from minor trauma due to degenerative vertebral disorders. In addition, elderly patients have become more active over the years; thus, the incidence of SCI in the elderly is on the rise.
GORDON PARK: The sight of seeing a mate restricted to a wheelchair drove Gordon Park’s Tim O’Shea to inspiring heights.
Devastated when his rugby union team mate Ben Harvey was diagnosed a quadriplegic after a match day mishap, O’Shea pursued a QUT biomedical engineering degree, opening the door for him to study spinal cord repair research.
O’Shea has now been awarded with a $150,000 General Sir John Monash Award for postgraduate study at an overseas university for three years.