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XenoPort Reports Positive Results from Phase 2 Trial of Arbaclofen Placarbil in Spinal Cord Injury Patients with Spasticity

Published: June 30, 2009 | Category: News

XenoPort Reports Positive Results from a Phase 2 Trial of Arbaclofen Placarbil in Spinal Cord Injury Patients with Spasticity

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- XenoPort, Inc. announced today positive preliminary results from a Phase 2 clinical trial of arbaclofen placarbil (AP), also known as XP19986, for the treatment of patients with spasticity due to spinal cord injury (SCI). Doses of 20 and 30 mg of AP, given twice daily (BID), demonstrated statistically significant improvements compared to placebo for the primary endpoint of the study. AP was well tolerated during the trial. Continue Reading »

What Is ASIA Impairment Scale

Published: June 29, 2009 | Category: Answers

The ASIA impairment scale describes a person’s functional impairment as a result of their spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 27, 2009 | Category: News

9781932603774_lDemos Health is pleased to announce the publication in partnership with the Mayo Clinic of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life.” This is the definitive guide for all those living with a spinal cord injury.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2009 — “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life” is an indispensable guide offering a complete picture of the road to recovery and provides specifics to move ahead with your life. Continue Reading »

Funds needed to stem spinal woes

Published: June 25, 2009 | Category: News

MELBOURNE is to host possibly the world’s first human trial to help cure long-term spinal injuries.

But researchers must first raise $5 million.

They hope the trial will help begin to restore bladder, bowel and sexual function, which are the first and most important steps for spinal-cord patients.

Eventually, researchers say, all such patients will walk again. Continue Reading »

Scientists extract pluripotent stem cells for medical use from an unexpected source… hair

Published: June 25, 2009 | Category: Information

Stem_cell_image(1)If there was anything good that came from banning embryonic stem cell research during the Bush administration, is that it forced scientists to find more creative alternative solutions for acquiring other sources of stem cells for therapeutic use. Certainly, the clinical or biomedical use of either embryonic stem cells generates a lot of controversy with ethical and moral dimensions. Although the Obama administration lifted an eight year federal ban that prohibits the use of federal money to fund embryonic stem cell research, novel techniques such as single blastomere transfer and the ability to reprogram adult somatic cells to an “embryonic-like” state may show similar or better therapeutic potential compared to embryonic stem cells. Thus, these techniques may preclude the use embryonic stem cells altogether in the near future. Continue Reading »

Play on Canada’s Man in Motion to debut at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Published: June 23, 2009 | Category: News

TORONTO — When Gemini Award-winning writer Dennis Foon was asked a year and a half ago to pen a play on wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen for a debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was a bit intimidated.

“The really daunting thing about it is, you know, you’ve got this huge life, this living legend, and how do you approach a living legend?” Foon, a Vancouver playwright and novelist who has also written for TV and film, said in a recent telephone interview. Continue Reading »

Increase in spinal cord injuries during the summer

Published: June 22, 2009 | Category: News

There’s a growing risk of spinal cord injuries. Austin doctors say the summer months pose the biggest threat.

Jared Dunten, 35, became paralyzed from the neck down during a summer vacation trip in April of 2000

“Sometimes it seems like it’s been forever….sometimes it doesn’t seem like long at all,” said Dunten.

He dove into the Rio Grande River. Continue Reading »

Strictly spin-off features disabled dancers in wheelchairs

Published: June 21, 2009 | Category: News

The stars of Strictly Come Dancing are reuniting for a groundbreaking spin-off – pairing up with ballroom dancers in wheelchairs.

Celebrities including ex-EastEnder Michelle Gayle and M People singer Heather Small will team up with disabled contestants for the new BBC3 series, provisionally titled Strictly Come Dancing On Wheels.

But unlike the original show, their partners will be members of the public who are also novices to the demanding world of wheelchair ballroom dancing. Continue Reading »

UAB to Host Consumer Conferences for People Spinal Cord Injury and People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Published: June 21, 2009 | Category: News

On Saturday, August 29, 2009, people spinal cord injury, people with brain injury, and their families are invited to UAB to hear speakers discuss community resources and latest health topics. Eat lunch and meet with community representatives providing information on recreational activities, equipment, independent living services, current back-to-work incentives and more! Continue Reading »

Rock and roller finds new purpose

Published: June 20, 2009 | Category: News

1280508CHICAGO (WBBM) — For 39-year-old George Flores, harps are his life.

“I’m not the guy that plays the instrument, but I am the person that makes sure that instrument performs,” Flores said.

But it wasn’t always that way. He was a hardcore rock and roller with plenty of energy to spare, until a fateful night 5 years ago, when he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.

“I ended up in four feet of swamp grass laying there bleeding and dying with a spinal cord injury.”

It took Flores two years to get out of bed and realized he needed to learn how to live his life differently. Continue Reading »