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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Miracle man walks again

Published: September 28, 2009

walk_465x288_280909_t325IN THE two years since a bizarre motel fall left him with a terrifying spinal cord injury, Maryborough’s Peter Edwards never gave up.

With an unyielding, positive attitude the 42-year-old – diagnosed as a quadriplegic – defied medical odds to rise up and walk again.

“My doctors told me I was one of the most determined patients they’d seen,” Mr Edwards said Sunday.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Road To Recovery

Published: September 25, 2009

TUPELO, Miss. – Not long ago, Jade Yates lived the life of a normal active- teenager; then everything changed in a split second.

“I was in a car accident March 4th of 2008 and I had a spinal cord injury, level T-three, and I was paralyzed from waist down,” the now 16 year old explains.

Her spinal cord was nearly severed and her chances of walking again appeared to be slim. But now after nearly two years of dedication and determination, things are looking up.

Two Powerful Foundations Join Forces To Create the Nation’s Premier Spinal Cord Injury Organization

Published: September 25, 2009

Life Rolls On Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Merge

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On what would have been Christopher Reeve’s 57th birthday, Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have announced a merger. Effective immediately, Life Rolls On Foundation, based in Los Angeles, will serve as the West Coast headquarters and division of the Reeve Foundation.

New Academy to Improve Health Care for the Spinal Cord Injured Supported by Paralyzed...

Published: September 25, 2009

DALLAS, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new interdisciplinary force for quality health care for people living with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D), the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, will officially launch this week. The new organization brings together physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and rehabilitation therapists, and is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), the veterans service and disabilities rights organization.

Life; Paralyzed Exhibit

Published: September 23, 2009

Christina_SymanskiChristina Symanski is a painter. She has an exhibit going on right now at Kean University in New Jersey.

I’m happy to report that my recent exhibit opening was a big success. This particular exhibit is my third art exhibit and second solo show. The exhibit is at Kean University, in their Student Art Gallery. The gallery is located in Vaughn-Eames, which is the art building. Vaughn-Eames has two art galleries on the first floor, as well as a small theater. The opening reception was held in the Vaughn-Eames building lobby, from two to five p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2009. The exhibit will be available for viewing until October, 2, 2009. If you have friends or family that live in the area, please tell about the show.

Redefining ‘Cured’

Published: September 23, 2009

A spinal-cord-injury activist puts a new priority on living with—not fighting—paralysis.

Ever since 1988, wheelchairs have figured into Alan T. Brown’s dreams. That was the year his neck was crushed by an ocean wave at a Club Med in Martinique. He was 20 years old, young and single and free, and in one second went from a vibrant college student to a quadriplegic, with no movement below his chest. The dreams began almost instantly, usually with the wheelchair off to one side, Brown standing nearby. “In the beginning, I was convinced I would walk again—1,000 percent,” says Brown, now 42, who runs his own public-relations company in Hollywood, Fla. “My old mottos were ‘There’s light at the end of the tunnel’ and ‘Never say never.’ I did think there was going to be a cure.”

Immune response to spinal cord injury may worsen damage

Published: September 21, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After spinal cord injury, certain immune cells collect in the spinal fluid and release high levels of antibodies. What, if anything, those antibodies do there is unknown.

A new study by neuroscientists at The Ohio State University Medical Center may have solved the mystery. It found that the antibodies may actually worsen and extend the spinal cord damage.

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Published: September 21, 2009

Regaining independence after being paralyzed at 17

Published: September 21, 2009

fowler-150x150On March 13, 1991, while preparing for a motorcycle race competition, my bike collided with a rock and my life changed forever. I was airlifted to a Boston hospital, where the emergency room physician told me that I had severed my spinal cord and that I would never walk again.

I had been racing motorcycles for 11 years and had incurred numerous minor injuries, but I never thought I’d be permanently injured. I felt absolutely helpless, like there was no one in the world who could do anything to help.

UCLA scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury

Published: September 20, 2009

090920204455UCLA researchers have discovered that a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise can enable paralyzed rats to walk and even run again while supporting their full weight on a treadmill.

Published Nov. 20 in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience, the findings suggest that the regeneration of severed nerve fibers is not required for paraplegic rats to learn to walk again. The finding may hold implications for human rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries.

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