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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Wheelchair doesn’t stop tae kwon do student from earning black belt

Published: October 30, 2009

g13c000007c38445de28605a97a423e525cdeece3848851In tae kwon do, age doesn’t factor into where you rank in the classroom. What you’ve achieved does.

Danny Hicks has a front-row position at the Auvenshine School of Tae Kwon Do in Auburn. His hard work over the past decade has made him one of the highest-ranking students in the school: a first-degree black belt.

And he got there in a manner few, if any, have: from the seat of a wheelchair.

Hicks, 37, of Springfield suffered a spinal cord injury when a vehicle he was traveling in went off the road and into a grove of pine trees in 1990, just weeks after he graduated from Lanphier High School.

Try sip-‘n-puff fishing

Published: October 29, 2009

Models_sip2There is now a rod and reel that you can cast and reel in via sip-‘n-puff or by joy stick. How this came about is a husband and wife love story.

Sadly, the husband, Darwin “Doc” Blackmore, who was injured mountain bike riding in 2004, died this past September.

Before he passed, he did a boat load of good, including catching an 8-pound catfish with this rig!

Handicap Help

Published: October 29, 2009
Handicap Help

Handicap help provides an overview of simple equipment that can easily be made which will lessen the daily frustrations for individuals with disabilities; a list of projects is also included.

Regeneration can be achieved after chronic spinal cord injury

Published: October 28, 2009

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats even when treatment delayed is more than a year after the original spinal cord injury.

“The good news is that when axons have been cut due to spinal cord injury, they can be coaxed to regenerate if a combination of treatments is applied,” said lead author Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of the Center for Neural Repair at UC San Diego, and neurologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health System. “The chronically injured axon is not dead.”

Scientists identify master enzyme for regenerating nerve fibers in live animals

Published: October 26, 2009

WASHINGTON – A previously identified enzyme, known as Mst3b, has been found to play a major role in regenerating damaged axons (nerve fibers) in a live animal model, in both the peripheral and central nervous systems, according to researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston.

The findings indicate that Mst3b – or agents that stimulate it – could be a possible means of treating stroke, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury.

Awakening Paralyzed Limbs

Published: October 23, 2009

monkey_x220Brain signals can drive arm movement in a monkey with a paralyzed arm.

A monkey with a paralyzed arm can still grasp a ball, thanks to a novel system designed to translate brain signals into complex muscle movements in real time. The research, presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago this week, could one day allow people with spinal cord injury to control their own limbs.

Cranberry Concentrate Reduces Occurrence of Urinary Tract Infections in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: October 23, 2009

The results of a clinical study, recently published in the journal Spinal Cord, indicate that the use of Cran-Max(R) Cranberry Concentrate for people with spinal cord injury resulted in a significant reduction in both the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and the number of subjects with a UTI over a 12-month period.  In the randomized, double-blind, cross-over trial, conducted at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, MA, 16 subjects had 21 UTIs while taking the placebo, compared to only six subjects who had seven UTIs while taking the Cran-Max cranberry concentrate.

Restoring More Functions After Neurological Injury With The Help Of Tailored Physical Therapy

Published: October 22, 2009

New research suggests a tailored approach to physical therapy after a neurological injury such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury could help restore a wider variety of functions.

Clinical physical therapy is a widely used treatment approach to help restore the motor function of patients following neurological injuries. Unfortunately many of the specific treatments used in the clinic only restore function to a specific task, and not to a wide range of everyday activities. This is also true in animal research where stand training only leads to better standing, step training only leads to better stepping, and so forth.

A story of survival

Published: October 21, 2009

99657S_fullOn Aug. 4, 2007, Christine Kent was the victim of a horrible crime that has left her changed forever. On that date, Kent was attacked by a stalker at her Fort Lauderdale, Fla. home.

Allan Sinclair had become obsessed with her when she did not want to be his girlfriend. She rebuffed his advances toward her and told him that they could only be friends. After not seeing Sinclair for three years, he showed up at her house and said that he was in the area and thought that he’d stop by to say hello. He wanted what he couldn’t have and put a gun to the back of her head. Christine spoke to him about God and pleaded with him to let her go. When she fled for her life, he shot her twice, with one of the bullets obliterating her spine.

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Demonstrate Progress after Stem Cell Therapy at the XCell-Center

Published: October 21, 2009

The XCell-Center has released results from a follow-up study of 115 spinal cord injury patients treated with autologous bone marrow stem cells. Overall, nearly 6o% improved following treatment.

Dusseldorf, Germany (PRWEB) October 21, 2009 — The XCell-Center has released results from a follow-up study of 115 spinal cord injury patients treated with autologous bone marrow stem cells. Overall, nearly 6o% improved following treatment.