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Daily Archives: November 8, 2009

New approach to prevent spinal cord damage

Published: November 8, 2009

Washington, Nov 8(ANI): Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College have suggested a new approach to prevent paralysis following a spinal cord injury.

They believe that permanent nerve damage may be avoided by raising levels of a compound that converts to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) – the active form of vitamin B3.

The compound would potentially be administered immediately following spinal cord injury.

Son’s diving accident leads to family business

Published: November 8, 2009

Kinnelon couple founds clinic to help spinal-cord injury victims

When Darren Templeton walks again, his family is going to be right behind him.

His parents, Cynthia and John Templeton of Kinnelon, founded Push to Walk, a nonprofit spinal-cord injury exercise and recovery center, almost three years ago, to help him recover. Darren Templeton fractured his C-5 vertebrae diving off a boat into the bay at Long Beach Island on July 23, 2004.

Spinal injury patients get aggressive therapy

Published: November 8, 2009

20091108Center in Southfield is building a niche

With clients coming from as far away as Switzerland, and others traveling two to four hours for workouts, Erica Nader’s Southfield rehabilitation company is building a niche as one of the few businesses of its kind in the nation that specializes in more aggressive rehabilitation therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.

Walk the Line to SCI Recovery, started in 2007, offers services not widely available in the United States or abroad that encourage weight-bearing activities, including standing upright and walking to improve the health of people with spinal cord injuries.

Undauntable spirit

Published: November 8, 2009

Despite a spinal cord injury that rendered her a quadriplegic, Melissa Nunn’s determination and optimism are an inspiration to everyone around her.

Melissa Nunn was a redheaded firecracker of a softball player who attacked the sport’s two most challenging positions – pitcher and third base – for William Tennent High School.

And she did it with the fervor of a weathered veteran, not a wavering 15-year-old rookie.

Scientists devise early treatment for spine injury

Published: November 8, 2009

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Injecting tiny polymer spheres into rats right after a spinal cord injury helped the animals recover movement and prevented secondary nerve damage that often follows such injuries, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

The experimental treatment uses spheres called copolymer micelles that fuse with injured nerve fibers and prevent inflammation from doing more damage to surrounding nerves.