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Yearly Archives: 2009

Faith stronger than spinal-cord injury

Published: December 13, 2009

Michael MonacoMichael Monaco would like to move his arms. In his dreams, he would like to walk his dogs, drive a car, greet a visitor to his Lincoln Park home at the front door, standing.

In his dreams, he would like to walk his dogs, drive a car, greet a visitor to his Lincoln Park home at the front door, standing.

But reality for Monaco is his wheelchair. It moves when he blows into a strawlike tube. His hands are strapped to the arms of the chair. He cannot lift them.

Fighting to walk again

Published: December 13, 2009

Fighting to walk againLocal clinic helping woman get stem cell treatment in Russia

Brittney Ham has a supportive family, determination and hope, a combination that keeps the thought of walking again active in her mind.

But money stands in her way.

“If I had the money I would be walking,” Ham said.

Study could boost spinal treatments

Published: December 13, 2009

20091212__spinalcord_1214~3_GALLERYResearch to begin sooner, track patients for two years.

Like looking at an iceberg, Brandon Sulser’s immobility is only the tip of his challenges from quadriplegia. “Being in the wheelchair, that’s the easiest part,” he says.

Sulser’s severely bruised spinal cord makes it difficult to breathe, because his diaphragm is weaker. It’s easy to overheat because his body doesn’t sweat. Quadriplegics and paraplegics often have lowered heart rates, leaving them prone to dizziness and fainting, struggling to keep up with workouts and at a higher risk for heart attacks.

Quadraplegic sailor in record bid

Published: December 12, 2009

A BRITISH quadriplegic yachtsman left Spain’s Canary Islands in a specially designed boat last night in a bid to become the first disabled person to sail across the Atlantic.

Geoff Holt, 42, set off from the island of Lanzarote at 10am (9pm AEDT) in an 18-metre wheelchair-accessible catamaran, called Impossible Dream, his spokeswoman said.

Scots scientists discover spinal injury ‘volume dial’

Published: December 11, 2009

University of St Andrews researchers find neurone in the spine that controls the strength of signals sent to muscles.

Scottish researchers have discovered a “volume dial” neuron that may lead to new therapies for spinal injury.

The discovery of a neurone in the spinal cord that controls the strength of signals sent by motor neurons to muscles was made by Dr Gareth Miles of the University of St Andrews.

Transplantation Technique Feasible for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: December 10, 2009

brownrat(HealthDay News) — In the treatment of spinal cord injury, transplantation of readily available mono-nuclear bone marrow cells may be an alternative to the use of bone marrow stromal cells, according to an animal study published in the Nov. 15 issue of Spine.

Coaxing injured nerve fibers to regenerate by disabling ‘brakes’ in the system

Published: December 9, 2009

Mouse study suggests that response to injury-induced growth factors can be revived

Boston, Mass. — Brain and spinal-cord injuries typically leave people with permanent impairment because the injured nerve fibers (axons) cannot regrow. A study from Children’s Hospital Boston, published in the December 10 issue of the journal Neuron, shows that axons can regenerate vigorously in a mouse model when a gene that suppresses natural growth factors is deleted.

Pursuing A Spinal Injury Claim

Published: December 8, 2009

The emotional and psychological effects of a spinal injury can be devastating. Not only can it affect the loved ones around you, but it can also have far reaching consequences on other major areas of your life. In most cases, you will have to make huge financial adjustments depending on the extent of your injury. If you have been victim to a spinal injury at work, in a road traffic accident, or a fall, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Paralysed teenager has ‘very good chance of recovery’

Published: December 7, 2009

20091207Aspiring model Vladislava Kravchenko has a very good chance of recovery form her paralysis, according to doctors in Moscow, where she has now begun stem cell treatment.

“It’s great, I’m really happy. They’re helping a lot of people here. I am filled with hope,” Ms Kravchenko said.

Stem cell compromise better than nothing

Published: December 7, 2009

Like everyone else in science, I have deep respect for the Nobel Prize. Yet I most often refer to this summit of recognition for scientific achievement to humble rather than praise it, in the context of what matters most. Lifestyle — eating well, being active, not smoking — can slash the risk of almost all chronic disease and premature death by some 80 percent and change the behavior of our very genes, and will never earn anyone a Noble Prize. But no Nobel Prize ever conferred was for an advance that offered even a fraction of such comprehensive promise.