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‘Avatar’ Gets Mixed Praise From Paraplegics

Published: January 8, 2010 | Category: News

Wheelchair Users Say Paraplegic Action Movie Character Inaccurate, but Uplifting

Like others who flocked to see the blockbuster movie “Avatar,” 26-year-old Santina Muha was thrilled by the visuals.

But unlike the majority of people in the theatre, she wasn’t just imagining life on the distant moon Pandora. She was vicariously living the fantasy of regaining the use of her legs.

“The scene where the character goes from his wheelchair into his ‘avatar,’ where he’s walking and playing basketball, it was really touching,” said Muha, who had a spinal cord injury in a car accident at age 5. Continue Reading »

Adaptations help keep disabled ski racers going

Published: January 8, 2010 | Category: News

Back on track

Chris Klebl was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident in Australia.

Sean Halsted’s injury occurred when he fell 40 feet descending from a helicopter on a fast rope during Air Force combat training.

An improvised explosive device took both of Andy Soule’s legs during the war in Afghanistan.

Monica Bascio broke her back going over a ski jump. Continue Reading »

China a rising star in regenerative medicine despite world skepticism of stem cell therapies

Published: January 8, 2010 | Category: News

Enforcing new Chinese rules for clinics may impact lucrative stem cell therapy tourism but improve international credibility, confidence

Chinese researchers have become the world’s fifth most prolific contributors to peer-reviewed scientific literature on clock-reversing regenerative medicine even as a skeptical international research community condemns the practice of Chinese clinics administering unproven stem cell therapies to domestic and foreign patients. Continue Reading »