Monthly Archives: May 2010
U of A researchers uncover trigger that causes muscles to move without signal from brain
EDMONTON – Research led by a pair of University of Alberta scientists has uncovered a surprising phenomenon that offers hope of new treatments for people with spinal-cord injuries.
The team has pinpointed a unique ability of neurochemical receptors in the spinal cord as the reason why patients with partially and even fully severed cords often have some muscle activity.
To be honest, before my injury I was not a compassionate, sensitive person. I did not feel sympathy for the hungry kids in Africa, the oppressed citizens of China, or countless other dire, unfortunate situations around the world and at home. I read a lot of Ayn Rand books and didn’t even take my clothes to Goodwill as I felt that it would only encourage low income individuals to stay on charity.
Back then I had a full functioning body, no allergies, and no sickness of any kind. I was young, agile, tough and independent. I didn’t need nor want anybody’s help and so thought nobody else should either. My entire social mentality was uncaring and unforgiving.
WILDWOOD CREST — On June 19, young people with spinal cord injuries will get a chance to ride surfboards here as Life Rolls On presents “They Will Surf Again.”
Chad DeSatnick, who sustained a spinal injury while surfing off Cape May, is a local organizer for Life Rolls On, a division of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He said he was fortunate not to suffer permanent paralysis.
Matt Kerry was built burly and strong, primed for athletic success, and recruited heavily to play football on a college scholarship.
But one summer day on a Michigan lake, he made a split-second decision that thwarted a future as bright as the sun reflecting off the waves. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound young man dove into three feet of water. Hit the bottom, head first.
Jesse Eligio likes Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray. He likes spaghetti, hot dogs, pepperoni pizza and his older brother’s Xbox.
He likes his mom, Alicia, standing curbside in the morning and sending him off to school. He likes meeting her and the family’s “Chiuauapoo,” named Mili, in the same spot in the afternoon. He likes the hugs and kisses his mom gives him.
Guy Coulombe keeps on going
EDMONTON – We’ve been handing out High Fives to various events and great folks.
This week, though, we’re going to give a High Five to someone who deserves to be celebrated: Guy Coulombe.
At 17, Coulombe saw his life change radically near his hometown of Donnelly.
“We were driving and hit some loose gravel,” says Coulombe, now 47. “We weren’t wearing seatbelts because seatbelts weren’t a big thing back then. So the truck went one way and I went the other.”
The leading cause of spinal cord injuries are automobile accidents. The automobile accident rate has increased over the years, probably relating to the fact that there are more cars and more drivers than ever before. Injury accidents vary in severity; what body part is injured and how severe the collision will determine the impact on a victim’s life. Unfortunately, more than half of the people who have been seriously injured in an automobile accident are between the ages of 16 and 30; to lose body function at such a young age is more than catastrophic.
The art of spinal manipulation has been around for thousands of years, dating back to medicine men called “bone setters” at the time Socrates lived. Spinal manipulation, also known as spinal adjusting, is one of the most popular forms of treatment for many forms of back and neck pain.
Many clinicians such as physical therapists, chiropractors and physicians use spinal manipulation as a first line treatment option for spine pain. But despite its commonplace in modern medicine, there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding the logic and physical effects of a spinal adjustment.
CAPE MAY – Shore towns do not like bad publicity, but this year, the city will spend $10,000 from its beach revenue to print a quarter-million brochures explaining to tourists that they could break their neck or back swimming or body surfing.
The city is taking the step due largely to the persistence of Chad de Satnick, a local lifeguard who broke his neck surfing
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may have given the state and local municipalities a way to raise more money. This may allow them to avoid layoffs and perhaps even hire more people. And many governments in Florida are facing major budget shortfalls.