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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wheels in Motion keeps spinal cord service, research moving

Published: June 21, 2010

GUELPH — Joe Weiler was among 120 people walking, rolling and running along a 2.5-kilometre course at the University of Guelph Sunday in a Wheels in Motion fundraising event for spinal cord injury services and research.

Weiler, 54, gets around in a wheelchair as he has since 1981, the year the Guelph man was cutting a branch off a tree.

Paraplegic dad: ‘For everything I’ve lost, I’ve gained so much more’

Published: June 21, 2010

Men account for the vast majority of people with spinal cord injury-related paralysis. Most are in their prime reproductive years.

Glen Dick didn’t see himself married with kids. Just finding a date is hard when you’re paralyzed from the chest down, no matter how good looking you are.

Then Glen met Monica, a corporate career woman who says she broke up with guys for wearing the wrong shoes.

Paralysed U of C student seeking her own cure

Published: June 19, 2010

Research looks at nerve repair

When Razelle Botha could walk, she spent a lot of time dancing.

She’d slip into her strappy heels and dance the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Mambo and the Swing.

Dancing made her feel beautiful, passionate, complete.

“That’s what I find most heartbreaking,” says Botha, leaning forward in her wheelchair, glancing down at her feet, one of them lifeless, both of them swollen in their summer flats.

Mice hair could repair spinal damage

Published: June 19, 2010

A POTENTIAL treatment for spinal cord injuries has been found in the most unlikely of places – mice hair.

The ground-breaking discovery, unveiled at the World Congress for Hair Research in Cairns yesterday, may give a glimmer of hope to those who cannot walk.

US and Japanese researchers have found a new source of stem cells in the hair follicles of mice.

Paralysed patients could benefit from robotic aids

Published: June 18, 2010

Patients with spinal cord injuries could one day move paralysed parts of their bodies with a wearable robotic device controlled by a wireless chip implanted in the brain.

The technology is being developed through a £1m government-sponsored research programme involving academics from Leicester University, Newcastle University and Imperial College London.

Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Ruled Ineligible for Federal Funds

Published: June 18, 2010

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Advisory Committee recommended withholding federal research funding for embryonic stem cell lines on Wednesday that were thought to be eligible with Obama’s policy. Concerned that one particular sentence would open up to lawsuits, the Committee decided to err on the side of caution.

Days after his inauguration, President Obama reversed President Bush’s policy of restricting the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem.

Spinal cord research gets boost in funding

Published: June 16, 2010

Stem cell research that could offer hope to spinal cord injury victims has received a massive boost in Canada, with a C$2.3million grant allowing scientists to explore how stem cells could help to repair damaged nerves. The money will provide vital pre-clinical testing facilities to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary. The research is of international importance and, if successful, could mean a huge advance in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Paraplegic hits road on customized motorcycle

Published: June 15, 2010

Paul Bliss’ motto is “life after legs.” For Bliss, it’s a way of life.

A 2003 motorcycle wreck damaged Bliss’ spinal cord, robbing him of control over his legs. Now a paraplegic, the motorcycle enthusiast hit a dead-end until learning of Mobility Conquest, a dealership that has developed a motorcycle usable by wheelchair drivers.

“I didn’t let my accident stop me,” said Bliss, 52, who has been riding motorcycles for the last 37 years.

Wheelchair Unbound

Published: June 15, 2010

Newly published author Francesco Clark speaks to Tonic about his near-death spinal cord accident and how he’s defied the odds and taken back control of his life.

On the first night of June in 2002, Francesco Clark found himself drowning in a poorly-lit swimming pool in Long Island, after diving headfirst into the shallow end while going for a night swim. Forget the multitude of tales you’ve heard about the brain shutting down to protect itself during a traumatic event; Clark’s recollection of the moments leading up to, and during the accident is extremely and hauntingly vivid.

United Spinal Association and National Spinal Cord Injury Association Develop Free Guide to Understanding...

Published: June 15, 2010

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association ( and National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( have joined forces to create an informative and clear-cut analysis on the recently enacted healthcare and insurance reforms that explain in detail how they improve the lives of people with disabilities.