Monthly Archives: June 2010
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Matt Stevens, a 36-year-old former professional football player paralyzed from a spinal cord injury, is one of only 12 patients selected to participate in the clinical trials of ReWalk™, a wearable device that enables wheelchair users to stand, walk, and climb stairs.
A resident of Philadelphia, Stevens attends ReWalk therapy three times a week at MossRehab, which is located in Elkins Park, Penna., and is part of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. MossRehab is the exclusive site in the United States for the clinical trials of ReWalk.
University of Alberta researchers have discovered spontaneously active receptors in the spinal cord
Bucking conventional knowledge, University of Alberta researchers have identified spontaneously active receptors in the spine that could be used to help treat victims of spinal cord injury.
David Bennett and Karim Fouad from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine have discovered that the neurotransmitter serotonin, partially responsible for motor function, is not needed to activate receptors in the spinal column.
Early treatment for patients with traumatic spinal cord injury produces the best outcomes.
If there’s one thing nurses should know about traumatic spinal cord injury, it’s that early, aggressive treatment is the best hope for keeping a bad situation from getting worse.
“It’s important to be aware that not all injury to the spinal cord occurs at impact,” said Karen A. McQuillan, MS, RN, CCRN, CNRN. “By aggressively managing a lot of risk factors at the beginning, you can reduce the potential for secondary injury and greatly influence the best outcomes.”
The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $1 million endowment from the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation to support spinal cord injury research and establish The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.
The foundation has donated thousands of dollars to spinal cord injury research to the Medical College over the years, but this is the first time an endowment has been established, which will allow more scientific research, said Dr. Dennis Maiman, professor and chairman of neurosurgery at the Medical College.