Monthly Archives: December 2010
Will Lamkin of Canton, a patient at St. Dominic’s Outpatient Rehab Center since 2008, will participate in a three-month clinical trial beginning in March 2011.
Lamkin is one of only 40 applicants world-wide accepted into the research program of The Miami Project, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. Admission is an honor bestowed on those who have demonstrated significant progress through their own determination and the hard work put forth by their rehabilitation teams.
If you are unable to ride a bicycle then a trike or quadracycle may be just the ticket. In many outdoor situations they can be used instead of a wheelchair or scooter. And there are lots of people who choose to ride a trike or quadracycle even if they can ride a bicycle.
This website concentrates on mobility items and ideas that relate to me and my C2 spinal cord injury (injured Dec/04) although much of the info will be useful for people with other injuries.
The Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville has received a $64,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to expand its fitness and wellness services for people with spinal cord injuries.
According to a news release, the grant will let Frazier open a second gym for Community Fitness & Wellness on its ninth floor at 220 Abraham Flexner Way, more than doubling its capacity to serve up to 60 new members.
StemCells, Inc. has received authorization from Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory agency for therapeutic products, to initiate a Phase I/II clinical trial in Switzerland of the Company’s proprietary HuCNS-SC product candidate in chronic spinal cord injury.
The trial is designed to assess both safety and preliminary efficacy in patients with varying degrees of paralysis who are three to 12 months post-injury, and will progressively enroll patients based upon the severity of injury. Enrollment is expected to begin in early 2011.
Mike Outram, a high-spirited and popular gymnastics coach who was paralyzed from the neck down after a Nov. 28 trampoline accident, says he is making “huge strides” toward recovery.
The 43-year-old with the heart of a kid, known as Mr. Mike to thousands of local gymnasts, was explaining Wednesday how he’d regained some movement in his left leg, and most recently had wiggled the toes on his right foot.
As 16-year-old Luke Watt expertly manoeuvres his wheelchair around his car, he lovingly polishes the bonnet with a cloth. Luke was born with no legs and has been in a wheelchair all his life, but he hasn’t let it stop him from doing whatever he wants. With help from his dad, the Year 10 student from Southern Cross K-12 School in Ballina has built his car from a bare shell into a four-wheeled racing machine. He is now the first person in a wheelchair to drive a junior sedan on the racing track at Lismore Speedway.
“My dad took me to the speedway when I was 10 and I knew I wanted to race cars,” Luke says. “A lot of people said I’d never be able to drive or race at the speedway, but look at me now. I can drive perfectly.”
Paralyzed marmoset monkeys are walking again after a Japanese research team transplanted induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) into the animals’ spines — the first time the treatment has succeeded in a primate subject.
The iPS cell transplant — carried out by researchers from Keio University and the Central Institute for Experimental Animals — had been performed on mice in the past.
Last night’s Christmas-rific Glee ended with what seemed like a holiday miracle. Artie, a character confined to a wheelchair, took a few halting steps with the help of a machine called the ReWalk. “It was invented by some guy in Israel,” he said, before using the ReWalk and crutches to move across the floor. But was ReWalk’s Christmas-saving screen time on Glee just Hollywood magic or based on real science?
Using Chitosan Channels to Guide Stem Cell Growth Could Be Promising Technique, Reports Neurosurgery
Newswise — Initial experiments suggest a possible new approach to stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries—using biocompatible “channels” made of chitosan to guide regeneration of new spinal cord tissue, reports the December issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.