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Yearly Archives: 2010

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

Published: January 8, 2010

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.

Research network for spinal cord injury beginning clinical trial

Published: January 7, 2010

Many treatments to limit or reverse the devastating results of spinal cord injury have shown promise in the laboratory yet have never been brought to clinical trials because of the formidable infrastructure required to test and approve them for human use.

A unique partnership between the military and the Christopher Reeve Foundation is addressing this challenge.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center is supporting the development of the foundation’s North American Clinical Trials Network, which has created the largest SCI active clinical trial database in the United States and will begin its first trial in early 2010.

From his toes, a message of hope

Published: January 7, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Michael Straight sat in bed Tuesday evening and looked at his toes.

They were moving.

It was a seemingly insignificant achievement, but one that had the young jockey hollering for his parents, phoning his brother and spreading the good news to anybody else who would listen.

“It’s so exciting,” Straight said. “I’d just told my brother, ‘Listen, one of these days I’m going to put my feet on the ground and walk.’ About a minute later, I just glanced at my feet and my toes were moving.”

A Helmet to Prevent Paralysis

Published: January 6, 2010

Engineers are designing a helmet that could protect the spine from serious injury.

Helmets for everything from football and hockey to motorcycle riding are built to protect the head from impact. Each successive generation of design is better at dissipating force and protecting against concussions and other knocks to the skull. But current helmets can still do little to prevent the spinal injuries that cause paralysis.

Now researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver are working on a design that could protect the spine during a head-on collision.

Determined To Make a Difference

Published: January 6, 2010

By Judith Shatto

I know personally the danger of drunk driving; the pain, heartbreak, consequences, and rage it can cause. My son and I live it every day. He is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down because of a drunk driver.

Having the opportunity to write my experience has been somewhat overwhelming to say the least. The opportunity I am calling my purge. To release the negative emotions I have held on to; to let others know that no matter how difficult life gets, if you look over your shoulder, there is often times someone with greater pain. Seems trivial but the saying – if life gives you lemons, make lemonade is true. Some of us just take longer to start squeezing them!

The first year of my son’s injury I fell into a deep hole of depression. I was so angry. Actually, anger isn’t the right word. I was living in rage. I was angry at the world, at God, and especially the drunk and our court system. I was overwhelmed with the fear of not understanding or knowing anything about spinal cord injuries. Overwhelmed and stuck in that place many of us know…the whys. Deep down I had enough faith that I knew we would get through this. I just didn’t know how long it would take. And the hole I found myself in was so deep; forget the rope, I was hanging on by a thread.

Larry Flynt inspires local paralyzed man

Published: January 4, 2010

Kenny Blaney, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a Fairview Beach diving accident in 1996, has now started his second company in the area

“The People vs. Larry Flynt” helped take Kenny Blaney from the depths of despair to where he is today–a Fredericksburg-area entrepreneur who won’t let his disability stop him.

Blaney’s life forever changed on Aug. 25, 1996, a warm summer day that the 24-year-old Chancellor High School graduate spent drinking beer and hanging out with friends on a boat at Fairview Beach.

‘Paralysed’ crash victim walks again after surgeons reposition his spine

Published: January 4, 2010

A young man left paralysed by a crash which killed his girlfriend and best friend has learned to walk again thanks to “miracle” surgery.

Aaron Timms, 22, was told he had a less than one in 10 chance of regaining movement in his legs. But neurosurgeon Karoly David and his team at Queen’s Hospital in Romford put him on the path to recovery by repairing his broken back, “repositioning” and freeing his spinal cord.

“SURFice DOG” Video – Over A Million views on YouTube

Published: January 3, 2010


SAN DIEGO, CA, January 3, 2010… Surf Dog Ricochet, (”Rip Curl Ricki,”) the Surfin’ for Paws-abilities surf dog, who raises awareness and funds for charitable causes is now reaching people from all over the world through her inspirational YouTube video, “From service dog to SURFice Dog”. Views have been increasing by the tens of thousands daily with scores of donations being made toward her charitable causes. Folks have been tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, and emailing with “kleenex alert” warnings! This inspirational video has spurred emotion on many different levels, and each person who watches seems to find their own personal message, moving them to tears.