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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Stem Cell Research Review

Published: May 31, 2011

Once researchers are able refine techniques to derive pluripotent cells and utilize them to regenerate tissue, there will be vast applications in a clinical setting. Such advances could forever change the face of human health care.

Matt Courson learns to take steps again after spinal injury

Published: May 28, 2011


(KTHV) — A few years ago, if someone was diagnosed with a paralyzing spinal cord injury, the idea of that patient ever walking again would be out of the question.

Paralysed Witley man tells of moment his heart stopped

Published: May 25, 2011

Paralysed from the elbows down and confined to a wheelchair, Dan Eley could be forgiven for being bitter with life.

The 33 year old from Witley broke his neck while teaching in Colombia.

Unable to afford the specialist flight home an internet campaign raised enough money to bring him back.

But the former charity worker is now planning to return to Colombia to realise his dream of setting up charity for homeless children.

It was New Year’s Day 2010 while swimming in a Colombian lagoon that Dan’s life changed for ever.

Attitude is how we react to life

Published: May 25, 2011

BONAIRE — There are 541 graduates in this year’s senior class at Houston County High School. A sea of caps and black gowns will fill Reaves Arena on Saturday night at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

By virtue of the alphabet, and also because he is an honor student, Alex Adcock won’t have to wait long to hear his name called.

He will be seventh in line to receive his diploma.

Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance, Moves His Legs Voluntarily

Published: May 24, 2011 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Regimen of Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation, Plus Extensive Locomotor Training, A Significant Breakthrough

A team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer at Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute. It is the result of 30 years of research to find potential clinical therapies for paralysis.

Elkhorn man competitive as ever despite paralysis

Published: May 24, 2011

Murderball, anyone? It sounds like blood sport, but it is a team sport for athletes with disabilities.

Murderball is the politically incorrect name that participating athletes have given wheelchair rugby. It’s rough and tumble—literally.

Wheelchair rugby teaches life’s lessons to those who have suffered the hardest of knockdowns.

Kevin Kramer, 26, of Elkhorn started playing murderball eight months after he suffered a paralyzing spinal injury playing flag football at an indoor soccer field.

A Robotic Exoskeleton Works Miracles

Published: May 20, 2011

A paralyzed student walks again, with the help of a new technology.

Last Saturday, at UC Berkeley’s commencement, something like a miracle happened. That, at least, is the way one’s tempted to describe it. Technology had enabled the sort of healing common to Biblical narratives or reports from the shrine at Lourdes. A paralyzed man walked again.

Curing Paralysis – Again

Published: May 20, 2011

An article by Rob Stein on the front page of today’s Washington Post (May 20, 2011) announces a stunning breakthrough treatment for paralysis that has transformed the life of a man who was paralyzed in a car accident.  The successful experimental treatment involves electrical stimulation of his damaged spinal cord through implanted electrodes.  Scientists are still not exactly sure how it works, but it does.  For one individual reading this article, this breakthrough was very old news—more than 27 years old.

University of Louisville researchers help paraplegic stand with breakthrough research

Published: May 19, 2011

A team of scientists from the University of Louisville and two California universities have used electrical stimulation and rehabilitation to help a paraplegic man stand and take steps with assistance — a breakthrough with implications for millions of paralyzed people around the world.

Rob Summers, a 25-year-old former college baseball player from Oregon, was paralyzed below the chest after a hit-and-run car accident in July 2006. Now, he can now push himself to a standing position and stand for up to four minutes on his own.

He can also make repeated stepping motions with help, and voluntarily move his toes, ankles, knees and hips.

His success is the subject of a study published Friday in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day: 20 May 2011

Published: May 18, 2011

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a leading national charity providing help and support for spinal cord injured people.

This year it has joined forces with other charities, including ASPIRE, to promote Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, on Friday 20 May.

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