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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Renner Gives High Hopes to those with Disabilities

Published: June 30, 2011

In the Dawson Building at Auburn University, Scott Renner can be found working long hours at the Center for Disability Research and Services.

Chasing the Olympic dream

Published: June 30, 2011

With the Vancouver games in the rear-view mirror, three local athletes begin their drive to share in the Olympic experience

(PETERBOROUGH) The journey to the Olympics is a long and difficult road to travel.

As hosts for the 2010 winter games, Canadians were exposed to the trials and tribulations of many of our Canadian athletes as they poised to make the cut to compete for gold on their home soil.

Magic suit helping paraplegic Air Force pilot to walk again (sadly it costs $90,000)

Published: June 27, 2011

An Air Force pilot who has been paralysed from the chest down since 2002 has been able to walk with the help of a special suit.

Lt. Ian James Brown, from New Jersey, is the first military man to test the specially-fitted exoskeleton suit called the ReWalk.

He said: ‘The first time I saw myself walk on video, I said, “Wow”.’

Mr Brown became a paraplegic after a motorcycle accident in 2002 as he was driving back to Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Rolling across America

Published: June 24, 2011

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A California man is turning heads and wheels as he makes his way across the country to promote spinal cord research.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding Challenge Should Be Dismissed, U.S. Says

Published: June 24, 2011

A challenge to funding of human embryonic stem-cell studies should be dismissed after an appeals court found the government-backed research to be lawful, the Obama administration said.

The Justice Department in a filing today urged U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to end a lawsuit that seeks to block the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the National Institutes of Health from spending federal funds on researching human embryonic stem-cells, known as hESC.

Last year, Lamberth temporarily barred U.S. agencies from funding human embryonic research, finding it likely violated a 1996 law called the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. The law prevents the government from spending money on research where a human embryo is damaged or destroyed.

Spinal cord injury won’t stop surfers from catching a wave

Published: June 23, 2011

WILDWOOD CREST — A spinal cord injury doesn’t mean that you have to give up the things that make life worth living.

Even surfing is possible. And on June 18, a group of young people affected by spinal cord injuries took to adaptive surf boards and caught some waves off Rambler Road beach.

Escaping quadriplegia: tackling life step by step

Published: June 22, 2011

MORNINGTON’S Irwin Vale was told by doctors he would live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic, unable to move his body as a result of a scooter accident three years ago.

But he has proved them wrong. Thanks to his parents’ support, hard work and an alternative exercise therapy, Mr Vale is walking, with the assistance of crutches, and wants to help others do the same.

Mr Vale has held a commercial pilot’s licence since age 16 and, at age 19 moved to Fiji to work as an instructor.

Frontier apologizes to quadriplegic Fort Collins man booted from flight

Published: June 21, 2011

John Morris flew to Dallas last week, but when the 24-year-old quadriplegic tried to come home Sunday, a Frontier pilot ordered him off the plane, saying Morris could not be properly restrained in his seat.

On Monday, neither the Federal Aviation Administration nor Frontier could say what constitutes proper restraint for a passenger with a spinal-cord injury.

Last year on a flight to Chicago, Morris said Frontier staff had the idea to use seat-belt extensions — one belt over his knees, and two holding his chest — to help secure him to his seat.

$4 Million Gift Aids KU Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injuries Repair Program

Published: June 16, 2011

Each year, an estimated 15,000 Americans are diagnosed with spinal cord injuries. Of these, about 10,000 will be permanently paralyzed. Until recently, these individuals had little, if any, hope of recovery. But current research gives them hope.

Kansas City, KS – infoZine – An anonymous $4 million gift to KU Endowment will fund spinal cord research through the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Institute for Neurological Disorders, which fosters neurological research developing discoveries into cures.