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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Paraplegic guitar builder in tune with his craft

Published: September 28, 2011

Orders for custom built guitars are backed up these days for Mike Trelenberg, a luthier from 100 Mile House who now makes his home in Kamloops.

Noting it’s a little overwhelming at times, the 28-year-old says he just deals with it, much like he has with other tough things that life has thrown his way.

Trelenberg, who is paraplegic, is the sole builder of handcrafted Riversong guitars at Lee’s Music, on Battle Street. He was also the inspiration.

How he came to be a luthier involved a twist of fate, a love of music and more desire than money to own a really great guitar.

The journey started at the age of 14, when Trelenberg suffered a spinal cord injury while riding a motocross bike.

Commonly used supplement may improve recovery from spinal cord injuries

Published: September 28, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A commonly used supplement is likely to improve outcomes and recovery for individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI), according to research conducted by University of Kentucky neuroscientists.

Sasha Rabchevsky, associate professor of physiology, Patrick Sullivan, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, and Samir Patel, senior research scientist — all of the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) — have discovered that in experimental models, severe spinal cord injury can be treated effectively by administering the supplement acetyl-L-carnitine or ALC, a derivative of essential amino acids that can generate metabolic energy, soon after injury.

Yoga won’t help me walk again. But it has allowed me to ‘feel’ my...

Published: September 26, 2011

The mention of this ancient exercise system may conjure images incense-filled rooms, but its principles can offer practical benefits to the disabled

I have never tried yoga, so I arrived for a class at Triyoga in Chelsea feeling pretty intimidated. My inner cynic expected sinewy people standing on their heads in a fug of incense, but instead I find a large white room scattered with purple mats, foam bricks, blankets and other participants. I choose a space and sit on a mat on the floor.

What is the potential of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells to successfully treat human spinal cord...

Published: September 23, 2011

Spinal cord injury is a serious and debilitating condition, affecting millions of people worldwide. Long seen as a permanent injury, recent advances in stem cell research have brought closer the possibility of repairing the spinal cord.

One such approach involves injecting oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, derived from human embryonic stem cells, into the injured spinal cord in the hope that they will initiate repair.

U.S. Health Care System Doesn’t Meet Needs of Patients With Spinal Cord Injury, Studies...

Published: September 23, 2011

New research highlights disparities in access for patients and lack of awareness about spinal cord injury by health care providers

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Several studies in the current issue of Topics of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation put a needed spotlight on the health and health care disparities experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury. This research highlights the disparities in access for patients and lack of awareness about SCI by health care providers.

“We health care providers can do a better job of dealing with health and health care disparities related to individuals with spinal cord injury, if we are better informed as to how and where the disparities occur,” says Michelle A. Meade, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and guest editor for the issue, which published this week.

Restoring Function After Spinal Cord Injury With Nerve Transplant: The New Frontier

Published: September 22, 2011 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

As of yet, scientists and researchers have not been able to completely reverse the damage caused by spinal cord injury, but a core group of experts in this fast-moving field have been making advances with therapies that can return function and make life easier for SCI patients.

On Nov. 5, the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, N.J., will be hosting a symposium for medical professionals to discuss advancement in treatment for SCI patients.

First Factory-Built “Mobility Vehicle” Rolls off the Production Line

Published: September 21, 2011

The Vehicle Production Group presents first MV-1 to Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

MISHAWAKA, Ind., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) is proud to announce the MV-1, the “First Mobility Vehicle” and only factory-built and assembled vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, rolled off AM General’s assembly line in Indiana today and was presented to Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

Genes repair nerves after injury

Published: September 21, 2011

SAN DIEGO — Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have identified more than 70 genes that play a role in regenerating nerves after injury, providing biomedical researchers with a valuable set of genetic leads for use in developing therapies to repair spinal cord injuries and other common kinds of nerve damage such as stroke.

Prof helps spinal injury with stem cell treatment

Published: September 20, 2011

A procedure to help eliminate the need for major surgery for patients with spinal cord injuries is being developed by a research group that includes two UH engineering professors.

The treatment, which involves injecting a solution that contains adult stem cells and nanoparticles into the patients’ spinal cord, would also help with recovery.

Peyton Manning’s receiving stem cell therapy thrusts medical procedures back into sports spotlight

Published: September 19, 2011

Peyton Manning’s trip to Europe to receive stem cell therapy on his ailing neck is the latest attempt by an elite athlete seeking to expedite recovery from injury using a controversial medical procedure.

A Fox Sports report Sunday detailed how the Colts quarterback and four-time league MVP sought the stem cell therapy after two surgeries on his neck did not help address a painful bulging disk. He had another surgery recently, the third in 19 months, and it’s unclear if Manning will be healthy enough to play this season.