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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Wheelchair bound man hits the slopes

Published: January 17, 2012

BENZIE COUNTY — For John Johnson, skiing is one of his passions. At first glance though, you might wonder how Johnson who is wheelchair bound is able to hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain in Benzie County.

“I had an accident back in December 1995 which left me paralyzed from my chest down,” says Johnson.

Spinal-cord injuries hit teen athletes hardest

Published: January 16, 2012

Spinal-cord injuries, such as those suffered recently by two Minnesota high school hockey players, are rare but more likely to occur among teenagers.

Spinal-cord injuries, such as those suffered recently by two Minnesota high school hockey players, are rare but more likely to occur among teenagers.

Between 1993 and 2011, about 60 Minnesota high school athletes were treated in hospitals for varying degrees of spinal-cord injuries. Among victims of sports-related spinal-cord injuries in Minnesota, about half were ages 14 to 19.

‘Stay clear of stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury’

Published: January 11, 2012

“Stay clear of stem cell treatment for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI),” warned Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, Director of National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in Australia. He visited the Mary Verghese Institute of Rehabilitation attached to Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in early December 2011.

He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on this subject and the first to try olfactory ensheathing cells on humans with SCI. In an email interview, he explained to S. Vaidya Nathan the current state of stem cell research for treating people with spinal cord injury.

China halts unapproved stem cell treatments as industry grows in country with lighter rules

Published: January 10, 2012

BEIJING — The Health Ministry ordered unapproved stem cell treatments stopped Tuesday as China tries to bring under control its growing but loosely regulated industry.

The ministry stopped accepting applications for stem cell procedures until July and is implementing a yearlong campaign to halt unauthorized stem cell therapy trials.

After a spinal-cord injury, life goes on

Published: January 9, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The 24-hour news cycle has affected all of us in different ways. For Jack Jablonski, I fear it has hijacked the time that could help him adjust to his new spinal-cord injury.

Eighteen years ago, as I put our sons on the bus for kindergarten, my husband, John, flipped off his bicycle and broke his neck at the fifth vertebrae. I was told of the permanent physical consequences of his spinal-cord injury.

John was given time to recover from surgery, to engage in physical therapy and to realize more gradually what having C5 quadriplegia would be like.

Disabled hit the woods with all-terrain wheelchairs

Published: January 9, 2012

MONROE — Keith Smith suffered a spinal cord injury and lost the use of his legs 20 years ago.

Today, he’s able to maneuver through the woods to hunt or go to the beach thanks to an all-terrain wheelchair designed by several Monroa-area entrepreneurs.

Smith is joined by his wife, Tammie, former state Rep. Charles McDonald, Don Brant and Ron Bush, who are partners of Freedom Mobility LLC, manufacturers of a new 6-by-6 all-terrain wheelchair.

Kirstie’s top gear is the wheel deal

Published: January 6, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The wheels are in motion for Kirstie Fairhurst as she gears up for the 153km Round the Mountain bike ride next Saturday.

But when the 14-year-old lines up for the event, there will be one difference – she’ll be riding in style on a high-tech paraplegic bike.

New Plymouth Girls’ High School student Kirstie was involved in an accident when she was four years old, leaving her in a wheelchair, which dad Shorty said she had adapted to extremely well.

“Kirstie’s a great kid and she’s really inspirational to other kids at school because she’ll give absolutely anything a go,” he said.

180 Medical is Proud to Sponsor Scholarship Program

Published: January 6, 2012

180 Medical announces a scholarship program for college students with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and transverse myelitis. The scholarship will give three students $1,000 that demonstrate triumph over their circumstances.

Innovative Technology Allows Paralyzed to ‘Step and Stand’

Published: January 5, 2012

Longwood, FL – The music plays an upbeat song in the background that is almost in rhythm with the gliding motion of the latest in functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology. Dana Guest, a client at the Center Of Recovery & Exercise (CORE), is breathing heavy as she moves past the six mile mark, but smiling.

“I love the way it makes me feel. My heart is pounding and I’m even sweating a little! It’s the closest I’ve been to running in 11 years,” said Guest, who sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis in a motor vehicle accident in 2000.

Paralyzed Carolina bride still hopes to walk again

Published: January 2, 2012

A North Carolina woman who got married last summer after a poolside accident left her paralyzed isn’t walking yet, but she hasn’t given up on learning to move on her own again.

Rachelle Friedman Chapman is stronger after training for almost three weeks in October at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery center in Carlsbad, Calif. And the 26-year-old from Knightdale, near Raleigh, hopes to return for more training that could help her walk for the first time since the accident just weeks before her original wedding date.

“You see people standing up out of their wheelchair, people who are relearning how to walk,” Chapman said in a recent phone interview.

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