Daily Archives: March 13, 2012
When blades scrape across a pristine sheet of ice in the women’s Frozen Four this weekend, it will be the realization of many players’ dreams. But for one former hockey All-American, it’s a reminder of a world she’s missing. A world she works every day to be a part of again.
Sept. 12, 2010 was a busy day for 25-year-old Kristen Cameron. As an assistant ice hockey coach for Mercyhurst College pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership, she had a lot on her plate.
Still settling into her new apartment near the rink, Cameron went out to purchase groceries and two corner tables. She then spent the afternoon hanging things in her living room — a Bob Marley poster here, a hockey stick there — before deciding to use the last hour or so of daylight to go for a bike ride.
The new route she discovered was perfect for triathlon training. Fresh pavement. Flat as could be. Huge shoulder. With sweat dampening the hair under her helmet, she felt energized with every pump of the pedal.
“In my mind I remember being like, ‘I probably should turn around now.’ But I kept going. And then I don’t remember anything until I woke up in the hospital.”
A new study suggests that administering FTY720, an oral drug that has shown promise in trials for human multiple sclerosis, significantly improves locomotor recovery in mice with spinal cord injury (SCI). The research suggests a possible new avenue to counteract the degeneration of the spinal cord in human SCI. The study will be published in the April 2012 issue of The American Journal of Pathology.
Beyond the initial tissue damage, much of the degradation of the spinal cord in SCI is due to a cascade of secondary injuries, including neuronal and glial apoptosis, inflammation, glial scar formation, local edema and ischemia, and oxidative stress. The aim of current SCI treatment is to counteract the mechanisms of secondary injury and prevent their pathological consequences, because central nervous system (CNS) neurons have very limited capacity to self-repair and regenerate.