Monthly Archives: May 2013
SHORT HILLS, NJ — (May 28, 2013) — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Capstone National Partners are pleased to announce a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to further support the expansion of translational research to find treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury, including servicemen and women.
The DOD awarded the two-year, peer-reviewed grant to the Reeve Foundation’s North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN), a consortium of university hospital neurosurgical and neurorehabilitation teams to bring promising therapies into clinical trials.
An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that a single injection of human neural stem cells produced neuronal regeneration and improvement of function and mobility in rats impaired by an acute spinal cord injury (SCI).
The findings are published in the May 28, 2013 online issue of Stem Cell Research & Therapy.
Martin Marsala, MD, professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, with colleagues at UC San Diego and in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands, said grafting neural stem cells derived from a human fetal spinal cord to the rats’ spinal injury site produced an array of therapeutic benefits – from less muscle spasticity to new connections between the injected stem cells and surviving host neurons.
OTTAWA — Brampton West MP Kyle Seeback was one of more than two dozen federal politicians who participated in the 6th Annual Chair-Leaders Campaign Friday.
The fundraising campaign, organized by Spinal Cord Injury Canada, is held to raise awareness for people living with spinal cord injuries. Every year, Canadians get together to spend the day in a wheelchair and experience the challenges of accessibility. This year, organizers also wanted to celebrate ability.
This year, 26 parliamentarians were challenged to spend the day in a wheelchair.
Paralyzed man says he chooses to have more good days than bad
NORTH ANDOVER — The past two years has been a tough road for Chris Boshar.
He was paralyzed below his shoulders and confined to a wheelchair when he suffered a spinal cord injury after a diving accident on Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire on July 2, 2011.
“Everything is a hard part; the loss of independence; the cognitive and physical disability, and the fact that I can’t feel the touch of my loved ones,” he said.
Yet Boshar, who will turn 27 on June 18, refuses to give up and is resolute that he will one day walk again.
Writing, cooking, buttoning buttons and the always fun balloon toss — we learn and do a lot in rehab after a debilitating injury. They try to squeeze in as much as possible (which isn’t easy with insurance cuts). And they try to think of everything that might come up, but this is a far-off dream — preparing us for every little thing is impossible.
That’s why I’m here, and you too. All of us who’ve gone through a severe injury have a ton of knowledge to share with the newbies of the world. From real-world PCA handling to something as simple as sleeping in your bed again, things are going to be a smidge different in real life than what they tell you in rehab. Read on for five things they don’t tell you in rehab.
Life without pain would be “incredible”, says 24-year-old Justin Levene from London.
“It would be nice to have a bit of variety.”
Three years ago, two days before his 21st birthday, Justin coughed and then collapsed with acute pain in his back and down his legs.
He had suffered a herniated disc with severe nerve damage which left him in constant pain.
After several years of surgical procedures, including undergoing spinal fusion, the damage to his spinal cord left him unable to walk.
WHEN Hannah Rose was left paralysed in 1999 after a virus damaged her spine, she knew life would never be the same.
But now the 29-year-old has proved an inspiration with the release of her tell-all memoirs – Hannah Same Both Ways.
“I started writing the book two years ago,” explained the Chester Road resident.
“My Grandpa Lou had been telling me to do it for ages and I decided I really wanted to write everything down.”
In April 2007, Amanda left a prom after-party with a friend who had been drinking.
On the way home, the driver crashed into a ditch. Amanda’s spinal cord was injured, and she was paralyzed from the neck down.
She was hospitalized for five months and went through a grueling regimen of physical therapy each day. Amanda had to relearn how to feed herself, brush her teeth, get dressed and do many other simple, everyday tasks. She was told she would never walk again. Six years later Amanda is still in a wheelchair.
Michelle Stilwell one of three B.C. MLAs with a physical disability
In much the way she views her wheelchair racing career – she is an athlete with a disability, not a disabled athlete – Michelle Stilwell isn’t overly interested in framing her new job as a politician by the fact she uses a chair.
The multiple Paralympic gold medallist won a provincial seat in her first try on Tuesday, holding on to Parksville-Qualicum for the Liberals.
NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund today announced their plans to create a coordinated national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network” that will set higher standards in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
The goal of the Spinal Network is to ensure more peer support groups in cities and towns across the United States are connected to the very best resources to help people with SCI/D maintain independent and active lifestyles.