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Yearly Archives: 2013

BOOK: I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy

Published: February 27, 2013

I Choose to Be Happy BookMissy was one of eight students in a prayer group who were shot by a fellow student in the lobby of their Padukah, Kentucky high school. Her fortitude and faith keep her speaking on today’s urgent issues.

Hand surgery enhances life quality for those with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 25, 2013

Hand surgery enhances life qualityReconstructive hand surgery can dramatically enhance the life quality and independence of those paralysed by a cervical spinal cord injury. Despite this, the operation is not frequently performed, either in Sweden or elsewhere. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy are now hoping to change that.

A cervical spinal cord injury entails paralysis in both arms and legs, severely limiting daily life for its victims. Previous studies have shown that the capability that those with cervical spinal cord injuries most wish to recover is a functioning hand.

Mendes injury recalls former player’s ‘life-altering’ accident

Published: February 24, 2013

Justin MendesTORONTO — Randy Kells says he was fired like a torpedo head-first into the hockey rink boards, shattering his spine and severing his spinal cord.

“It was life-altering,” the 54-year-old Kells said of the accident which occurred in November 1988.

Then 29 years old, Kells jumped to avoid a collision between players. When he landed, his skate hit a rut and he skidded along the ice for 10 feet, colliding with the boards.

Help Bring Back Spinal Cord Injury Research Funding

Published: February 15, 2013

During the past four years, important New York State funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) have been diverted to offset the New York State budget deficit. The end result has been a loss of support for:

  • New cutting-edge therapies for New Yorkers with spinal cord injuries;
  • Funding for recruitment of spinal cord research scientists;
  • Training new new spinal cord injury physicians and scientists; and
  • New inventions and technology for spinal cord injury therapies and treatment.

SCIRP has been funded through a law that stipulates a surcharge on those convicted of moving traffic violations since 1998. The statute stipulates that the program be funded through a new surcharge on moving traffic violations. If you speed in New York State, a surcharge goes into a trust fund for spinal cord research. As moving violations account for many spinal cord injuries, this funding mechanism is appropriate and vital.

App helps spinal patients get their lives back

Published: February 13, 2013

Blair Taylor with iPadiPhone and iPad app based on guide created by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

A new iPhone and iPad app enables people with spinal cord damage to access information that will help them get their lives back on track after a life-changing injury.

The app was created by Apps-House and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA). It is based on ‘Back on Track’, a guide to life after a spinal cord injury, developed by SCIA.

End sweep of spinal cord funds

Published: February 13, 2013

Wise YoungAdvocates seek to end state diversion of millions originally earmarked for research

ALBANY — Millions of dollars in speeding-ticket fees meant for spinal cord research are instead being funneled into the state’s general fund.

A group of researchers, patients and advocates gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to highlight the budgetary diversion.

In 1998, under Gov. George Pataki, the state passed legislation which tacked a $5 surcharge to all moving violations to finance the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. This fee raises about $150 million annually, and up to $8.5 million of that was intended to assist researchers.

Improvement From Complete to Incomplete Injury Observed in One Patient

Published: February 12, 2013

StemCells, Inc. Announces First Patient Cohort Completes Spinal Cord Injury Trial – Gains in Sensory Function Persist 12 Months After Stem Cell Transplant

NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) today announced that the twelve-month data from the first patient cohort in the Company’s Phase I/II clinical trial of its proprietary HuCNS-SC® product candidate (purified human neural stem cells) for chronic spinal cord injury continued to demonstrate a favorable safety profile, and showed that the considerable gains in sensory function observed in two of the three patients at the six-month assessment have persisted.

David Hudgik’s Journey to Recovery

Published: February 12, 2013

David Hudgik is a talented, young freestyle skier who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury in September, 2011. Learn more about David and see photos and videos.

Allogeneic and autogolous stem cell therapy combined with physical rehabilitation: A case report on...

Published: February 11, 2013

Daniel Leonard in PanamaThis is a research paper written by Rebecca Johnston, Daniel Leonard’s sister. She recently graduated from a Physical Therapy degree program, and wrote her Capstone paper about Daniel’s stem cell therapy treatment in Panama.

Daniel is presented anonymously in the paper, but Rebecca and Daniel have given their permission for this paper to be shared. Daniel’s ASIA scores (pre and post treatment) are in the appendix of this paper.

David Hudgik: Making progress with a smile

Published: February 10, 2013

David HudgikIf you come across a photo of David Hudgik, most likely he’s smiling. It reflects his optimism 16 months after being paralyzed in a trampoline accident at his home in Keene.

Life moves forward for the 17-year-old Keene High School senior and his family, even when they’re tempted to shake their fists at fate. But that won’t do. Boxes in their new house in Keene need to be unpacked. The interior of the new elevator needs staining. There’s a hockey puck to drop today.

The eight-point New Year’s resolution list Hudgik crafted with his father, Paul, is about moving forward, not looking back. No. 1 on the list: “GET ON SNOW ASAP.”