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Neuralstem spinal cord injury stem cell trial approved to commence at University Of California

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Neuralstem LogoNeuralstem, announced that the Institutional Review Board of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine has approved the phase I safety trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury (cSCI) with its NSI-566 stem cells. The NSI-566/cSCI phase I trial will enroll patients with thoracic spinal cord injuries (T2-T12) who have an American Spinal Injury Association (AIS) A level of impairment, between one and two years after injury. AIS A impairment, which is complete paralysis, refers to a patient with no motor or sensory function in the relevant segments at and below the injury. Continue Reading »

Stem Cells Breakthrough Provides new Hope

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News

Stem-Cells-Breakthrough-Provides-new-HopeScientists at the Research Institute for Stem Cell Research in Los Angeles have provided new hope in a breakthrough stem cell research paper published last Thursday. The new study documents the successful duplication of adult stem cells using the subject’s own DNA. The team, led by researcher Young Gie Chung, was able to turn skin cells extracted from an adult male into a hallow ovum, the ovum then multiplies and divides creating an embryo. While some scientists say the discovery is “not-earth-shattering,” others are more hopeful, saying nuclear transfer may be the first step in using stem cells ethically to cure degenerative diseases. Continue Reading »

Ed Costa Jr. living life to fullest ‘on wheels’

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ed Costa JrAt age 24, Ed Costa Jr. had an ideal life with a great job, good health and good friends.

One spring day, during a two-week work furlough, Ed and his brother decided to head to the nearby Stanislaus River for some fun. Upon arriving, the brothers found the ideal sandbar and dove into the cool, refreshing waters. Splashing, kicking, swimming the brothers thoroughly enjoyed their day and made plans to return the following weekend.

Arriving to the exact same spot at the river the next weekend, Ed bet with his brother that he could beat him to the sandbar and took off running. Taking for granted that the body of water was the exact same depth as it had been the week before, Ed dove in head first and immediately everything went black. Continue Reading »

Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News

quadriplegic returns to the stage Vince Rutley(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.

Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.

He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body. Continue Reading »