Monthly Archives: May 2014
NEWARK, Calif., May 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM), a leading stem cell company developing novel cell-based therapeutics for disorders of the central nervous system, posted today the following Letter to Shareholders from its President and CEO, Martin McGlynn.
“Why are we so excited about these findings and why should you be, too?”
San Diego, CA – A promising treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries and a therapy aimed at helping HIV patients create an AIDS-resistant blood system were approved today by the state’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
Both are part of the agency’s Strategic Partnership program, which aims to attract more industry investment in research projects funded by the stem cell agency, and accelerate the most promising projects into clinical trials. Both companies will match the funds that they are getting from the agency.
Life in the fast lane is just that – fast. For motocross enthusiast, Bruce Cook, things happened all too quickly.
In an attempt to complete the first-ever double front-flip before a live audience; Cook, 26 stunned a packed house on the opening night of the 2014 Nitro Circus tour in Hamilton, Ontario. What should have been a record-setting stunt turned fatal when Cook under-rotated and flew off his bike; crushing his body and spine in the process. Cook sustained a spinal cord injury and has since been dreaming of the day when life in a wheelchair is an afterthought.
A cautioning inspirational quote—Expect Nothing. Be ready for anything.—might be wise words to live by, but with a spinal cord injury, nothing like it is even on your radar screen, and it’s virtually impossible to be ready for it. In our exclusive interview with speaker, writer, publisher, and businesswoman Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti, she describes how she struggled to sustain an active life, well-lived before her spinal cord injury, after a freak accident dramatically altered her future on June 13, 1998.
Experts Advise Against Diving Into Natural Bodies of Water
What lurks beneath the water?
It sounds like a horror story title, and it certainly can be when a spinal cord injury results from diving into natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans, where visibility is low and rock and debris can be hidden from view.
Having fun at the lake and staying safe are not mutually exclusive, but experts say it is never advisable to dive into any body of water where you can’t see under the surface, no matter how many times you’ve been diving there before.
In 2000, Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a testing crash at Walt Disney World Speedway and became a quadriplegic.
But he has soldiered on as both a winning INDYCAR team owner and as a champion for paralysis research and treatment through the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.
By his count, the foundation has raised somewhere between $12-13 million since its inception.
Thursday, May 22, celebrates the 27th anniversary of the end of the original Man In Motion World Tour. Here, Rick Hansen reminisces on the day that changed his life and the challenges still faced by the physically disabled.
My life changed forever as a teenager when I was thrown from a pickup truck. I was paralyzed and spent more than six months in hospital and rehab, wondering what would become of my life.
A wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new “electroceutical” devices to treat illness or alleviate pain.
A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed.
Ever since he was little, Jonathan Sigworth wanted to make movies. As a kid, he would make home movies with his LEGO pieces. Through high school, Sigworth and his friends made amateur horror films for fun. However, when the Connecticut teen went to study at a school in India located at the foot of the Himalayas, his own life turned into a horror movie.
While biking to class one February morning, Sigworth fell from a 70 ft. cliff. He landed very close to a hospital and some of its employees saw him in pain — which is possibly the only reason he survived. The accident crushed Sigworth’s spinal cord between the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, leaving him without feeling in his fingers and below his arms. Slowly, he learned to re-assemble his way of life.
It all started at a symposium five years ago. Catherine Gorrie, an expert in spinal cord injury, was listening to a presentation about the differences between the developing brains of children and the mature ones of adults when she had an “aah-haa” moment.
“I began to wonder if there is something in the spines of children that could be manipulated for repair,” says Dr Gorrie, a neuroscientist at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). It made sense. Dr Gorrie already knew that the more adaptable, or “plastic”, spinal cords of infants responded more efficiently to injury than did those of adults.