Monthly Archives: August 2014
The word “can’t” is not in quadriplegic Mike Hudson’s vocabulary.
He’s on a mission to motivate the disabled to be more active outdoors and to travel, as well as educate others about ways to make that happen.
Hudson, 42, of Greenwood, recently founded R.O.A.R. — Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation — a nonprofit organization that received its tax-exempt approval from the IRS in July.
“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.”
“I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How was I supposed to know that at the end of the dock the water was less than one metre deep.”
As a brain and spinal surgeon, I have mixed feelings when the warm weather finally arrives in Canada.
THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward using stem cells to treat paralysis, scientists were able to use cells from an elderly man’s skin to regrow nerve connections in rats with damaged spinal cords.
Reporting in the Aug. 7 online issue of Neuron, researchers say the human stem cells triggered the growth of numerous axons — the fibers that extend from the body of a neuron (nerve cell) to send electrical impulses to other cells.
Frogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can’t. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is—while many animals have this ability, humans don’t. But new research from the Salk Institute suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow and effectively rewire circuits. Such a feat could eventually lead to therapies for the thousands of Americans with severe spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
“This research implies that we might be able to mimic neuronal repair processes that occur naturally in lower animals, which would be very exciting,” says the study’s senior author and Salk professor Kuo-Fen Lee. The results were published in PLOS Biology.
Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers.
Their technique, described today in the journal eLife, may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries and other disorders affecting spinal cord function, including multiple sclerosis.
A DUI Victim’s Powerful Story
Mark is a speaker/author with an incredible true story. Mark is paralyzed and in a wheelchair, the result of being struck by a drunk driver. He was on a cross-country bicycle trip with his best friend and cousin Mike when it happened. They were just teenagers. Mark’s best friend was killed, and Mark literally almost lost his head and was left totally paralyzed from the neck down. After many months, with lots of prayer and hard work, he did regain some movement but still requires a wheelchair to get around.
Mark Manion is a quadriplegic with a compelling story.
LIDO BEACH, N.Y. – Jackie Colby is thrilled to be back on a surfboard.
“It was absolutely amazing; it was the best natural high I’ve ever had in my life,” she said.
The 29-year-old former athlete and surfer was paralyzed last year after falling off the roof of her home.
She’s taking part in a program that brings activities and sports back into the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. Participants surf, kayak, cycle and dance.
Accident paralyzed University of Iowa student when he was 7
The details matter to Tony Ramos. As an artist, the details are what make his work come to life for the viewer.
“Any person who likes their work this much, they want to get down to the last detail,” Ramos said as he sat in the middle of a small room in the University of Iowa’s Studio Arts Building. Punctuating the white walls were 20 poster-sized pieces of art, some depicting well-known superheroes and others showing moments significant to Ramos’ life.