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Articles Tagged: Cure

Hope is a river

Published: July 12, 2009 | Category: News

David Estrada lost the use of his legs, but not his will. Now, at Spaulding hospital, he and other paraplegics are learning to row, strengthening body and mind as they wait for a cure.

From his office in the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Andrew Taylor’s views sweep across the Charles River, where generations of rowers have raced. So maybe it makes sense that the pursuit of science would bring the researcher from his desk to the water’s edge, in what he recently described as “a beautiful convergence.’’

Taylor is amid a grand experiment. In his third-floor laboratory, he is replicating the workouts of avid oarsmen who pound away on indoor rowing machines inside boathouses along the river. But in Taylor’s lab, there’s a key difference: His rowers are paraplegics. Continue Reading »

Final rules out for government stem cell research

Published: July 6, 2009 | Category: News

WASHINGTON –The government issued final rules Monday expanding taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells, easing scientists’ fears that some of the oldest batches might not qualify and promising a master list of all that do.

President Barack Obama lifted previous restrictions on the field in March, but left it to the National Institutes of Health to decide just what stem cell research was ethically appropriate: Only science that uses cells culled from leftover fertility clinic embryos — ones that otherwise would be thrown away — the agency made clear in draft guidelines. Continue Reading »

The smile his parents could not live without

Published: June 5, 2009 | Category: News

119c-smThe heart-breaking story behind the Beachy Head tragedy

With his sunny nature and joyful little face Sam Puttick would have made a heartbreaking poster boy, smiling happily into the camera in spite of his devastating physical disabilities.

For these are the touching images which were due to be unveiled to launch a major new fundraising campaign this autumn for the charity Spinal Research.

With the slogan ‘Our Future Is His Future’, the charity had chosen Sam – paralysed from the neck down in a road crash when he was 16 months old – to symbolise all they are striving to achieve. Continue Reading »

Chicago Based Reproductive Genetics Institute maintain world’s leading supply of Stem Cell Lines

Published: June 5, 2009 | Category: News

(Chicago, IL) In an unimposing brick building located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, lives a repository of information that could lead to the cures for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, spinal cord injury and a host of other diseases.

In early March, when President Obama cleared the way for federally funded stem cell research, he also may have launched Chicago as the world’s top supplier of valuable stem cell lines. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic triumphs over tragedy to help others

Published: June 2, 2009 | Category: News

pauljacobson-smPaul Jacobson, 45, will receive the 2009 “Victories of Spirit” Award from the Sharp Healthcare Foundation on Friday, June 5.

“If you’re driving along the back area near Costco in Poway, some of the stop signs blink. Have you ever noticed that? Well they blink because of me,” he said.

Paul Jacobson was referring to the solar-powered, enhanced visibility stop signs that were installed after an accident that radically changed his life five years ago. Continue Reading »

Bad to the bone

Published: April 9, 2009 | Category: News

au09_trampolineAfter trampoline flip nearly paralyzes Oswego teen, he and surgeon warn to think first before jumping into play

Kameron Botka of Oswego says he has a “history of doing stupid stuff,” but after several broken bones during his childhood and a trampoline accident requiring spinal surgery last fall, the junior at Oswego High School insists he’s more safety-minded now.

The surgeon who performed the five-hour operation that spared Kameron from life with limited mobility says it’s common for young people to be unaware of injuries that can impact the rest of their lives. Continue Reading »

Back, Neck and Spine Injuries Stemming from Auto Accidents

Published: April 8, 2009 | Category: Information

— Recent estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that approximately 80 injuries are sustained per 100 miles traveled. —

Everyday, car and truck accidents cause injuries well beyond bruises or broken bones. Recent estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that approximately 80 injuries are sustained per 100 miles traveled. In the past few years, this resulted in over 2.4 million injuries, some of them serious enough to be life changing. A significant percentage of these injuries involved the neck, back or spinal cord of the accident victims. Continue Reading »

A walking miracle: Swampscott’s Tom Smith overcame an injury that nearly put him in a wheelchair for life

Published: April 7, 2009 | Category: News

No one was sure if Tom Smith was going to be able to chase down the skater that had slipped away from the pack for a breakaway — least of all his own goalie.

According to Smith’s memory, he never made it.

His body tells a much different story.

Smith, a Swampscott native who was playing for the Northern New England team in Hockey Night in Boston’s summer tournament, has no recollection of advancing any further than the red line Continue Reading »

The stem-cell funding ban is a step backwards for Texas

Published: April 6, 2009 | Category: News

Why would Texas hamper its own universities, discouraging them from seeking cures for age-old diseases? Why would state leaders cut the state off from millions of dollars in research funding in the search for those cures? Why would Texas want to brand itself as a state where science and research are held in little regard? The answer, of course, is that it shouldn’t. But that is where Texas is heading if a provision in the Senate’s version of the state budget makes it into law.

The provision, inserted into the proposed budget by Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, would prohibit state funding of research on stem-cell embryos. The provision is a back-door method of legislating on an issue that deserves a vote on its own. Continue Reading »

University explores stem cell research

Published: April 3, 2009 | Category: News

A new course of study at California State University Channel Islands this fall will train students to conduct research that could lead to cures for diabetes, spinal cord injuries or cancer.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine recently awarded the Camarillo-based university a threeyear, $1.7million grant to develop a master’slevel curriculum on stem cell technology and laboratory management. The institute also awarded stem cell research grants to 10 other universities this year. Continue Reading »