A federal judge temporarily blocked the Obama administration Monday from using federal dollars to fund expanded human embryonic stem cell research, saying the research involves the destruction of embryos.
The ruling comes after the National Institutes of Health last year issued new guidelines permitting federal funding for research on certain stem cell lines that had already been created.
The first patient to undergo an adult stem cell procedure that may help spinal cord injury patients regain function had an injection Thursday that may change the course of medical history.
Sitting in his den Thursday morning, surrounded by pictures of Dr. John, Matt Cole, the patient, was cool, calm and collected. His wife Kim was with him, and he answered questions for documentation of the medical procedure he was about to undertake – an injection of his stem cells into his spinal cord that may help him regain use of his lower body.
Videos displaying recovery after spinal cord injury in rats, pigs and human patients were exposed to the scientific community and government authorities. That data was exhibited last July 8 in the First Latin American International Meeting about Innovative Therapies with Autologous Stem Cells held in Buenos Aires.
To commemorate the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, is joining forces with community members in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
UPDATE: They broke the record! 193 people! Broke it by 87 people.
Jeff Scott sounds fairly upbeat calling from his room at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver last Saturday. He just spent the day out at Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, in a wheelchair, the result of a spinal injury suffered on the last day of the ski season in April.
“I’ve got a robot I ride around in and push it to it’s limits when I can,” he said. “I take it off-road sometimes.”
Scott, 25, an avid snowmobiler and snowboarder, was injured in a snowboarding accident at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on the last day of the ski season when he missed the landing on a jump.
Parking Mobility was born from the need to ensure accessible parking for people with disabilities. While there are many disabled parking spots assigned close to shopping locations they are not always available or easy to find in other areas. These parking spots are also often used by people who do not have a disability placard. It seemed to us that there were some technology tools that we could use to engage with the community to help address these issues.
The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 2005 was created to fund spinal cord injury research at the University of California and is currently up for renewal.
Spinal cord injuries are among the most debilitating, often rendering sufferers immobile or without the use of their extremities. The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 2005 was created to fund spinal cord injury research at the University of California and is currently up for renewal.
Disillusioned by U.S. doctors who could not help their daughter with cerebral palsy, Kara Anderson’s parents did something they could not have imagined a few years ago: They took her to China.
Specialists in the Chicago area, where the family lives, said that Kara’s brain injury was permanent and that the 9-year-old would probably end up in a wheelchair because of severe twisting in her leg muscles. But then her parents heard stories about children who had improved after receiving injections of stem cells.
The treatment was not available in the United States. It was only commercially available abroad.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may have given the state and local municipalities a way to raise more money. This may allow them to avoid layoffs and perhaps even hire more people. And many governments in Florida are facing major budget shortfalls.
COLUMBIA – The Missouri House approved a bill that will give spinal cord researchers more money to conduct research.
This fund was initially set up to give spinal cord researchers $50,000 for grants.
“When you’re dealing with a spinal cord injury, especially with clinical research, $50,000 wasn’t enough to attract folks that were interested in the grant so $250,000 will,” Senator Bill Stouffer, 21st District, said.