Tag: Medical Conditions
If you’ve never heard of syringomyelia, you aren’t alone, but a Maryville woman suffering from the spinal cord disorder hopes to change that as she continues on an awareness campaign.
Lisa Campbell has suffered from syringomyelia (SM) since a car wreck in 2006. It’s a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. The cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time. As the tumor widens, it compresses and injures nerve fibers that carry information from the brain to the extremities.
Leading Canadian spinal cord injury (SCI) experts have launched the unprecedented Spinal Cord Injury: A Manifesto for Change—a call to action and a plea for Canadian health-care providers and stakeholders to work in coordination to improve care and the health of people living with SCI in Canada.
Beike Biotechnology and Medistem, Inc. Report on 114 Patients Treated With Novel Cord Blood Stem Cell Protocol; New Approach Opens Door to Expanded Uses of Cord Blood Stem Cells
SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — In a new peer-reviewed article published by the Journal of Translational Medicine, scientists from Beike Biotechnology ( http://www.beikebiotech.com/ ), China’s leading stem cell research and regenerative medicine company, and Medistem, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MEDS; http://www.medisteminc.com ), reported positive safety data in 114 patients who were treated by doctors at Nanshan Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Medical College (Shenzhen Nanshan Hospital) in Shenzhen using Beike’s proprietary cord blood stem cell transplantation protocol.
In the evaluation of spinal injuries, they are often classified as complete or incomplete injuries. Traditionally, a complete spinal cord injury meant that there was no motor or sensory function below the level of lesion. But at times these definitions are difficult to apply and can create confusion.
For example it is common to have zone of partial preservation in many spinal injuries which is an area of preserved partial sensation below the injury site but below which no significant motor and sensory function is present.
Cervical myelopathy is a disorder most commonly seen in the elderly population due to spondylosis with resultant cord compression.1 There are many causes of myelopathy that include trauma, tumors, infection, vascular disease, degenerative conditions and demyelinating disorders.9 Myelopathy can be seen in younger patients when central disc herniations compress the spinal cord.1 Most typically, however, there are osteophytic changes and ligament thickening makes the canal stenotic. Patients will most typically present with weakness and clumsiness of the hands, paresthesias in the hand and gait disturbances.
For eight years, scientists have taken extreme measures to continue researching how embryonic stem cells could treat illness and injury.
With limits on federal money for their studies, some set up freestanding labs, with dedicated equipment, to avoid commingling private donations with government grants.
They couldn’t use the same microscope for federally approved research and for analyzing newly derived stem cell lines. They weren’t even sure they could use their university e-mail accounts to discuss their research.
Dr. Ragnarsson is a physiatrist (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai. Since 1971, he has been treating patients with physical disability. He oversees the treatment of almost 2,000 patients admitted each year with new disability which may be the result of spinal cord or brain injury, stroke or amputation.
We at Stemblog have decided to weigh in on the medical tourism issue, which is fueled by the lack of adequate curative treatments available in the US for many of the 100 million Americans who suffer deadly or chronic medical conditions. As this doctor says on the hope that stem cells injected into the spinal cord area will morph into the specific cell type needed to heal the damage:
“There is some evidence that this occurs in animal models,” Magnuson said. “There is some basis for this. It’s just not proven to work in humans.”
So should we wait or not, to try and improve our lives?
Dr. Brian Kwon just may be the future of spinal cord research.
The 35-year-old medical specialist splits his professional time these days performing delicate surgeries on patients with spinal cord injuries at Vancouver General Hospital, and doing lab work at the University of B.C. where he recently attained his PhD in the field of neural regeneration.
There aren’t many people in Canada right now, maybe two or three others, who can do what Kwon and his research team does — that is, bring tangible experience and discoveries from the lab straight into the surgery room, and vice versa.
Twenty years ago, the kind of spinal-cord injury Caleb Brousseau sustained when he landed badly from a 12-metre jump while snowboarding in February would have left him in traction for months, contemplating a world of limited opportunity from a wheelchair.
These days, the 18-year-old Terrace high school student — who was made Paraplegic by the accident — is up and about, playing ball hockey with other spinal cord patients and feeling pretty good about what life has to offer.
“Right now,” he said, “not being able to walk is not a blessing, but it’s not a bad thing either. . . . I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have right now if this [the accident] hadn’t happened.”