MTSU research brings amazing results
As miracles go, it’s not quite walking on water. But for paralyzed volunteers taking part in an MTSU study, walking in water is almost as amazing.
For the past eight weeks, university researchers have placed people with crippling spinal cord injuries on underwater treadmills — with impressive results.
It’s a chilling thought. In the coming year, 130,000 people worldwide will suffer spinal-cord injuries—in a car crash, perhaps, or a fall. More than 90 percent of them will endure at least partial paralysis. There is no cure. But after a decade of hype and controversy over research on embryonic stem cells—cells that could, among other things, potentially repair injured spinal cords—the world’s first clinical trial is about to begin. As early as this month, the first of 10 newly injured Americans, paralyzed from the waist down, will become participants in a study to assess the safety of a conservative, low-dose treatment. If all goes well, researchers will have taken a promising step toward a goal that once would have been considered a miracle—to help the lame walk.
The trial signals a new energy permeating the field of stem-cell research.
LUCKNOW: Pace of life subdues with age. For 56-year-old Saroj things may be worse. She fell from her roof-top in Basti last week and turned quadraplegic (paralysis of all four limbs) after suffering an acute spinal cord injury. Post-primary treatment, she was referred to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University’s (CSMMU) traumatic paraplegia unit.
Doctors were of the view that except for a miracle, Saroj’s life would be restricted to a wheelchair once she recovered. May be not now. She underwent a marathon surgery on Saturday. Six months of care, nursing and physiotherapy may make her walk with the help of a support.
Gothenburg teen with spinal cord injury learns about change
She’s paralyzed from her belly button to her toes but Aubrey Freeze was more than ready to return home.
After spending more than three months in hospitals, the Gothenburg High School senior was released from Craig Hospital in Denver, CO, on April 1.
“I’m doing good now that I’m home,” she said.
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
Hope—and anxiety—run high as the first clinical trial of embryonic-stem-cell therapy begins this summer.
Six weeks before the hoopla over President Barack Obama’s executive order lifting restrictions on embryonic-stem-cell research, Hans Keirstead, a scientist at the University of California, Irvine, was already sipping champagne. In 2005 Keirstead had published a study showing that a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells could make partially paralyzed rats walk.
HOYLETON — As a speech therapist who works in the King City and surrounding area, Kelly Melton knows how difficult it is to overcome a disability. Now Melton is hoping her husband’s trip to China will help him further recover from a paralyzing injury with medical treatment not authorized here in the United States — umbilical cord stem cell treatment.
Chuck Melton has been paralyzed since 2002 as a result of a diving accident, when he dove into a lake and broke his neck, fracturing the C-7 vertebrae between his shoulder blades. The complete spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, limiting use of his arm and hands.
Until now, menstrual blood has typically been discarded as unsanitary waste. Few are aware that the blood shed during women’s menstrual cycles contains millions of stem cells, which can be easily collected, processed and preserved and may one day serve as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
The above mentioned scenario is not a revolutionary concept in regenerative medicine described in a sci-fi book. The service is already available in the US from Cryo-Cell International for more than a year now, promoted under the brand name of C’elle.
(San Diego’s East County) — “When I first had my stroke, I couldn’t speak or move my right side. I couldn’t walk,” recalled Austin Junkin, 80, of Lemon Grove. “Now I can do anything. I lift 100 pounds with ease,” he said, demonstrating his physical prowess by hoisting weights above his head inside the Challenge Center at Sunset Park in La Mesa.
Challenge Center isn’t any ordinary gym. The facility specializes in helping severely disabled patients, including those with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, attain dramatic improvements even after other physical therapy programs have failed. View Video.
It’s been almost 20 years since Dr. Sam Weiss, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary, made the stunning confirmation of the existence of stem cells tucked between the jelly-like bumps of adult brain matter.
Since then, the world has taken the concept of “patient heal thyself” to a whole new level with a new field of health care dubbed “regenerative medicine.”
Weiss, who is now head of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at U of C, says back then, he had no clue how his team’s finding would impact the world. He was simply trying to figure out how to cure brain and spinal cord injuries by promoting healthy cells to grow, ultimately replacing or repairing affected areas.