Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tag: Pregnancy

Female Fertility after Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 2, 2011

Diane M. Rowles, MS, NP Nurse Practitioner, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Formally the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

Fetal Surgery Takes a Huge Step Forward in Treating Children with Spina Bifida

Published: February 10, 2011 | Spinal Cord Injury:

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Is One of Three Centers in Newly Released Landmark Study

Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a child will be able to walk independently.

Spina bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year in the United States.

After Spinal Cord Injuries, Can Men Still Have Children? – Dr. Bastuba

Published: April 12, 2010

Doctor Bastuba explains if men with spinal cord injuries can still have children.

A male spinal cord injured patient, a wonderful human being, in his early 30s with a wife who is 27, this male suffered an injury, like many young males do, a traumatic injury that left him paralyzed from the sort of the mid-waist down.

Cord Blood Awareness Month- Understanding Still Low, Despite Medical Advancements

Published: July 1, 2009

SF89756LOGOSAN BRUNO, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ — Despite rapid advances using a child’s own cord blood stem cells in regenerative therapies to repair damaged tissue due to injury or disease, most pregnant women today don’t learn about the ability to save their newborn’s cord blood. According to research published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 3 out of every 4 pregnant women consider themselves only “minimally informed.”

July has been designated as “Cord Blood Awareness Month” by a society of the American Hospital Association

South Florida doctors look to speed up stem cell research

Published: March 10, 2009

As President Barack Obama eased restrictions on embryonic stem cell research Monday, South Florida scientists said they will pursue the controversial research in their labs as they look for cures.

For more than a decade, Dr. Dalton Dietrich has worked in a lab at the University of Miami Medical School, trying to unlock the secrets of spinal-cord injury and paralysis.

He got a new tool Monday when President Barack Obama lifted a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Beyond disabilities

Published: December 1, 2008

Interacting with people who use mobility aids

Probably the most recognisable form of Disability is physical. Yes, it is absolutely true! People using crutches, a wheelchair or some other mobility assistive equipment are almost always immediately identified as having a disability. The question is, is it always true? In most cases, yes it is, however, the severity of the disability is what is mostly misunderstood. Just because a person may be using a wheelchair does not mean they are totally unable to walk. It may simply mean that their physical limitation may not allow them to walk for long distances so they may use the aid of a wheelchair.

Stem cell research expands as more applications are tested

Published: October 15, 2008

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.

Diabetes and Spinal Cord Injury

Published: August 17, 2008

People with spinal cord disorders are more Prone than most to developing type 2 diabetes. But the condition can be managed and even reversed with diet, exercise and medications.

“You are diabetic.” No one wants to hear these words and when they do, they are likely to be in shock or disbelief. “Sure, I’m in a wheelchair, overweight and I don’t get much exercise, but nobody in my family has diabetes,” may be a typical response.

Surprisingly, genetics plays only a limited role in the development of type 2 diabetes, but diabetes now afflicts almost 1 in 10 Americans and a recent study showed that 2 in 10 spinal cord injured veterans are diabetic.

Disabled Newton mom hoping for a miracle

Published: October 7, 2007

andrea_melendezFive years ago, Danielle Shine became a quadriplegic after a car accident. Now, she hopes to raise money for an experimental stem cell transplant in Portugal.

Newton, Ia. – Danielle Shine saw a TV news report not long ago that featured a man who set up a Web page for donations toward his credit card bill.

She figured her situation was worse than credit-card debt. So she built a My Space page: “Quadriplegic with family needs hope to walk again.”

She needs at least $50,000.

Stem-cell therapy: Cure or hoax in China?

Published: August 22, 2007

‘Some get miracles’; others are skeptical

The website for Beike Biotechnology bursts with stories that can only be categorized as medical miracles: a Paraplegic can move his legs again; a man with muscular dystrophy can carry a cup of water, a stroke victim can speak.

These tales of ailments treated come from all over the world – England, Hungary, Russia, Canada – and back the healing claims of a controversial Chinese treatment that purports to cure the incurable.

“I saw miracles every day I was there,” says Leslie Wells, who flew to China in April, 11 years after a swimming pool accident rendered her arms and legs limp. “It can be a crapshoot. Some people get miracles, some people get nothing.”

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!