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