Reeve Courageously Backed Stem Cell Research/ CureParalysisNow mourns the loss of THE GREATEST SCI...
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Christopher Reeve, the paralyzed actor who died nine years after a riding accident, worked tirelessly to promote medical advances, especially the controversial stem cell research that has emerged as a campaign issue this year.
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Christopher Reeve, the chiseled, strapping “Superman” of celluloid who became another kind of hero as a force for spinal cord research after a devastating horse-riding accident, has died at 52.
Reeve, a quadriplegic for the last nine years of his life who vowed that he would one day walk again, died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore.
Care Provided by Hospital, Corrections Dept. in Question
By Henri E. Cauvin – Washington Post Staff Writer
Jonathan Magbie, a 27-year-old Mitchellville man, was sent to jail in the District last week for 10 days for marijuana possession.
He never made it home.
Yes, before World War II, most people who sustained SCI died within weeks of their injury due to urinary dysfunction, respiratory infection or pressure sores. With the advent of modern antibiotics, modern materials such as plastics and latex, and better procedures for dealing with everyday issues of living with SCI, many people approach the life span of non-disabled individuals.
Yes, before World War II, most people who sustained SCI died within weeks of their injury due to urinary dysfunction, respiratory infection or pressure sores. With the advent of modern antibiotics, modern materials such as plastics and latex, and better procedures for dealing with everyday issues of living with SCI, many people approach the life span of non-disabled individuals. Interestingly, other than level of injury, the type of rehabilitation facility used is the greatest indicator of long-term survival.
Acute spinal cord injury refers to hours or days after spinal cord injury during which continued deterioration or tissue damage may occur. Shortly after an injury, the spinal cord often does not appear to be severely damaged even though there may be immediate functional loss. The injury initiates a cascade of chemical and cellular responses that contribute to further tissue damage, including inflammation, free radicals, and swelling (edema). The spinal cord may be compressed during this period.
On a random Saturday morning in 2000, Jim Beckley was sitting down with his wife Ellen discussing how exhausted he had been at his engineer job.
He had been working close to 80 hours a week and this was his first Saturday in months that he had off. Jim told his wife, “Honey, I need to slow down, but I don’t know how.”
WALLINGFORD — Jonathan Narducci was born a happy and healthy baby, but after seven months all that changed in an instant.
Last May, Paul Narducci picked up his son from day care and found Jonathan’s body limp with labored breathing. Since then, Paul and Bonnie Narducci have spent every day by their son’s side praying for his recovery and taking things one day at a time.
Paralyzed teen finished marathon on stationary bike
The 26-mile Boston Marathon is considered the granddaddy of all marathons where there are hundreds of stories of personal triumphs. A Braintree teen, who is paralyzed from the neck down, is celebrating the completion of his own marathon: pedaling a stationary bike for the equivalent of 26 miles.
Generally, the earlier recovery begins and the more rapid its progress, the better the prognosis. In scientific studies, most recovery occurs during the first six months, and may continue up to two years post injury. Patients with incomplete spinal cord injury lesions have a better chance of recovery than those with complete lesions.
Research and development for “fixing severed spinal cords” has been ongoing for decades. Allocation of funds for this disorder, however, is scarce when compared to more common maladies such as coronary artery disease.