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Stem Cells Breakthrough Provides new Hope

Published: April 18, 2014

Stem-Cells-Breakthrough-Provides-new-HopeScientists at the Research Institute for Stem Cell Research in Los Angeles have provided new hope in a breakthrough stem cell research paper published last Thursday. The new study documents the successful duplication of adult stem cells using the subject’s own DNA. The team, led by researcher Young Gie Chung, was able to turn skin cells extracted from an adult male into a hallow ovum, the ovum then multiplies and divides creating an embryo. While some scientists say the discovery is “not-earth-shattering,” others are more hopeful, saying nuclear transfer may be the first step in using stem cells ethically to cure degenerative diseases. Continue Reading »

Ed Costa Jr. living life to fullest ‘on wheels’

Published: April 18, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ed Costa JrAt age 24, Ed Costa Jr. had an ideal life with a great job, good health and good friends.

One spring day, during a two-week work furlough, Ed and his brother decided to head to the nearby Stanislaus River for some fun. Upon arriving, the brothers found the ideal sandbar and dove into the cool, refreshing waters. Splashing, kicking, swimming the brothers thoroughly enjoyed their day and made plans to return the following weekend.

Arriving to the exact same spot at the river the next weekend, Ed bet with his brother that he could beat him to the sandbar and took off running. Taking for granted that the body of water was the exact same depth as it had been the week before, Ed dove in head first and immediately everything went black. Continue Reading »

Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

Published: April 18, 2014

quadriplegic returns to the stage Vince Rutley(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.

Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.

He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body. Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury won’t slow this young ballerina

Published: April 16, 2014

spincal-cord-injury-wont-slow-this-young-ballerinaATLANTA, Ga. – The small dance classroom is filled with about a dozen eager children. And, right out of the gate, it’s pretty obvious Jenna Proctor is no wallflower. Watching her preschooler, wearing a hot pink tutu, grey sneakers and ankle braces, Erin Proctor says her Jenna told her, “I’m a rock star, Momma!” Proctor says, “Jenna is one of the most strong-willed, outspoken 4-year olds you’ve ever met in your life!” And she’s having the time of her life.

And this dance class, part of the rehabilitation program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is a perfect fit for Jenna. Continue Reading »

Chondroitinase Clinical Trial for dogs with severe spinal cord injury

Published: April 15, 2014

Chondroitinase Clinical Trial“Chondroitinase improves the outcome after spinal cord injuries in lab animals; therefore it could also benefit dogs and people suffering from the same conditions.”

The purpose of our clinical trial is to help these severely affected dogs by testing if a new treatment, called chondroitinase, may improve the outcome after spinal cord injury in dogs.

“Spinal cord injuries can lead to serious consequences including the impairment of movement, sensation and urination; this is because spinal cord tissue does not regenerate effectively” Continue Reading »

Paralysis leads to business success

Published: April 14, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paul Farthing Southeast MedicalOn July 27, 1993, 19-year-old Paul Farthing was playing with his Great Dane pup near his backyard pool.

“I had just shaved my head and was preparing to go back to The Citadel. I was selected for the Training Cadre,” said Farthing, now 39.

He was playfully taunting the pup to get her to chase him toward the pool, and then he’d jump in. The puppy wasn’t ready for water sports, so she didn’t follow. During one of his jumps, Farthing found himself at the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

Not so Silly Putty: UM researchers use one of its components to turn stem cells into spinal cord cells

Published: April 13, 2014

Stem cells differentiated into neuron cellsCrain’s Detroit Business is long overdue for a story or blog on Silly Putty. Better late than never, here we go:

As it turns out, a main component in silly putty helps stem cells that are being grown in culture turn into the specialized cells researchers need.

The component is called polydimethylsiloxane, and it provides a sponginess that aids stem-cell differentiation, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers published Sunday in the online journal Nature Materials.

The researchers coaxed human embryonic stem cells to turn into working spinal cord cells more efficiently by using a soft, ultrafine carpet of the silly stuff than by using other media. Continue Reading »

Spinal injury proves no barrier to competing in sport

Published: April 13, 2014

Mark Bonnar Inter Spinal Unit GamesA MAN left paralysed after a diving accident in Tenerife has made a five hundred mile round trip to compete in the Inter Spinal Unit Games.

Marc Bonnar, who was paralysed after the accident in a swimming pool in 2012, was part of the team from the North of England Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Middlesbrough who travelled to Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire.

The 24-year-old animation design graduate from Ingleby Barwick joined other patients from around the country and the Republic of Ireland to take part in the 27th Inter Spinal Unit Games organised by WheelPower – the national charity for wheelchair sports. Continue Reading »

Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

Published: April 13, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

The Sand RiderVIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.

Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.

Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Doctors use gaming to mend spinal injuries

Published: April 13, 2014

NEW DELHI: The rehabilitation department of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has introduced a new and engaging form of rehabilitation: video games. This new form of virtual reality therapy has helped patients become more motivated and engaged during rehabilitation.

In a crowded rehab room, Vinod Kumar diligently stands on a balance board-a game console-and stares at the TV screen. He leans to the left, and on the screen the skier copies his movements. The goal of the skiing game is to reach the end of the slope and avoid obstacles, but the true goal is for Kumar to practice his balance. Continue Reading »