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Tory Williams combats controversy surrounding stem cell therapy with new book

Published: September 10, 2014

Inevitable-CollisionMary Ann Liebert Inc. makes foray from scientific and medical journals to consumer arena with launch of new non-fiction work, ‘Inevitable Collision’

(New Rochelle, New York) September 10, 2014 – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., leading publisher of over 80 science, technology, and medical publications, announced today the launch of first time hard cover title Inevitable Collision: The Inspiring Story that Brought Stem Cell Research to Conservative America, in an effort to bring awareness to the growing conversation and debate surrounding stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Continue Reading »

Hard work, innovative program helps her walk again

Published: September 7, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Cara-MoroThree years ago, Cara Moro was given the devastating news: She would never walk again.

While performing a cheerleading stunt on Sept. 3, 2011, the 19-year-old Santa Fe College student and cheerleader broke her back at the T11 vertabrae in the lower back. She damaged her spinal cord and was paralyzed from the waist down.

But thanks to her determination and specialized exercise-based therapy, Moro is able to walk today. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Artist Creates Works That Reflect Shooting That Injured Her

Published: September 5, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mariam-ParéLINCOLN PARK — Mariam Paré paints by loosely holding her paintbrush between her molars.

Paré is paralyzed, the victim of random gun violence that left her unable to walk, and with limited use of her hands.

It’s been 18 years since a bullet lodged in her spine while on a visit to Virginia; she still does not know who shot the bullet that nearly ended her lifelong goal to be an artist. The 38-year-old says it took about eight years after she was shot to get back to the point where her art was before the shooting. Continue Reading »

New research offers help for spinal cord patients

Published: September 4, 2014

rygrad-manipuleretIn a study on rats, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered the cause of the involuntary muscle contractions which patients with severe spinal cord injuries frequently suffer. The findings have just been published in the Journal of Neuroscience and, in the long run, can pave the way for new treatment methods.

Three thousand Danish patients suffer from severe spinal cord injuries after being involved in traffic accidents or accidents at work. Continue Reading »

UofL Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Garners Significant Support

Published: September 4, 2014

helmsley logoThe Helmsley Charitable Trust provides $1.5 million grant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – At three months of age, Emmalie Smith suffered a spinal cord injury leaving her paralyzed. Her parents, Amy and Bryce, took her to traditional physical and occupational therapy three times a week with the hope that their little girl would regain her ability to move.

Amy says the results were underwhelming, with Emmalie using her forehead to activate a motorized wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Transplanted stem cells help prevent bladder fibrosis after spinal cord injury

Published: September 3, 2014

Cell-TransplantationBladder dysfunction common after SCI; B10 hMSCs that differentiate into smooth muscle cells can improve bladder function, say researchers

Putnam Valley, NY. (Sept. 3, 2014) – A team of researchers from Korea and Canada have found that transplantation of B10 cells (a stable immortalized human bone marrow derived –mesenchymal stem cell line; B10 hMSC) directly into the bladder wall of mice modeled with spinal cord injury (SCI) helped inhibit the development of bladder fibrosis and improved bladder function by promoting the growth of smooth muscle cells in the bladder. Continue Reading »

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month 2014

Published: September 2, 2014

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness MonthU.S. Senate Resolution 533 designates September 2014 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

“…every 48 minutes a person will become paralyzed, underscoring the urgent need to develop new neuroprotection, pharmacological, and regeneration treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis…”

U.S. Senate Recognizes September As “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month” – Designation Builds Support for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis… Continue Reading »

PETITION: Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines

Published: September 1, 2014

add-your-namePlease push the Federal Aviation Association to require airlines to provide designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft, which will allow passengers to remain safely seated in their personal wheelchairs.

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DiveSTARS Teaches Scuba Diving To Disabled

Published: August 31, 2014

divestars(CBS) – When you have a spinal cord injury, use a wheelchair or have a developmental disability, everything on land can be a bit more challenging, but a Kankakee organization is offering a sense of freedom to the disabled through adaptive diving.

“Our whole goal is to work with adaptive divers whether they have some mental or physical challenges,” said DiveSTARS Founder Mike Milosovic. Continue Reading »

Scientists recreate spinal, muscle and bone tissue with stem cells

Published: August 27, 2014

d068415028-jpgIt’s one of the latest efforts to remake tissue in the lab. The discovery could lead to more research into human development and disease progression.

Using stem cells, scientists have recreated the cells that form an embryo’s spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue. This will help researchers further study embryonic development and possibly, one day, disease progression.

Neuro-mesodermal progenitors (NMPs) — the particular cells that form the spinal cord, muscle and skeleton — begin their transformation once given the go-ahead by certain chemical signals in the body. Continue Reading »