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Stem cell breakthrough for ‘Cinderella cells’

Published: August 27, 2014

stem-cellsThe specialized cells that go on to form the spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in a growing embryo have been produced in the laboratory using stem cells for the first time.

The spinal cord, muscle and skeleton cells are all formed from cells called neuro-mesodermal progenitors (NMPs). A process of carefully timed chemical signals in the growing embryo instructs NMPs to turn into the different cells required for these body parts. Continue Reading »

Stem cell trial for spinal cord injuries cleared by FDA

Published: August 27, 2014

michael-west-asteriasAn experimental treatment using controversial embryonic stem cells to fix severe spinal cord injuries has new life under a new company.

Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. of Menlo Park received Food and Drug Administration clearance Wednesday to go forward with a 13-person safety study of so-called oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, or OPCs. Those cells, derived from embryonic stem cells, are thought to stimulate the growth of new nerve cells around the spinal cord and could help paralyzed patients regain movement. Continue Reading »

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising Awareness And Millions

Published: August 26, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeUnless you live under a rock (or aren’t on Facebook or Twitter), you’ve probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Yes, all those people bombing your newsfeed by posting videos of themselves getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them are actually doing it for a specific charitable and good cause. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a gradual neurodegenerative disease that affects brain and spinal cord nerve cells. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons from the brain to the spinal cord and the spinal cord to the body’s muscles ultimately lead to the neurons dying. Continue Reading »

Experimental Drug Being Tested at Shepherd Center May Improve Mobility after Spinal Cord Injury

Published: August 25, 2014

800_spineandbodyillustration-shepherdcenter-horizontalOnly hours after a traumatic spinal cord injury, when the life-and-death moments have passed and ongoing challenges are just coming into focus, some patients are receiving an experimental drug that may change their lives.

The investigational medication, called SUN13837, is given intravenously within 12 hours of a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and then daily for 28 days. It is a fat-soluble molecule that may protect damaged neurons and even promote new nerve growth, preventing some loss of function. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic former racer’s first exhibition opens at Trinity

Published: August 20, 2014

Roger Pedrick at the Trinity TheatreQuadriplegic former racing-car-driver Roger Pedrick, who was injured in a Formula Ford testing accident at Brands Hatch almost four decades ago, has opened the first exhibition of his paintings, Unity in Community, at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.

The exhibition was opened on Friday (August 15) by Pedrick’s long-time friend and ex-Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer, whose MotorSport Vision group currently operates the Kent circuit.

Pedrick’s quadriplegia means he has very limited movement below the shoulders and as a result he paints with a brush between his teeth. Continue Reading »

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues: What Is It All For?

Published: August 19, 2014

ice-bucket-challengeThe ice bucket challenge continues but there are many asking what it is all for. The challenge is now reaching other parts of the world, and many have not been fully clued into the reason behind it. Many on Facebook are questioning the mentality of those throwing buckets of ice water over their heads.

While there are now many charities claiming they started it, the ALS Association officially encouraged people to donate money after throwing buckets of ice water over their heads. The water temporarily affects the body’s muscles and nervous system, making it difficult to move limbs and even breathe. These are some of the symptoms that ALS sufferers have, but for the long-term. Continue Reading »

Stem Cell Research ‘Holy Grail’ Uncovered, Thanks to Zebrafish

Published: August 19, 2014

bloodtestWith help from the zebrafish, a team of Australian researchers has uncovered how hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) renew themselves, considered by many to be the ‘holy grail’ of stem cell research.

HSCs are a significant type of stem cell present in the blood and bone marrow. These are needed for the replenishment of the body’s supply of blood and immune cells. HSCs already play a part in transplants in patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and myeloma. The stem cells are also studied for their potential to transform into vital cells including muscle, bone, and blood vessels. Continue Reading »

Japanese scientists hijack neural signaling to bypass spinal injuries

Published: August 14, 2014

locomotoraSpinal cord injuries that result in paraplegia may one day be treatable using a technique that bypasses the damaged neural pathways that connect the brain to the spinal locomotor center. The researchers, from the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan, have demonstrated how the computer-controlled bypass circuit allowed a subject to use hand movements to initiate walking. Continue Reading »

Common acne drug to be used in international multi-centre spinal cord trial for the newly injured

Published: August 14, 2014

MinocyclineMinocyline shows promise for limiting the severity of spinal cord injuries at a fraction of time and cost of other new drug treatments, says Rick Hansen Institute

VANCOUVER – The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is pleased to announce an international clinical trial to test promising research that suggests minocycline may decrease the severity of acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Continue Reading »

Jesse Billauer Helps People With Spinal Injuries Experience The Joy Of Surfing

Published: August 13, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

"The Inertia Relaunch" PartySecond chances are rare in sports, but when surfing phenom Jesse Billauer got his, he also wanted to share it with others like him.

As a 17-year-old amateur surfer in 1996, Billauer was flung head first from his surfboard onto a sandbar. Billauer sustained a spinal cord injury, and doctors diagnosed him as a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the midchest down.

Then in 1999, with the help of his family and friends, he founded a non-profit organization, Life Rolls On, that uses sports to improve quality of life for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. That same year Billauer got back on his surfboard. Continue Reading »