Articles Tagged: Chronic Pain
Published: March 21, 2009 | Category: News
Hope—and anxiety—run high as the first clinical trial of embryonic-stem-cell therapy begins this summer.
Six weeks before the hoopla over President Barack Obama’s executive order lifting restrictions on embryonic-stem-cell research, Hans Keirstead, a scientist at the University of California, Irvine, was already sipping champagne. In 2005 Keirstead had published a study showing that a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells could make partially paralyzed rats walk. Continue Reading »
Recognition of the benefits of cooling strategies to protect the brain and spinal cord after traumatic injury has led to a wealth of cutting edge research, prime examples of which are featured in a special hypothermia issue of Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The issue will be available free online at http://www.liebertpub.com/products/product.aspx?pid=39
The issue includes a series of original articles presenting experimental and clinical evidence to support the use of modest hypothermia in specific conditions. Continue Reading »
Published: March 13, 2009 | Category: News
Washington: Injecting a patient’s own bone marrow-derived stem cells
into the spinal column using multiple routes can be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), say researchers.
Scientists from DaVinci Biosciences, Costa Mesa, California, and Hospital Luis Vernaza in Ecuador say that such a treatment can return some quality of life for SCI patients without serious adverse events. Continue Reading »
Published: March 5, 2009 | Category: News
In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the world’s first human trials of a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells. The treatment, intended to repair spinal-cord injury, should be celebrated for the future it gives humankind.
The year 2008 was filled with fear and doubt about the future and the strength of humanity, yet the science community still made astonishing advances. With science funding at an all-time low, we managed to successfully cure a 2-year-old’s fatal genetic disease and to remove HIV and leukemia from a 42-year-old using stem-cell transplants. Continue Reading »
Dr. Ragnarsson is a physiatrist (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai. Since 1971, he has been treating patients with physical disability. He oversees the treatment of almost 2,000 patients admitted each year with new disability which may be the result of spinal cord or brain injury, stroke or amputation. Continue Reading »
Published: February 22, 2009 | Category: News
Three years ago, when the family appeared publicly for the first time since Tyson Gentry’s spinal cord injury, Bob Gentry said something that has resonated with me ever since.
Someone asked Bob, a father of three, what his family learned from each other through such a trying ordeal.
“Our strength as a family is kind of tough to beat,” Bob said. “We didn’t have to say, ‘Geez, I wish we’d have done this’ or ‘Why didn’t we think of that?’ We didn’t have regrets of any kind. That’s not us as a family.” Continue Reading »
Published: February 15, 2009 | Category: News
WORCESTER’S Wizard of Oz Chris Latham has spoken for the first time about the spinal injury that caused him to lose feeling in his arms and legs.
The former Australia international revealed how fear gripped him as he lay on the Sixways pitch, unable to move after what he describes as a ‘freak accident’. Continue Reading »
Published: January 30, 2009 | Category: News
Lab rats with spinal cord injuries have been treated with adult stem cells to reverse their paralysis according to a new study.
So-called progenitor stem cells were transplanted from the lining of other rats’ spinal cords into rodents with serious spinal cord injuries for the study, headed by Miodrag Stojkovic, the deputy director and head of the Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory at Centro de Investigacion Principe Felipe in Spain. Continue Reading »
Published: January 29, 2009 | Category: News
Medical device company NeuroMetrix Inc. has paid $350,000 to buy intellectual property and technology from Foxborough- based neurostimulation device maker Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. used to treat spinal-cord and peripheral nerve injuries. Continue Reading »
Published: January 28, 2009 | Category: News
New study found transplantation of stem cells reverses paralysis in laboratory tests
Valencia, Spain – A new study has found that transplantation of stem cells from the lining of the spinal cord, called ependymal stem cells, reverses paralysis associated with spinal cord injuries in laboratory tests. The findings show that the population of these cells after spinal cord injury was many times greater than comparable cells from healthy animal subjects. The results open a new window on spinal cord regenerative strategies. The study is published in the journal Stem Cells. Continue Reading »