BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Just as ski resorts are opening for the season, the Kelly Brush Foundation kicked off its 2008/2009 Ski Racing Safety is No Accident Campaign with the announcement of over $20,000 in grants to ski racing clubs and programs across the country. The grants are part of a campaign to promote and improve ski racing safety.
Among the recipients are some of the most prestigious racing programs in the nation including the Mount Mansfield Ski Club at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont and the Aspen Valley Ski Club at Aspen in Colorado. Each club won a $10,000 grant earmarked for enhancing safety on the trails where their young racers train and race. Continue Reading »
At the Miller Laboratory of Limb Motor Control, “monkey business” is a misnomer.
The lab, located at the Feinberg School of Medicine, is hoping to one day treat paralysis due to spinal cord injury by sidestepping the spinal cord and letting the brain indirectly control muscles through electrical stimulation.
For this reason, the lab’s research is geared toward understanding the relationship between the brain and arm movement. Researchers first map the neurons associated with a particular pattern of muscle activity in a rhesus monkey, then temporarily paralyze its arm with a local anesthetic. Continue Reading »
Every 41 minutes someone sustains a spinal cord injury. Almost half of these injuries are due to Motor vehicle crashes, followed by the next most common cause, falls. The majority of those affected are males between the ages of 16 and 30. One minute they’re leading active, independent lives and the next, they’re paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and destined to a sedentary existence.
Such was the fate of Allan Northrup. Seven years ago, the Eastside man was in a car accident off of I-90 on Thanksgiving weekend. He sustained a C7-T1 spinal cord injury and ended up with a metal plate in his back to realign his spine. He spent two months in rehab and eventually learned how to transfer himself from his bed to his wheelchair. Continue Reading »
A new lab at UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center offers spinal cord injury patients a look at how technology can help them overcome disabilities, particularly in using computers and other electronic equipment.
The Dr. Samuel L. Stover Assistive Technology Laboratory is being dedicated at 12:15 p.m. today at the Center for Psychiatric Medicine. The lab is named for a former chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“We want to empower patients with information,” said Phil Klebine, project coordinator for the lab. Continue Reading »
Biomedical research highlights of AVS 55th International Symposium & Exhibition in Boston, Oct. 19-24
1) CELL “PRINTING” PAVES WAY TO ARTIFICIAL ORGANS
Despite the success of organ transplantation surgery, many people in need of transplants die while on the waiting list because of the scarcity of donated organs. Artificial, lab-grown organs offer one potential solution to the problem. One novel engineering technique involves the use of modified thermal ink-jet printers to “print” cells, creating the complex three-dimensional structure of real tissues. A lingering question, however, is how well cells survive the process. Continue Reading »
This research study was carried out by the Thomas Coram Research Unit, the Institute of Education at the University of London between January and July 2008. The study was funded by the Back-Up Trust, an organisation working with spinally injured adults and children, as part of its Schools Project.
The main purpose of the study was to explore the experiences of children and young people with a spinal cord inquiry (SCI) in mainstream school. This was to inform the Back-Up Trust’s Schools Project, which aims to improve the quality of school provision for children with a spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
A PARALYSED Warminster woman is appealing for people abseil 70ft down a medieval castle for charity.
Victoria Holton was paralysed in a parachuting accident in 2002 and has since become a trustee of the Southern Spinal Injuries Unit (SSIT), which supports people with spinal cord injuries living in the southwest.
The abseil will take place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset on Sunday November 2.
Marine Joshua Hoffman was paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq in January 2007. At left is his mother, Reed City resident Hazel Hoffman, and fiancee, Heather Lovell pictured during a day out from a Virginia veterans hospital in 2007.
MIDDLEVILLE — Heather Lovell knows how her fiance, injured veteran Josh Hoffman, feels about moving to a home that’s to be built especially to meet his needs.
“He’s so excited. He doesn’t even have to say anything. You can see it in his face,” Lovell said. Continue Reading »