Articles Tagged: Government
Published: June 19, 2006 | Category: News
Any sailor will tell you that being out on the water can be an escape from your problems ashore.
For Curt Leatherbee, sailing is especially freeing.
“It’s just a way to get out of the wheelchair,” said the 48-year-old Portsmouth resident, who is paralyzed from the breastbone down.
“And,” he said, his eyes brightening, “the racing is kind of exhilarating.” Continue Reading »
Published: June 7, 2006 | Category: News
Fundraiser completes $6 million endowment for spinal-cord research Whistlerites John and Penny Ryan are celebrating the success of the third annual “Reserved” gala fundraiser with family, friends and the provincial government. The money raised at the event completes the $6 million endowment to fund the John and Penny Ryan B.C. Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research.
The Chair was established in 2003, supporting the work of a senior academic position at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD). Continue Reading »
The American Medical Directors Association crafts guidelines specifically for long-term care
Pressure ulcers are serious problems not only for nursing home residents, but for the long-term care industry, as well. In today’s litigious climate, nursing homes must take steps to ensure that their wound management programs quickly identify, treat and, preferably, prevent pressure ulcers. To help them devise programs that are best for both residents and the industry, the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) offers the Pressure Ulcer Therapy Companion. Continue Reading »
Published: March 5, 2006 | Category: News
WASHINGTON – The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center in Short Hills, N.J., is mobilizing a big political effort to fight President Bush’s proposal to eliminate its $6 million in federal funding.
Its leaders are urging its Web-based Christopher Reeve Action Network to oppose the cut. Reps. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., and Jim Langevin, D-R.I., co-chairmen of the Congressional Disabilities Caucus, have been invited to a lunch next week to highlight the importance of keeping the money intact. Continue Reading »
Published: February 6, 2006 | Category: News
SHORT HILLS, N.J., PRNewswire/ — The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and providing resources for people living with disabilities, today announced its opposition to the Administration’s request of a hard funding freeze for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget for FY 2007.
“Lack of adequate NIH funding is particularly dangerous in a relatively small field like spinal cord injury,” said Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Continue Reading »
Published: January 16, 2006 | Category: News
AUSTRALIA’S biggest trial of Botox — a toxin most commonly associated with cosmetic surgery — aims to put an end to the embarrassing bladder weakness experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries.
And trial participants are already hoping the West Australian Government will come to the party and provide funding to allow them to continue receiving the treatment.
Commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, Botox blocks the sensory nerve signals being sent from the bladder, while relaxing the muscle. Continue Reading »
Published: January 16, 2006 | Category: News
Rush to develop therapies leaves 12 dead, 80% in worse condition
KOREA – Hwang Mi-sun, 39, was once hailed as proof that miracle cures can happen. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury she suffered when she was 19, she met the press on Nov. 25, 2004, and took a few steps with the aid of a walker.
The press conference was called by a team of researchers at Chosun University’s medical school, Seoul National University’s veterinary college and Seoul Cord Bank, a Biotechnology company, who had treated Ms. Hwang with injections of adult stem cells. Continue Reading »
Published: January 11, 2006 | Category: News
The world may be missing the most important points of South Korea’s still unfolding cloning scandal.
While Hwang Woo-Suk’s stem cells fraud grabs the world’s attention, a remarkable display of professional ethics by Korean media’s remains unrecognized. Had the Korean media knuckled under to government and social pressure, remaining silent concerning a focus of Korean pride, the world’s dying and disabled might have waited years for the fulfillment of a fraudulent hope.
Nor is this the first time that cloning overshadowed a more worthy cause for Korean pride. Continue Reading »
Published: January 10, 2006 | Category: News
An imminent medical breakthrough in the treatment of paralysis (Paraplegia and Tetraplegia) is anticipated in Professor Geoffrey Raisman’s lecture: Repairing the Spinal Cord: Ripples of an Oncoming Tide. This inaugural lecture will be given at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 11th January at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N. This is also the official opening of the UCL Spinal Repair Unit.
The Lecture has proven to be very popular, and all tickets for it have now been allocated. Continue Reading »
Published: December 20, 2005 | Category: Links
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