As an unemployed single mother with four children, Maria Rodriguez already has a tough life. But it’s been even tougher lately.
The old van Rodriguez relies on to transport her 15-year-old son, a quadriplegic, broke down — the transmission, the air bags, the motor for the ramp. Then the home she was renting was foreclosed, and she had to move. The security deposit for a new place in Escondido ate up her savings.
The events might have ruined her family’s Christmas. But help has arrived — from people who understand. Continue Reading »
Like everyone else in science, I have deep respect for the Nobel Prize. Yet I most often refer to this summit of recognition for scientific achievement to humble rather than praise it, in the context of what matters most. Lifestyle — eating well, being active, not smoking — can slash the risk of almost all chronic disease and premature death by some 80 percent and change the behavior of our very genes, and will never earn anyone a Noble Prize. But no Nobel Prize ever conferred was for an advance that offered even a fraction of such comprehensive promise. Continue Reading »
(HealthNewsDigest.com) – GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For more than 400 years, scientists have studied the amazing regenerative power of salamanders, trying to understand how these creatures routinely repair injuries that would usually leave humans and other mammals paralyzed — or worse.
Now, fueled by a highly competitive National Institutes of Health Grand Opportunity grant of $2.4 million, a multi-institutional team of researchers associated with the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute’s Regeneration Project has begun creating genomic tools necessary to compare the extraordinary regenerative capacity of the Mexican axolotl salamander with established mouse models of human disease and injury. Continue Reading »
The car accident that damaged Patrick Rummerfield’s spinal cord in 1974 should have laid him up permanently.
So why does he now drive drag racers in Texas, race drag boats on Creve Coeur Lake, break land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, run marathons across Antarctica or run endurance races across the Gobi Desert in China? Continue Reading »
On March 22, 2008, Bliss, a 21-year-old junior accounting major at the State University of New York at Buffalo, left a Main Street bar near the campus. In an unprovoked attack, he was beaten and stomped by two other SUNY students. The assault left him with two dislocated vertebrae and a bruised spinal cord — words that understate the severity of the injury. He was paralyzed from the neck down. Continue Reading »