PORTAGE | The Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Group is hoping to educate people about life in a wheelchair by sponsoring a series of three films.
The films, said group founder Joe White, of Valparaiso, illustrate various aspects of spinal cord injury, recovery and research.
“They moved me, and they are great films. I feel the need to share them,” White said. “It is also a way for me and the group to thank the community for all the support for the walk.” Continue Reading »
In February, Marcela DeVivo took her baby son to the Dominican Republic and paid $30,000 to have him injected with blood stem cells from aborted fetuses.
Nathan, who turns 2 next month, was born with the hemispheres of his brain fused. He is physically and mentally handicapped.
DeVivo is among a growing number of Americans spending up to $75,000 in the hope that clinics in developing countries have realized the dream of regenerative medicine: using stem cells to fix the so-far unfixable. Continue Reading »
Chennai: Can you gain anything from someone whose job has not been determined? In sports, the guy who sits on the bench can only sit and watch the game, till he is called for. But, we are in the 21st century and medical science can do wonders, breaking barriers and age-old thinking. So even though a stem cell is a cell whose job is yet not determined, new-age companies are opening new vistas of treatment with them. Here’s the catch: every single cell in our bodies ‘stems’ from a stem cell. Like the Queen in chess, a stem cell can become a lot of things, when it gets the signal. So, here you have a part of your body which can become a skin cell, bone cell, red blood cell, nerve cell, skeletal muscle cell…thought not at the same time.
Stem cell company Stempeutics Research (backed by Manipal Education & Medical Group) is in the forefront of such innovation. Its sprightly President, Mr B. N. Manohar recently came down to Kasturi Buildings for a lunch-hour interaction and opened up a new world of therapy and possible cure for diseases, which conventional medicine cannot cure. Continue Reading »
O’FALLON, Mo. — The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National Guard has donated $60,000 worth of tickets for its July 25-26 national event at Maryland International Raceway (MIR) to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The ICSCI created the world’s first program focusing on spinal-cord injuries in children and offers hope for children and adults experiencing disorders of paralysis, regardless of how long ago the injury occurred.
All sale proceeds from the 2,000 donated tickets will benefit the ICSCI, which is associated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, recently named number one for the 18th consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best American hospitals. Continue Reading »
A motorcycle designed specially for wheelchair users will travel the country in a promotion for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust.
During its nationwide tour, those in wheelchairs will be given an opportunity to take the machine for a spin.
The Martin Conquest 1200 is a high performance motorcycle that can be driven from a wheelchair. With all controls being hand-operated, the Conquest is designed for people with disabilities from the waist down.
Riders can roll their wheelchairs on to the vehicle via an automated access ramp. Continue Reading »
Every mile that four Paraplegic athletes taking part in the Wheel to Walk tour put behind them brings them that much closer to their destination of St. John’s, N.L.
Every donation of 30 cents they receive along the way makes it that much more likely they’ll be able to walk again.
Charlie Cetinski, Les McLaughlin, Chuck Mealing and Harvey Uppal are riding handcycles — recumbent tricycles equipped with hand cranks — across Canada to raise money for research into treatment for spinal cord injuries. By the time they finish their journey in September, they hope to have raised $10 million, or the equivalent of 30 cents from every Canadian. Continue Reading »
(The following was issued by Israel’s BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc)
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (OTCBB:BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies and therapeutics, has completed a preclinical study in collaboration with the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The study conducted at the Keck Center was an effort to repair spinal cord injuries in animals through the transplantation of Brainstorm’s neurotrophic factor (NTF) adult stem cells. The results showed a positive trend of the NTF cells in the male animals. Continue Reading »
We’re not protecting young car passengers as well as we could, according to researchers at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.
They’ve shown that the spine of a young child is significantly different from that of an adult in ways which could influence the risk of spinal cord injury and the results of crash testing. And they’ve called for new crash dummy designs that better mimic what happens to a real child in a crash.
“Our studies have found huge differences in flexibility and stiffness between young and mature spines. And in a collision, a younger, more flexible, spine is likely to place greater strain on the spinal cord inside,” says Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke, a researcher at the Institute. Continue Reading »