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Articles Tagged: Paralysis

Adventurer Mark Pollock: The Mark of a real man

Published: October 13, 2014 | Category: News

2013-05-08 10.26.51.jpgAdventurer unbowed despite blindness and paralysis, says Suzanne Harrington

ON the evening of November 12, in 30 cities, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester, runners wearing flashing red armbands will raise money for a condition that currently has no cure.

The background to Run In The Dark is the unfinished story of an astonishingly determined individual, Mark Pollock, who, with his girlfriend, is also the subject of a film, Unbreakable, directed by Ross Whitaker. Continue Reading »

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T?

Published: September 1, 2011 | Category: News

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.  Millions worldwide are living with paralysis as a result and living with the knowledge that there is currently no cure for their injury. Continue Reading »

Amazing hypothermia protocol cures gymnast’s spinal cord injury

Published: February 15, 2011 | Category: News

A relatively new treatment protocol is providing nearly miraculous results for some victims of spinal cord injuries, reports the Miami Herald. In the case of one 20-year-old gymnast from Florida, hypothermic treatment before surgery appears to have prevented profound paralysis and put him back on his feet just days after the accident.

The young gymnast, a state champion, was practicing for an audition with the Cirque de Soleil when a double flip went badly wrong. He missed and landed squarely on his head. Continue Reading »

Spleen Might Be Source of Damaging Cells at Spinal Cord Injury Site

Published: November 16, 2010 | Category: News

Newswise — The spleen, an organ that helps the body fight infections, might also be a source of the cells that end up doing more harm than good at the site of a spinal cord injury, new research suggests.

Considering the spleen’s role in the after-effects of spinal cord injury could change the way researchers pursue potential treatments for these devastating injuries. Continue Reading »

Study Seeks New Way to Enhance Neuron Repair in Spinal Cord Injury

Published: November 16, 2010 | Category: News

Newswise — If researchers could determine how to send signals to cells responding to a spinal cord injury, they might be able to stop one type of cell from doing additional damage at the injury site and instead, coax it into helping nerve cells grow. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic donkey walks again Stem cells aid recovery from spinal-cord injury

Published: November 15, 2010 | Category: News

ELI the DONKEYEli the donkey’s recovery from incomplete quadriplegia could be the most important breakthrough in traumatic spinal-cord injuries and for the stem-cell treatment that restored his mobility—a breakthrough that could impact not only equids but all mammals, including humans.

Quadriplegia is considered incomplete if there is lack of mobility yet some sensory or motor function below the affected area.

On May 13, little Eli was inexplicably savaged by his longtime companion Watson, a jack nearly twice his size. Continue Reading »

Promise of stem cells fulfilled

Published: November 6, 2010 | Category: News

clinical trial in Atlanta, Georgia, is proof that informed public debate is the key to medical advance

IF I’m honest, my first reaction to recent reports that the first human embryonic stem cell trial had begun on spinal patients in Atlanta was one of nonchalance.

Not because of its potential significance to those of us with spinal injuries — desperate for any news of progress — but because of the stop-start nature of the trial, plagued as it has been by legislative and regulatory restraints. Continue Reading »

‘Second Opinion’ takes prime-time look at spinal cord injuries

Published: November 6, 2010 | Category: News

ROCHESTER — Spinal cord injuries — which more than 11,000 American suffer each year — will be the focus of a special edition of WXXI-TV’s national heathcare series “Second Opinion.”

The episode airs 9 p.m. Thursday on WXXI-TV, channel 21 in Rochester, and cable channel 11 in Batavia. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Victim and Role Model Brings Essential Treatment Options to the Bay Area

Published: November 2, 2010 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

SCI-FIT ((Spinal Cord Injury Functional Integrated Therapy) is open for business in its new location. SCI-FIT is Northern California’s only facility that provides comprehensive, post-traditional, exercise based therapy for individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury. SCI-FIT is a philanthropic endeavor and even offered Chris Rodriguez – the young boy paralyzed by a stray bullet at his piano lesson in Oakland – almost one year of free training. Today Chris is walking with leg braces. Continue Reading »

Human trial to use stem cells to treat spinal cord injury

Published: October 18, 2010 | Category: News

A patient paralysed through spinal cord injury has become the first person to receive human embryonic stem (ES) cell treatment in a clinical trial being conducted in the United States. The anonymous patient was injected with stem cells at the site of injury in the hope that the cells will repair the damaged nerve tissue to restore some movement. Continue Reading »