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  1. #141
    You have a choice in life - fight your troubles or let them destroy you. My son chose to fight: The mother of paralysed England hero Matt Hampson shares their moving story

    By Frances Hardy


    Last updated at 7:41 AM on 25th August 2011



    The National Anthem always used to set Anne Hampson off. She’d sit in the stands and watch her son Matt stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his team mates in the England rugby team as they played God Save the Queen.


    She knew if she caught his eye she’d cry. Matt didn’t dare look at her either; that shared glance would make him well up, too. ‘There’s something about seeing your son on the rugby pitch with the National Anthem playing. You feel such pride — such strong emotions,’ Anne says.


    She glances across at Matt, and blinks away a tear before his eyes fill up, too. Six years ago she steeled herself to be strong, resourceful and cheerful for her son’s sake. She’s not about to break her promise now.




    When Matt was 20, and about to win his fifth rugby cap for England at the Under-21 Six Nations Championship, he suffered a catastrophic accident that changed his life, and that of his family, forever.


    It happened during a training session when Matt, the tighthead prop, was setting up a scrum. The referee gave the call to ‘engage’ and something went horrifically wrong. Matt remembers pitching forward, a sense of suffocation and his team mates piling on top of him. Then darkness.


    When he woke up in intensive care at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, he was paralysed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. It was the worst injury



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  2. #142
    There is No Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury – Until Now?
    August 26, 2011 @ 05:00 AM — by Shirin Harrell
    Tagged with: New Orleans Accident Lawyers Spinal Cord Injuries Auckland University

    Out of the country known for its rabid soccer fans, comes groundbreaking research offering hope in the treatment of paralyzing spinal cord injuries. Currently, there is no treatment for acute spinal cord injury.

    The New Zealand Herald reported that doctors at Auckland University are close to producing a drug that can reduce inflammation and swelling. If doctors catch and treat the damage early enough after a spinal cord injury, a patient’s disability can decrease, or there may not be any disability at all, according to researchers.

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    http://www.harrell-nowak.com/blog/20...ntil-now-59561

  3. #143
    Changing lives one step at a time

    Reported by: Ron Mizutani
    Email: rmizutani@khon2.com


    Many spinal cord injury patients already live a full life. But new technology could add to the quality of their lives.

    Technology is constantly evolving and changing lives.

    This latest advancement is doing much more.

    "1, 2, 3 stand," said John Greer's physical therapist.

    It's providing hope.

    "In over 20 years I never walk and for the first hour I got up and walking it's pretty incredible," said John Greer.

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    http://www.khon2.com/news/local/stor...77JI3S8Dg.cspx

  4. #144
    Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific will test device to enable injured to walk
    Pacific Business News
    Date: Friday, August 26, 2011, 4:35pm HST



    The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Latest from The Business Journals HMSA Foundation awards 7,714 in Q2 grantsRehab Hospital Foundation receives M giftGary Okamoto named Physician of the Year Follow this company has been selected as one of 10 rehabilitation hospitals to partner with Berkeley Bionics to conduct trials on eLEGS Pro, a wearable, battery-powered exoskeleton that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

    Eight local residents will participate in the trials, which began last week. Early next year, the Honolulu hospital will become one of the first eLEGS centers in the world, offering the program for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.

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    http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/n...of+Honolulu%29

  5. #145
    Quote Originally Posted by manouli View Post
    Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific will test device to enable injured to walk
    Pacific Business News
    Date: Friday, August 26, 2011, 4:35pm HST



    The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Latest from The Business Journals HMSA Foundation awards 7,714 in Q2 grantsRehab Hospital Foundation receives M giftGary Okamoto named Physician of the Year Follow this company has been selected as one of 10 rehabilitation hospitals to partner with Berkeley Bionics to conduct trials on eLEGS Pro, a wearable, battery-powered exoskeleton that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

    Eight local residents will participate in the trials, which began last week. Early next year, the Honolulu hospital will become one of the first eLEGS centers in the world, offering the program for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
    Eythor Bender will have them in several hospitals. His personal visits to screen the facilities shows his personal commitment as CEO.
    Last edited by c473s; 08-28-2011 at 02:54 PM.

  6. #146
    New spinal facility to open at VA medical center

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    By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel
    Aug. 28, 2011 |(0) Comments



    When Gus Sorenson broke his neck less than a month after returning home from Vietnam, he ended up in the spinal cord injury unit at Milwaukee's VA hospital.

    Sorenson, now 63, was among the second wave of patients coming to the 1-year-old spinal cord clinic when he arrived in September 1970.

    "One of the questions I asked was, 'Why do you have a spinal cord unit on the 10th floor of a 10-floor hospital?' And they told me it was temporary," said Sorenson, government relations director for the Wisconsin chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

    "Forty years later it's still there."

    Not for much longer.

    Crews have finished construction of a new $27.5 million federally financed facility, and equipment will soon be installed followed by spinal cord patients at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Patients are expected to move in later this year or early next year.

    The Milwaukee VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center boosts space from 18,000 to 68,000 square feet.

    When Kenneth Lee joined the spinal cord unit in 1999, a request for a new facility was already in the pipeline. A colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard, Lee became chief of the unit in 2003, shortly before he was deployed to Iraq.

    "I'm not privy to why it wasn't getting approved. When I got back from Iraq, I thought the priority was there," said Lee, who enlisted the help of Wisconsin's congressional delegation and Wisconsin veterans groups. "I think their voice was really strong in getting this new facility here."

    Though the number of staff and beds will remain the same, patients and the people who care for them won't be so cramped. The new two-story facility was built adjacent to the hospital - it will be connected by a tunnel - and features 38 beds in mostly single rooms. Six of the rooms are doubles because new spinal cord injury patients often are depressed and are assigned roommates to help them cope. Everyone will get their own bathroom.

    Among the bells and whistles:

     The dayroom and dining facility feature tables that drop down from the ceiling. That means no table legs for wheelchairs to bump into.

     Physical therapy and occupational therapy areas with state-of-the-art training equipment ranging from a Lokomat gait trainer that uses robotic legs to a therapy car to help patients practice getting in and out of vehicles.


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    http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/128572098.html

  7. #147

    Cool

    Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals Annual Meeting (ASCIP 2011)

    September 5 - 7, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV, United States


    http://www.clocate.com/conference/Ac...CIP-2011/6440/

  8. #148
    Researchers Using iPads to Treat Spinal Cord Injuries
    Released: 8/30/2011 5:30 PM EDT
    Source: Nova Southeastern University

    Newswise — FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE Fla. ---- A little iPad can go a long way.

    At Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the tiny, flat screen, touch pad is being used by the Occupational Therapy Department researchers to treat disabled patients who suffer from spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.

    The department, which is a part of NSU’s College of Allied Health and Nursing, is using a $13,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to purchase 20 iPads to treat those individuals.

    Because spinal cord injury victims have very limited mobility, using a desktop computer or laptop can be difficult for them. NSU researchers in occupational therapy believe that the iPad, with its lightweight, portability characteristics, as well as its touch screen, will help patients have greater access to the Internet, applications, social media outlets, music, games, GPS, and other functions

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    http://www.newswise.com/articles/vie...%3A+MedNews%29

  9. #149
    10 Spine and Neurosurgeons Working With Stem Cells
    Written by Laura Miller | August 31, 2011



    This is a list of 10 spine surgeons who are using stem cells to promote healing during spinal procedures in their practice or who are researching and innovating in the field of spinal biologics. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of a surgeons' or organization's clinical abilities.
    Rick B. Delamarter, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles). Dr. Delamarter is the co-medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center and vice chair for spine services in the department of surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has a vast interest in non-fusion and minimally invasive techniques, including the use of growth factors for fusion and stem cells for repairing degenerative disc disease. During his career, he was among the first to use growth factor tissue engineering for intervertebral discs as well as multi-level artificial disc replacement for both the lumbar and cervical spine. His research has also reflected his passion for advanced spinal procedures, and his research has been recognized by the North American Spine Society and International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Delamarter earned his medical degree at the University of Oregon Health Science Center in Portland and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Detroit and additional training at the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Cleveland Veteran's Hospital.

    Randall Dryer, MD (Central Texas Spine Institute, Austin). Dr. Dryer has an interest in several spine surgery techniques, including harvesting adult stem cells from a patient's body and using them during spine surgery to promote tissue regeneration. Throughout his career, he has participated in several research projects on topics such as spinal joint/facet replacement for lumbar spinal stenosis and disc replacement, including research on Medtronic Prestige cervical disc. He is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society and Cervical Spine Research Society. He is also a past president of the Texas Spine Society. Dr. Dryer earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City and completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge, England.

    Richard Fessler, MD (Northwestern University, Chicago). Throughout his career, Dr. Fessler has been a pioneer in minimally invasive surgical techniques and was among the first spine surgeons to perform human embryonic spinal cord transplantation. He has also participated in a clinical trial to test the use of embryonic stem cells in patients with thoracic spine injuries. During the trial, surgeons injected a specific type of embryonic stem cells directly into the injury site to create myelin for protecting the nerves. This past summer, Dr. Fessler participated in an Illinois panel to protect stem cell research, hosted by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Dr. Fessler previously founded and directed the Institute for Spine Care at Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch and has served as a professor of neurological surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Fessler earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in neurological surgery. His additional training includes research fellowships in physiatry and neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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    http://beckersorthopedicandspine.com...ing-with-stem-

  10. #150

    Powering Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone

    Powering Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone
    New Tech Gives Glimpse Of Future
    By Matthew Knight for CNN
    POSTED: 2:00 pm MDT September 1, 2011
    UPDATED: 5:14 am MDT September 2, 2011


    (CNN) -- It may be disembodied now, but this cutting-edge robotic arm will soon spring into action as U.S. researchers begin a landmark experiment which, if successful, will see it controlled by mind power.

    Starting next month, researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh will begin testing on spinal cord injury patients whose brains have been implanted with a tiny (2mm by 2mm) electrode array.

    "When a neuron fires an electrode will pick it up the signal will travel to a transmitter and it will be transmitted to a computer in the arm which then interprets that signal and converts it into a motion," program manager at the APL, Michael McLoughlin explained.

    "It's a really exciting point in the program. We've been working on getting to this point for the past five years," he added.

    The Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) itself weighs in at around nine pounds -- the same as a natural arm -- and comes close to the dexterity of a natural limb, McLoughlin says, offering 22 degrees of motion, including individual finger movement.

    "We can't do the Vulcan salute! We can't cup the palm. But other than that we can do pretty much everything," he said.

    The APL was awarded the contract to develop and test the arm on human subjects in 2010 as part of the $100 million Revolutionizing Prosthetics program run by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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    http://www.nbcmontana.com/montana-to...61/detail.html

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