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Thread: Ten frequently asked questions concerning cure of spinal cord injury

  1. #231

    cure is a four-letter word

    Let's face it, we're never gonna get significantly better. Even that Dr. Schwann told me in a e-mail, " will a complete paraplegic ever return to walking and functioning like before his injury, very certainly no"! 99% of SCI specialists don't have a interest, or are leaving it up to somebody else to do, to try to cure SCI. Why not? They are making one hell of a living keeping us alive, and passing us on to other useless doctors in a sick game of musical chairs, where we end up with the doctor we started with, with still no solutions, and worse, I have to explain my story all over again to this pompous IDIOT who damn well has my medical history written up in his files. These guys look at our MRI's and case histories while we are in the waiting room, after having been given this info. from my parents weeks earlier. They are rude, and worse, useless and helpless in effectively addressing the problems with SCI.

  2. #232
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    Dearest Dr. Young


    Thanks for being cooperative as usual but i think after few days Hong Kong Symposium will be the best venue for you not only to meet Dr. Zhu but also find reliable cure for my kind of incomplete injury as several researchers will be presenting their data there.

    No matter then to whom you refer to me for treatment. Either it is Dr. Zhu or any other from china or elsewhere. Now i am looking towards you for my treatment option. Hope you will try to contact some doctors to discuss for my treatment. Waiting e-mail address of Dr. Zhu.

    God bless you and give you happy and healthy life.

    Best Wishes

    Jawaid

  3. #233
    Dr. Young,
    At your last open house you mentioned several different clinical trials taking place around the world that involve combination therapies...i.e. umbilical cord blood with lithium. My question is are there any combination therapies currently taking place that involve lets say OEG surgery plus tying off a peripheral nerves and placing that at the point of injury in addition to lithium. Hence, combining 3 or 4 therapies at once. I realise there is more risk involved but I was just curious.
    Regards,
    Steve
    http://samanthaslusak.tripod.com/

  4. #234
    Uncle Steve,

    I was making the point that there should be combinations. There are actually very few trials that are doing combination therapies at the present. The only one that I know of is Henreich Cheng in Taiwan who has been doing peripheral nerve transplants plus a cocktail of growth factors.

    Several of the therapies that I had mentioned at the Open House are now in Phase 1 clinical trials: IN-1 (Novartis trial in Switzerland), Cethrin (Bioaxone in USA and Canada). Chondroitinase is not yet in clinical trial. Lithium, to my knowledge, has not yet been tested in human spinal cord injury but we are planning to do so in chinascinet. The peripheral nerve implant that I had mentioned is being done in China but it was a second-hand report and we hope to hear more about it at the Hong Kong Symposium. I don't know any combination study being done with OEG.

    Wise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Steve
    Dr. Young,
    At your last open house you mentioned several different clinical trials taking place around the world that involve combination therapies...i.e. umbilical cord blood with lithium. My question is are there any combination therapies currently taking place that involve lets say OEG surgery plus tying off a peripheral nerves and placing that at the point of injury in addition to lithium. Hence, combining 3 or 4 therapies at once. I realise there is more risk involved but I was just curious.
    Regards,
    Steve
    http://samanthaslusak.tripod.com/

  5. #235
    Wise,

    Regarding combination trials in China, are you aware of any FDA regulations that may prevent successful therapies from being implemented in the US?
    ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

  6. #236
    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Edwards
    Wise,

    Regarding combination trials in China, are you aware of any FDA regulations that may prevent successful therapies from being implemented in the US?
    Steven,

    That is too open a question. Can you be more specific, since you know all the therapies that are being considered for clinical trial? FDA certainly requires safety and other data before they will approve but I am not aware that any treatment has been turned down by the FDA when the data was avaiable.

    Wise.

  7. #237

    Open House follow up...

    Dr. Young,
    I never got a chance to ask Tim this question last Friday night. What difference did Tim see after he had the OEG procedure done?
    Regards,
    Steve

  8. #238
    Wise,

    Sorry for being vague. I didn't know if the FDA required any superficial, non-necessary measures to be taken in order to approve trials that are performed completely outside of the US. If you can think of any, we can (try) to find ways around them.

    Will the entire process be as simple as deciding on therapies to try and then gaining FDA approval?

    I guess, more simply, assuming we had a comparable network in the US and everything else was equal, would the process be easier to gain approval for if it were done domestically?
    ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

  9. #239
    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Edwards
    Wise,

    Sorry for being vague. I didn't know if the FDA required any superficial, non-necessary measures to be taken in order to approve trials that are performed completely outside of the US. If you can think of any, we can (try) to find ways around them.

    Will the entire process be as simple as deciding on therapies to try and then gaining FDA approval?

    I guess, more simply, assuming we had a comparable network in the US and everything else was equal, would the process be easier to gain approval for if it were done domestically?
    The problem is not and has not been the FDA. All that they requires is evidence of safety. In general, they do not stand in the way of well-planned clinical trials of treatments for which there is adequate evidence of safety. Of course, this is assuming that they do not get political interference (which has been happening more lately, such as in the case of Plan B). Yes, it would be a matter of setting up a network and getting clinical trial (IND) approval.

    Wise.

  10. #240
    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Steve
    Dr. Young,
    I never got a chance to ask Tim this question last Friday night. What difference did Tim see after he had the OEG procedure done?
    Regards,
    Steve
    Uncle Steve, Tim got some sensory function back. Wise.

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