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    Cholesterol-Lowering Drug May Help to Prevent Surgery-Related Spinal Cord Damage
    Released: 8/23/2011 10:00 AM EDT
    Source: International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)

    Could Statins Help to Reduce Paraplegia Risk after Aortic Surgery?

    Newswise — San Francisco, CA. (August 22, 2011) – The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin appears to reduce spinal cord injury caused by oxygen deprivation in experimental animals, according to a study in the September issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

    With further research, treatment with statin drugs might provide a new approach to lowering the risk of paraplegia as a complication of surgery involving the aorta, the new research suggests. The experimental study was led by Takeshi Saito, Ph.D., of Nigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Japan.

    Simvastatin Reduces Spinal Cord Damage from Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury
    The researchers used a standard technique to produce spinal cord damage due to oxygen deprivation in laboratory rats. This technique simulates a serious complication that can occur in patients undergoing major surgery involving the aorta, such as surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. In this situation, temporary interruption of blood supply (ischemia/reperfusion injury) can lead to spinal cord injury and paraplegia.

    In the experiments, rats received either simvastatin or an inactive treatment for one week before interruption of blood supply to the spinal cord, plus an additional dose 24 hours after blood flow was restored. Signs of spinal cord damage and paraplegia were compared between the two groups.

    Statin drugs can also be very dangerous for compromised cns.

    "Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University found that statin drugs prevent the repair of the myelin sheath. (The American Journal of Pathology). Myelin is like a conductive insulator of the nervous system delivering messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Myelin is composed of more than 80% cholesterol and up to 20% protein. Cholesterol works to maintain the integrity of the myelin sheath".

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    • The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

      Rick Hansen to mark 25th anniversary of N.L. start of Man In Motion Tour
      By: The Canadian Press

      23/08/2011 5:06 PM | Comments: 0

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      ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Rick Hansen will return Wednesday to the spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where he turned the first wheel 25 years ago to the day on his Man in Motion Tour.

      Hansen will be joined by Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale and others at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site near St. John's to the mark the anniversary of his cross-country journey by wheelchair.

      Hansen completed the 12,000-kilometre trek in nine months and went on to circle the world while raising millions for spinal cord injuries research.

      "It was a huge, impossible dream to circle the globe in a wheelchair — and it began with a single turn of the wheel," Hansen said in a statement of his website

      Wednesday's anniversary will also mark the start of a relay that will retrace Hansen's original route across Canada.

      About 7,000 people will run, bike, walk or wheel in succession through 600 communities during the relay that will end in Vancouver on May 22, 2012.



      • FDA approves Botox for loss of bladder control
        By Anna Yukhananov and Bill Berkrot | Reuters – 24 minutes ago

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug regulators approved Allergan's Botox for treating a specific kind of overactive bladder on Wednesday, setting the stage for wider use of the popular wrinkle treatment in those with bladder problems.

        The Food and Drug Administration said Botox can be injected into the bladder to treat those who lose bladder control because of damage to the nervous system, through conditions such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.



        • Summit 2011 Will Bring Together Health-Care Leaders to Help Accelerate Breakthroughs and Treatments in Spinal Cord Medicine
          PR Newswire – 2 hrs 58 mins ago

          Contact: Lani Poblete, +1-202-416-7667

          Summit Convenes in Orlando September 16-18

          WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned leaders and clinicians from spinal cord injury ( medicine will convene for Paralyzed Veterans of America's Summit 2011, September 16-18, 2011, in Orlando to explore and implement holistic strategies to strengthen the continuum of care for spinal cord injured individuals.



          • Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

            United Spinal Launches New Beginning Program: Life-Enhancing Resources for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders

            NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's membership services division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), has launched its New Beginning initiative to provide tools and resources for individuals with new spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), as well as those who have lived with disabilities for many years, to improve their quality of life.


            Launched in recognition of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September, the New Beginning nationwide initiative empowers individuals to overcome the wide-range of challenges that accompany life with SCI/D––from accessing quality healthcare, pursuing employment and education, choosing the proper adaptive equipment and home modifications, to locating peer support groups and living an active lifestyle.

            "The New Beginning program was created to not only address the immediate needs of our members and other people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders, but also those that may surface 10 years down the road," said K. Eric Larson, senior vice president for membership and chapter services at United Spinal Association.

            As part of the program, NSCIA is distributing backpacks to people who are newly injured or newly diagnosed with disorders -- such as multiple sclerosis -- that are leaving hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.

            The backpacks are filled with relevant information and consumer resources on mobility and medical equipment, disability benefits, accessible housing, leisure and travel, healthcare, and much more.

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            • 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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              • 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.




                • Changing lives one step at a time

                  Reported by: Ron Mizutani

                  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.




                  • 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.




                    • 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, 02:54 PM.


                      • New spinal facility to open at VA medical center

                        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.




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

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



                          • 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




                            • 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.




                              • 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).