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    Melson to appear in Special Attraction Bout on Martinez-Barker undercard!
    September 13th, 2011


    With America’s first clinical trial for Spinal Cord Injuries tentatively scheduled for 2012, Melson is donating his entire purse for the sixth consecutive time to “Justadollarplease” in effort to ensure that he is doing his part so the necessary resources are available to make the trial successful.



      Hope something good will come out of this.

      Top Clinicians and Researchers Conference to "Hurry History" on Paralysis Treatments, Therapies and Cure

      Paralyzed Veterans' Summit 2011 brings together best and brightest in spinal cord injury medicine

      WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The best and the brightest minds in spinal cord injury medicine will convene this weekend for Paralyzed Veterans of America's Summit 2011. The renowned clinicians will cover topics such as tackling pain and progress in multiple sclerosis treatments, and discuss how close we are to breakthroughs in this vitally important—yet often overlooked—area of medicine and health care.

      "Paralyzed Veterans' Summit 2011 is a venue for clinicians to 'hurry history.' We all come to this issue from different disciplines, yet we all want the same thing: better treatments, therapies and—sooner rather than later—a cure for paralysis," said Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of Medical Services and Health Policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America.



        Good Job


          With device’s aid, the paralyzed take steps anew
          Rehabilitation facilities test robotic exoskeleton

          David Leone left behind his familiar wheelchair, shifting himself onto a chair where a robotic external skeleton fitted to his 5-foot-11-inch frame sat waiting. Half a dozen people scurried around him, cinching Velcro straps tight around his legs and torso. He grabbed the handles of a walker, leaned forward, and hoisted himself to his feet.

          Seven years after he last walked, Leone - paralyzed from the waist down - lifted his right foot and took a step, with the robotic technology moving his limbs.

          The 37-year-old from Millis kept on going, racking up 284 steps in a 42-minute session this week at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

          “It’s a steep learning curve,’’ he said afterward. “It felt a little awkward at first. But there were a couple of times where it just felt . . . normal.’’


          'Iron Man' suit tech within grasp: B.C. scientist
          The Canadian Press
          Posted: Sep 14, 2011 10:00 PM ET
          Last Updated: Sep 14, 2011 9:55 PM ET
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            Scientists 'restore breathing' in spinal cord injuryRSS Feed

            15 September 2011
            Scientists have developed a technique which could restore breathing in patients with upper spinal injury.

            A team from Case Western Reserve University bridged a spinal cord injury, reconnecting lost nerve connections to the diaphragm, according to research published in journal Nature.

            In the study, which was carried out on mice, this treatment restored between 80 and more than 100 per cent breathing function.




              .15.11 | Brandon Glenn
              Ohio State gets $1.7M federal grant for spine injury research

              Ohio State University has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the federal government for a study into spinal cord injuries.

              Specifically, OSU researchers will study the chemical signals that drive re-growth of damaged pathways after spinal cord injury. The researchers hope to find that altering cellular behavior promotes repair of an injured spinal cord, according to a statement from the Ohio State University College of Medicine.




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                Contact: Brian Kladko
                University of British Columbia

                New type of spinal cord stem cell discovered

                Research provides new target for regenerating parts of the central nervous system
                A group led by a University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientist has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

                The radial glial cells, which are marked by long projections that can forge through brain tissue, had never previously been found in an adult spinal cord. Radial glia, which are instrumental in building the brain and spinal cord during an organism's embryonic phase, vastly outnumber other potential stem cells in the spinal cord and are much more accessible. Their findings were published online this week in PLoS One.

                Stem cells have the capability of dividing into more specialized types of cells, either during the growth of an organism or to help replenish other cells. Scientists consider stem cells a promising way to replace injured or diseased organs and tissues.

                The search for spinal stem cells of the central nervous system has until now focused deep in the spinal cord. Jane Roskams, a professor in the UBC Dept. of Zoology, broadened the search by using genetic profiles of nervous system stem cells that were developed and made publicly accessible by the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.




                  Bradenton man paralyzed from chest down in accident using story to inspire


                  Next month, he'll go to Panama City, Panama, where cutting edge technology, using umbilical stem cells and the bone marrow stem cells from his own body, will be used.




                    Scuba Diving Improves Function of Body, Mind in Vets with Spinal Cord Injury

                    Released: 9/14/2011 9:45 AM EDT
                    Embargo expired: 9/17/2011 3:00 PM EDT
                    Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

                    --Johns Hopkins researchers find ‘dramatic’ results in small preliminary study

                    Newswise — A small group of veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba- diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

                    The researchers, while calling the advances made over the course of a few days “dramatic,” caution that the results are preliminary, the study size small and the duration of the benefits are unknown. Still, they say, the findings suggest there may be a pathway for restoring neurological and psychological function in paraplegics that has been overlooked thus far.

                    “There is no treatment for people with chronic spinal cord injury and many believe once you’ve lost the communication between the brain and the extremities, there is nothing you can do to restore lost function,” says Adam Kaplin, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “What we saw in the water strongly suggests there is some scuba-facilitated restoration of neurological and psychological function in paraplegics. It’s very provocative.”




                      InVivo Therapeutics Co-Founder Dr. Robert S. Langer Awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
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                      Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:00am EDT

                      InVivo Therapeutics Co-Founder Dr. Robert S. Langer Awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

                      InVivo Therapeutics (OTC/BB: NVIV) congratulates Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., InVivo co-founder and member of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board, for his selection as the recipient of the 2011 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. The Alpert Prize recognizes researchers for laboratory discoveries with dramatic promise to improve human health.




                        It says Sep. 17, hope this is a different person.

                        Bay Area patient gets paralysis stem-cell therapy
                        Treatment could potentially restore feeling and mobility to patients with neurological injuries

                        by Sue Dremann
                        Palo Alto Weekly Staff

                        The first patient in the western United States to get embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis underwent treatment at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Saturday (Sept. 17), according to a statement by Stanford University School of Medicine.

                        Stanford School of Medicine and Santa Clara Valley are working together on the research, which could potentially restore functions to people with stroke, brain injury, Parkinson's disease and other devastating neurological disorders.

                        The medical centers have enrolled the fourth participant in the nation's first trial of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. The FDA-approved trial is meant to test the safety of the cells in up to 10 people with recent spinal-cord injuries at seven trial sites across the United States.

                        The patient was transferred from Kaiser Permanente and was treated at the Rehabilitation Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley with cells prepared for injection at Stanford.

                        Stanford neurosurgeon Gary Steinberg, M.D., implanted the cells. Three other patients have previously received the surgically delivered cells: two at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta beginning in October 2010, and one at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in May 2011.

                        The Stanford/Santa Clara Valley patient is the first person to receive the therapy west of the Mississippi, Stanford researchers said.

                        "We are extremely excited to participate in this landmark clinical trial," said Steinberg, the principal investigator of the Stanford/Santa Clara Valley portion of the trial.



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                          Positive data from InVivo's biomaterial scaffold implant preclinical study on acute SCI
                          Published on September 21, 2011 at 7:31 AM · No Comments


                          InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTC/BB: NVIV), a company focused on the development of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI), today announced that in a rodent contusion model of SCI the Company's proprietary biopolymer scaffold showed positive preliminary data that indicate a therapeutic effect. The technology tested was a biomaterial scaffold implant without drugs or cells and is the subject of a proposed 10-patient pilot study in humans in acute spinal cord injury, which the Company hopes to begin next year.




                            Researchers take one step closer to neural-controlled bionic legs for safer mobility
                            By Terrence O'Brien posted Apr 26th 2011 10:59AM

                            We've seen our fair share of prosthetic arms and computer interfaces operated with little more than the firing of a synapse, but legs? They're a different story: balancing and propelling a sack of (mostly) flesh and bone is a much more complicated task than simply picking up a sandwich. Thankfully, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine is now one step closer to thought-controlled lower-limb prosthetics. continue....



                              Biologists Discover Genes That Repair Nerves After Injury

                              ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2011) — Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have identified more than 70 genes that play a role in regenerating nerves after injury, providing biomedical researchers with a valuable set of genetic leads for use in developing therapies to repair spinal cord injuries and other common kinds of nerve damage such as stroke.

                              In the September 22 issue of the journal Neuron, the scientists detail their discoveries after an exhaustive two-year investigation of 654 genes suspected to be involved in regulating the growth of axons -- the thread-like extensions of nerve cells that transmit electrical impulses to other nerve cells. From their large-scale genetic screen, the researchers identified 70 genes that promote axon growth after injury and six more genes that repress the re-growth of axons.

                              "We don't know much about how axons re-grow after they're damaged," said Andrew Chisholm, a professor of biology at UC San Diego. "When you have an injury to your spinal cord or you have a stroke you cause a lot of damage to your axons. And in your brain or spinal cord, regeneration is very inefficient. That's why spinal cord injuries are basically untreatable."




                                Why Do Peyton Manning, Americans Leave U.S. for Stem Cell Treatment?
                                by Rebecca Taylor | Washington, DC | | 9/21/11 11:03 AM

                                The United States has arguably the most advanced health care in the world. Which is why I was surprised at how many Americans are going abroad for stem cell treatments using their own adult stem cells.

                                This is called an autologous stem cell transplant. I read nearly everyday about patients going to China, India and Germany to get treated for anything from spinal cord injuries to autism. It has even been reported that Peyton Manning went to Europe recently to get a stem cell treatment for his neck. I also have read about patients who reside in these countries getting treatments for brain injury to type II diabetes with impressive results. The Repair Stem Cell Institute which refers patients to what they say are reputable stem cell treatment centers around the world has a list of diseases being treated with autologous stem cell transplants that is a mile long.

                                Remember, these are not cures, but therapies aimed at improving the symptoms of the disease and the quality of life for the patient. It is also important to point out that these are not the stem cell treatments that have recently been in the news where patients have received stem cells from embryos or fetuses. These are stem cell transplants using a patient’s own stem cells.