A professor at UC Irvine named Hans Keirstead gave a recent TEDx talk about his lab's work with stem cells. Their research is paving the way for incredible new treatments for spinal cord injury, ALS, cancer, and more. Clinical trials using their research are underway in a number of these areas. Theirs is the technique behind the first stem cell study for SCI using human patients. The talk isn't that great, but the research is amazing!
A story to warm your heart's cockles..
An eleven year-old cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg was carried across the finish line of a triathalon by a US marine after the boy's leg failed.
"In a settlement reached this week, Netflix said it will provide closed captioning on all television shows and movie content it streams by 2014."
Two research studies were posted recently on ScienceDaily:
"Using tiny spheres filled with an anesthetic derived from a shellfish toxin, researchers... have developed a way to delay the rise of neuropathic pain, a chronic form of pain that arises from flawed signals transmitted by damaged nerves."
"Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have taken the first steps to create neural-like stem cells from muscle tissue in animals."
Many existing iPad magazines use pure graphics for pages, so they're not compatible with VoiceOver, used by the blind. A new technology/geek culture magazine called The Magazine will address this. Free trials are available.
"Instead of the traditional labor-intensive magazine layout and expensive multimedia production, The Magazine’s article format is similar to Instapaper’s: one clean, adjustable, reader-friendly template with HTML, occasional images, and some small conveniences. It loads quickly, integrates well with sharing and system conventions (including text selection and VoiceOver), occupies minimal storage space, and shows the utmost respect for your time and attention."
The Bedford research stem cell symposium is coming in November. It can be watched online for $25. One of the participants is Dr Wise Young who is prolific on the CareCure SCI forum.
Dusty (CrassPip) received a master's degree in special education in 2005. That same year he broke his neck, putting him in the 'disabled' category himself. Due to this experience and his computer background, this blog will focus on disability, especially assistive technology and SCI news.