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!
In the nearly seven years since breaking my neck, I have almost never slept through the night. This article expounds on one of the reasons and a solution I've recently been using.
One thing that many people don't realize about living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or I assume other neurological disorders, is the effects on the bladder. In addition to the big, visible muscle problems like arms and legs being paralyzed and having spasms, similar issues occur internally. The practical effect is that it's harder to urinate on command and harder to "hold it".
In daily life this can this mitigated by staying near a restroom. During the night, however, it means waking often and dealing with the hassle of getting up and going. Perhaps I'm a little slow, but I've just recently started using a strategy to help: restricting fluid intake late in the day. For me this means the only water I drink after about 8 pm is that needed for swallowing pills. Further, caffeinated beverages have an even greater diuretic effect, so I must avoid them after about 6 pm.
Typically in the past I had awoken at least once to go to the bathroom, and often it was more, sometimes as bad as four or five times. Since consciously limiting my liquid intake, I've gotten up zero or one time. My sleep has greatly benefitted. Unfortunately I still wake up every two or three hours due to pain. Another post will discuss my attempts to deal with this problem.
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"New animal studies provide additional support for investigating stem cell treatments for Parkinson's disease, head trauma, and dangerous heart problems that accompany spinal cord injury, according to research findings released today."
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.