A group of curlers were taking part in a game of wheelchair curling on Saturday. It was a fundraiser for First Steps Wellness Centre, a rehab clinic that works with people who have spinal cord injuries. It was also a fun way for people in wheelchairs to build their strength and independence.
“Everybody’s having fun. It’s fun because anybody can do it. You don’t have to get out and stretch your muscles and tear everything apart. You just get out and curl. You push the rock and it’s fun, anybody can do it,” said organizer Owen Carlson.
Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow have uncovered a possible new method of enhancing nerve repair in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
It is known that scar tissue, which forms following spinal cord injury, creates an impenetrable barrier to nerve regeneration, leading to the irreversible paralysis associated with spinal injuries. Scientists at Liverpool and Glasgow have discovered that long-chain sugars, called heparan sulfates, play a significant role in the process of scar formation in cell models in the laboratory. Research findings have the potential to contribute to new strategies for manipulating the scarring process induced in spinal cord injury and improving the effectiveness of cell transplantation therapies in patients with this type of injury.
Research published online Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that taking a daily multivitamin offers no more protection against heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease than taking a daily placebo pill. The study was based on the Physicians’ Health Study II (PHS II), a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that began in 1997 and ran through June 1, 2011. It included 14,641 male physicians (754 with a history of cardiovascular disease) who were 50 years or older at the start of the study. About half (7,317) of the men were randomly assigned to take a daily Centrum multivitamin; the other half (7,324) were assigned to take placebo pills.
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The Wound Center at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center offers multiple therapies.
Some patients experience the pressure of deep-sea diving in an oxygen-rich hyperbaric chamber. A few undergo maggot therapy. Maggots are nature’s wound custodians — they clean out the dead stuff.
John Morris’ treatment took a different route.
“The vac is what we’re trying right now,” said Anne Donos, a certified wound nurse.
She stood next to Morris, who rested on a hospital recliner in the Wound Center. He’s one of 20-some patients who visit the center on any given day.
He had worn a portable vacuum for a few weeks now. It continually draws out wound debris and blood and helps to bring closure — in a very physical sense — to a wound that had grown to the size of a golf ball.
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A study funded by the National Institute Child Health and Human Development shows that anticholinergic drugs and onabotulinumtoxinA injections produce comparable results in women with urgency urinary incontinence. Choice of therapy, say the researchers, should take into consideration route of administration and adverse effect profiles.
The results are from a double-blind, double-placebo–controlled, randomized trial involving women with idiopathic urgency urinary incontinence experiencing 5 or more episodes of urgency urinary incontinence per 3-day period, as recorded in a diary.
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Eating more legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, can lower blood sugar, blood pressure
MONDAY, Oct 22 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from type 2 diabetes can see an improvement in both their blood sugar levels and blood pressure if they add beans and other legumes to their diet, Canadian researchers report.
Chickpeas, lentils and beans are rich in protein and fiber, and these may improve heart health. Because they are low on the glycemic index, a measure of sugar in foods, they may also help control diabetes, the researchers explained.
“Legumes, which we always thought were good for the heart, actually are good for the heart in ways we didn’t expect,” said lead researcher Dr. David Jenkins, the Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Toronto.
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(CNN) – For many people with spinal cord injuries, keeping fit is tough. Exercises and rehabilitation don’t always help patients maintain strength. But now new programs are being designed to give these patients outlets that provide movement and stimulation, not only for the body but for the mind.
Five years ago, John McVey fell from a ladder, crushing his spine and is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
“My paralysis is not straight across, it’s angled, so I have no use of my abdominal muscles on this side and some use on the other side,” he said.
McVey found his wheelchair confining; he was losing muscle strength, and wanted to get stronger.
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