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March 2009  (Note: Some archived links may become inactive)

Headlines (Posted March 30, 2009)

03/30/2009 09:39 AM

911 Transcripts Reveal Natasha Richardson's Struggle to Survive

A few hours after her fateful fall on the ski slopes, Natasha Richardson appeared "disoriented - with signs of confusion, a concussion," according to a medic who radioed hospital staff from the ambulance.

03/30/2009 09:36 AM

Wearing a helmet can save your life

Cuts, bruises, sprains and even broken bones will heal, but damage to your brain can last a lifetime. In an instant your head can smack the street, sidewalk, curb, car, tree or anything else around you. Some of the most tragic cases that I have seen are closed head injuries. Sadly, many would have been prevented if a helmet was worn.

03/30/2009 09:30 AM

Motorcycle helmets laws? A no-brainer

Should motorcycle helmets be required by law, or should the rider decide? Is helmet use another manifestation of the "nanny state," or sound legislation? If you have to be hosed off the highway, is that your responsibility or mine?

03/30/2009 09:26 AM

Brain Injury Prevention Month FLORIDA

Currently, more than 210,000 people in Florida live with a brain injury related disability. In 2005, 93,000 brain injuries occurred in Florida, leading to more than 71,000 emergency department visits and nearly 18,000 hospitalizations.

03/30/2009 09:23 AM

Concussions can cause long-term health risks OHIO

Nearly 500,000 children each year experience a concussion. Chances are you know someone who has sustained this type of brain injury while playing sports.

03/30/2009 09:23 AM

Easley soldier dies 18 months after brain injury from a roadside bomb SOUTH CAROLINA

A South Carolina soldier who struggled with a brain injury after being hurt by a roadside bomb 18 months ago has been laid to rest.

03/30/2009 09:17 AM

Brain injury and stress disorder meeting set for April 7 WEST VIRGINIA

There will be a meeting to learn more about traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Wayne County Community Services Organization Annex.

03/30/2009 09:16 AM

Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $2.1 Million To Improve Drug Delivery In Parkinson's Disease

The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced that it has awarded approximately $2.1 million total to seven research teams working to improve drug delivery for Parkinson's disease.

03/30/2009 09:16 AM

Researchers Demonstrate That External Attentional Focus Improves Postural Stability In Patients With Parkinson Disease

Patients with Parkinson disease may be able to improve their postural stability by directing their attention to the external effects of their movements rather than to the movements of their own body, according to a study published in the February 2009 issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

03/30/2009 09:15 AM

St. Jude Medical Announces First European Patient Implants Of The Libra Deep Brain Stimulation Systems For Parkinson's Disease

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) announced the first patient implants of its Libra(R) deep brain stimulation (DBS) system for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological disorder that affects a person's control over his or her movements and speech.

03/30/2009 09:11 AM

Postural Stability Improved In Patients With Parkinson's Disease

Patients with Parkinson disease may be able to improve their postural stability by directing their attention to the external effects of their movements rather than to the movements of their own body, according to a study published in the February 2009 issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

03/30/2009 09:06 AM

AIDS Drug Slows Spread of Deadly Childhood Brain Cancer

A drug approved to combat AIDS may also help slow the spread of a deadly type of brain tumor that tends to attack children.

03/30/2009 09:05 AM

Brain Injury Association of New York State Annual Conference

This year's 27th annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is scheduled to be held on June 4-5, 2009 in Albany, New York at the Marriott Hotel.

03/30/2009 09:04 AM

Brain Neurons Created From Tumor Cells

Scientists have found a new way to synthesize brain tissue. I've mentioned in the past about Japanese researchers creating brain tissue from stem cells. For this new work, Aston University (UK) researchers took tumor cells from a cancer patient and were able to coax them into becoming brain cells using chemical treatments.

03/30/2009 08:59 AM

GB trio clinch North East titles UK

Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Peter Norfolk secured a British singles clean sweep in the North East Wheelchair Tennis Tournament finals in Sunderland.

03/30/2009 08:50 AM

Female Athletes Head for Trouble

A neurologist hands Melissa a paper filled with squiggles from an electroencephalogram. The left side of her brain is abnormal and probably has been since that sophomore-year concussion. She realizes that most of what she thought she knew about concussions was wrong. They often don't appear on CT scans or MRIs. You don't even need to be knocked out to get one. But if you return to play before the brain heals from the initial trauma, every subsequent blow adds to its injury. Melissa's head was like an egg that scrambled without ever cracking. VIDEO LINK.

03/30/2009 08:48 AM

The Kenny Rogers Effect: Music Helps Stroke Victims

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, resonates with earlier research on the general benefits of music for cognitive deterioration and its specific benefits for stroke victims. Among the artists favored by the patients were the Flying Burrito Brothers Band, Frank Sinatra and Kenny Rogers. Songs from the latter artist provided the greatest benefits.

03/30/2009 08:47 AM

Stroke patients forced to wait 48 hours too long for scans at NHS hospital UK

The delays at Stafford Hospital meant vital time was lost in deciding what sort of treatment stroke patients needed, threatening their chances of a full recovery. Waiting times for stroke treatment at the NHS hospital have far exceeded those laid down in national guidelines published by the Department of Health.

03/30/2009 08:46 AM

New evidence supports use of catheter-based therapy to remove blood clots in stroke patients

A new study published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the official journal of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), provides solid evidence of the effectiveness of catheter-based therapy (CBT) to remove blood clots in stroke patients. CBTs, which include stents and thrombectomy, may be used for ischemic stroke patients who arrive too late or have contraindications for intravenous thrombolysis, a drug treatment frequently used to break down blood clots.

03/30/2009 08:45 AM

Stroke-preventing device shows promise, with risks FLORIDA

The experimental device, called the Watchman, is the first device to permanently fix atrial fibrillation, which afflicts more than 2 million Americans. A federal Food and Drug Administration panel will consider it next month.

03/30/2009 08:42 AM

Tailwind helps retrain brain of stroke victims MARYLAND

After Norris Turner's stroke a decade ago, he would tuck his right arm into his pocket to get the nearly useless limb out of the way. Now the 68-year-old grandfather from Columbia can use the arm to play catch with his grandson and hit a golf ball nearly 100 feet. Turner's progress has made him something of a poster child for a machine called the Tailwind. It's licensed and for sale by researchers from the University of Maryland who invented it and a local entrepreneur who believed it could help patients like Turner.

03/30/2009 08:40 AM

Young accident victim continues journey to recovery MISSOURI

On Jan. 2, the Romph family's lives changed forever. A car accident left the youngest, 5-year-old Margaret, with severe injuries, including an injury to her spinal cord that has left her in a wheelchair.

03/30/2009 08:37 AM

Stem Cell Administration Study Demonstrates Improved Quality Of Life For Patients Suffering From Spinal Cord Injury

DaVinci Biosciences, in collaboration with Luis Vernaza Hospital in Ecuador, have announced the publication of study results demonstrating the safety and feasibility of its acute and chronic spinal cord injury treatment platform in Cell Transplantation, a peer-reviewed journal focused on regenerative medicine.

03/30/2009 08:35 AM

Quadriplegic sailor challenges elements again UK

As a quadriplegic woman with a life-threatening degenerative condition which limits her to just a few head movements, sailing solo around Britain was always going to be an awesome task for Hilary Lister.

03/30/2009 08:30 AM

Paraplegic: Woman seeks home for herself, children PENNSYLVANIA

Melissa Wilson admits she would have given up a long time ago if it weren't for her three children. Wilson, 26, has been paralyzed from the waist down since an accident nearly two years ago.

03/30/2009 08:26 AM

Paralyzed Marine vet lives grueling days with remarkable spirit MICHIGAN

Over the hum of an oxygen machine, a nurse leans over Joshua Hoffman. She listens to the lungs of this quadriplegic former Marine. "Good morning, Josh. You ready to start?" And soon it begins, a sometimes painful 90-minute regime of medication and respiration therapy Hoffman needs to stay alive.

03/30/2009 08:25 AM

Shawn Mackay in medically induced coma in Durban hospital SOUTH AFRICA

THERE are fears ACT Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay could be left paralysed after he was struck by a car in Durban at the weekend.

03/30/2009 08:24 AM

Western Kentucky Man's Progress Inspires Many

Billie Grace Koger, 2, was recently looking through a family album when she came running to her mother, Jenny Koger, and said, "Daddy had hands." "It was the first time she realized he was different," Jenny Koger said. Billie then went to her father, Jason Koger, who lost both of his arms below the elbow last March and now uses both prosthetic hooks and bionic hands.

03/30/2009 08:22 AM

Ormond mom to get prosthetic limbs FLORIDA

Gayle Monroe took her first step this week toward once again being able to take a step. Since a deadly bacteria attacked her system late last year, the Ormond Beach mother has been without her arms from just below the elbows and without legs from just below the knee.

03/30/2009 08:21 AM

Army vet billed $3,000 for war wounds

Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.

03/30/2009 08:14 AM

Amputees Overcome Obstacles to Skydive TEXAS

A group of injured veterans went skydiving Sunday. That would be amazing enough, but consider that most of them were missing their limbs.

03/30/2009 08:13 AM

Bill would protect kids with concussion symptoms WASHINGTON

A Washington state bill, soon to become law, will add a new rule to kids' organized sports. VIDEO LINK.

03/30/2009 08:11 AM

Sabres notebook: Kaleta sustains concussion

The Buffalo Sabres may be without one of their most determined and physical players for a while, as right wing Patrick Kaleta was diagnosed with a concussion Saturday night.

03/30/2009 08:10 AM

Leslie business trains dogs to help disabled MICHIGAN

Heroic canines are not limited to Rin Tin Tin, Lassie or other TV dogs. For Better Independence Assistance Dogs, a Leslie-based business that opened last June, trains young dogs to assist deaf, elderly and disabled people with household chores and emergency needs.

03/30/2009 08:01 AM

Caring for vision of dedicated guide dogs NEW YORK

They help the blind and nearsighted move about town, and find hidden drugs and lost people. But service dogs sometimes need help, too. That's why Dr. Alexandra van der Woerdt, an ophthalmology veterinarian with the Animal Medical Center, in conjunction with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, will give free eye exams for registered service dogs May 3 through May 9.

03/30/2009 08:00 AM

Crestor cuts risk of vein clots by 43 pct: study

AstraZeneca's powerful cholesterol drug Crestor cut the risk of dangerous blood clots in the vein by 43 percent in a large study, researchers said on Sunday.

03/30/2009 07:58 AM

Enzyme and vitamin define the yin and yang of asthma

The allergen breathed in by a person with asthma triggers a proteinase or enzyme called MMP7 that activates a cascade of events to prompt an allergic reaction, said a consortium of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine ( in Houston in a report that appears online today in the journal Nature Immunology.

03/30/2009 07:56 AM

Ozone-friendly inhalers could face early demise

Because of a federal ban that took effect last year, millions of Americans with asthma and other pulmonary conditions were required to switch to rescue inhalers deemed better for the environment. Now signs are surfacing that the environmentally friendlier inhalers - deemed suitable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but considered woefully inadequate by some inhaler users - might not be here to stay.

03/30/2009 07:32 AM

Mutations in a gene may stunt lung development in children

Mutations in a gene may cause poor lung development in children, making them more vulnerable to diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) later in life, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the German Research Center for Environmental Health.

03/30/2009 07:30 AM

State to investigate Beacon Center NORTH CAROLINA

A state investigation has been launched against The Beacon Center, which has been accused by African-American mental health service providers of discriminating against them and making it difficult for them to stay in business. State investigators will be at The Beacon Center Monday to launch their inquiry into whether there has been racial discrimination at the center, which oversees mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services for Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe and Greene counties.

03/30/2009 07:27 AM

Majority of people say municipalities should be made more accessible CANADA

In our online poll this past week, we asked: "Should local municipalities stop talking about accessibility and make the necessary changes to accommodate everyone with a disability?" Sixty-six per cent of respondents said yes, while 23 per cent felt changes should only be made if taxpayers can afford the cost.

03/30/2009 07:25 AM

Swimming: Paralympian Yip Pin Xiu wins gold at national championship SINGAPORE

Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu has bagged another gold medal - this time in the 50-metres breaststroke at the National Swimming Championship 2009 on Saturday evening.

03/30/2009 07:23 AM

Amputees learn to adapt and survive MASSACHUSETTS

Thanks to a $70,000 state-of-the-art prosthetic and a $16,000 paint job, Karl Chapin's right hand, upon a cursory glance, looks like any other.

03/30/2009 07:22 AM

Help for mentally ill being revised CALIFORNIA

Concerned about low rates of use and questionable effectiveness, managers are revamping a 24-hour mobile crisis team heralded as a key reform in care of Ventura County’s mentally ill.

03/30/2009 07:20 AM

Disability services in rising demand INDIANA

A concern raised by the mother of a child with Down syndrome more than 30 years ago still resonates with Stephen Hinkle.

03/30/2009 07:18 AM

Retired physician with a disability fights for the right to get around on a Segway OHIO

Dr. Patrick McNamara gets out of his silver minivan and hobbles a few steps, leaning heavily on a homemade wooden cane. There is pain in every awkward movement the 51-year-old makes - until he pops open the trunk and grins. "In a moment, I will no longer be handicapped," he declares.

03/30/2009 07:10 AM

Area athlete writes book about struggle with disability VIRGINIA

On News 7 Sunday Morning, Susan Bahorich talked with the author of the new book "Try Hard: One Man's Goal in Regaining Lost Dreams", Keith Simpson. VIDEO LINK.

03/30/2009 07:08 AM

Last institutions for those with disabilities close Tuesday CANADA

For decades people with disabilities have been striving to be treated as equals and become meaningful members of society. History will be made Tuesday when the last three large institutions for people with disabilities in Ontario will be closed.

03/30/2009 07:07 AM

Independent Living Workshop focuses on living well with a disability NEW YORK

"Living Well with a Disability" will start Wednesday, April 1 and meets each Wednesday until May 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Finger Lakes Independence Center, 215 Fifth St. The program offers its participants a real and exciting opportunity to discover what they really want and to learn about: nutrition, physical activity, staying healthy, community resources, advocacy, stress reduction, getting what you want, self-esteem and dealing with frustrations.

03/30/2009 07:06 AM

Concord updating ADA plan CALIFORNIA

For people with disabilities, an excursion to the city park may be strewn with obstacles. The city of Concord is trying to change that through its Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Transition plan.

03/30/2009 07:05 AM

UI helps students with disabilities find work IOWA

Sitting behind a computer desk, Peter Fultz designs a badge that war veterans participating in a new golf program will wear.

03/30/2009 07:04 AM

Serving the disabled OHIO

People with disabilities are more likely to be victims of crime but less likely to report those crimes, presenting challenges for law enforcement and other agencies alike.

03/30/2009 07:03 AM

Mass. agency for disabled to change name

Advocates for the developmentally disabled say words do matter. That's why they're hailing a coming name change at a state agency.

03/30/2009 07:02 AM

The underclass: Talented but disabled

Thousands of disabled people across the UK are forced to rely on charities for basic care, equipment and vital information because of gaps in social services, according to new research by Shelter and Capability Scotland.

03/30/2009 07:01 AM

Franklin Learning Center under investigation PENNSYLVANIA

A disability advocacy group performed a surprise inspection at the Franklin Learning Center, then followed up with a letter asking parents to turn over their students' records.

03/30/2009 07:00 AM

Supporters of Community Living for Disabled Rally in Yakima WASHINGTON

The debate over the fate of the Yakima Valley School continues. Supporters of community living who want to close the school gathered in Millenium Plaza in Yakima Saturday afternoon.

03/30/2009 06:59 AM

Prosecutor accuses Macy's of stalling investigation of tainted jewelry CALIFORNIA

Macy's department store has refused to give prosecutors the names of customers who purchased children's jewelry made with potentially toxic lead, according to an official with the Los Angeles district attorney's office.

03/30/2009 06:58 AM

Man extradited to face charges over state school fights TEXAS

The fifth of six people accused of organizing fights among residents with mental and developmental disabilities at a state school was en route to Texas on Saturday after being arrested Tuesday in Virginia.

03/30/2009 06:56 AM

Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Pageant

It's the 2009-2010 Ms. Wheelchair Virginia pageant Saturday. The event was held at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

03/30/2009 06:55 AM

Officials: Homes must meet highest safety standards NEW YORK

The Riverview group home, recently destroyed by a fire that killed four of its nine residents, was operated by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and as such, its fire safety codes had to conform to a strict set of guidelines.

03/30/2009 06:54 AM

Lima Foxtrot Program at Lakeshore Foundation ALABAMA

he Lakeshore Foundation is hosting a sports camp this weekend for military men and women.

03/30/2009 06:54 AM

Report: NY saw group home evacuation 'impractical'

According to a report, state officials knew before a deadly fire in an Adirondack group home that it would be "impractical" to rush all the severely disabled residents to safety.

03/30/2009 06:48 AM

MRDD program honors Dennison resident for achievement OHIO

Annie Murray of Dennison, who is employed by Cats 'N' Us cat shelter at Dover through Senior Employment, received the Achievement Award at the Tuscarawas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Community Awards Luncheon.

03/30/2009 06:48 AM

Bowlers strike out at stereotypes PENNSYLVANIA

Special Olympics bowlers had plenty of strikes Saturday at the AMF Noble Manor Lanes in Green Tree, and words to spare about Obama's recent bowling gaffe.

03/30/2009 06:45 AM

Clovis sued over access for the disabled CALIFORNIA

Clovis is being sued by two people with disabilities who say the city's sidewalks and curb ramps impair their ability to get around and violate the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

03/30/2009 06:44 AM

Agencies, individuals offer to help woman who can't pay bill ILLINOIS

Offers of assistance to Joyce Owens and her son, Chris, began coming in to their home near Chatham after Friday's column outlining their plight was published.

03/30/2009 06:42 AM

Open floor plan, accessibility help disabled people MICHIGAN

When searching for a home, most are concerned with location, price, size and upgrades. People with disabilities must consider much more. Everyday activities like bathing, cooking and reaching items become more difficult without certain modifications.

03/30/2009 06:41 AM

Disabled workers losing jobs AUSTRALIA

WORKERS with disabilities are the latest victims of the financial crisis. As companies try to cut costs by moving production jobs offshore or keeping them in-house, businesses that employ disabled workers are losing contracts.

03/30/2009 06:40 AM

Over 120 Patient Advocacy Groups Support Legislation To Eliminate Two-Year Medicare Waiting Period

The Coalition to End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare, over 120 organizations who work to ensure access to health care for people with disabilities, enthusiastically supports the introduction of Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2009, S.700 and H.R.1708, which would eliminate the unjustifiable two-year delay in coverage for people with severe disabilities who are waiting to become eligible for Medicare coverage.

03/30/2009 06:39 AM

Special ed group criticizes budget OHIO

Gov. Ted Strickland's budget proposal shortchanges special education by using a faulty funding formula, cutting vital programs and relying too heavily on one-time federal stimulus money, advocates said.

03/30/2009 06:38 AM

As diagnosed autism increases, schools struggle to meet students' needs OHIO

As MR/DD Month ends, the nation will turn its focus to one developmental disability that has seen a rapid increase in diagnosis - autism spectrum disorder. April is National Autism Awareness month, and April 2 World Autism Awareness Day.

03/30/2009 06:37 AM

Specially-abled in Ladakh turn waste into wealth INDIA

A group of disabled people in Ladakh displayed their creative talents by turning waste material into useful products of daily use.

03/30/2009 06:37 AM

Open house to showcase Camp Arroyo Grande CALIFORNIA

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of San Luis Obispo County will host a barbecue and open house Sunday to showcase the new home of the annual Camp Kelley Creek for adults with disabilities.

03/30/2009 06:36 AM

New Kensington's AVID Center reopens PENNSYLVANIA

Services to help children with autism and other disabilities again are being offered at the former AVID Learning Center along Freeport Road.

03/30/2009 06:35 AM

Hundreds of disabled gather for conference NORTH CAROLINA

Hundreds of people from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina living with a disability gathered in Winston-Salem this weekend to take part in a special self-advocating conference.

03/30/2009 06:34 AM

ATV safety tips can help prevent brain injuries LOUISIANA

Serious injuries and deaths of children involved in all-terrain vehicle accidents are a growing problem in Louisiana, according to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital personnel.

03/30/2009 06:33 AM

Federalize agencies to better serve disabled GUAM

Making life easier for persons with disabilities, especially the transition from youth to adult, is not something this government is capable of doing.

03/30/2009 06:31 AM

Researchers Find Autism Attention Difference That May Start Very Early, Which May Lead to Earlier Detection and New Therapies

A surprise discovery is leading autism researchers at Yale University toward earlier detection and new therapies for children with autism -- possibly beginning in infancy.

03/30/2009 06:31 AM

Appleton plans ballpark for special needs children WISCONSIN

A group of Fox Cities residents wants to establish a Miracle League field at Appleton's Memorial Park.

03/30/2009 06:29 AM

Sympathy 'can hinder disabled pupils in class' UK

Teachers who are overly sympathetic to children with learning difficulties or physical disabilities can hold them back in the classroom, new Scottish research has found.

03/30/2009 06:28 AM

ALLEN PARK: Teen travels to Lansing with message on bipolar disorder MICHIGAN

Lindsey Higgison, 19, recently spoke to officials in the state capital about her successes living with bipolar disorder through the aid of government programs.

03/30/2009 06:27 AM

Bishop Calls For Greater Handicapped Accessibility MAINE

The struggles and gifts of people with disabilities received special attention from the leader of Maine's Catholic diocese.

03/30/2009 06:27 AM

Disability 101: People-First Language COLORADO

People-First Language, used to reference people with disabilities, is supposed to be pretty straightforward. I would propose that it’s not as straightforward as some might think. The basic tenets are generally agreed upon. However, when we start looking at the finer points, many people with disabilities disagree. Let’s delve deeper.

03/30/2009 06:24 AM

Special ed kids get tech boost TEXAS

As a little girl holds up a blue electronic device, a voice from within the machine becomes audible.

03/30/2009 06:24 AM

Contemplated cuts for developmentally disabled are short-sighted MISSOURI

As little as 30 years ago children born with a developmental disability such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism were often referred directly to institutions where they were cared for, yet segregated from family and their communities.

03/30/2009 06:23 AM

Former convent to become disabled housing NEW JERSEY

Eleven units of affordable housing for persons with physical disabilities will be created in Linden, thanks to the award of $1.77 million from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and a predevelopment grant from the Kessler Foundation.

03/30/2009 06:21 AM

Homestead photography exhibit comes from the eyes of 5 with special needs PENNSYLVANIA

The subject of the photo isn't a person or a favorite toy or even a pet. It's a hallway at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Oakland that Calvin Williams has to walk down on his way to get blood transfusions for sickle cell anemia. Yet it's one of the most telling photos in Williams' collection, which debuted Sunday at an exhibit in Homestead.

03/30/2009 06:21 AM

Service Dogs Help Returning Veterans COLORADO

Men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are facing new physical challenges because of the injuries they received. Some will need prosthetics, while others will need the help of a service dog.

03/30/2009 06:19 AM

Week's events to raise disability awareness NEW MEXICO

Two UNM organizations are teaming up for this semester's Health Care Awareness Week to help students become more aware of health care policies.

03/30/2009 06:18 AM

Adapted sports and recreation expo is April 25 NEW YORK

Helen Hayes Hospital will host its second annual free "Adapted Sports and Recreation Expo" on Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

03/30/2009 06:17 AM

Rally backs shutting school for disabled WASHINGTON

More than 50 people, many of them developmentally disabled, rallied Saturday to shut down the Yakima Valley School. Gov. Chris Gregoire has included closure of the school for those with mental and physical disabilities as part of her austere two-year budget.

03/30/2009 06:16 AM

A special time for Special Olympians

Teams from the area competed Sunday, bringing delight not just to the participants. With the gleam in their eyes complementing the sparkle of their uniforms, almost 50 Special Olympians jumped, flipped, rolled and vaulted their way to glory Sunday morning.

03/30/2009 06:15 AM

Pa. Special Olympians compete

With the gleam in their eyes complementing the sparkle of their uniforms, almost 50 Special Olympians jumped, flipped, rolled and vaulted their way to glory Sunday morning.

03/30/2009 06:14 AM

Promote Sports for the Disabled UGANDA

When one talks about sports, few people will think about Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Ugandans have an attitude that sports is only for people who are able-bodied.

03/30/2009 06:13 AM

Speech on disability inspires PUC students INDIANA

As a part of Disabilities Awareness Month in March, Bill Irwin, the only blind hiker to complete the entire 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail, shared his story on campus.

03/30/2009 06:13 AM

Govt rebuffs disability pay push AUSTRALIA

More than 50 disability support workers rallied outside the Executive Building in Hobart this morning, demanding they be paid a wage increase that was ratified by the Industrial Commission in November.

03/30/2009 06:12 AM

DRC gets around ARIZONA

With its flat pathways and warm weather, the UA, unofficially, is one of the best schools for disability resources and accommodations, said Disability Resource Center director Sue Kroeger.

03/30/2009 06:11 AM

Special Olympics praises girl's sunny outlook CONNECTICUT

Many athletes receive awards for winning competitions, but Linda Garcia, 13, recently was honored by Special Olympics Connecticut for the graciousness with which she handles defeat.

03/30/2009 06:10 AM

Kandu's latest venture keeps workers with disabilities busy in Holland Township MICHIGAN

Kandu Industries has long manufactured picture frames -- supplying more to the U.S. government than any other company -- and done assembly work for automotive and office furniture companies. But the agency's leaders said the new intravenous venture represents a diversification of products and, as a result, employment for its 300 clients working on-site.

03/30/2009 06:09 AM

Priority jobs up for ax NEW YORK

Even though it's considered a lean agency, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities could lose up to 250 workers because of a required reduction-in-force program, Paterson administration sources said.

03/30/2009 06:08 AM

People with disabilities will find the new Kauffman Stadium far friendlier MISSOURI

The Kansas City Royals and HOK Sport architects worked closely with a special advisory group to make the new K compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The result for the April 10 home opener will be a far friendlier place for baseball fans who use wheelchairs or who have other special needs.

03/30/2009 06:07 AM

Near-Term Babies May Face a Higher Risk of Problems

Babies born just three to six weeks before their due dates are more likely than full-term babies to have disabilities or developmental delays in kindergarten, a study has found. The children also are slightly more likely to be suspended or held back in kindergarten and to require special education.

03/30/2009 06:05 AM

Session offered on disabilities act SOUTH CAROLINA

Pattison's Academy for Comprehensive Education will host a training session for parents on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Individualized Education Program advocacy for students with disabilities.

03/30/2009 06:05 AM

Two grants will target developmental disabilities NEW YORK

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation announces that it has awarded two grants to local agencies from its developmental disabilities funding category.

03/30/2009 06:03 AM

Disaboom Publishes Scholarship Directory for Students With Disabilities

Disaboom's Scholarship Directory describes more than 125 financial aid programs that encompass a broad range of providers, conditions, and financial packages.

03/30/2009 05:59 AM

Device proves option to warfarin in stroke study

A new device implanted in the heart proved in a large clinical study to be a potential alternative to a standard blood thinner for helping patients with irregular heart beats prevent stroke, researchers said on Saturday.

03/30/2009 05:59 AM

Stroke-blocking device shows promise, doctors say

A novel device to treat a common heart problem that can lead to stroke showed promise in testing, but not without risk, new research shows.

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03/28/2009 08:16 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America:

On Wednesday, BIAA participated in a day-long awareness day on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

During the first event of the day, the Brain Injury Awareness Fair, BIAA manned an exhibit inspired by always creative BIA of Wyoming. The brain injury "empathy experience" allowed both members of Congress and their staff to participate in several activities that simulated some of the long term effects associated with experiencing brain injury.

03/28/2009 08:08 AM

Preventing and treating head injuries

Most serious accidental injuries can be averted by using appropriate protective gear. Helmets should always be worn while riding a bike, a motorbike or dirtbike, a motorcycle, an ATV, or skateboard.

03/28/2009 08:08 AM

Brain injury no accident, MD says CANADA

In his four decades as one of Canada's top neurosurgeons, Dr. Charles Tator has seen thousands of catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. But he has seen precious few "accident" victims wheeled through his operating room doors.

03/28/2009 08:06 AM

Helmets can usually prevent brain trauma TENNESSEE

It may seem like a bother to put on a helmet, but it's worth the effort. With new helmet technology increasing protection and comfort, there's no reason not to wear one. Football helmet technology is an excellent example of where we've made strides in reducing injuries. When worn properly, some of the newest helmets available have reduced the risk of concussion by 31 percent.

03/28/2009 08:05 AM

North Allegheny Track Athlete Suffers Head Injury PENNSYLVANIA

An 11th grader at North Allegheny High School was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after she suffered a head injury at track practice. VIDEO LINK.

03/28/2009 08:02 AM

New light on traumatic brain injuries PENNSYLVANIA

Doctors are taking this opportunity to raise awareness about brain injuries of all kinds among Americans. In the past, we have traditionally played down the severity of concussions and other head injuries, but it is time that we clear up common misconceptions about TBI.

03/28/2009 08:01 AM

Bill would require brain-injury training for high school coaches CALIFORNIA

An East Bay lawmaker wants high school coaches to be trained to recognize and manage signs of traumatic brain injury, like the kind that recently claimed the life of actress Natasha Richardson. AB533, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, was introduced Feb. 25. It will be heard by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday.

03/28/2009 07:59 AM

Enzymes link brain injury to Alzheimer's disease

It's known that people who suffer a brain injury have a higher-than-normal risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and now lab experiments suggest a reason why.

03/27/2009 10:08 AM

Dealing with Brain Injuries

I didn't worry at first when my daughter Elisa, who was then 3, slipped and clunked her head in a museum in Mexico City. She cried, then stopped, and we let her go play. An hour later, she was vomiting and convulsing. Half an hour after that, she was on a gurney in an emergency room while doctors fought to keep her awake, get a line in her arm and race her to a CT-scan machine.

03/27/2009 10:03 AM

Head injuries: Looking for signs and acting quickly SOUTH CAROLINA

THE 18-year-old runner was rounding third base for home so fast that his batting helmet flew off. The infielder rifled the ball to the catcher, but it caught the runner instead, hitting his suddenly bare head. He scored, walked to the dugout, and five minutes later began to experience a violent headache.

03/27/2009 10:02 AM

Students learn how to keep their brain safe CANADA

Christine Marchinko a provincial educator with the Brain Injury Association of Alberta visited Vermilion Elementary School to discuss the functions and importance of the brain.

03/27/2009 10:00 AM

Air Force unveils brain injury clinic in Alaska

Behind Dan DeRosa's smiling face lurks a dull headache that never goes away. He suffers from memory lapses and hears a shrill ringing in his ears akin to the lingering squeal of a heavy metal concert. These are some of the unseen scars left by a roadside bomb in Iraq. But at the Air Force's only traumatic brain injury clinic, the 26-year-old soldier is learning new skills to deal with the aftermath of the blast.

03/27/2009 09:59 AM

O'Connor suffers head injury at Thurles

Jockey Matt O'Connor was taken to hospital for treatment on a "serious head injury" after he was knocked unconscious after a bad fall at Thurles.

03/27/2009 09:58 AM

Natasha's lesson helps save Ohio girl

Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed. Two days earlier, Morgan, her father, and brother had been playing baseball in the yard of their Mentor, Ohio, home when her father hit a line drive that landed just above Morgan's left temple.

03/27/2009 09:57 AM

CPSC recalls 24,000 high chairs-possibe traumatic brain injury risk

The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of 3-1 high chairs by Fischer-Price on Tuesday. The high chair manufacturer located in East Aurora, New York received a report that one of the chair's seat backs detached. The defective product caused the child to fall and fracture his skull.

03/27/2009 09:55 AM

How can you prevent head injuries? MINNESOTA

Falls are the leading cause of head injury in children, followed by car accidents, bike crashes and sports injuries. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 09:50 AM

Carnival For Brain Injury Survivors MICHIGAN

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is hosting its third annual Carnival of Care festival this Saturday. Carnival of Care is a festival offered to survivors suffering from brain injury and their caregivers an uplifting day of free activities, food and music.

03/27/2009 09:49 AM

NeuroVasx Receives CE Mark For CPAX Aneurysm Treatment System

NeuroVasx, Inc., a medical device company that develops technologies for the treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, announced that it has received CE Mark for the cPAX Aneurysm Treatment System. The cPAX System is a minimally invasive device for the embolization of cerebral aneurysms, abnormal bulges or sacs in the wall of an artery in the brain. If ruptured, aneurysms can result in massive intracranial bleeding and often lead to death.

03/27/2009 09:48 AM

Activity Of Individual Brain Cells Predicts Cognitive Flexibility

A new study provides intriguing insights into mechanisms of cognitive flexibility at the single cell level. The research, published by Cell Press in the March 26th issue of the journal Neuron, may help to explain how we can change our point of view when faced with conflict.

03/27/2009 09:47 AM

Project will help people with brain injuries find work UK

ADULTS in South Lanarkshire with an acquired brain injury are to benefit from a new programme designed to support them in returning to work. The Work Ahead programme will be delivered by Momentum Skills in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council.

03/27/2009 09:47 AM

Frequency of Ischemic Stroke Climbs Steeply After the Age of 40 Years

A new analysis from the Helsinki Young Stroke Registry finds that the frequency of ischemic stroke increases sharply beginning at age 40 years.

03/27/2009 09:39 AM

Cell phone use induced brain cancer theory debated CANADA

People who begin using cell phones before the age of 20 are more than five times as likely to develop a malignant brain tumor. These are the findings of Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from the University Hospital in Sweden.

03/27/2009 09:37 AM

The NHLBI Halts Study of Concentrated Saline for Patients with Shock Due to Lack of Survival Benefit

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped a clinical trial studying the benefits and safety of administering a highly concentrated form of saline solution in the ambulance (before hospital arrival) to trauma patients suffering from shock due to severe bleeding. The trial was stopped because patients who received the concentrated saline solutions were no more likely to survive than those who received a normal saline solution. A parallel study of concentrated saline for traumatic brain injury without shock continues.

03/27/2009 09:37 AM

Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight

Music may have charms to help restore sight to those recovering from a stroke, a new study finds. Stroke survivors can suffer impaired visual awareness called visual neglect. It's caused by stroke-related damage in brain areas that integrate vision, attention and action, the researchers said.

03/27/2009 09:33 AM

UQ research reclaims the power of speech AUSTRALIA

A UQ researcher has revealed a new treatment for a speech disorder that commonly affects those who have suffered a stroke or brain injury. PhD graduate Dr Rachel Wenke has shown in a recent study that the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment(R) may be an effective treatment option for dysarthria patients suffering from stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

03/27/2009 09:32 AM

Two Courage Center Wheelchair Basketball Teams Win National Championships

Congratulations to Courage Center youth athletes who play in the Prep and Varsity divisions of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Both the Courage Center Rolling Rowdies (Prep) and Courage Center Jr. Rolling Timberwolves teams are national wheelchair basketball champs, following play last weekend in Denver, Colo., at the 2009 NWBA National Championships.

03/27/2009 09:27 AM

Blue Sticker Comedy Tour Kicks Off in Springfield MISSOURI

Being disabled is usually no laughing matter, but that was the common thread among some comedians in Springfield on Thursday night. Springfield Victory Mission kicked off the "Blue Sticker" comedy tour at Drury University on Thursday. It's billed at the first of its kind in the nation.

03/27/2009 09:24 AM

Painting by mouth TENNESSEE

As her multiple sclerosis progressed, eventually leaving her a quadriplegic, Shirley Patton discovered a new talent - drawing and painting. "God did that for me when I really needed it, when I lost the use of my hands," Patton said. Shirley Patton (assisted by church friend Margaret Boswell) belongs to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an international group that helps disabled artists market their works.

03/27/2009 09:23 AM

New challenges for an old event AUSTRALIA

Wheelchair triathlete Bill Chaffey will line up at his favourite event today but the challenge will be a lot different to the last time he competed.

03/27/2009 09:22 AM

Disabled athletes take on hill during hand-cycling races CALIFORNIA

Forty disabled athletes, including six war veterans and five women, braved the 1,000-foot climb up Wabash Hill during hand-cycling races Thursday -- opening day of the 2009 Redlands Bicycle Classic. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 09:19 AM

Quadriplegic marks anniversary of injury with virtual triathlon CALIFORNIA

In a moment, a flash, a split second, Fountain Valley resident Bobby Rohan's life was altered forever. Now, two decades later, he is again training for a triathlon.

03/27/2009 09:17 AM

Grant High classmates find a long-lost friend -- paralyzed CALIFORNIA

Pat Chawki's classmates thought he was dead -- they'd even memorialized him two years ago at their 20th high school reunion. But when one Grant High School alum wrote to Chawki's sister to express her condolences, she learned that the popular former baseball star lay paralyzed and nearly forgotten in a Canoga Park nursing home.

03/27/2009 09:15 AM

Spider Bite Cures Paralyzed Man: Miracle or Bad Reporting?

It sounds like something out of the pages of The Weekly World News, right next to an alien abduction story: Paralyzed California man bit by brown recluse spider walks again. Only it was reported for real last week on CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS.

03/27/2009 09:14 AM

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Applauds the Historic Passage of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of people living with paralysis, applauds the United States House of Representatives for passing the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (CDRPA - Title IX of H.R.146), included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.

03/27/2009 09:11 AM

Brain Activity Associated With Phantom Limbs

Phantom limbs, often described after amputation, are also experienced as an extra limb in patients who are paralyzed on one side following a stroke. Referred to as supernumerary phantom limb (SPL), patients can usually perceive these limbs as a vivid somatosensory presence of an extra limb, but generally cannot see or intentionally move them. In some unusual cases, however, patients have reported seeing their phantom limb or feeling objects or body parts with it, which indicates that multiple areas of the brain may be involved in SPLs.

03/27/2009 09:10 AM

Amputee not only turns own life around, but is now helping others FLORIDA

Bob Ayres lost a lot of years, even knocked at death's door a few times. Something turned him around each time. "I don't want an amputee to go through what I went through," Ayres, 59, said. "I truly believe God tapped me, something happened. My anger was gone. My fear was gone."

03/27/2009 09:08 AM

Golf Helping Wounded Warriors Recover TEXAS

Most Thursdays, one group of golfers tees off at Fort Sam Houston, but these duffers go through much more effort to take their swings, especially considering they're recovering from catastrophic injuries suffered while serving in Iraq.

03/27/2009 09:06 AM

Leafs pair starring in tale of two concussion CANADA

Niklas Hagman is a day away from returning to the lineup. Jamie Heward, meanwhile, is in a race against time. Both are recovering from concussions, but Hagman is expected to return tomorrow night against the Bruins.

03/27/2009 09:06 AM

Head Injuries: Looking for Signs and Acting Quickly

THE 18-year-old runner was rounding third base for home so fast that his batting helmet flew off. The infielder rifled the ball to the catcher, but it caught the runner instead, hitting his suddenly bare head. He scored, walked to the dugout, and five minutes later began to experience a violent headache.

03/27/2009 09:03 AM

Second Impact MICHIGAN

Both Monroe and Martin say the biggest danger lies in second impact syndrome. Martin says, "Two concussions that happen close together, while neither of them would be enough to actually carry significant neurological damage, when you put them that close together, they can actually result in death. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 09:00 AM

Play it safe during Brain Injury Awareness Month NEW JERSEY

In accordance with Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey (BIANJ) is reminding the general public about the seriousness of concussion and the importance of making informed decisions about when it is safe to return athletes to play.

03/27/2009 08:57 AM

Leafs defenceman Jamie Heward holding out slim hope of return from concussion CANADA

He's suffered four or five concussions during a career that has seen him bounce between almost 20 different pro teams. Even with mounting evidence about the long-term affects of head injuries, he's determined to carry on.

03/27/2009 08:56 AM

Retired National Football League Linemen Have High Incidence Of Sleep Apnea

Sleep disordered breathing, also known as sleep apnea, is highly prevalent among retired National Football League (NFL) players, and particularly in linemen, according to Mayo Clinic research. This study, involving 167 players, adds to the growing body of research examining the relationship between sleep apnea and heart disease, the investigators say.

03/27/2009 08:52 AM

Respiratory risk from hospital cleaning fluids

Cleaning fluids used in hospitals may pose a health risk to both staff and patients. A pilot study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health has found that potentially hazardous chemicals are contained in a selection of agents used in several different hospitals.

03/27/2009 08:51 AM

HealthWatch: Breathing Device For Spinal Injuries

Spinal cord injuries not only affect a person's ability to move - they can also hamper patients' ability to breathe. When that happens, patients are required to be attached to a bulky ventilator at all times. Now, though, a device is helping one spinal injury victim get off the machine and breathe easier. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 08:45 AM

Mother, quadriplegic son fall behind on power bill, face shutoff ILLINOIS

Joyce Owens' son, Chris, is a quadriplegic. He has been on a ventilator for 12 years, as the result of a one-car accident 12 years ago. Another man in the car, Daryl Lehmann, was killed. Joyce and a caregiver take care of Chris at Joyce's home near Chatham.

03/27/2009 08:45 AM

External focus improves postural stability in patients with Parkinson's disease

Patients with Parkinson disease may be able to improve their postural stability by directing their attention to the external effects of their movements rather than to the movements of their own body, according to a study published in the February 2009 issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

03/27/2009 08:44 AM

COPD-Related Problems Hard To Swallow

Patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exhibit a disordered breathing-swallowing pattern that may account for their higher risk of aspiration pneumonia, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh.

03/27/2009 08:13 AM

Concord updating ADA plan CALIFORNIA

For people with disabilities, an excursion to the city park may be strewn with obstacles. The city of Concord is trying to change that through its Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Transition plan.

03/27/2009 08:12 AM

New York State To Offer Low-Income, Disabled Residents Prescription Drug Discount Cards

New York state officials on Monday announced a statewide prescription drug discount card program for residents with disabilities, people who are too young to qualify for Medicare and those whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

03/27/2009 08:10 AM

Special kids get day at the movies just for them INDIANA

Vendetta Gutshall, director of Huntington-Whitley Special Services wanted to have a special day for the students as a way of celebrating them. The Huntington 7 movie theatre teamed up with Special Services to make the day happen with a morning showing of Monsters vs. Aliens Friday at 9:30 a.m.

03/27/2009 08:09 AM

Special Olympics Florida Honoring Champions At Mixer

Special Olympics Florida is getting a chance to thank its many supporters Thursday night at Cuba Libre's first-ever Champions' Mixer.

03/27/2009 08:08 AM

Wounded warriors take to the slopes at Alpine Meadows NEVADA

Richard Samudio looked just like any other skier. "I just got my prosthetic last week," said Samudio, 24, of Corpus Christi, Texas. "Within 20 minutes, I had it figured out. I didn't need any help."

03/27/2009 08:07 AM

A special day for those with special needs NEWJERSEY

To express the power of "we," the North Brunswick Abilities Council held its first Disabilities Awareness Day Sunday at the township high school.

03/27/2009 08:05 AM

Anderson School holds Special Olympics CALIFORNIA

Andy Watson knew he was fast, but mostly he knew he was having fun. On Thursday, he gave his all while running the 100 and 400-meter tracks at Anderson School's Special Olympics.

03/27/2009 08:04 AM

U.S. Wheelchair curling teammates visit Portage WISCONSIN

One was a proud soldier serving in the United States Army. The other a former college soccer player with the talent to play professionally in Europe. Both had the use of their legs taken away from them but found peace and pride through the sport of curling. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 08:03 AM

11 affordable housing units planned for Linden NEW JERSEY

A former convent will be converted into 11 units of affordable housing for people with physical disabilities, using a $1.77 million grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and funds from the Kessler Foundation.

03/27/2009 08:02 AM

AMC Willowbrook 24 set to host autism-friendly showings TEXAS

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society of America are provide families affected by autism and other disabilities a premium movie going experience. The goal is to allow these families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment, a challenge that can be hard to overcome.

03/27/2009 07:57 AM

Revised service animal policy still not good enough, woman says WASHINGTON

Cowlitz County has revised the service animal policy that prompted a federal lawsuit - but the woman suing says the new rules are still illegal. "It's an improvement but it’s still discriminatory," Melanie Brown said this week after commissioners adopted the revised policy. "They just don't get it."

03/27/2009 07:56 AM

Event showcases works by artists with disabilities ALABAMA

Before, Ricky Trione was an artist dealing simply in black and white. With deep and sharp lines, he would sculpt blank pages into rigid sketches of marine life with the finest detail, highlighting the shadows of boat hulls and the slightly dulled crests of breaking waves.

03/27/2009 07:54 AM

Equestrian Expo aims to jump hurdles for those with disabilities SOUTH CAROLINA

Horses have been helping people for centuries, and this weekend they'll help people right here at home.

03/27/2009 07:52 AM

Nagaland govt introduces Person with Disabilities Act INDIA

The Nagaland government has introduced the Person with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full participation) Act to reserve three per cent of vacancies of posts in favour of persons with disabilities.

03/27/2009 07:50 AM

Program Offers Budget Savvy Gardeners Free Trees and Plants Shipping Fees Benefit Workers with Disabilities Who Package Plants

Free Trees and, started in February, 2004, obtains from growers and nurseries some of the millions of unsold plants that are destroyed each year, hires workers with disabilities to package them and then sends the plants for free to anyone who orders them at Consumers simply pay for processing and shipping costs, $7.95 for each unit of plants.

03/27/2009 07:49 AM

Newbury Park kids experience life with disabilities CALIFORNIA

Students at a Newbury Park middle school are learning this week what it's like to live with a disability.

03/27/2009 07:47 AM

Four Special Olympics teams headed to state finals ILLINOIS

The Special Olympics sectional tourney at Valparaiso University last Saturday was awesome, with some games going down to the wire, just as in the NCAA.

03/27/2009 07:46 AM

Children with disabilities may not pick up danger signs CANADA

Students with learning disorders or attention problems are especially vulnerable to bullying, studies show. Author and educator Richard Lavoie says that’s because these students may have a hard time negotiating the maze of social interactions and "hidden curriculum" in schools.

03/27/2009 07:45 AM

New state school fighting allegations prove false TEXAS

Two new allegations of fighting among residents at the Corpus Christi State School were false, according to Texas Inspector General Bart Bevers.

03/27/2009 07:44 AM

An International Team Of Scientists Led By The UPC Is Designing A System To Support The Diagnosis Of Brain Tumors

The Artificial Intelligence Decision Tools for Tumour Diagnosis (AIDTumour) project is being funded by the Interministerial Commission for Science and Technology (CICYT) and directed by Alfredo Vellido, a member of the UPC Soft Computing (SOCO) research group. Vellido is coordinating a team of 14 researchers in creating a functional prototype that will assist doctors in improving diagnosis in clinical oncology, in particular of brain tumors, based on magnetic resonance spectroscopy data.

03/27/2009 07:44 AM

Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. Adds Oxycyte TBI Clinical Trial Sites In Israel

Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: OXBO) announced that the company has added clinical trial sites in Israel for the planned Phase II dose escalation study of Oxycyte(R) in traumatic brain injury (TBI).

03/27/2009 07:43 AM

Brain Surgery On Monday, Home On Tuesday

Dr. John Whapham used a less-invasive technique that's becoming increasingly common in brain surgery. The Loyola University Health System neurologist inserted a catheter (thin tube) in an artery in Wooley's leg and guided it up to her brain. The catheter released tiny platinum coils into the bulging aneurysm, effectively sealing it off.

03/27/2009 07:42 AM

Around South County: 'Faith and Light Ministry' aimed at aiding those with disabilities MARYLAND

For families who have children or other family members with disabilities, day- to-day life can be both beautiful and challenging. So it is fitting that in their faith, these families have a place to go to not only worship, but also seek out fellowship.

03/27/2009 07:41 AM

American Airlines and American Association of People With Disabilities Team up to Honor Best TV Commercial

American Airlines is partnering with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to create an award honoring the best U.S. television commercials featuring positive portrayals of people with disabilities. Together, the two organizations will support and recognize the efforts put forth by companies that feature disabled people in their television advertising in creative and compelling ways.

03/27/2009 07:40 AM

Harsh Impact of Social Security Delays for People With Disabilities: United Spinal Association's Peggy Hathaway Testifies Before Congress

Peggy Hathaway, United Spinal Association's vice president for Public Policy, detailed before a joint House Ways and Means Subcommittee this week, the alarming plight of more than 1.3 million Americans with disabilities waiting for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide if they meet the eligibility criteria while lives unravel, families are torn apart, homes are lost, medical conditions get worse, and many individuals die.

03/27/2009 07:38 AM

Individualized stroke treatment available for patients, though underutilized

Nearly 90 percent of the 700,000 strokes that affect U.S. patients each year are caused by a blockage of blood vessels supplying the brain, known as ischemic stroke. A new study published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the official journal of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), provides solid evidence of the effectiveness of catheter-based therapy (CBT) to remove blood clots in stroke patients. CBTs, which include stents and thrombectomy, may be used for ischemic stroke patients who arrive too late or have contraindications for intravenous thrombolysis, a drug treatment frequently used to break down blood clots.

03/27/2009 07:36 AM

Disability 101: I Have a Voice COLORADO

I've been racking my braintrying to figure out how to explain this to you. I guess it’s about a dumbing down, a denial of respect, a denial of dignity, a loss of voice. I have a voice. I have a well thought out opinion. I have valuable knowledge. I am capable of making sound decisions.

03/27/2009 07:35 AM

Man with service dog arrested after refusing to leave courthouse TEXAS

Richard Pena went to the Bexar County Courthouse in July of 2007, he wanted to do some research on his adoption. Pena survived a brain tumor in 1998, but suffered a stroke during surgery. He's visually impaired and uses Prissy for balance, mobility and direction. To Pena's surprise a deputy approached him again and told him to leave the courthouse because of the dog. VIDEO LINK.

03/27/2009 07:34 AM

Cells, hospitals unsuitable for autistic teenagers NEW ZEALAND

Disability group says police cells, hospitals and residential homes not fit for teenager with autism CCS Disability Action believes that police cells, hospitals and residential homes are not suitable places to keep teenagers.

03/27/2009 07:33 AM

Bills Introduced to End Two-Year Wait for Disabled to Get Help from Medicare

Bills introduced yesterday in the House and Senate that are aimed at putting an end to the two-year waiting period that people with disabilities must endure before getting help from Medicare.

03/27/2009 07:31 AM

Supportive Housing SOUTH CAROLINA

In a couple of months these apartments will bring some relief to Savannah's homeless problem. This is the future Dutchtown Campus Apartments exclusively for homeless people with a disability.

03/27/2009 07:18 AM

Warning signs of brain bleeding SOUHT CAROLINA

"Bleeding in the brain has significantly higher mortality and patients tend to be more disabled," said Dr. Julio Chalela of MUSC.

03/27/2009 07:17 AM

CB 10 challenges Waterbury group home NEW YORK

A state hearing about a group home planning to move from the south Bronx to the struggling Waterbury Estates development in Pelham Bay was recently held.

03/27/2009 07:15 AM

Emergency crews get autism facts NEW YORK

Patience, patience, patience. That was the message Thursday to local emergency responders who gathered in Clifton Park to gain an understanding of how to handle situations involving children and adults with autism.

03/27/2009 07:13 AM

Dancing Wheels to perform PENNSYLVANIA

The first modern dance company to integrate wheelchair and standup dancers will perform in April in Gettysburg.

03/27/2009 07:12 AM

Wheelchair rugby: It's a smashing good time WASHINGTON

The original name of the sport was murderball, which tells you a little something about the ruggedness, if not the ruthlessness, of wheelchair rugby.

03/27/2009 07:10 AM

Five seconds of shaking can cause injury, death CANADA

On a weekday morning in November 2000, Darryl Gibbs' eight-month-old daughter Cynthia was fed a bit of oatmeal, bundled carefully into a pink and lavender outfit and then dropped off at the day-care centre just around the corner from her home in Yonkers, N.Y. Less than 12 hours later, the infant girl was dead as a result of skull fractures and massive brain damage. Until that terrible day, Gibbs had never heard the phrase "shaken baby syndrome."

03/27/2009 07:09 AM

Car accident alters life path for senior INDIANA

Senior chemistry major Jeff Snell's first choice for college was not Ball State University. When Snell was in high school he was accepted to the Air Force Academy but broke his back in a car accident.

03/27/2009 07:08 AM

Dancer makes a debut - Junior choreography showcase centers around people with disabilities I NDIANA

Emma Parker knew it would take courage for a disabled person to participate in the Junior Choreography Showcase. Before Winter Break, she asked the special education department to send out a mass e-mail to students in wheelchairs to star in the dance she has been choreographing. Accepting people with disabilities is the theme of her dance.

03/27/2009 07:06 AM

A successful match: Employee with autism a model worker SOUTH DAKOTA

Alex Kaufman is the employee every manager is looking for. It's nonstop work from the moment he steps into Sturgis Mr. Movies - collecting from the drop boxes, returning movies to the shelves, checking to make sure people returned the correct one - and he does it all quickly, weaving in and out of the rows of entertainment and candy as if he is on a mission.

03/27/2009 07:05 AM

Agency may drop 'mental retardation' ALABAMA

Alabama's Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation is close to changing its name.

03/27/2009 07:03 AM

ABC newsman, family to be honored at Lake Drive Foundation gala in Mountain Lakes NEW JERSEY

Bob Woodruff, an ABC World News Tonight co-anchor who suffered a traumatic brain injury while reporting from Iraq, his wife, Lee, and their daughter, Nora, will be honored by The Lake Drive Foundation at the "For The Babies" Gala at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, at The Hanover Marriott on Route 10 in Whippany.

03/27/2009 07:02 AM

Lawmakers agree to fund personal care attendants NEVADA

Members of the joint subcommittee studying human services budgets agreed Thursday they will restore most of the cuts the governor ordered to personal care attendant pay rates.

03/27/2009 07:00 AM

Alabama wheelchair team brings home NWBA title

It's been an uphill climb for the University of Alabama's women's wheelchair basketball team, but after six seasons since the program's inception, the Alabama team is now the top-ranked team in the country after winning in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship in Denver.

03/27/2009 06:58 AM

AbledBody helps disabled navigate gadget world

AbledBody is a new consumer tech-focused site just for this segment. On it, news of trends and gadgets that can aid the disabled at work and home are reported on daily through original and sourced news, personal commentary, and contributors' expert opinions. It's a great idea for a tech blog and one we're happy to share.

03/27/2009 06:57 AM

Registry To Assist Disabled in Evacuations VIRGINIA

In the past year, Loudoun County officials noticed a missing link in their emergency planning: They had no information on people with disabilities who might need special assistance during an evacuation.

03/27/2009 06:56 AM

Iron Message: Falcons cornerback talks about overcoming learning disability

Irons was part of a Disabilities Awareness Program. He is a national spokesman for the Learning Disabilities Association of America and has a company, Iron 2 Impact Inc., along with his father, who obviously was and is a big influence in his life.

03/27/2009 06:55 AM

Transperth guard used 'excessive force' on pensioner AUSTRALIA

The Public Transport Authority is refusing to reveal how it will punish a transit guard who used excessive force on a disability pensioner at Perth train station.

03/27/2009 06:54 AM

Brazos House serves snacks to raise disability awareness TEXAS

While the disabilities may not be their's, participants of Nacho Disability learned to not take the cheesy treats for granted.

03/27/2009 06:53 AM

12 earn honors from Community Council on Disability Awareness INDIANA

Two students and their teacher were among those receiving honors during the annual Carol Patterson Disability Awareness Awards event, sponsored by the Community Council on Disability Awareness. The annual awards recognize people who have a disability and deserve special recognition or people who have been helpful to a person, or people, with disabilities.

03/27/2009 06:52 AM

All Social Security, disability-benefit recipients to receive $250 each

People who collect Social Security or disability benefits will share $13 billion in federal money, each receiving a one-time, $250 payment beginning in May, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

03/27/2009 06:50 AM

Area Man Dealing with SSA Disability Benefits Backlog WISCONSIN

Kerwin Peterson of Strum says he'd love to be able to go back to work. But, he says a disability has him sidelined and struggling to make it.

03/27/2009 06:49 AM

Health Tip: Asthmatics Don't Have to Stop Exercising

Exercise is good for most people, even asthmatics who have their doctor's approval.

03/27/2009 06:48 AM

Swallowing-Breathing Dysfunction Worsens Lung Disorder

A disrupted breathing-swallowing pattern may explain why people with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk for aspiration pneumonia, researchers report.

03/27/2009 06:43 AM

Learning disabled may engage in unsafe sex: survey

Adult men with mild learning disabilities may engage in unsafe sex even though they understand the associated risks, survey findings suggest.

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03/25/2009 10:03 AM

Former Athlete Raises Awareness Of Brain Injuries PENNSYLVANIA

Tracy Smith's life was forever changed on January 10, 2005. The Tamaqua teenager figured she had a concussion, but it turned out to be much more serious.

03/25/2009 09:59 AM

Army Setting up TBI Program in Europe

The Army is setting up a program at bases across Europe to treat soldiers who return from combat with mild traumatic brain injury. European Regional Medical Command public affairs chief Steve Davis said last week that the TBI treatment program is being established at 17 base clinics and at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

03/25/2009 09:56 AM

Drawing up a therapy NEW YORK

Renee Giddings's enthusiasm is contagious. At 21, she has battled nearly her entire life with the effects of a traumatic brain injury she suffered when struck by a car at age two, but she has lived each day to its fullest and always finds time to smile. "Art therapy has helped me interact with other people," she said, her voice bubbly and energized. "Drawing is a good way for me to express my feelings."

03/25/2009 09:52 AM

Alpine helmet testing may become mandatory CANADA

Health Canada may make it mandatory for ski and snowboard helmets to meet new standards set by the Canadian Standards Association.

03/25/2009 09:51 AM

Natasha Richardson's death sparks calls for head protection NEW HAMPSHIRE

The death of actress Natasha Richardson has launched an international discussion on safety measures to prevent brain injuries.

03/25/2009 09:49 AM

The sometimes elusive, often dangerous nature of brain injuries CALIFORNIA

Ryan Tompkins wasn't wearing a helmet when he fell off his skateboard and banged his head on the pavement two years ago. The 16-year-old was lucid but in great pain. He was rushed to a Marin hospital, where a CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma, a traumatic brain injury in which blood gathers within the protective covering of the brain.

03/25/2009 09:47 AM

Nothing minor about brain injury CANADA

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability world wide. Traumatic brain injury is more common than breast cancer, HIV AIDS, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury combined. The leading causes of brain injury are falls, being struck by or against an object or being in a motor vehicle crash.

03/25/2009 09:45 AM

Protecting skiers from brain injury NEW JERSEY

The recent death of actress Natasha Richardson underscores the need for skiers to take safety precautions while on the slopes.

03/25/2009 09:42 AM

Preventing And Responding To Head Injuries

"A closed head injury, as the name implies, is an impact to the head which does not involve a cut or opening into the brain," said Dr. Dianne McCallister, the chief medical officer at Porter Adventist. video link.

03/25/2009 09:42 AM

Increased Risk Of Injury Even After First Alcoholic Drink

Most alcohol-related damage occurs after moderate consumption, according to a new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet on the association between alcohol and injury.

03/25/2009 09:38 AM

Social Isolation Makes Strokes More Deadly, Study Finds

New research in mice suggests that social isolation may promote more damaging inflammation in the brain during a stroke.

03/25/2009 09:36 AM

Brain Surgery Through the Eyelids

More than half a million people will have brain surgery this year. Large scars and lengthy recoveries typically go along with the surgery, but doctors are now using the eyes as the gateway to the brain to make surgery less invasive.

03/25/2009 09:33 AM

Call for more Parkinson's nurses UK

Labour leader Iain Gray has called on the Scottish government to tackle the shortage of specialist nurses available for Scots suffering from Parkinson's disease.

03/25/2009 09:32 AM

New asthma med filed for FDA approval

British drugmaker SkyePharma has filed a new drug application with the FDA for Flutiform (fluticasone propionate-formoterol fumarate).

03/25/2009 09:31 AM

New treatments improve control of childhood asthma

A U.S. study has found that treatments introduced in the past ten years have dramatically improved the way childhood asthma is managed.

03/25/2009 09:31 AM

Frequency of Ischemic Stroke Climbs Steeply After the Age of 40 Years

A new analysis from the Helsinki Young Stroke Registry finds the frequency of ischemic stroke rises sharply beginning at the age of 40 years. Traditional stroke risk factors started to accumulate around the age of 44 years, and subclinical infarcts were surprisingly common, researchers report.

03/25/2009 09:27 AM

FDA Issues Decision for Compassionate Use of Iplex in ALS

The FDA has issued a position statement allowing ALS patients access to mecasermin rinfabate injection under an investigational new drug application.

03/25/2009 09:25 AM

Find Out When the Next Brain Injury Conference Is

Visit our listings of brain injury and neurological-related conferences - broken down by month and year.

View listings for conferences in the US and around the world!

03/25/2009 09:25 AM

For Babies & Toddlers Suffering From Seizures, Surgery Found To Be Safe

A new study published in Epilepsia reveals surgery for babies and toddlers suffering from epilepsy is relatively safe and is effective in controlling seizures. The findings also show that early surgery may have a positive impact on babies' brain development.

03/25/2009 09:13 AM

North American Brain Injury Conference: Save The Date

The North American Brain Injury Association (NABIS) has announced that the Seventh Annual NABIS Conference on Brain Injury will be held at the Austin Downtown Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas.

03/25/2009 09:13 AM

Listening To Pleasant Music Could Help Restore Vision In Stroke Patients, Suggests Study

Patients who have lost part of their visual awareness following a stroke can show an improved ability to see when they are listening to music they like, according to a new study published March 23 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

03/25/2009 09:10 AM

Keach returning to work after mild stroke CALIFORNIA

Stacy Keach, who suffered a mild stroke last week, is to resume his starring role in the play "Frost/Nixon," California's Ahmanson Theatre said Tuesday.

03/25/2009 09:08 AM

Stroke patients benefit from Botox

After her stroke, Francine V. Corso, a software engineer who worked on NASA's lunar lander, was housebound from 1992 to 2001. Now, with injections of botulinum toxin every three months, she says, "I'm completely transformed - I drive, I volunteer, I take art classes." Her fingers are so relaxed that a manicurist can lacquer her nails red.

03/25/2009 09:07 AM

AGA Medical Corporation Launches Third Web-Based Stroke Education and Awareness Video Featuring Professional Football Player Tedy Bruschi

AGA Medical Corporation today launched the third in a series of web-based stroke education and awareness videos featuring Tedy Bruschi, a professional football player who suffered a stroke in February 2005, subsequently recovered and returned to his career.

03/25/2009 09:05 AM

Even Young People Are Vulnerable to Stroke

Contrary to conventional thinking, it's not just senior citizens who suffer strokes. One-third of the estimated 780,000 Americans who have strokes each year are under age 65. Even teens, children and infants can be susceptible. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center may be one of the few centers in the nation offering a special support group for younger survivors of strokes - the "brain attacks" that occur when an area of the brain is deprived of oxygen after an artery becomes blocked or ruptured.

03/25/2009 09:00 AM

Astrocytes Help Separate Man From Mouse

A type of brain cell that was long overlooked by researchers embodies one of very few ways in which the human brain differs fundamentally from that of a mouse or rat, according to researchers who published their findings as the cover story in the March 11 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

03/25/2009 08:56 AM

Quadriplegic teen gives Jenna Wolfe a lesson in surfing...and courage

Patrick uses a special board with Styrofoam wedges taped on to keep him balanced. He lays on his stomach, snug between the wedges. A team of about 15 people help guide him out to the waves where he's turned around and pitched into shore. It may take a little while to get him into a wet suit and carry him to the water, and guide him out past the surf and in place and ready to go. But once he's pitched and all hands are off him, Patrick Ivison, for at least a short time, is completely free. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 08:55 AM

Multiple sclerosis may have taken use of her hands, but not her can-do attitude TENNESSEE

As her multiple sclerosis progressed, eventually leaving her a quadriplegic, Shirley Patton discovered a new talent -- drawing and painting. "God did that for me when I really needed it, when I lost the use of my hands," Patton said.

03/25/2009 08:54 AM

Josh granted his new wheels AUSTRALIA

THE State Government has done a massive backflip after initially rejecting the application of a seven-year-old Coleam-bally boy, who desperately needed a new wheelchair.

03/25/2009 08:52 AM

Tom Wilson: Wheelchair game among basketball remembrances ILLINOIS

The country's first National Wheelchair basketball tournament was staged in the Galesburg Armory in March 1949. Playing host was the paraplegic wheelchair team representing the Galesburg Division of the University of Illinois.

03/25/2009 08:50 AM

Computer Learning, Electrical Stimulation Offer Hope For Paralyzed

Trainers have used it for decades to help athletes build muscle. Late-night TV commercials hawk it as an effortless flab buster.

03/25/2009 08:49 AM

More than 50 Amputees to Skydive Over Houston

15 Amputee Wounded Warriors skydive with the Airborne Amputees. Hosted by Limbs of Love in an effort to raise awareness of Prosthetic Parity legislation.

03/25/2009 08:48 AM

Natalie du Toit to swim at Paralympic World Cup UK

Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee swimmer to qualify for the Olympics, will compete at next month’s Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

03/25/2009 08:47 AM

Amputee wants one last surf before he goes CALIFORNIA

Mohammad Malek sat in a bush, bleeding, waiting for help. But there'd been a sudden explosion, and his lower right leg had been torn from his body.

03/25/2009 08:45 AM

Amputee veterans Battling Back UK

With one arm and both legs amputated above the knee, the 25-year old Parachute Regiment corporal is skiing in a "sitski", effectively a wheelchair without the wheels, mounted on a single, racing ski.

03/25/2009 08:44 AM

Effort to ban lead shot in national parks studied

An effort to ban all lead shot used for hunting and lead sinkers used for fishing in national parks across America likely won't be put in effect prior to the 2010 as hoped for by National Park Service officials. In fact, the future appears dubious for getting the ban in place within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

03/25/2009 08:42 AM

OKK Trading Recalls Toy Army Figures Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

03/25/2009 08:42 AM

Concussion might sideline Gators backup tonight FLORIDA

Florida freshman backup post player Kenny Kadji will not be available for the Gators in tonight's NIT third-round contest against Penn State.

03/25/2009 08:40 AM

Concussion hampers Lilja

Despite ongoing headaches from a concussion sustained in a fight more than three weeks ago, Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja doesn't think fighting should be banned from hockey.

03/25/2009 08:38 AM

Is a Seeing-Eye Horse a Service Animal? TEXAS

Fort Worth, Texas, resident Tabitha Darling and her horse, Trixie are inseparable. The pair travel everywhere together, including to the local Dairy Queen drive-through and even to stores because Trixie is Darling's seeing-eye horse. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 08:37 AM

Man jailed for shaken baby death UK

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for five years for shaking his 17-week-old baby daughter to death.

03/25/2009 08:36 AM

Mother tells of shaken baby's final days IOWA

The mother of a 12-day-old infant who died in 2008 from alleged shaken baby syndrome gave an emotional account of the girl’s final days during the trial of her accused killer.

03/25/2009 08:31 AM

Infant might have been victim of shaken baby syndrome LOUISIANA

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says a 2-month-old Doyline girl may have been the victim of shaken baby syndrome.

03/25/2009 08:30 AM

FDA Approves New Indication For Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) For The Treatment Of Adult Patients With Community Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TYGACIL(R) (tigecycline), for the treatment of adult patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) caused by susceptible strains of indicated pathogens.

03/25/2009 08:28 AM

House Republican Leader Boehner Says CMS Policies On Home Oxygen Therapy Will 'Potentially Harm' Care Available To Medicare Beneficiaries

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) urged CMS to reconsider policies governing Medicare's payment of emergency services, supplies, and other obligations after 36 months of service.

03/25/2009 08:26 AM

Gilead commences phase II trial of Cicletanine for pulmonary arterial hypertension

Gilead Sciences, Inc. has announced that it has begun enrolling patients in a Phase II clinical trial of cicletanine hydrochloride (cicletanine), an oral agent in development for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

03/25/2009 08:25 AM

Improving nursing management of nutrition in COPD patients

Weight loss and malnutrition are common factors seen in many patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) especially as their disease progresses, although for some patients obesity may be seen, due to increased breathlessness and reduced activity.

03/25/2009 08:07 AM

Wheelchair-bound dancer left stranded SOUTH AFRICA

Dancer Makhotso Sompane's only concern used to be whether Metrobus would send a wheelchair friendly bus along her route.

03/25/2009 08:06 AM

Disabled will benefit from sporty sessions UK

A disability multi sports session is set to take place.

03/25/2009 08:04 AM

Advocates for disabled to converge on Tallahassee FLORIDA

Florida legislators are being lobbied aggressively not to cut spending for public education. But with next year's budget deficit estimated at more than $3 billion even after an infusion of federal stimulus money, cuts have to come somewhere -- and the next biggest chunk of the state budget is health and human services.

03/25/2009 08:04 AM

Program launched to help disabled own businesses TEXAS

For the disabled in Northeast Texas, a new program is being introduced to show they can live the American dream of owning a business.

03/25/2009 08:03 AM

Disabled Longmont vet has freedom on the slopes COLORADO

Some of his fellow disabled veterans call him Ghost Walker. Mark Drake got the nickname for being able to exit his wheelchair briefly to use the conventional public restroom facilities so his buddies who also use wheelchairs could use a handicap-accessible stall.

03/25/2009 08:01 AM

Protesters object to park pathway for the disabled AUSTRALIA

A GROUP of residents in Sydney's inner west risks criminal charges by protesting against a pathway for the disabled being built on parkland.

03/25/2009 08:01 AM

Crafts Business Disproves Myths About Disability TANZANIA

After Joel Haule developed a crippling childhood disease that left him wheelchair-bound, his parents began calling him "Matatizo", the Kiswahili word for "problems".

03/25/2009 08:00 AM

Service dog not allowed OKLAHOMA

A disabled woman is now looking for justice after her service dog was allegedly kicked out of several businesses in the Shawnee area because it's a Chihuahua. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:58 AM

Ski to the moon with Disability Snowsports UK

The 2009 Disability Snowsport National Skiathon is here! This year, there's a solar theme - the distances that you're challenged to ski are comparable to the three highest mountains on the Moon, Venus and Mars. So pick your challenge, pick the ski slope nearest to you, and ski out of this world!

03/25/2009 07:56 AM

Jupiter dive shop now member of handicapped scuba group FLORIDA

Scuba Works dive shop is now a member of the Handicapped Scuba Association. The shop has recently certified their instructors to be able to teach scuba diving to handicapped candidates.

03/25/2009 07:51 AM

Bill creating alert system for disabled, seniors gains NEW HAMPSHIRE

A proposed, statewide alert to search for missing senior citizens or anyone with a developmental impairment sailed through the House of Representatives without dissent Tuesday.

03/25/2009 07:50 AM

BrainScopeTM Positioned To Identify Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered By Military Troops

With awareness growing around the need for new ways to detect traumatic brain injuries, BrainScope Company Inc. announced completion of data acquisition in high school athletes with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) as part of an on-going investigational study of its brain assessment device.

03/25/2009 07:49 AM

Social Security disability often denied

If and when you apply for Social Security benefits, you may need to brace yourself for a long, hard fight.

03/25/2009 07:46 AM

Disability insurance primer: obtaining full coverage

The economic toll of disability can range from budget tightening to compensate for lost wages to filing for bankruptcy. And if you think there's little chance it will happen to you, think again.

03/25/2009 07:44 AM

Individuals with brain trauma teach Canandaigua kids about animals NEW YORK

Brenden Flynn began his recent presentation before about 40 third-graders at Canandaigua Elementary School by telling a bit about himself and two of his colleagues. "All of us presenters have suffered traumatic brain injuries," said the 25-year-old Flynn, who survived a car accident in Romulus, Seneca County, seven years ago.

03/25/2009 07:44 AM

Disability Rights Advocates Go to D.C. NEW YORK

Some local residents spent Monday night on the road traveling to Washington, D.C. They will join others from across the country for the introduction of legislation that could change Medicaid's long-term care program.

03/25/2009 07:43 AM

Ambassador Appeals to Public Over Disability BOTSWANA

Tebogo Balebetse is appealing to the public to support People living with Disabilities (PWD). The ambassador for the disabled said that time has come for people to stop discriminating or shunning PWDs.

03/25/2009 07:43 AM

Damning report on disability care UK

Care for people with learning disabilities is under fire after a report found a litany of "significant and distressing failures" across the NHS and councils.

03/25/2009 07:41 AM

Peer Mentoring Programs and Childhood Disability

Peer mentoring and buddy programs for students with physical and developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other challenges have been shown to benefit the social-cognitive growth of their mainstream peers as well as establishing long lasting relationships and improving academic achievement for both groups.

03/25/2009 07:39 AM

'Priceless' Autism Therapy Can Have Huge Cost SOUTH CAROLINA

Walker Sowles has an intense "at home" job five days a week. After school, the 5-year-old Easley boy spends hours each day working on language and social skills. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:38 AM

Employment Capabilities Fair set for April HAWAII

El Doi is the resource coordinator for the Department of Health who pairs up folks with disabilities with their own personal assistants. She also helps folks with disabilities find jobs.

03/25/2009 07:37 AM

Healing Horses Help Military Personnel And Veterans With Disabilities COLORADO

A unique partnership involving injured military personnel and some special four-legged friends is reaping big benefits in Eastern El Paso County. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:35 AM

'Nothing About Us Without Us' theme for disabilities awareness month OKLAHOMA

March is celebrated in Oklahoma and around the nation as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. KI BOIS Community Action invites the people of Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburg Counties to help promote a greater understanding of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are a part of your community.

03/25/2009 07:34 AM

Mosaic provides support and growth IOWA

Here in Osceola, Mosaic has helped several individuals grow and experience as well. March is National Disabilities Month. Barb Paulding,public relations specialist at Mosaic said the orgainzaition has decided to host a fashion show to help observe the month.

03/25/2009 07:32 AM

UNHEALTHY ECONOMY - Parents worry about state cuts to disabled kids' services CALIFORNIA

State budget cuts that could hit families needing special care services could kick in as soon as next month, but Maricopa mom Susan Lake already has experienced the frustration of what a lack of funding can mean.

03/25/2009 07:31 AM

Abilities Expo: The Nation's Leading Event for the Disabilities Market Coming to Metro New York April 17-19, 2009

Excitement is building for Abilities Expo/Metro New York that will bring the disability marketplace together for three days to see new products, learn about advances in technology and provide education courses for professionals and consumers. The Expo and Conference is schedule for April 17-19, 2009 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.

03/25/2009 07:30 AM

Olympic accessibility help sought UK

The organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games are asking people with disabilities to help them identify areas that will need improved access.

03/25/2009 07:27 AM

Conference to build skills of disabled AUSTRALIA

LOCAL people with a disability and their family and carers will have the chance to attend a Disability Trust conference right here in the Shoalhaven.

03/25/2009 07:25 AM

BSDC patient costs expected to skyrocket NEBRASKA

The average daily cost for a Beatrice State Developmental Center resident is expected to explode, from about $563 to more than $883 as the state hires the professional staff necessary to qualify for Medicaid licensing.

03/25/2009 07:25 AM

Officials: No evidence of new fights at Corpus state school TEXAS

A state investigation has found no evidence to support new allegations that residents of Corpus Christi State School were fighting last week while employees watched.

03/25/2009 07:22 AM

Logan Disability Fair INDIANA

Hundreds of 4th and 5th graders got to roll a mile in someone else's shoes today.

03/25/2009 07:21 AM

Conference educates faculty on disabled student assistance TEXAS

The Office of Access and Learning Accommodations held its first Bear the Difference conference Tuesday to educate students and faculty about the various opportunities the organization offers for students with disabilities.

03/25/2009 07:20 AM

Center of Controversy: Problems at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (Part One) NEBRASKA

Over the last several years, it is difficult to even mention the Beatrice State Developmental Center without using the word "troubled". Now the center faces the almost certain threat of losing nearly $30 million dollars in federal funding, after already losing certification. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:19 AM

Center of Controversy: Problems at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (Part Two) NEBRASKA

It was eight years ago, when a federal report first brought to light the problems at the Beatrice State Developmental Center. Despite numerous plans and attempts to change over the years, BSDC has lost its federal certification and federal funds that make up half of its total budget. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:17 AM

Center of Controversy: Problems at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (Part Three) NEBRASKA

It was two months ago, when 47 medically fragile patients were moved out of the Beatrice State Developmental Center, and into hospitals. Since then, two patients have died and one has returned to BSDC. The rest of the patients have been told they will not be able to return. VIDEO LINK.

03/25/2009 07:16 AM

After more than 120 years, Agnews is closing this week CALIFORNIA

Just over 120 years after it accepted its first patients, the sprawling facility that once cared for 800 developmentally disabled residents - and earlier for the mentally ill - is finally entering its final chapter. Agnews is expected to close by the end of the week.

03/25/2009 07:15 AM

Special Olympians collect more honors INDIANA

Katrina Stamper and Randy Hurt won gold medals at last month's Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho. Stamper, 17, won a gold medal in figure skating. Hurt, 16, received three gold medals in speedskating.

03/25/2009 07:13 AM

Vt. legislators hear from mental health advocates

Erica Nester doesn't want the help she receives from the state of Vermont - but she needs it. She is worried that further budget cuts to Vermont's community health network - which advocates say is on the brink of disaster after an $8 million cut in the current state budget - would force the family to put the girl in a home to be cared for.

03/25/2009 07:11 AM

Wheelchair law is put on hold MASSACHUSETTS

An ordinance regulating the use of motorized scooter and wheelchairs on city streets is dead -- at least for a few months.

03/25/2009 07:10 AM

NGO Tasks Physically Challenged NIGERIA

Asabe Shehu Yar' Adua Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has urged persons with disabilities to assert their rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and other relevant laws and international charters so as to be able to take full advantage the bill on Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities recently passed by the Senate.

03/25/2009 07:09 AM

Girl Scout brings disability awareness to classmates CALIFORNIA

St. Cecilia School seventh-grader and Girl Scout Charlotte Woolfolk set up a disability awareness fair at her school on Monday to help other students understand the challenges disabled people face.

03/25/2009 07:08 AM

April Is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting 1 in 150 children. Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

03/25/2009 07:07 AM

Legislators seek funding for disabilities-assistance center in Ontario County NEW YORK

While the Legislature is struggling to put the 2009-10 budget in place by April 1, two legislators are requesting a disabilities-assistance center in Ontario County to be added to the list of prospects for state funding.

03/25/2009 07:06 AM

Edison schools identify those with disabilities NEW JERSEY

The Edison Township Public School District has a responsibility to locate, identify and evaluate all resident students with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, including students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools.

03/25/2009 07:04 AM

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day FLORIDA

Floridians with developmental disabilities are asking lawmakers to continue funding programs that help them live independently.

03/25/2009 07:03 AM

CT scans boost survival for severe injuries: study

The use of whole-body CT scans for severe trauma victims significantly boosts survival rates, according to the largest study of its kind, released Tuesday.

03/25/2009 07:00 AM

Study: Anesthesia in Infancy Linked to Later Disabilities

Every surgery poses risk, as doctors will inform you, but in most cases, it's a necessary one. The benefits of going under the knife frequently outweigh the risks of infection or complications, or the dangers associated with anesthesia.

Headlines (Posted March 23, 2009)

03/23/2009 09:43 AM

Actress Natasha Richardson's death puts spotlight on head injuries

Shock over the death of 45-year-old actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on a beginners' ski slope has put the spotlight on head injuries.

03/23/2009 09:41 AM

Preventing And Responding To Head Injuries

The death of actress Natasha Richardson from a closed head injury she received while skiing stunned many people. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 09:39 AM

Teen is wrestling his way back from injury MINNESOTA

In August, Hansen Begg of Watertown, Minn., suffered a traumatic injury to all areas of his brain. While he survived, the injury forced the former high school wrestler to re-learn everything, from walking to speaking.

03/23/2009 09:36 AM

Brain injury seminar to be held

The Education Division of Caldwell College and the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's Children & Adolescents Committee will co-sponsor "Brain Injury Basics," the first lecture in the Jeanne Hazley Lecture Series, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

03/23/2009 09:32 AM

Head injuries should not be dismissed

The death of 45-year-old Natasha Richardson last week from what had been labeled a "mild brain injury" after a skiing accident has experts in trauma warning the public to take a blow to the head seriously.

03/23/2009 09:31 AM

Closed head injuries require extended observation

During the past week, head injury has been getting a lot of press because a celebrity fell on a ski slope, struck her head, and tragically died. While this reminds us all of our vulnerability, it reminds me to review head injury information with you.

03/23/2009 09:30 AM

This Week in Congress

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

H.Res. 178 - Expressing the need for enhanced public awareness of traumatic brain injury and support for the designation of a National Brain Injury Awareness Month (Rep. Pascrell - Oversight and Government Reform).

03/23/2009 09:30 AM

Brain injury didn't stop Baillie CANADA

Larry Baillie was driving without a seatbelt when he was pulled over. Slipping the belt on before the policeman got to his car window, he congratulated himself on avoiding a ticket.

03/23/2009 09:27 AM

A call to awareness NEW YORK

When I heard the news of Natasha Richardson's head injury while skiing, I wept: for her, for her family, for the loss to the world of a gifted artist, but also for myself. I have been struggling with the disabling effects of so-called mild traumatic brain injury for decades.

03/23/2009 09:25 AM

Teen's football injury reshapes future, family MISSOURI

Zach Frith, then 14, wasn't supposed to be playing football that day in 2005. Or the day before, or the day before that. Because he'd taken a blow to the head in a previous game, his doctor’s orders were to stop playing for a few weeks to make sure he didn't suffer another hit.

03/23/2009 09:24 AM

It's one step at a time for brain injury patients VIRGINIA

They live together in a Victorian house on a quiet street in this college town. Mostly men in their early 20s, they play video games, watch movies, tell stories and practice playing guitar. But members of the unofficial fraternity at 506 Grove Ave. aren't students at the University of Virginia. They're military members learning how to live with traumatic brain injuries, or TBI.

03/23/2009 09:17 AM

Computer Learning, Electrical Stimulation Offer Hope For Paralyzed

Trainers have used it for decades to help athletes build muscle. Late-night TV commercials hawk it as an effortless flab buster.

03/23/2009 09:16 AM

New Findings Highlight The Role Of Endothelial Cell Activation In Children With Cerebral Malaria

Researchers have identified a novel pathway that may contribute to the high mortality associated with severe malaria in sub-Saharan African children. The study, published March 20 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, reports that severe Plasmodium falciparum infection results in disruption of the endothelium, causing release of ultra-large von Willebrand factor (VWF) protein. Together with reduced levels of VWF-specific cleaving enzyme ADAMTS13, this finding may contribute to our knowledge of the pathophysiology of malaria.

03/23/2009 09:14 AM

AngioChem's ANG1005 Shows Promise In The Treatment Of Brain Cancers

AngioChem, a biotechnology company discovering and developing drugs that are uniquely capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, today announced the presentation of preliminary safety and tolerability data for its lead drug candidate, ANG1005, from two separate Phase 1/2 studies in patients with recurrent malignant glioma and in patients with advanced solid tumors and brain metastases.

03/23/2009 09:14 AM

Stanford Study Improves Insights Into Parkinson's Disease And Possible Treatments

About the only thing doctors have understood about deep-brain stimulation, which is widely used to treat Parkinson's disease symptoms, is that somehow it works for many patients. In a new study that will be published March 19 in the online journal Science Express, Stanford University researchers used light to illuminate how the treatment works, generating surprising insights into the diseased circuitry and also suggesting new ideas to improve Parkinson's therapy.

03/23/2009 09:11 AM

Hope For Parkinson's Disease Treatment Using Novel Spinal Cord Stimulator

A novel stimulation method, the first potential therapy to target the spinal cord instead of the brain, may offer an effective and less invasive approach for Parkinson's disease treatment, according to pre-clinical data published in the journal Science by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

03/23/2009 09:08 AM

FDA Advisory Committee Finds Favorable Risk-Benefit Profile For Oral Anticoagulant Rivaroxaban For Prophylaxis Of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Ortho-McNeil announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee has determined that rivaroxaban, a novel, investigational, oral anticoagulant, has a favorable risk-benefit profile for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients undergoing hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

03/23/2009 09:07 AM

BrainScopeTM Positioned to Identify Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered by Military Troops

With awareness growing around the need for new ways to detect traumatic brain injuries, BrainScope Company Inc. today announced completion of data acquisition in high school athletes with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) as part of an on-going investigational study of its brain assessment device. This comes at a time when Congress is seeking increased efforts to accelerate the development of new treatments for neurological conditions with the recent neurotechnology bill, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury has issued a call for a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are exposed to a blast or other violent event in wartime.

03/23/2009 09:07 AM

MTBI 2009 - An International Conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

I am very pleased and honored to announce that I will be presenting a plenary address at MTBI 2009 - An International Conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

03/23/2009 09:07 AM

Stratford High teachers' one-year-old son dies after battling brain cancer NORTH CAROLINA

Logan McCombs, the one-year-old boy of Stratford High School teachers Shawn and Stella McCombs, and the focus of an outpouring of community support after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor, has died.

03/23/2009 09:01 AM

Girl, 5, battling brain cancer TEXAS

On March 24, little Reagan Richards will celebrate her fifth birthday. After that, her family fears she won't have many more.

03/23/2009 08:57 AM

Stroke Survivors Improve Balance with Tai Chi

A study led by UIC physical therapy professor Christina Hui-Chan of Hong Kong stroke survivors found they did better at balance control after practicing tai chi than did a control group doing more conventional exercises. Tai chi requires no equipment and can be practiced at home, making it an inexpensive form of therapy.

03/23/2009 08:54 AM

Seeing the Outside

This summer, George Pagano of Niagara Falls has a modest goal: he wants to throw a barbecue. It sounds simple, but if George can indeed throw that barbecue, it'll be the exclamation point on a monumental recovery from an accident that has left him quadriplegic. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 08:53 AM

US FDA issues letter to Oxygen Biotherapeutics to resume trial of Oxycyte in TBI

Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc has received a letter from the FDA that outlines what the agency termed a 'path forward' as a basis to resume clinical studies of Oxycyte in TBI. Oxycyte is the company's perfluorocarbon (PFC) therapeutic oxygen carrier.

03/23/2009 08:53 AM

Researcher finds electrical stimulation key to rehabilitating paralyzed limbs

We've seen the wonders of electrical stimulation before, so it's no real shock (ahem) to hear that a University of Florida engineer has figured out a method to combine that very tactic with sophisticated computer learning technology in order to assist Earthlings in regaining "more precise, more life-like control of paralyzed limbs."

03/23/2009 08:51 AM

Paralyzed Girl Gets All-Terrain Wheel Chair MAINE

A gift from Maine is helping to make less of the world off-limits to a young girl from Oklahoma. Dru Baker, 7, was paralyzed in a car accident two years ago. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 08:49 AM

Doctors give up on paralysed 14-year-old girl TRINIDAD

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl is paralysed from the waist down and doctors have no idea why.

03/23/2009 08:49 AM

CDC Takes Closer Look at Gardasil and Paralysis

Phil Tetlock and Barbara Mellers were in a race against time to save their 15-year-old daughter, Jenny. As I reported last summer, Jenny developed a degenerative muscle disease nearly two years ago, soon after being vaccinated against the cervical-cancer-causing HPV. She became nearly completely paralyzed, though her mind was perfectly intact and she could still enjoy her pet parakeet, Hannah Montana, and Twilight.

03/23/2009 08:44 AM

RICK BOETTGER: She Died. It Is Finished

My Goddaughter Jenny died last Sunday afternoon of the mysterious creeping paralysis that finally gripped her lungs. Death at 15. After 20 months of fighting a medically inexplicable decline of her motor neurons that started with a limp.

03/23/2009 08:40 AM

Breaking down barriers ILLINOIS

The Rev. Ken Dignan steered his wheelchair to the drum set at Eagle Rock Community Church in Homer Glen. Then, like old times, he picked up the drumsticks and tapped out a snappy instrumental.

03/23/2009 08:38 AM

Water skier doesn't let paralysis slow him down FLORIDA

Ryan M. Bergeron has spent much of his life on the water. Water skiing on the family boat and being a member of the Sarasota Ski A Rees with his parents and sister take up many of his childhood memories.

03/23/2009 08:34 AM

Anyone amputated below the knees calls himself Scratcher - as in 'it's just a scratch' UK

Phil Meadows remembers every detail of November 5. Throughout his ordeal that day, the 23-year-old Welsh Lance-Corporal never lost consciousness. 'When the roadside bomb went off beneath us it sounded like a big pane of glass breaking,' he tells me. 'Then I was slumped forward on the turret. I picked up my leg and realised it was hurting a lot.'

03/23/2009 08:33 AM

3-Legged Dog Keeps Up Care For Disabled Teen COLORADO

Veren has cerebral palsy, largely immobilizing his legs and limiting the dexterity of his arms and fingers. For seven years, Comet picked up Veren's fallen books and pens, pulled off his pajamas and put on his socks, and closed the back gate on the way to Veren's grandparents' house.

03/23/2009 08:32 AM

'The NHS could not meet my needs' UK

Albert Thomson was only six days into the war in Iraq when he lost his left leg after a Warrior armoured vehicle accidentally opened fire on him. He was treated in an NHS hospital in Roehampton and, though he praises the care he receives, he says that the civilian system did not have the right resources.

03/23/2009 08:28 AM

Trying to save diabetic feet

Diabetes-related amputations have skyrocketed -- but doctors say that with vigilance, prevention and better circulation treatment, it doesn't have to be that way.

03/23/2009 08:27 AM

Golf Clinic Trains Instructors to Work with Wounded Servicemembers VIRGINIA

The National Amputee Golf Association's First Swing program's mission is twofold: to help military golf instructors learn how to work with wounded warriors and to encourage wounded servicemembers to get back into the swing of an active lifestyle.

03/23/2009 08:25 AM

Child amputees at seminar discuss living with adversity CANADA

Kate Bagshaw is only nine years old, but she has the poise and self-assurance of someone twice her age. As part of the War Amps Child Amputee or "CHAMP" program, she spent part of Sunday counselling the parents of a nine-day-old girl who was born without a limb.

03/23/2009 08:24 AM

Up, up and away OREGON

For about 10 years, while his children played in Rogue Valley parks, Michael Foster sat on the sidelines, often confined to his wheelchair. But now, thanks to an innovative mobility device made in Ashland, he regularly goes on runs and bike rides with his four kids and his dog.

03/23/2009 08:21 AM

OPINION: Amputee's message strikes home; four young lives snuffed out MICHIGAN

I don't usually write about things I know absolutely nothing about, but in this case it's a blessing. Ironically, as I am writing this column a photo of a woman named Sarah Panzau is lying on my desk. She is wearing a tank top and her left arm, or what is left of it, is exposed. Most of it has been amputated.

03/23/2009 08:18 AM

Student perseveres following accident OHIO

In two minutes, the motocross arena would have closed, and Angela Roether would have avoided the accident that ultimately left her without a leg.

03/23/2009 08:16 AM

Koskie calls off comeback, citing concussion woes

Third baseman Corey Koskie, whose baseball career was derailed by a concussion in 2006, has called off his comeback bid, saying risk of further injury just wasn’t worth it.

03/23/2009 08:08 AM

Salinas baby in critical condition CALIFORNIA

The investigation into how a 10-month-old boy received injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome led to the arrest Saturday of San Jose resident Onesimo Zapien on suspicion of felony child abuse, police said.

03/23/2009 08:07 AM

Woman suspected of dying from bird flu in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities believe a woman who died last week may have been infected with avian influenza, state media said Monday.

03/23/2009 08:06 AM

Aspirin Foundation: US Experts Recommend Aspirin To Prevent First Heart Attack Or Stroke

Aspirin should be recommended to reduce the risk of heart attack in men aged 45 - 79 and to reduce the risk of stroke in women aged 55 - 79 who do not have heart disease, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended.

03/23/2009 08:05 AM

Boehringer Ingelheim`s Novel Oral Anticoagulant Dabigatran Etexilate Is The Frontrunner For Stroke Prevention In Atrial Fibrillation

Boehringer Ingelheim announced that the last patient has completed treatment in the landmark phase III Randomized Evaluation of Long term Anticoagulant therapy (RE-LY(R)) study.

03/23/2009 08:02 AM

Abnormal EKG Can Predict Death In Stroke Patients

People who suffer an ischemic stroke and also have an abnormality in the heart's electrical cycle are at a higher risk of death within 90 days than people who do not have abnormal electrical activity at the time of emergency treatment, according to new research.

03/23/2009 08:01 AM

CPF Launches National PSA To Educate Public On Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) claims a life every 13 minutes in the U.S., the same number of lives each year as to breast cancer; yet most Americans have never heard of the disease until it strikes them, or someone they love.

03/23/2009 07:59 AM

FDA Committee Finds Favorable Profile For Rivaroxaban For DVT And Pulmonary Embolism After Hip/Knee Surgery

Ortho-McNeil announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee has determined that rivaroxaban, a novel, investigational, oral anticoagulant, has a favorable risk-benefit profile for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients undergoing hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

03/23/2009 07:59 AM

The brain maintains language skills in spite of alcohol damage by drawing from other regions

Researchers know that alcoholism can damage the brain's frontal lobes and cerebellum, regions involved in language processing. Nonetheless, alcoholics' language skills appear to be relatively spared from alcohol's damaging effects.

03/23/2009 07:40 AM

Baby dies after parents lose legal fight UK

A nine-month old baby with an exceptionally rare medical condition died in a British hospital today after his parents lost a legal battle to force doctors to keep treating him. Two Court of Appeal judges had refused the parents permission to challenge a ruling which gave the hospital treating the boy, named as OT, the right to take him off the ventilator that was keeping him alive.

03/23/2009 07:37 AM

The prejudice persists over Down's Syndrome UK

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the identification of the cause of Down's Syndrome. The disability had been known of since the middle of the 19th century: John Langdon Down had described its symptoms in detail in 1866. But until Jerome Lejeune published his article on March 21, 1959, no one knew what caused some children to be born with the condition.

03/23/2009 07:34 AM

Two special siblings, one extraordinary bond MICHIGAN

He's a Kalamazoo Central basketball star, a high-profile player on a team making a serious run for the high school state championship. She's the adoring younger sister who basks in his reflected glory. But the story of Devin and Miya Oliver doesn't stop there. Miya has Down syndrome, which causes serious mental impairments.

03/23/2009 07:30 AM

Disabled veterans get legal help NEW JERSEY

Three lawyers, two of whom are disabled, are joining forces to help veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars get what is due them from the Veterans Administration.

03/23/2009 07:29 AM

Family says Down diagnosis needn't be seen as a burden NEW JERSEY

It was more than three years ago, but Vera Piasecki is still upset with the doctor who told her that the baby she was carrying almost certainly had Down syndrome.

03/23/2009 07:27 AM

Assistance is available for disabled travelers

Many travelers - Many travelers "as they get older "find themselves unable to compete with younger counterparts in the mad scramble that travel has become. The travel industry officially helps many, but others are sometimes left to fall through the cracks. Here's what I can tell you, in general, about travel options when you’re slightly to fully disabled.

03/23/2009 07:22 AM

Iraq War vet spikes disability COLORADO

James Stuck can tell you everything that happened on the morning of December 20, 2005, right up until the moment the truck he was riding in hit a roadside bomb. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 07:21 AM

Organisations Run By People With Disabilities UK

More than 1 million will help disabled groups run their own organisations and help people to live full and independent lives, Care Services Minister, Phil Hope announced today.

03/23/2009 07:18 AM

Social Security Administration: Claims move from months to minutes

On Friday, IBM, MedVirginia and the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an electronic medical records exchange system to be used in speeding up the process of granting disability benefits "from months to minutes". The project is part of the $19 billion granted by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

03/23/2009 07:16 AM

Special ed gets big boost from federal funds MASSACHUSETTS

The governor announced yesterday he will allocate $280 million in federal economic stimulus funds to pay for special education programs in local school districts and another $10 million for preschool special education services.

03/23/2009 07:13 AM

Area Special Olympics Bowlers Respond To Obama's Remark WISCONSIN

The White House is apologizing for the president's offhand remark about the Special Olympics on NBC's "The Tonight Show." VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 07:13 AM

Agency helps the challenged find jobs CALIFORNIA

For Theresa Peters, all else pales in comparison to her love for her job as a Whittier crossing guard at Broadway and Ceres Avenue.

03/23/2009 07:12 AM

Museum offers fun for disabled children ILLINOIS

One of the best places for young children to get hands-on educational experiences in a fun and intimate environment is at Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago. It is also designed to accommodate children with physical, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities.

03/23/2009 07:11 AM

Sex matters: Relationships and disabilities UK

"I want to have sex. That's my problem: I want to have sex, but I'm still a virgin." Ben Pelham, from Colchester in Essex, is 20. He is charming, funny, affectionate. He's got a neat line in cheek - he tries to chat me up, says he "doesn't mind being a toyboy". He has a pretty girlfriend called Kelly. So what is Ben's problem?

03/23/2009 07:08 AM

Junior is an athlete, advocate for change MINNESOTA

From meetings and after-school practices to speaking engagements throughout the state, 18-year-old Danielle Liebl stays active - and that’s what she prefers.

03/23/2009 07:06 AM

Career Center adds automatic doors TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Career Center at Dyersburg offers numerous accommodations for individuals with disabilities and language barriers, but until recently, a key piece providing independence to local residents with disabilities was missing.

03/23/2009 07:04 AM

Blind Eugene swimmer determined to make Paralympic team OREGON

Megan Smith stands, shakes her whole body and then clutches the starting block with both hands. The 19-year-old swimmer is sore and not happy with her time in Saturday's first race. Just as she's poised to begin the second, a girl in another lane drops into the pool. False start.

03/23/2009 07:02 AM

Special-needs students face even tougher transitions in ailing economy SOUTH CAROLINA

Ashlee Duncan, 19, is moderately mentally disabled and greets strangers with hugs. At 21, she will age out of the public school system, which provides her physical, occupational and speech therapy. Her parents will have to learn to navigate a new world of services and agencies.

03/23/2009 07:01 AM

4 dead in upstate NY group home fire NEW YORK

Four of the nine residents of a state-run group home in the southern Adirondacks are dead after a fire gutted the home early Saturday morning.

03/23/2009 07:00 AM

Clark & Sullivan completes ADA retrofit work at WNC NEVADA

Sparks-based Clark & Sullivan completed work on an American Disabilities Act retrofit project for the state of Nevada Public Works Board at the Western Nevada College campus in Carson City.

03/23/2009 06:58 AM

Unique athletes Special Olympic games held in Woodstock VERMONT

They were all champions at the 2009 Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games on Saturday. It wasn't Turin, Italy, and there was no agony of defeat.

03/23/2009 06:56 AM

Lehigh Valley Region Technology Offered To Help Disabled Use Phones PENNSYLVANIA

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network offers telecommunication assistance to people with disabilities through the Pennsylvania Telecommunication Device Distribution Program.

03/23/2009 06:55 AM

Ironed Out shuts laundry to focus on ironing AUSTRALIA

Council will close the laundry component of Ironed Out, an ironing business providing employment for workers with disabilities.

03/23/2009 06:54 AM

Mobility-Impaired Women Discover Joy Of Belly Dancing NEW YORK

"All too often, women with disabilities, because we're always touched medically and by therapists, physicians, different medical personnel, we lose a sense of our bodies," said Goldberg. Women with disabilities, we're thought of as asexual. Doing some kind of exercise, especially belly dancing, helps us to get back into our bodies and to be more sensual. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 06:51 AM

The upside of Down syndrome NEW JERSEY

Conor Wright, 18, who has Down syndrome, loves to play golf, basketball and "Madden NFL." He goes dancing every week, takes meticulous care of his family's lawn and has a smile that lights up a room. VIDEO LINK.

03/23/2009 06:49 AM

Mom given ticket for reviving son UK

Disability activists say they're backing a British mother given a $145 parking ticket when she stopped to revive her severely disabled son. Penny Batkin, 40, was taking her son, Freddie, 4, to a hospice in Hampton when he began gasping for breath and turning blue, said Richmond Aid, a charity for people with disabilities.

03/23/2009 06:47 AM

Five Service Dogs Graduate to New Owners VIRGINIA

A local organization that raises dogs to help people with disabilities celebrates a special graduation Sunday at the Holiday Inn on Emmet Street in Charlottesville. For the first time, Service Dogs of Virginia successfully placed dogs with an autistic child and veterans.

03/23/2009 06:46 AM

Obama's gaffe sparks important debate OPINION FLORIDA

Continuing his trend of engaging in everyman endeavors, President Barack Obama's actions Thursday evening rang true with innumerable people across the country - wishing he could take back the words he already said.

03/23/2009 06:43 AM

Disability Awareness Month WYOMING

March harbors a special meaning and recognition for individuals with both mental and physical disabilities in Wyoming.

03/23/2009 06:41 AM

Hospitals try to ease BSDC transition NEBRASKA

It's good to see Dawn smiling again. When she was first moved here Feb. 6, she’d stared blankly ahead and slept for hours on end, signs of stress after being uprooted from her home of more than 25 years, the Beatrice State Developmental Center.

03/23/2009 06:40 AM

Disabled, hockey players take to ice NEW YORK

There's nothing unusual about ice skating on wheels to the residents of Prospect Child & Family Center's group homes. Having their wheelchairs pushed by an Adirondack Red Wings Alumni player, however, is out of the ordinary.

03/23/2009 06:38 AM

Disability organizations team up for 3-day ski venture COLORADO

The camp is a joint effort of area disabled support groups. Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS), Access Anything and Adaptive Adventures combined to offer the long weekend of skiing for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families.

03/23/2009 06:36 AM

Group pushes for inclusive playground in Honesdale PENNSYLVANIA

Allyson Pretty-Hopkins wants her 7-year-old son, Samuel, to know he is capable of doing anything. Without an inclusive playground nearby, opportunities for Samuel, who is disabled, to learn independence through play are limited, however.

03/23/2009 06:35 AM

Oppn says ACT Govt not serious about special eduction AUSTRALIA

The ACT Liberals say the Government is not serious about improving special education because it will not increase funding levels.

03/23/2009 06:33 AM

Where Can I Find Help to Install a Wheelchair Ramp in My Home?

For seniors and other people with disabilities, wheelchair ramps and other home modifications can help them be more independent and stay in their homes longer.

03/23/2009 06:33 AM

United Spinal Association Opens Registration for the 2009 Independence Expo: Improving Life for the Disabled and the Aging

United Spinal Association ( has announced the start of registration on-line for the 2009 Independence Expo - Long Island (, the regions premiere lifestyle-enhancing Expo designed to promote active living and independence for individuals with disabilities and aging Americans.

03/23/2009 06:31 AM

Parents push for changing how disabled are taught FLORIDA

Florida parents are pushing for a law that could dramatically change how teachers treat students with disabilities, banning techniques such as secluding children in isolated rooms, strapping them into chairs and spraying them with liquids.

03/23/2009 06:30 AM

Program helps disabled teens find jobs FLORIDA

Students with disabilities from Jackson Central-Merry High School will be able to find a place to work this summer thanks to the local youth services division of the Workforce Investment Act.

03/23/2009 06:29 AM

'Brain Gym' session helps children with disabilities OREGON

Exercises that incorporate the careful twining of young arms and legs can help calm and focus young minds and promote better learning among children with disabilities, officials say.

03/23/2009 06:28 AM

An advocate for people with disabilities NEW YORK

In his retirement years, he and his wife helped create an organization that now serves hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities.

03/23/2009 06:27 AM

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month NEW YORK

Madison Cortland ARC announced last week the agency is pleased to again receive a proclamation from the Madison County Board of Supervisors, proclaiming the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during its regular monthly board meeting March 10.

03/23/2009 06:27 AM

Children with disabilities get to try ballet CONNECTICUT

Twelve young members of the New Haven Ballet Company came to town Sunday for a session that was much more laid back than regular rehearsals.

03/23/2009 06:26 AM

Groups meet to help kids with disabilities GUAM

Parents of children with disabilities gained information about the different services available to them on Guam during a free conference held yesterday and Friday.

03/23/2009 06:25 AM

Disabilities agency picks interim chief SOUTH CAROLINA

The agency that provides services to South Carolinians with severe disabilities has named a new chief.

03/23/2009 06:24 AM

Revisions expand, put muscle back into Disabilities Act

Revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act will restore employment and other discrimination protections for people with disabilities to prior levels and expand the number of people covered under the law.

03/23/2009 06:08 AM

New book tackles bullying of kids with disabilities CANADA

Amber Doucette knows the suffering that bullied people with disabilities experience so well, she wrote the book on it. Well, illustrated it, anyway.

Headlines (Posted March 20 & 21, 2009)

03/21/2009 10:38 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America: This week, BIAA mobilized grassroots advocates by sending out an action alert regarding FY2010 appropriations. The message detailed that over the next few weeks, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will be working to craft the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which will provide the funding allocation for NIDRR's TBI-related research programs, including TBI Model Systems of Care, as well as programs authorized through the TBI Act.

03/21/2009 10:37 AM

What should you do after a head injury, and when should you become alarmed?

Emergency Room Physician Dr. David Behm says what likely happened to Natasha Richardson is rather rare. He says local ERs see head injuries quite often - but, not to the extent of hers. He says Richardson's brain likely filled with blood after an artery or vein ruptured in her skull.

03/21/2009 10:36 AM

Richardson's tragic, fatal injury: How hematoma can be missed

Richardson's type of brain injury most likely occurred as a result of a skull fracture, says Stewart Levy, a neurosurgeon who practices at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. She was not wearing a helmet when she fell.

03/21/2009 10:35 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury: UCSF Neurosurgeon Calls For More Research, Improved Treatment Standard

But when the headlines shift to other topics and the current flurry of public interest in TBI subsides, there will remain a pressing need for increased awareness and improved treatment of these potentially life-altering -- but also often treatable -- injuries, says UCSF professor and internationally recognized neurotrauma expert Geoff Manley, MD, PhD, professor of neurological surgery, co-director of the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center and chief of neurotrauma at UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital.

03/21/2009 10:33 AM

Richardson's ski injury was unusual

Word that actress Natasha Richardson died of a brain injury after falling on a Canadian ski slope earlier this week has skiers and others who may encounter head trauma wondering whether seemingly minor injuries they suffer could lead to disability or even death.

03/21/2009 10:33 AM

Brain Injury Survivor Shares Similiar Story To Natasha Richardson's GEORGIA

Les Paul Morgan, multiple brain injury survivor: "I walked into work one day, feeling absolutely fine, and within a few seconds, I had a very severe massive headache that felt like an explosion went off in my head." VIDEO LINK.

03/21/2009 10:32 AM

Expert Weighs In On Natasha Richardson's Case And Brain Injury Awareness

With the news of screen star Natasha Richardson's life ending tragedy, brain injury awareness is garnering worldwide attention. The autopsy reported the cause of death to be an "epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head." But while details of the impact are still sketchy, Shawn Phipps, President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California reveals what type of brain injuries Richardson could have sustained and how it possibly could have been prevented.

03/21/2009 10:31 AM

Brain injury services pass review ALABAMA

A Soldier's scars from war are often hidden. They reveal themselves through memory loss, headaches, dizziness or blurred vision. The symptoms may appear months or years after his or her return home.

03/20/2009 08:48 AM

Richardson died of brain hemorrhage, medical examiner says

An autopsy of the actress Natasha Richardson indicated that she died of a brain hemorrhage caused by "blunt impact" to her head, the chief medical examiner for New York City said.

03/20/2009 08:44 AM

Learning To Stay Alive VIRGINIA

About 5½ years ago, Anne Thomas was entering her workplace when she took a wrong step, fell backward and hit her head. During the weeks that followed, Thomas noticed she had trouble completing tasks and remembering details. She also suffered headaches, olfactory complications, hearing problems and other issues.

03/20/2009 08:43 AM

Iraq veteran turned artist finds her creativity sparked by battlefield brain injury VIRGINIA

Melissa Hooppaw had an artistic side, but didn't get to show it much until an explosion changed her life.

03/20/2009 08:39 AM

Minor Head Injuries Can Have Devastating Results NORTH CAROLINA

A local trauma surgeon says even minor bumps on the head can cause devastating brain injury. But it's far more likely in older adults than in younger people, like actress Natasha Richardson. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:36 AM

Doctors: Richardson Injury Was Survivable

Doctors say actress Natasha Richardson could have been saved if medical treatment had come more quickly after her skiing accident. At first, the 45-year-old Richardson appeared fine and nearly four hours elapsed between her lethal fall and her admission to a hospital.

03/20/2009 08:35 AM

Brain Injury Doesn't Stop Former Space Engineer

Mike Jennings used to be a space engineer. He gave presentations to NASA officials and answered detailed questions about the components his team at Hamilton Sundstrand were designing to take astronauts into space. "NASA was tough, and they would beat me up," Jennings told a group of his former co-workers at a reception in his honor. "But they didn't put me in this wheelchair."

03/20/2009 08:34 AM

'Talk and die syndrome' made actress's death difficult to prevent CANADA

Brain-injury experts say victims of the infrequent syndrome, which masks head injuries, are often conscious after hitting their heads and lucid enough to deem themselves unhurt, as Ms. Richardson did this week, laughing off her tumble on a beginners hill at Mont Tremblant and declining an ambulance. Victims can appear healthy even though they require medical attention and, in some cases, are on the brink of death.

03/20/2009 08:33 AM

Minor mishaps can cause brain injuries

Brain injuries occur more often than most people imagine, says Dr. Robin Hanks, chief of neuropsychology at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and the University Physician Group of Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2003, the last year the Centers for Disease Control reported the data, about 1.56 million Americans suffered brain injuries. Those injuries resulted in 290,000 hospitalizations and 51,000 deaths.

03/20/2009 08:33 AM

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is national brain injury awareness month. A recent tragedy puts awareness in the headlines. Tony award winning actress Natasha Richardson died from a brain injury Wednesday. She hit her head skiing, and it didn't seem very serious. We talked to a brain injury survivor at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

03/20/2009 08:32 AM

Head injuries: Here's how to protect yourself, your children

Bump, bonk, fall or complete knockout. When it comes to head injuries, experts say you can't be too careful, especially with warmer weather starting to lure more people outside. Shock over the death of 45-year-old actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on a beginners' ski slope has put the spotlight on head injuries.

03/20/2009 08:30 AM

Local Woman Recovering From Brain Injury OHIO

One local family understands the devastation Natasha Richardson's family is going through. In January of 2008, 21-year-old Monica Durban sustained traumatic brain injuries after a devastating car accident. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:30 AM

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

As the Iraq War marks its sixth anniversary, the military is investing in research and better treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries. Defense Department officials estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered traumatic brain injury.

03/20/2009 08:29 AM

'Just a mom' raises brain injury awareness PENNSYLVANIA

Eight years ago, Dottie Ardell traveled to Harrisburg to serve on a state Department of Health panel about traumatic brain injuries. She was asked to participate because her son, Keith, suffered one in a 1987 car wreck.

03/20/2009 08:28 AM

Can a Helmet Save Your Life?

Dr. Stewart Levy says a properly constructed and fitted helmet can significantly reduce the probability of brain injury. Dr. Levy says helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by 75%.

03/20/2009 08:27 AM

Brain Injury Awareness Month - One soldier's story NEW YORK

"I can't remember a lot of the stuff that happened. Luckily, I have a short-term memory loss and I can't remember," former Staff Sergeant Brian Wells said of his near fatal incident in Iraq. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:25 AM

Brain Injury Survivor Speaks Out VIRGINIA

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age 45. March is also recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Virginia. A local survivor shares her story of coping after a severe head injury. Her daily walk is now therapeutic, but for Anne Thomas, it's taken a while to get back to this point. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:25 AM

Signs of a brain injury

How concerned should we be? Natasha Richardson appeared to take a harmless spill on the bunny slope. People there said it wasn’t a hard fall, she appeared to be o.k. and was talking.

03/20/2009 08:24 AM

Moving forward after a brain injury

Every year 50,000 people in the United States die after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury. March is National Brain Injury Awareness month. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:23 AM

Head Injury Can Be Hard to Spot, Especially in Kids

Natasha Richardson's sudden death from a seemingly minor head injury is a big wake-up call for parents. If a healthy 45-year-old woman could die after falling on the bunny hill at a ski resort, what about our kids? Helmets are becoming more common on the ski slopes, but many parents, myself among them, wouldn't think you'd need one on the beginner's slope. Maybe it's time to think again.

03/20/2009 08:22 AM

Air Force's only clinic for mild traumatic brain injury cases opens at Alaska base

The Air Force's only traumatic brain injury clinic is located at Elmendorf Air Force Base and that's where wounded Alaska-based troops are being treated and learning new skills.

03/20/2009 08:21 AM

Brain injury victims can seem OK, symptoms delayed

Actress Natasha Richardson's skiing accident is raising questions of how a seemingly simple fall apparently led to her death.

03/20/2009 08:19 AM

Brain Injury Basics: What You Need to Know

The shocking death of actress Natasha Richardson following a skiing accident has many people asking questions about brain injuries, and why some can end up being no more than a bump on the head while others can kill.

03/20/2009 08:18 AM

Scientists have flash of light over Parkinson's treatment

A long-hyped technology that lets scientists activate brain cells with flashes of light is beginning to deliver results that may extend far beyond neuroscience labs.

03/20/2009 08:16 AM

Biological Clue In Brain Tumour Development

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have uncovered a vital new biological clue that could lead to more effective treatments for a children's brain tumour that currently kills more than 60 per cent of young sufferers.

03/20/2009 08:16 AM

Alzheimer's And Epilepsy Connection - New Research

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research in the Journal of Neuroscience investigating the link between Alzheimer's and Epilepsy.

03/20/2009 08:15 AM

Unique Nerve-Stimulation Device Proves Effective Against Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a common medical condition characterized by convulsions and short periods of confusion. It affects more than 50 million people worldwide. But intractable epilepsy, which affects more than 1 million Americans and is often resistant to drug treatment and surgery, is arguably worse.

03/20/2009 08:14 AM

Common Anti-Seizure Medications May Increase Risk Of Cardiovascular Problems

An important clinical repercussion in the treatment of epilepsy has been discovered by a research team led by Scott Mintzer, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

03/20/2009 08:12 AM

Kamada Completes Last Patient Visit In Phase II Bronchiectasis Study With Its Inhaled AAT

Kamada , a bio-pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of specialty life-saving therapeutics, announced today that it has completed the last patient visit in a Phase II bronchiectasis study with its Inhaled Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT), delivered via an optimized Investigational eFlow Nebulizer System (PARI Pharma GmbH).

03/20/2009 08:11 AM

Compugen Announces Positive Therapeutic Effects Of Relaxin Receptor Peptide Ligand In Pulmonary Fibrosis Animal Model

Compugen (NASDAQ:CGEN) announced that CGEN-25009, a novel peptide that previously demonstrated the ability to activate the Relaxin receptor LGR7 (RXFP1) in cell based assays, has shown positive therapeutic effects in an animal model of pulmonary fibrosis.

03/20/2009 08:09 AM

Analysis of the Connection Between Flu and Pneumonia

Influenza, or flu, is an unpleasant affair with fever, cough, as well as head and body ache. When this illness is further complicated by a bacterial pneumonia, a harmful superinfection develops. Until now, researchers thought that the flu facilitates an infection with pneumonia bacteria because it leads to a decrease of immune cells in the blood and thus impairs the body's defenses.

03/20/2009 08:08 AM

Actor Stacy Keach suffers mild stroke

Veteran US actor Stacy Keach has fallen victim to a mild stroke in Los Angeles but should not suffer any impairment from it, according to his spokesman.

03/20/2009 08:05 AM

Lab-grown Nerves Promote Nerve Regeneration After Injury

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have engineered transplantable living nerve tissue that encourages and guides regeneration in an animal model. Results were published in March in the journal Tissue Engineering Part A.

03/20/2009 08:04 AM

Relaunched organization increases disability awareness MINNESOTA

Each day, millions of people get out of bed and walk. They walk to the kitchen, to their cars or to classes without giving their action a second thought. For the average individual, the ability to walk is taken for granted. Until his car accident in September 1999, Minnesota State faculty member John Hendrickson was one of those people.

03/20/2009 08:03 AM

Valuable mask returned to quadriplegic owner CANADA

A valuable native mask stolen from the wall above a quadriplegic man while he slept was found abandoned on a bus and was returned to its owner yesterday.

03/20/2009 08:02 AM

Paralyzed waterskiier returns to waves FLORIDA

Ryan Bergeron glided across Warner's Bayou as Jared Beck drove the 21-foot sport boat, nodding as Justin Smith relayed the wakeboarder's signals for more power. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 08:00 AM

Paralysis was the best thing that happened to me, swimmer says INDIANA

He came as close to living the dream as anyone could, and yet Dave Denniston told an audience Wednesday night that it took paralysis to open doors he never imagined. "It was the best thing that ever happened to me," he said.

03/20/2009 07:59 AM

Maggots' Taste For Flesh May Cure Leg Ulcers

With a worsening ulcer and the threat of losing a foot, Pam Mitchell was willing to try something drastic; she had live maggots put in her wound.

03/20/2009 07:56 AM

Soldiering on CANADA

As Master Cpl. Jody Mitic set out on patrol with fellow snipers in Afghanistan, he had no forewarning that a fateful step would be his last on his own two feet.

03/20/2009 07:55 AM

Injured in Indiana: Aldridge suffers concussion; Batum X-Rays negative

The Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 95-85 on Wednesday, but in the process lost two starters to injury.

03/20/2009 07:54 AM

WSU's Chamberlain suffered concussion KANSAS

Wichita State sophomore Reggie Chamberlain suffered a concussion in Wichita State's basketball victory over Buffalo on Wednesday night. Coach Gregg Marshall said Chamberlain would be evaluated daily.

03/20/2009 07:53 AM

Service dog graduation marks new beginnings TENNESSEE

A graduation marked the end of some intense training and the beginning of some special relationships on Thursday.

03/20/2009 07:52 AM

Childminder 'shook baby to death' UK

A childminder "shook" an eight-month-old baby to death while trying to "force feed" him, the Old Bailey heard.

03/20/2009 07:51 AM

Baby was shaken, DCI, doctors say WISCONSIN

Frustration boiled over and eventually caused a Nashua man to shake his newborn daughter, he said in a recorded interview played to jurors Wednesday.

03/20/2009 07:50 AM

Preventing shaken baby syndrome MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts Shaken Baby Prevention Initiative offers these tips for parents. All babies cry, some for two or more hours a day.

03/20/2009 07:49 AM

Shaken Baby Cases On The rise In Massachusetts

The Boston Globe reports Thursday that child protection teams at Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital have seen nine infants with shaken baby syndrome in the last three months, compared with four in the same period last year. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 07:47 AM

Mother Warns Shaken Baby Syndrome On Rise MASSACHUSETTS

Dr. Deborah Eappen, whose son, Matthew, was killed by a British au pair assigned to care for him 10 years ago, told lawmakers Thursday that the prevention funding is vital to the welfare of children in the state. VIDEO LINK.

03/20/2009 07:46 AM

Parkinson's-linked Mutation Makes Neurons Vulnerable To Calcium-induced Death

A new study reveals the mechanism by which a genetic mutation linked with Parkinson's disease (PD) renders dopamine neurons particularly vulnerable to cell injury and death. The research is published by Cell Press in the March 13th issue of the journal Molecular Cell

03/20/2009 07:42 AM

Non-invasive breathing monitor UK

A non-invasive instrument to monitor the breathing of very young children with respiratory problems is being developed by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE).

03/20/2009 07:41 AM

Boy dies of bird flu in Vietnam

A three-year-old Vietnamese boy has died of avian influenza after four days in hospital, a health official said on Friday, bringing Vietnam's bird-flu death toll to three this year.

03/20/2009 07:39 AM

Right to die baby's ventilator must be switched off, court rules UK

Parents fighting to keep their baby son alive have lost their High Court battle after a judge ruled the nine-month-old baby must be allowed to die with dignity.

03/20/2009 07:38 AM

BUSM researchers identify gene variant associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have, for the first time, identified a gene variant on chromosome 4 that may be a potential risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These findings will be published in PLoS Genetics on March 20th.

03/20/2009 07:37 AM

Abnormal EKG can predict death in stroke patients

People who suffer an ischemic stroke and also have an abnormality in the heart's electrical cycle are at a higher risk of death within 90 days than people who do not have abnormal electrical activity at the time of emergency treatment, according to new research.

03/20/2009 07:35 AM

Genetic irregularities linked to higher risk of COPD among smokers

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have discovered two genetic markers that appear to put some smokers at significantly higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

03/20/2009 07:31 AM

Volleyball jamboree may lead to local Special Olympics event NORTH CAROLINA

A volleyball jamboree is being held March 28 at Averett University's Grant Center for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

03/20/2009 07:29 AM

Haverhill man to testify about budget cuts for disabled MASSACHUSETTS

A Haverhill man expects to testify on Friday with other self-advocates, family members and caretakers about the effects of 2010 state budget cuts on the services they receive from the Department of Mental Retardation - soon to be renamed the Department of Disability Services.

03/20/2009 07:28 AM

Wounded Warrior, Shattered Lives UTAH

The day Jason Klinkenberg's convoy unit was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade is the day his family says the young Tooele native, who joined the Air Force right out of high school, died inwardly.

03/20/2009 07:27 AM

Speech: Turia - World Down Syndrome Day NEW ZEALAND

For Gordon and Christina, it was not the disability that drew them together – it was a profound, and incredible love. That love would carry on, no matter what.

03/20/2009 07:26 AM

Huot and Hill happy with races at 2009 Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships CANADA

Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., won two gold medals and Brian Hill of Montreal added a victory in the men's 50-metre butterfly on Thursday to open the 2009 Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships for swimmers with a disability.

03/20/2009 07:24 AM

Disabled athlete encourages others INDIANA

Dave Denniston, former Olympic-bound swimmer who is now paralyzed, a yo-yo and a pair of Nikes to illustrate his determination to continue swimming in his speech Wednesday night.

03/20/2009 07:24 AM

Helena woman pleads guilty to pocketing disabled son's income MONTANA

Mary Lynn Mills, 58, of Helena pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing Social Security income that should have gone to her mentally disabled son during the past two years.

03/20/2009 07:19 AM

Special Olympics open in Woodstock VERMONT

Approximately 346 athletes from across the state will compete in the 2009 Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games held the weekend of March 18 to 22 at the Woodstock Inn and Resort and Suicide Six Ski Area. Participation in the 2009 Games will represent a 32-percent increase over last year.

03/20/2009 07:19 AM

Local accessibility group leading the way CANADA

The county of Renfrew is ahead of some of its counterparts when it comes to accessibility issues, according to the chairman of the county's Accessibility Advisory Committee.

03/20/2009 07:18 AM

March a special month LOUISIANA

St. John Arc announced March as Mental Retardation month. Parish president Bill Hubbard signed a proclamation stating that the month of March will be set aside for those citizens of St. John Parish with intellectual disabilities.

03/20/2009 07:16 AM

Wheels for the World needs help MASSACHUSETTS

In the past, I have written at fairly regular intervals about Wheels for the World (WFTW), an organization that collects used mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walkers, refurbishes them, and then donates them to countries where such devices are considered a luxury for the disabled.

03/20/2009 07:16 AM

Give a break to families with disabled children UK

NORTH Devon people are being sought to train as carers to provide regular short breaks to local disabled children.

03/20/2009 07:15 AM

Help for developmentally disabled delayed NORTH CAROLINA

More than a month after the state approved The Beacon Center's request for $2.9 million to provide immediate help for children and adults who are diagnosed as developmentally disabled, the center now says those services could start being offered May 1 or later.

03/20/2009 07:14 AM

Disabilities can't stop the joy of performing OHIO

There's a certain light that comes into the eyes of those who have performed on stage and know that they've pleased their audience. Even in their first rehearsal on Monday, disability self-advocates from throughout Knox County started glimmering with that light as they rehearsed songs and skits planned for the show "Advocates on a Mission, No Time for Intermission."

03/20/2009 07:13 AM

Disabled Iraq Veteran says God helped him overcome tragedy ARKANSAS

Imagine joining the army and being sent to Iraq to serve your country. Then an explosion caused by a rocket-propelled grenade causes you to lose almost every function of your body.

03/20/2009 07:12 AM

Forum recognizes disabled students ARKANSAS

"Be honest and learn how to build relationships with other people," Dewey Graves said. "Learn how to cope with your situation and never give up."

03/20/2009 07:11 AM

Athletics: Disabled youngsters set sights much higher NEW ZEALAND

A weekly coaching group for athletes with disabilities in Dunedin has the potential to promote some of its athletes on to the international stage.

03/20/2009 07:10 AM

Celeb travel: Tanni Grey-Thompson finds her wonderwall UK

It's right on my doorstep but I had only ever gone past it in the car. And I often thought: hang on a minute, I must visit Hadrian's Wall. Yet during my years of competing as a disabled athlete, the last thing I ever wanted to do with my time off was travel.

03/20/2009 07:09 AM

PA Department of Education Announces Grants To Aid Students With Disabilities

Four schools and one school district that have employed effective, high-quality methods for including students with disabilities in classrooms with non-disabled students will receive grants of $15,000 each to promote their efforts, Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak announced today.

03/20/2009 07:08 AM

Big Wave concerns spawn advice CANADA

With the possibility of Big Wave creating a stir on the Coastside, some residents are using the talking point to try to alter the project design or cultivate alternative affordable housing for Coastsiders with developmental disabilities.

03/20/2009 07:06 AM

Gov. Kaine approves revised special-ed regulations VIRGINIA

Gov. Timothy Kaine has signed off on the state Board of Education's revised special-education regulations.

03/20/2009 07:05 AM

Wheelchair sports advocate Laurel Crosby winner of B.C. sports award CANADA

Laurel Crosby, a school principal who has spent 25 years dedicated to wheelchair sports and the Paralympic movement, will be awarded the Daryl Thompson Award during the Sport BC athlete of the year awards next week.

03/20/2009 07:04 AM

Specials needs adults gather monthly for their own brand of fun FLORIDA

At Oakland Terrace Park last Friday there were wheelchairs, oxygen bottles, walkers, tremors and challenges but also an endless supply of laughter and applause and cheers.

03/20/2009 07:03 AM

MRDD chief sums up job cuts OHIO

Speaking at a board meeting Thursday night, Michael Miller, the superintendent and CEO of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, summed up the 49 job cuts the agency has carried out during the last year.

03/20/2009 07:03 AM

Disability groups: Close state schools TEXAS

Advocates for people with disabilities say some area lawmakers' proposed measures to address recent accusations of abuse at the Corpus Christi State School amount to a bandage over the problem.

03/20/2009 07:02 AM

MRDD can't save 11 workshop specialists from losing their jobs OHIO

The Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities has cut nearly 50 jobs, or $2.3 million in wages, over the last two years.

03/20/2009 07:01 AM

Disabled citizens hit hard by housing shortage UTAH

Wendy Williams, disabled and living on a fixed income, moved to Vista Mobile Home Park in 2000, seeking a quiet, inexpensive place to raise her son Kumen, who is afflicted with Asperger's syndrome.

03/20/2009 06:59 AM

Basketball game promotes awareness INDIANA

For the first time in years, John Fowler had a chance to play basketball. "It feels like I’m in high school," the 29-year-old said. Fowler became a Bona Vista client a few years ago after suffering a brain trauma.

03/20/2009 06:58 AM

White House backtracks on Special Olympics

U.S. President Barack Obama, during an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," made a gaffe that required White House press office clarification. Asked by Leno about his bowling, Obama said he recently bowled 129, adding "it was like Special Olympics, or something."

03/20/2009 06:55 AM

DES cuts could affect group for disabled ARIZONA

The most severe cuts in services and provider rates by the Department of Economic Security in 30 years could leave one Lake Havasu City organization struggling to help those with developmental disabilities.

03/20/2009 06:53 AM

Sports expo for the disabled to be held in West Haverstraw NEW YORK

A year ago when Helen Hayes Hospital decided to hold a showcase of sports and recreational activities open to people with disabilities, the staff wasn't sure if many people would show up. They were shocked when more than 100 disabled people of all ages and their families attended the event.

03/20/2009 06:50 AM

Just like you: Recognizing MR/DD awareness month OHIO

A lot of employers may be hesitant to hire someone like Jennifer Phillips because she has a disability, but she’s in the process of proving that she is just as capable of working as anyone else.

03/20/2009 06:49 AM

Laceyville hunting preserve hosts wounded soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center PENNSYLVANIA

Preston Jackson grew up in Tennessee, hunting squirrel, deer and quail. After losing a leg while serving in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, Mr. Jackson, an Army sergeant, went hunting again with another wounded soldier recently in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

03/20/2009 06:49 AM

Disabled vet attacks ski slopes and wins IOWA

One of the oldest participants at the clinic, Hineman is an amputee who has for decades worn a prosthetic left leg. He "sit skis," using a specially adapted chair and skis attached; until a few years ago he skied upright. He read about the clinic in a veterans magazine and hasn't missed one since he started attending in 1991.

03/20/2009 06:48 AM

Smiling Maisie like a little ray of sunshine UK

PROFOUND disabilities have not stopped Maisie Newell impressing all who know her with her happy disposition and cheeky sense of fun.

03/20/2009 06:47 AM

Latino families of kids with disabilities aided CALIFORNIA

Fiesta Educativa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and rehabilitation of Latinos with special developmental needs, invites community members to attend its mini-conference, which features two workshops presented by Disability Rights California.

03/20/2009 06:47 AM

Marathon County drops playtime program for disabled kids WISCONSIN

Parents of children with developmental disabilities lost a Wausau program this week that gives their kids a chance to play in a structured environment.

03/20/2009 06:46 AM

First Time Portable CT Used For Skull Base Endoscopic Transnasal Surgery

When Susan Dailey was 11 years old, she was admitted to a hospital by her loving parents, who assumed she would get a routine tonsillectomy to cure her chronic sore throat. Nearly 50 years later, Ms. Dailey was back in the hospital for surgery, but this time to address a much more urgent and potentially disabling condition related to complications from the original operation.

03/20/2009 06:44 AM

Expanding Brain, Mind Research At Georgia State/Georgia Tech Center For Advanced Brain Imaging

Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are opening a new center that will provide researchers around Atlanta with a dedicated magnetic resonance imaging scanner to further study into the mysteries of the brain and mind.

03/20/2009 06:43 AM

Robot brings hope to kids with learning difficulties

A robot named Cosmo has become six-year-old Kevin Fitzgerald's unlikely ally in his uphill everyday battle with developmental difficulties.

03/20/2009 06:42 AM

Obama In Hot Water After 'Jay Leno Show' Joke

Leno complimented Obama on the score, but the president quipped, "It was like the Special Olympics or something," which prompted laughter from the audience.

03/20/2009 06:40 AM

Frontier opens new facility to public OHIO

After three years, Frontier Options has found a place to call home. Thursday, the service provider for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, opened its new home to the public in part to recognize MR/DD Month.

03/20/2009 06:39 AM

Families on Disabilities Wait List Protest Budget Cuts NEW HAMPSHIRE

The state provides services to about 10,000 adults with developmental disabilities. But hundreds more are stuck on waiting lists. And the governor’s budget has zeroed out funding that was supposed to end those lists.

03/20/2009 06:38 AM

How New Law On Disabilities Can Work - Yar'Adua Foundation NIGERIA

AS the euphoria over the new law designed to protect persons with disabilities continues, the Asabe Shehu Yar'Adua Foundation (ASYARF) Tuesday said Nigerian leaders must demonstrate the political will in its implementation for it to succeed.

03/20/2009 06:36 AM

Attend: Conference will help parents of children with disabilities GUAM

The Guam Public School System has a number of programs and services -- funded with federal money -- that are available to students with disabilities.

03/20/2009 06:33 AM

Attempting to zap Parkinson's through spinal cord

Implanting a pacemaker-like device deep in the brain helps some Parkinson's disease patients move better, but could less risky zapping of the spinal cord work instead?

Headlines (Posted March 13 & 14, 2009)

03/19/2009 07:38 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

Appropriations Action on Federal TBI Programs Just Around The Corner

Over the next few weeks, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will be working to craft the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which will provide the funding allocation for programs authorized through the TBI Act and for NIDRR's TBI-related research programs, including TBI Model Systems of Care.

03/19/2009 05:11 AM

Natasha Richardson dies at 45 NEW YORK

Natasha Richardson, who upheld her lineage as part of one of the great acting dynasties by establishing an eclectic career in film, TV and theater, earning a Tony in 1998 for her performance in "Cabaret," died Wednesday in New York. She was 45. Her death, following a head injury she suffered Monday while taking a skiing lesson in Canada.

03/19/2009 05:10 AM

Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall NEW YORK

Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave acting dynasty, died on Wednesday at age 45 after a suffering a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in Canada earlier this week.

03/19/2009 05:07 AM

Tributes pour in to 'wonderful' Natasha Richardson

Tributes poured in today to actress Natasha Richardson who has died after an accident during a skiing lesson. Critics and showbusiness figures hailed the 45-year-old star as a "wonderful performer" and sent their sympathies to her husband, Irish actor Liam Neeson.

03/19/2009 05:05 AM

Brain Hemorrhage Might Explain Natasha Richardson's Death

In the wake of the sudden death Wednesday of actress Natasha Richardson, reports that she suffered critical brain damage after a seemingly minor fall on a Canadian ski slope on Tuesday have many people wondering how this could happen.

03/19/2009 05:04 AM

Life after a brain injury

In actress Natasha Richardson's case, neurologists say her symptoms are consistent with bleeding in and around the brain.

03/19/2009 05:02 AM

Richardson's death reignites ski helmet debate

The death of British actress Natasha Richardson from a severe brain injury following a skiing accident has reignited the debate over helmets on ski slopes.

03/19/2009 05:01 AM

Brain expert on fatal head injuries UK

Neurosurgeon Neil Martin of UCLA Medical Center says that even falling from a standing position is "a six-foot fall as far as your head is concerned". VIDEO LINK.

03/19/2009 05:01 AM

Timeline: Natasha Richardson's final days

Monday, March 16: Richardson took a tumble during an afternoon skiing lesson on a beginners' run at Canada's Mont Tremblant resort. The 45-year-old laughed off the fall and appeared uninjured before going back to her hotel with her instructor.

03/19/2009 04:55 AM

Natasha Richardson dies: first ambulance at ski resort 'was turned away'

Yves Coderre, head of the local emergency services company, confirmed doctors were intially dispatched to the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada after Miss Richardson's fall on Monday afternoon. However, speaking to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Mr Coderre maintained that medics sent out by his company, Ambulances Radisson, were deemed unnecessary by ski patrollers.

03/19/2009 04:55 AM

Would a Helmet Have Saved Richardson? Maybe Not

Actress Natasha Richardson was not wearing a helmet on Monday when she fell and suffered a critical head injury on a beginner ski slope in Canada. The question is - would a helmet have made a difference? The answer is a surprising one: Probably not.

03/19/2009 04:53 AM

'Talk and die syndrome' not common in head trauma cases

In "talk and die" syndrome, people can have what seems to be a mild blow to the head appear perfectly lucid and then within hours lapse into a coma - which is what reportedly happened to actress Natasha Richardson after she fell on a Canadian ski slope Monday.

03/19/2009 04:52 AM

Medics turned away in Richardson skiing accident CANADA

An ambulance sent to the ski hill where actress Natasha Richardson suffered a fatal fall on Monday was turned away, a paramedic said. Richardson, who suffered a head injury while taking a beginners ski course, died at age 45 on Wednesday.

03/18/2009 10:33 AM

Natasha Richardson's family, friends gather to say last goodbyes NEW YORK

Natasha Richardson faced a tragic final curtain Tuesday night as her heartbroken family gathered in New York to say farewell to the Tony Award-winning actress.

03/18/2009 10:30 AM

Richardson's Accident Reignites Ski Helmet Debate

Whatever it was that befell Natasha Richardson on the beginner slopes of the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec on Tuesday - so far, about all we know is that she had a fall and later had to be hospitalized - the incident has once again ignited an industry debate about skiing safety, and specifically about helmets, the kind of debate celebrity mishaps seem to inspire.

03/18/2009 10:30 AM

Dr. Sapna On Richardson's Condition NEW YORK

Actress Natasha Richardson is reportedly brain dead after falling during a skiing lesson in Canada. Fox 5's Dr. Sapna Parikh says 'brain dead' is both a legal and medical term that implies the condition is irreversible.

03/18/2009 10:30 AM

Reports: Dutchess County's Natasha Richardson is 'brain dead' in NYC hospital NEW YORK

British actress and Town of Washington resident Natasha Richardson, injured in a skiing accident, was being cared for in New York - and multiple reports said she was brain dead.

03/18/2009 10:29 AM

Doctor: Natasha Richardson May Have Suffered 'Talk and Die' Syndrome

Natasha Richardson was reported to be "fine at first" after she hit her head in a skiing accident, but the 45-year-old actress' health began to deteriorate within an hour. "I can only speculate, but it sounds like something we call the 'talk and die' syndrome," said Dr. Steven Flanagan, director of Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New

03/18/2009 10:29 AM

Brain trauma expert weighs in on Richardson's case CANADA

A brain trauma expert says details about the accident that sent actress Natasha Richardson to hospital are encouraging. The actress suffered a fall on a ski hill at Mont Tremblant on Tuesday morning. She was later taken to hospital, and then flown out of the country.

03/18/2009 10:26 AM

Brain injuries can worsen quickly, say experts CANADA

How can a person be fine a few minutes after having a fall and be in serious condition in hospital a matter of hours later? That's the question being asked after actress Natasha Richardson took a tumble while on a "bunny hill" at a Quebec ski resort and is now reportedly in New York hospital with serious brain injuries.

03/18/2009 10:19 AM

Bjarne Jensen, athlete and artist, lives to tell his story OREGON

He was air-lifted to OHSU with, among other things, a traumatic brain injury. At first, his survival was iffy. Then, his recovery and rehabilitation were long and difficult.

03/18/2009 10:18 AM

Courage defined: 11-year-old's essay foreshadows her perseverance COLORADO

It was a sign. It had to be a sign of something, thought Connie Gardner. Five weeks after her daughter was seriously injured in a car crash, she found an essay written by her daughter about courage. "They say that you can have a hundred different kids with a hundred different brain injuries and end up with a hundred different outcomes," Don Gardner, Connie's husband, said. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 10:15 AM

A mother asks: 'Will my son get the care he needs?' GEORGIA

It took them two hours to reach Atlanta from the North Georgia mountains. They faced me across the body of their son. His father looked down, unable to meet my gaze. But his mother stared deep into my eyes - searching for a sign. "The ambulance crew saw that he was severely injured, and called a helicopter. He has several injuries - a collapsed lung, internal bleeding. But his brain injury worries us the most."

03/18/2009 10:14 AM

Man to raise awareness for brain injuries CALIFORNIA

After suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2003 in a motorcycle accident and relearning how to talk, walk and eat, Weber, 29, is taking a 3,160-mile bike trip from Dana Point to St. Augustine, Fla. on his beach cruiser to raise awareness for people with brain injuries.

03/18/2009 10:12 AM

New initiative aims to 'build better lives' AUSTRALIA

Michelle Newland is a young woman with a simple dream - to be independent and live in her own place. A place that she doesn't have to share with others, where she won't have to comply with others' house rules, and somewhere she can decorate in her favourite colour, purple. Realising this dream has been a bit more complicated than most normal stories though, but a new Victorian initiative hopes to turn the dreams of Michelle and many others into something concrete.

03/18/2009 10:10 AM

A Devastating Injury

In the wake of reports that actress Natasha Richardson has been gravely hurt in a skiing accident, a neurologist explains how a seemingly minor fall can result in life-threatening brain trauma. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 10:08 AM

Heads Up ensures survivors' voices are heard FLORIDA

The growth of the Paola-based Heads Up group has been remarkable over the past two years. It all started when Jeanne Woolsey, whose son was a victim of a traumatic brain injury, and Roxanne Bollin, who is a survivor herself, came together to establish a support network for brain injury survivors and their families.

03/18/2009 10:06 AM

The long road back: Husband, ex-husband help woman recover after motorcycle crash WISCONSIN

Dave and Kathy Aarstad's house has no address numbers. That's just one of the many repairs and maintenance projects Dave abandoned last November when Kathy was hit by a suspected drunken driver.

03/18/2009 10:04 AM

Injury sparks woman's creativity WHAT'S IN A NAME? VIRGINIA

After suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, Orange County woman turns to arts as therapy and finds that the creative part of her brain is in overdrive. Melissa Hooppaw had an artistic side, but didn't get to show it much until an explosion changed her life.

03/18/2009 09:58 AM

Statewide Conference on Brain Injury TEXAS

The 25th Annual Statewide Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Texas is coming up April 4-7, 2009.

03/18/2009 09:55 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury Testing May Expand WASHINGTON DC

Army doctors are calling for a uniform test to check soldiers who were exposed to blasts other than car or roadside bombs. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 09:54 AM

Boxer's injury called a brain hemorrhage OREGON

Jovany Medina, the 19-year-old Madras boxer who was hospitalized Saturday following a match in Redmond, suffered a brain hemorrhage, according to Mark Evans, Medina's coach at Central Oregon Golden Gloves Academy.

03/18/2009 09:50 AM

Long-Term Damage From Traumatic Brain Injury Prevented By Alzheimer's Disease Therapeutic In Pre-Clinical Studies

A class of Alzheimer's disease drugs currently studied in clinical trials appears to reduce damage caused by traumatic brain injury in animals, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center report in an upcoming advance online publication of Nature Medicine.

03/18/2009 09:48 AM

Study Tests Durability And Life Expectancy Of Titanium Wheelchairs

A titanium wheelchair can be less than one-half the weight of an aluminum or steel wheelchair, reportedly while maintaining the same strength. To determine whether titanium wheelchairs really do have equal strength and durability, researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Human Engineering Research Laboratories recently tested 12 ultralight titanium rigid-frame wheelchairs against the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) testing standards.

03/18/2009 09:43 AM

Warning: Stun Guns May Cause Seizures

Stun guns, in certain circumstances, may result in brain-specific complications such as seizures, according to a new case report published in CMAJ.

03/18/2009 09:42 AM

Humana Military Healthcare Services Offers Continuing Medical Education Course For Traumatic Brain Injury And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Humana Military Healthcare Services, TRICARE contractor for the South Region, is partnering with the University of Louisville to jointly sponsor a new continuing medical education course (CME) for physicians. Civilian providers throughout the country will have access to an online course on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

03/18/2009 09:41 AM

Taking Simple Precautions While Working And Playing Outdoors Can Help Prevent Neurological Injuries

As warm weather approaches, many people are eager to get back to outdoor activities and projects, such as gardening, home improvement, and workshop activities.

03/18/2009 09:39 AM

Scientists Create Living Model Of Basic Units Of The Human Brain

Researchers in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham, UK are developing a novel new way to model how the human brain works by creating a living representation of the brain.

03/18/2009 09:38 AM

AD/PD 2009: Safe Driving Program Aimed at Patients With Parkinson's

A new program aims to help both patients and doctors make the proper decisions about driving.

03/18/2009 09:37 AM

Alzheimer's Tied to Shrinkage in Brain Area

A loss of cells in the hippocampus area of the brain precedes Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.

03/18/2009 09:36 AM

Dance By Protein Linked To Parkinson's And Alzheimer's Diseases Reveals Unprecedented Twists And Turns

In an Early Edition publication of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week, the researchers demonstrate the "alpha-synuclein dance" - the switching back and forth of the protein between a bent helix and an extended helix as the surface that it is binding to changes.

03/18/2009 09:34 AM

Sensors For Use In Parkinson's Disease Control

Companies and organizations from the fields of ICTs, computing, drug engineering and health have joined forces under the joint research project Home-based Empowered Living for Parkinson's Disease (HELP), which is funded by the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme as part of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.

03/18/2009 09:33 AM

Cause For Severe Pediatric Epilepsy Disorder Identified

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that convulsive seizures in a form of severe epilepsy are generated, not on the brain's surface as expected, but from within the memory-forming hippocampus.

03/18/2009 09:32 AM

Search For Blood Pressure Secrets Reveals A Surprising New Syndrome Linked To Seizures, A Lack Of Coordination, Developmental Delay And Hearing Loss

Yale researchers investigating the genetic causes of blood pressure variation have identified a previously undescribed syndrome associated with seizures, a lack of coordination, developmental delay and hearing loss.

03/18/2009 09:31 AM

Double The Risk Of Depression In Seizure Sufferers

A new study published in Epilepsia finds that the prevalence of depression is almost twice as high in people with epilepsy compared to the general population.

03/18/2009 09:28 AM

Brain cancer linked to youngsters using cellphones CANADA

An international group of scientists is calling on Canada and other countries to bring in tougher safety standards for cellphone use after a Swedish team found a fivefold elevated risk of malignant brain tumours in children who begin using mobile phones before the age of 20.

03/18/2009 09:27 AM

Get Free Supplies For Organization Pandemic Plans, USA

The Alabama Department of Public Health's Center for Emergency Preparedness Pandemic Influenza program has purchased supplies to encourage organizations to learn about and plan for a pandemic influenza event. An influenza pandemic is a global disease outbreak from a new influenza virus not seen in humans before.

03/18/2009 09:27 AM

Technology Could Improve Vaccines For Both Seasonal Flu And Bird Flu

A new computerized method of testing could help world health officials better identify flu vaccines that are effective against multiple strains of the disease. Rice University scientists who created the method say tests of data from bird flu and seasonal flu outbreaks suggest their method can better gauge the efficacy of proposed vaccines than can tests used today.

03/18/2009 09:26 AM

ATCC Develops And Isolates Novel Avian Flu Monoclonal Antibodies

ATCC(R) (American Type Culture Collection) researchers have developed a panel of novel monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against avian influenza viruses. These antibodies could lead to a rapid diagnostic test for the infection, ATCC announced yesterday.

03/18/2009 09:25 AM

Simmonds speeds to world record UK

Paralympic champions Eleanor Simmonds and Heather Frederiksen both claimed new world records at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

03/18/2009 09:24 AM

Study Demonstrates That Qvar(R) Is More Likely To Achieve Successful Asthma Control With Less Exacerbations

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced results from a study demonstrating that patients receiving Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) therapy with QVAR(R) (Beclomethasone HFA), an ICS that is able to effectively treat both large and small airway inflammation, may be particularly effective for patients who require a step-up in ICS therapy and may have advantages over ICSs such as beclomethasone dipropionate - CFC (BDP-CFC) and fluticasone propionate (FP) which target primarily the large airways in patients with asthma.

03/18/2009 09:21 AM

He Never Forgets: Meet the Super-Memory Man

Feb. 18, 1981 was the day Bob Petrella met his friend Susan Angelo. He remembers. She doesn't. Petrella, 58, is only the fourth person in the United States discovered to have what has been described as a super-autobiographical memory.

03/18/2009 09:19 AM

After a stroke, freeing muscles with botox SOUTH CAROLINA

After her stroke, Francine V. Corso, a software engineer who worked on NASA's lunar lander, was housebound from 1992 to 2001. Now, with injections of botulinum toxin every three months, she says, "I'm completely transformed - I drive, I volunteer, I take art classes.' Her fingers are so relaxed that a manicurist can lacquer her nails

03/18/2009 09:18 AM

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Encourages Broader Aspirin Use To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) strongly recommends that patients and clinicians consider the use of aspirin for preventing first heart attack and stroke, while considering benefits and risks.

03/18/2009 09:18 AM

Stem Cells Crucial To Diabetes Cure In Mice

More than five years ago, Dr. Lawrence C.B. Chan and colleagues in his Baylor College of Medicine laboratory cured mice with type 1 diabetes by using a gene to induce liver cells to make insulin.

03/18/2009 09:14 AM

Rota families with disabilities get CDD attention SAIPAN

As part of the celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities staff conducted a two-day mini-conference and training on Rota on March 11 and 12.

03/18/2009 09:14 AM

Cutting-edge surgery soon for paralysed Kiwis NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand doctors are on the verge of getting approval for cutting-edge surgery that could help the paralysed feel or even walk again.

03/18/2009 09:08 AM

Robot helps spinal cord patients remember how to walk KENTUCKY

Scott Crawford wants to walk again. In September, a pile of wooden pallets fell on Crawford. The accident left him unable to move his legs because of a spinal cord injury.

03/18/2009 09:07 AM

Traumatic Memories Weakened Using New Strategy

Using an animal model of traumatic memory, investigators at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine show that treatment with RU38486 selectively reduces stress-related memories, leaving other memories unchanged. They also found that the effectiveness of the treatment is a function of the intensity of the initial "trauma."

03/18/2009 09:05 AM

Adult Stem Cell Study Demonstrates Improved Quality Of Life For Patients Suffering From Spinal Cord Injury

DaVinci Biosciences announced the publication of study results demonstrating the safety and feasibility of its acute and chronic spinal cord injury therapy platform in issue 17(12) of Cell Transplantation, a peer-reviewed journal focused on regenerative medicine.

03/18/2009 09:02 AM

Thieves take valuable native artwork from quadriplegic CANADA

Vancouver police are looking for a valuable piece of native art that was stolen from a quadriplegic man while he slept in a residential hospital two weeks ago.

03/18/2009 09:00 AM

TEMECULA: Community rallies behind stroke victim CALIFORNIA

It's been a little more than a year since Robert Grimaldo suffered a debilitating stroke at age 43 that left him partly blind and paralyzed. The road back has been brutal. The popular Temecula preschool teacher and after-school soccer coach is still learning how to talk and walk again.

03/18/2009 09:00 AM

One head injury can lead to another, says study

Children who suffered a head injury were twice as likely to sustain a second head injury within a year, say researchers, who advise parents to be cautious about the activities of their children, even if they seem to have recovered from an injury.

03/18/2009 08:59 AM

Head injuries CANADA

In the course of everyday life, most of us have suffered the pain of a solid bump on the head. Whether from a fall, a door or a low-hanging branch, that sharp shock is familiar. We can usually sit for a minute or put on some ice, and carry on. But from March 2003 to March 2004, more than 16,000 people were admitted to hospital in Canada with a head injury.

03/18/2009 08:57 AM

Nanotechnology Coating Could Lead To Better Brain Implants To Treat Diseases

Biomedical and materials engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanotech coating for brain implants that helps the devices operate longer and could improve treatment for deafness, paralysis, blindness, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.

03/18/2009 08:56 AM

Immune Cells Play Surprising Role In Cystic Fibrosis Lung Damage, Stanford/Packard Study Shows

Immune cells once thought to be innocent bystanders in cystic fibrosis may hold the key to stopping patients' fatal lung disease. New findings from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital show that white blood cells called neutrophils respond strongly to conflicting signals from cystic fibrosis patients' lungs, setting up a molecular fracas that may explain the patients' severe lung damage.

03/18/2009 08:56 AM

Treatment Of Infections In Cystic Fibrosis Complicated By Superbug

The unexpected behaviour of a family of "superbugs" called the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) could have implications for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. CF patients produce large quantities of sticky mucus in their lungs that is difficult to expel and is easily infected by bacteria.

03/18/2009 08:53 AM

Biotec Pharmacon ASA Completes Patient Inclusion In The First Phase III Diabetic Ulcer Study

Biotec Pharmacon has reached a significant milestone with completion of patient inclusion in the first of two phase III studies with SBG for treatment of diabetic foot ulcer. A total 121 patients has been included in the study. Treatment and follow-up of the last patients included will be finalized in the third quarter, with a subsequent period of data collection and analysis. Biotec Pharmacon should be ready to announce results from the study in the fourth quarter 2009, and remains on track to file for marketing authorization with SBG for treatment of diabetic foot ulcer in Europe in mid-2010.

03/18/2009 08:52 AM

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Consciousness arises as an emergent property of the human mind. Yet basic questions about the precise timing, location and dynamics of the neural event(s) allowing conscious access to information are not clearly and unequivocally determined.

03/18/2009 08:51 AM

Promising Data: Saving Limbs With Drug-eluting Stents

Attempts to treat critical limb ischemia in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with below-the-knee angioplasty are still thwarted by restenosis (the re-narrowing of the artery at the site of angioplasty or stenting), the need for repeat treatments and the continued progression of atherosclerotic disease, leading to tissue death (gangrene) and amputation.

03/18/2009 08:51 AM

How Do You Amputate A Phantom Limb?

In one breakthrough example, Ramachandran, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, devised a seemingly simple experiment to explore a puzzle that has confounded doctors since at least the 16th century: the sensation that a ghostly limb remains after the amputation of a body part.

03/18/2009 08:49 AM

A WHAT Lives Inside My Brain?

Reach down and rub the rug or floor below you. Seems like a simple task. You read the directions, and your brain gives your fingers a set of instructions that say, "Rub." But how did your mind deliver the message to your fingers?

03/18/2009 08:45 AM

Amputee sprinter Pistorius to compete in Manchester UK

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will compete at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester after recovering from injuries sustained in a boating accident in South Africa.

03/18/2009 08:42 AM

Tiny service dog puts West Bend East student in mainstream WISCONSIN

Catherine Palm's year-old dog may be a constant companion, but she's not a pet. Mattie, a papillion, is a hearing-ear service dog with a big job to do.

03/18/2009 08:41 AM

Baby shaken then slammed against wall, court told NEW ZEALAND

A 16-month-old boy died from brain injuries after he had been violently shaken and slammed against the wall or floor by his "frustrated and angry" uncle, a High Court jury was told yesterday.

03/18/2009 08:39 AM

10-month-old Garden City girl hospitalized and babysitter arrested in shaken baby case IDAHO

A 10-month old girl is in critical condition with brain injuries and her 18-year-old babysitter is charged with felony injury to child in what Garden City police are calling a case of shaken baby syndrome.

03/18/2009 08:38 AM

Obesity Linked to Dangerous Sleep Apnea in Truck Drivers

A new study has confirmed previous findings that obesity-driven testing strategies identify commercial truck drivers with a high likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and suggests that mandating OSA screenings could reduce the risk of truck crashes.

03/18/2009 08:37 AM

Pregnant With Asthma? Suspending Asthma Treatment Can Increase Risks Of Premature Birth And Hypertension, Study Suggests

Pregnant women suffering from asthma run a greater risk of giving birth prematurely if they suspend their asthma treatments. According to a Université de Montréal study, published in Respiratory Medicine, the probability of suffering from hypertension during pregnancy also increases for women who interrupt their asthma treatment.

03/18/2009 08:36 AM

Ozone increases respiratory deaths

For the first time, a large study shows the deadly effects of chronic exposure to ozone, one of the most widespread pollutants in the world and a key component of smog.

03/18/2009 08:35 AM

Researchers Develop DNA "patch" for Canine Form of Muscular Dystrophy

Using a novel genetic technology that covers up genetic errors, researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health have developed a successful treatment for dogs with the canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a paralyzing, and ultimately fatal, muscle disease.

03/18/2009 08:32 AM

Salt cave that 'treats asthma UK

The therapy is being piloted by the Allergy and Asthma Drug Free Treatment Centre and is already widely used in countries including Poland, which has 200 clinics.

03/18/2009 08:31 AM

RSV can become serious in newborns

The typical high season for the respiratory syncytial virus lasts from November to April, and this season has been a busy one. Children with RSV have spent about 30 percent more time in the hospital because of the virus than last season. Fortunately, most RSV cases do not require a hospital stay.

03/18/2009 08:31 AM

UV Lights Decrease Infectious TB In Hospital Room Air

The simple intervention of using ultraviolet (UV) lights near the ceiling together with fans may reduce the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in hospitals, and air treatment with negative ionizers may also be effective, according to research published in PLoS Medicine.

03/18/2009 08:29 AM

Asthma Death Toll Drops AUSTRALIA

New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the Australian asthma death toll dropped in 2007, with 17 fewer deaths being recorded compared to 2006.

03/18/2009 08:28 AM

Pious 'fight death the hardest'

People with strong religious beliefs appear to want doctors to do everything they can to keep them alive as death approaches, a US study suggests.

03/18/2009 08:20 AM

Parents maintain bedside vigil for 'right to life' son UK

High Court judge Mrs. Justice Parker who has been asked to give his hospital the right to take the nine-month-old off a ventilator has moved the courtroom to the hospital to finish hearing the father's evidence.

03/18/2009 08:19 AM

Kamada Completes Last Patient Visit in Phase II Bronchiectasis Study with its Inhaled AAT

Kamada, a bio-pharmaceutical company ( engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of specialty life-saving therapeutics, announced today that it has completed the last patient visit in a Phase II bronchiectasis study with its Inhaled Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT), delivered via an optimized Investigational eFlow Nebulizer System (PARI Pharma GmbH). Preliminary results indicate that the product continues to demonstrate a good safety profile; final analysis of airway inflammation and secondary endpoints is expected to be available by mid-year.

03/18/2009 07:52 AM

Parents of special-ed child file federal lawsuit against HSE

The parents of a former Hamilton Southeastern special education student -- who they claim was denied access to additional kindergarten sessions as doctors recommended -- have taken their fight to federal court.

03/18/2009 07:49 AM

Local Woman Receives New Home to Help with Her Disability IDAHO

Tuesday afternoon dozens of people gathered to congratulate Tracy Martin on her new, handicap accessible home. What used to be an empty lot, that some considered an eye sore, is now a gorgeous 1,100 square feet home that was made for her. She was picked to receive this house through an application process. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 07:46 AM

Confronting Disability With Modern Dance NEW YORK

Not everyone is ready for this dance company that calls itself Gimp and its members with undeveloped or amputated limbs, and bodies beset with physical challenges. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 07:42 AM

Ability is first with Special Olympians LOUISIANA

Special Olympians gathered from throughout St. Tammany Parish with their heads held high and hopes of winning a ribbon. With the help and guidance of supportive teachers, faculty, staff and the Bulldog Buddies Club of Fontainebleau High School, it was truly a day for everyone to remember.

03/18/2009 07:39 AM

Athlete Shines Despite Disability INDIANA

Dave Denniston is a world class athlete and world record holder. He is successful in swimming despite the fact he's in a wheelchair. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 07:38 AM

Accelerate Improvements In Commissioning Services For People With A Learning Disability, Urges Watchdogs UK

Local councils and primary care trusts (PCTs) need to plan better for the needs of people with a learning disability and complex needs to ensure care is accessible, personalised and allows service users to lead as full and independent lives as possible.

03/18/2009 07:37 AM

Paralympics competitor talks about living with a disability INDIANA

The Disability Awareness Committee brings Dave Denniston, a United States Paralympics competitor, to Terre Haute Wednesday. "I want the students to see that I'm disabled, but I also lead a normal life," Denniston said.

03/18/2009 07:35 AM

After two-year fight, the blind finally get same disability benefits as people who cannot walk UK

Blind people were tonight set to get the same disability benefits as people who cannot walk.

03/18/2009 07:34 AM

Josie the Amazing Listening Dog helps special kids NEW YORK

Rita Wagner first got Josie, a springer spaniel, from a rescue group in Albion, Orleans County, four years ago. Wagner got Josie certified as a pet therapy dog and came up with the idea for the library. The program is for kids who have difficulty reading, sometimes because of developmental disabilities.

03/18/2009 07:32 AM

Pittsford retiree shares love of woodworking with special kids, neighbors NEW YORK

And for more than 20 years, Mitchell has volunteered at the School of the Holy Childhood in Henrietta, overseeing woodworking projects involving students with developmental disabilities.

03/18/2009 07:32 AM

Legislature may exempt high school press boxes from disability rules NORTH CAROLINA

State legislation could allow use of the press box at Carson High School even though it doesn't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

03/18/2009 07:29 AM

Peckham to hire 50 for call center MICHIGAN

Peckham Inc. plans to hire about 50 workers with disabilities for its Lansing call center operation.

03/18/2009 07:27 AM

State seeks input on vocational rehabilitation plan NORTH CAROLINA

The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) is seeking public input to help develop a new state plan for the delivery of its services. The plan is updated annually and will become effective Oct. 1.

03/18/2009 07:26 AM

Ticchi speaks about disability MASSACHUSETTS

Special Assistant to the President of Legal Seafoods Dr. David A. Ticchi, who has been legally blind since birth, discussed discriminatory attitudes shown toward people with disabilities in the workplace at an event sponsored by the Student Union Committee on Disabilities.

03/18/2009 07:24 AM

Paralyzed woman's spirit inspired a city ALABAMA

Margaret Jean Jones, 72, died Monday morning at her home, leaving behind a legacy that includes the Margaret Jean Jones Center, three books, hundreds of editorials and numerous lives touched. She was also named The Times 2000 Profile Citizen of the Year.

03/18/2009 07:23 AM

Disability Framework for Local Govt Launched SOUTH AFRICA

Government has developed a framework outlining specific measures local government can take to include people with disabilities into its workforce so they can actively participate in service delivery.

03/18/2009 07:22 AM

Hundreds in line for care money UK

About 200 people in Cornwall with learning disabilities could be in line for payments towards their care.

03/18/2009 07:20 AM

Disabled have different view of streetscape 'enhancements' MINNESOTA

Some of the proposed 'betterments' in the Central Corridor streetscape plan aren’t necessarily better than the basic plan, as far as some riders are concerned.

03/18/2009 07:19 AM

Annual turkey hunt for persons with disabilities scheduled MISSOURI

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Paris Lions Club has scheduled the annual turkey hunt for disabled persons at Mark Twain Lake. The hunt will be held during the 2009 Missouri Spring Turkey season on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, in the Indian Creek Recreation Area.

03/18/2009 07:18 AM

New Lease of Life for Disabled Former Soldiers RWANDA

Disabled former army soldiers are being given a new lease of life thanks to houses given to them by the government.

03/18/2009 07:16 AM

Transportation option to begin TEXAS

The New Freedom Transit service operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, providing van rides to anywhere in the county. The program is paid for with a federal transportation grant, and it provides transportation options beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

03/18/2009 07:15 AM

Respect differences MALAYSIA

Children are curious. They want to know why the other child is wearing a leg brace or not able to hear what they are saying. They will ask questions. Parents should help them understand that physical and mental abilities are only part of a person.

03/18/2009 07:14 AM

Pocatello Woman Receives New ADA Complaint Home WYOMING

A Pocatello woman entered into a very unique home on Tuesday morning. It's a home which is completely ADA compliant. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 07:13 AM

Mother Claims Son Was Abused At Local State School TEXAS

A Port Lavaca woman wants to know if employees at the Corpus Christi State School abused her 21-year-old son. The allegations come just a week after police discovered a cell phone containing videos of 'fight clubs' at the state school. VIDEO LINK.

03/18/2009 07:12 AM

MRDD lays off 11 OHIO

The Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities has delivered layoff notices to 11 of its adult workshop specialists.

03/18/2009 07:10 AM

WVDD Council seeks applications for class WEST VIRGINIA

The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council is accepting applications for the 2009 Partners in Policymaking (PIP) Class.

03/18/2009 07:08 AM

Young journalist mirrors success of UA team OHIO

Sports reporter for university paper has news for those who think disabilities must limit achievements. Vincent is in a wheelchair, relying on family for personal care needs and Lucy, an 11-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever service dog, to pick up dropped items. But that drive propels him forward.

03/18/2009 07:07 AM

Florissant to provide park space for handicapped-accessible playground; Officials offer land at Manion Park MISSOURI

Florissant officials say they are willing to provide space at Father John Manion Park for a handicapped-accessible playground.

03/18/2009 07:05 AM

Lead lurking in children's lit? M ISSOURI

Could a vintage, dog-eared copy of 'The Cat in the Hat' or 'Where the Wild Things Are' be hazardous to your children?

03/18/2009 07:04 AM

Randolph hikes fine for parking in spaces intended for disabled MASSACHUSETTS

At the request of the commission on disabilities, selectmen last week voted to increase the fine for the violation from $100 to $250. The higher fine goes into effect April 1.

03/18/2009 07:02 AM

Bisbee lowers some fees for physically, mentally impaired ARIZONA

Bisbee's physically and mentally impaired residents will be paying less for certain city fees thanks to the efforts of the Committee on Disabilities Issues.

03/18/2009 07:00 AM

United Airlines to Pay $850,000 for Disability Discrimination

United Airlines has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the Chicago-based company's overtime policy violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today. According to the EEOC's suit and settlement (CV 09 0784 EMC) filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, United will pay $850,000 to a class of employees with disabilities and has agreed not to enforce such a policy in the future.

03/18/2009 06:59 AM

Abuse At Texas Institutions Is Beyond 'Fight Club' TEXAS

At a state institution for people with mental retardation in Texas, six staff members have been charged with taking part in staging what have been called human cockfights, using residents with mental retardation. AUDIO LINK.

03/18/2009 06:57 AM

Disabled man losing job in political changeover NEW YORK

Jeff Elsbree, a 53-year-old man left severely disabled after a traumatic brain injury, worked for 21 years for the state Senate and earned $30,000 a year clipping newspaper articles about senators. Now, he's being laid off at the end of the month, a victim of a political power struggle.

03/18/2009 06:56 AM

Children's aide's firing upheld in phone abuse NEW YORK

The firing of a state employee who was accused of running an escort service while at work at a Buffalo group home for disabled children has been upheld by a state arbitrator.

03/18/2009 06:54 AM

Students question fairness of BU disability services MASSACHUSETTS

School of Management sophomore Kara Fleishaker spends 'four or five hours' laboring over what her peers read in one hour.

03/18/2009 06:54 AM

Secretary of State Handel launches website for voters with disabilities GEORGIA

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today launched the Access for Voters with Disabilities section of her agency's Elections Division website, specially designed to provide elections information and resources to voters with disabilities.

03/18/2009 06:52 AM

District 225 urges community to hire students with disabilities ILLINOIS

Glenbrook High School District 225 is reaching out to the community to help students with disabilities find employment.

03/18/2009 06:48 AM

Commission concerned by employment problems of persons with disabilities MALTA

The National Commission, Persons with Disability, has expressed concern that not enough jobs are being made available for people with disabilities.

03/18/2009 06:46 AM

Musicians' Brain Waves Are Also in Tune

When they play together, musicians' brain waves harmonize along with the music, according to new European research.

Headlines (Posted March 13 & 14, 2009)

03/17/2009 03:49 PM

Brain Injury and Addiction Conference NEW YORK

The Hidden Problem: Brain Injury & Addiction, a one day conference sponsired by the New York State OASAS Mid-Hudson Field Office & HudsonValley/Catskill Coalition, will be held on March 26, 2009 at the Marist College, Nelly Goletti Theatre and Student Center, in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Speakers include: Margaret Hirst, LCSW, Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene, Steven Kipnis, MD, Medical Director, OASAS, Judy Avner, Esq., Director of the Brain Injury Association of NYS, Gerry Brooks, MA, CCC, CBIST, Director of Brain Injury Programs, Northeast Center for Special Care, Tamara Miller-Kammara, MS Ed., NTRS, CASAC-G & Stephen Oswald, BS, CASAC, Blaisdell ATC, Victor Zelek, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology Service for Northeast Center for Special Care, and Thomas Quinn Ph.D., Program Director of Substance Abuse Treatment for the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System.

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03/17/2009 03:49 PM

Injured actress flown from airport; has left country CANADA

Urgences-sante has confirmed British actress Natasha Richardson, the wife of Irish actor Liam Neeson, was taken to the aiport where a private jet was waiting for her. She sustained an injury while skiing at Mont Tremblant.

03/17/2009 01:20 PM

Actress Natasha Richardson badly hurt during ski lesson

Tony-award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, who was taken to a Montreal hospital with a serious head injury following a ski fall yesterday, left the hospital at 12:30 this afternoon in an ambulance and was moved to an unknown location. Richardson, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and wife of Neeson, was in "perfect condition" after a tumble on the beginner hill during the lesson yesterday. But an hour after the fall, she complained of headaches and was taken to a local hospital with a head injury, a spokesperson for the resort confirmed today.

03/17/2009 01:19 PM

Details Emerge on Natasha Richardson's Accident

Actress Natasha Richardson, reportedly in serious condition with head trauma in a Montreal hospital after a ski accident Monday at Mont Tremblant, was walking around and feeling fine for an hour after her accident, a spokesperson from the ski resort says.

03/17/2009 05:49 AM

Natasha Richardson Suffers Serious Head Injury in Ski Accident

Actress Natasha Richardson was hospitalized on Monday afternoon in Montreaal after suffering a serious head injury, PEOPLE has confirmed.

03/17/2009 05:46 AM

Natasha Richardson critical after Canada ski accident has learned exclusively that famed actress Natasha Richardson, the wife of Irish superstar Liam Neeson, has been critically injured in Canada, according to an insider at the Montreal hospital to which she was taken. Richardson, was apparently injured in a ski accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

03/17/2009 05:45 AM

Natasha Richardson Suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury

Actress Natasha Richardson was critically injured in a ski accident in Canada yesterday, a source told The Post. Richardson, 45, the wife of actor Liam Neeson and the daughter of screen legend Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash, the Web site, reported.

03/16/2009 03:38 PM

Veteran on cross-country bike trek dies

A disabled Gulf War veteran who left Norman earlier this month on a hand-propelled bicycle headed for Washington, D.C., to honor fallen soldiers has died. Kevin Baker suffered a seizure Friday morning in his sleep at the home of some friends in Lake Charles, La., said Norman resident Diane Zellner. He died in an ambulance en route to a local hospital, Zellner said she was told. Baker, a 39-year-old Navy veteran, had a history of seizures, stemming from a traumatic brain injury, she said. He also had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

03/16/2009 09:16 AM

Sharing his new world view

Reporting in a war zone, you know it's dangerous, but foreign correspondent Bob Woodruff tried not to think about it. Woodruff remembers feeling an air blast that knocked him out. Next, he remembers being hit so hard he felt like he was floating above his body. A minute later, he woke.

03/16/2009 09:15 AM

Outrage at ruling on helmets for cyclists UK

Britain's cyclists reacted in uproar yesterday to a High Court ruling that they can be blamed for their injuries if they don't wear a helmet - even if the accident itself was caused by someone else.

03/16/2009 09:13 AM

Widow has goal of helping workers after brain trauma VIRGINIA

Armed with grisly pictures of her husband, Art, in a hospital after his brain operation, Claire Pierce thought that convincing legislators to add protections to the state workers' compensation law would be simple. She was wrong.

03/16/2009 09:12 AM

Brain injury conference set in Oxnard CALIFORNIA

Organized by the Brain Injury Center, the conference includes a morning session for professional providers who work with brain injuries. It focuses on physical changes, behavioral changes and cognitive issues.

03/16/2009 09:11 AM

Stress May Cause The Brain To Become Disconnected

Does stress damage the brain? In the March 1st issue of Biological Psychiatry a paper by Tibor Hajszan and colleagues provides an important new chapter to this question.

03/16/2009 09:08 AM

Humana Military Healthcare Services Offers Continuing Medical Education Course for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Humana Military Healthcare Services, TRICARE contractor for the South Region, is partnering with the University of Louisville to jointly sponsor a new continuing medical education course (CME) for physicians. Civilian providers throughout the country will have access to an online course on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

03/16/2009 09:07 AM

Experimental surgery helps relieve kids with spina bifida and spinal injuries

Thursday and Friday, Adam and a group of other children were literally rewired by surgeons at All Children's Hospital. Nerves in their spinal cords were rerouted and reconnected in an attempt to rescue them from the invisible hells of bladder and bowel paralysis. The rewiring surgery is imported from China. It's experimental, it's expensive, it's uninsured.

03/16/2009 09:07 AM

Alzheimer's Disease Therapeutic Prevents Long-term Damage From TBI In Pre-clinical Studies

A class of Alzheimer's disease drugs currently studied in clinical trials appears to reduce damage caused by traumatic brain injury in animals, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center report in an upcoming advance online publication of Nature Medicine.

03/16/2009 09:05 AM

Stem Cells Yield New Clues To Glut Of Glial Cells In Down's Syndrome, Glioblastoma, And Alzheimer's Disease

A newly identified molecular pathway that directs stem cells to produce glial cells yields insights into the neurobiology of Down's syndrome and a number of central nervous system disorders characterized by too many glial cells, according to a recent study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

03/16/2009 09:01 AM

New 'Smart' Homes For Dementia Sufferers

Within five years innovative 'smart' sensing systems that will help the UK's 700,000 dementia sufferers live independently at home could be available commercially.

03/16/2009 08:59 AM

'Brain decline' begins at age 27

Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age, US research suggests.

03/16/2009 08:58 AM

10th Annual Brain Awareness Week To Be Held At National Museum Of Health And Medicine In Washington, DC

More than 800 middle school students will learn about traumatic brain injuries, brain anatomy and pathology and other brain-related issues - as well as get a chance to hold an actual human brain - during the upcoming tenth annual Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Brain Awareness Week at the Museum is sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

03/16/2009 08:55 AM

FDA Advisory Announces Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Increases Rare, Fatal Brain Infection Risk

A recent FDA public health advisory announced that psoriasis drug Raptiva(R) can increase the risk of developing a rare, fatal brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), and confirmed reports of the infection in three deceased patients who had taken the drug for more than three years.

03/16/2009 08:52 AM

Alzheimer's Drug May Someday Help Head Trauma Victims

A new class of Alzheimer's disease drugs may prevent long-term damage from traumatic brain injury, suggests a study of mice by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers.

03/16/2009 08:51 AM

Epilepsy Charity Pledges Funds For Vital New Nurse Posts In Wales UK

National charity Epilepsy Action has committed £150,000 to fund three new epilepsy specialist nurse posts in Wales. The charity announces its plans following today's launch of the Service Development Directive for Epilepsy by the Welsh Assembly Government. The directive, which is the first of its kind in the UK, aims to ensure that action is taken to develop services more effectively across Wales for people living with the condition.

03/16/2009 08:49 AM

Treating Epilepsy In The Elderly

It is more difficult to recognize and treat epilepsy in old than in young patients. In the new edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106[9]: 135), Konrad J. Werhahn of the Epilepsy Center of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, presents the clinical characteristics of the disease and the therapeutic options.

03/16/2009 08:48 AM

NYC Epilepsy Education Program Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the FACES (Finding A Cure For Epilepsy) 2009 New York City Education Program. All programs will be held at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.

03/16/2009 08:47 AM

FACETS Project

There is another project that is attempting to simulate aspects of the brain via a computer. The FACETS project (short for uh, Fast Analog Computing with Emergent Transient States) has already been ongoing for several years. The FACETS acronym is not as clever as the SYNAPSE project term, if you didn't already notice. It seems like DARPA is better at coming up with witty acronyms.

03/16/2009 08:46 AM

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's Annual Gala Recap

Last week I attended the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's annual gala in Whippany, New Jersey. It was a wonderful success and congratulations go out to John Tiene, chairman of the board of trustees as well as to Barbara Geiger-Parker, president and CEO.

03/16/2009 08:45 AM

Rose ends World Cup on high note UK

Paralympic skier Sean Rose finished the IPC World Cup skiing finals in Whistler, Canada on a high note with seventh place in the slalom.

03/16/2009 08:44 AM

MP3s, Sports Skills Prove Effective Asthma Education

New research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) reported success in using MP3s and sports skills as tools for asthma education and treatment adherence.

03/16/2009 08:44 AM

Lords Committee On Pandemic Flu To Hear Evidence From Dawn Primarolo UK

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, which is conducting a short follow-up inquiry into pandemic influenza, will next week hear evidence from Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health.

03/16/2009 08:43 AM

Insurance Coverage Does Not Equate To Better Asthma Control, Study Finds

While it's often believed that insurance coverage and access to healthcare providers lead to successful asthma control, a new study presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) debunks this common perception.

03/16/2009 08:41 AM

Good News For Parents: Newer Asthma Medications Make The Grade

Children taking more recent asthma medications were found to have better asthma control compared to a cohort of severe asthmatic children studied a decade ago, according to research unveiled at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

03/16/2009 08:38 AM

Stroke advert 'saves man's life' UK

A Hampshire woman has told how a Department of Health TV advert may have saved her husband's life by helping her realise he was having a stroke.

03/16/2009 08:35 AM

Black Young Adults Hospitalized For Stroke At Much Higher Rate Than Whites, Hispanics

In Florida, black young adults are hospitalized for stroke at a rate three times higher than their white and Hispanic peers, a new study by University of South Florida researchers reports. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Conference and appears in the online version of the international journal Neuroepidemiology.

03/16/2009 08:33 AM

Potential pathway for drug intervention

A newly identified molecular pathway that directs stem cells to produce glial cells yields insights into the neurobiology of Down's syndrome and a number of central nervous system disorders characterized by too many glial cells, according to a recent study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

03/16/2009 08:29 AM

Stem Cell Administration Study Demonstrates Improved Quality Of Life For Patients Suffering From Spinal Cord Injury

DaVinci Biosciences, in collaboration with Luis Vernaza Hospital in Ecuador, announced today the publication of study results demonstrating the safety and feasibility of its acute and chronic spinal cord injury treatment platform in issue 17(12) of Cell Transplantation, a peer-reviewed journal focused on regenerative medicine. The study demonstrates that administering adult autologous bone marrow derived stem cells via multiple routes is feasible, safe, and most importantly, improves the quality of life for both acute and chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) patients.

03/16/2009 08:26 AM

Few epileptics taking advantage of surgery option CANADA

For 30 per cent of the hundreds of thousands of people in Canada who have epilepsy, medications don't end the seizures. But for some of these patients, there is a treatment -- in some cases a cure -- through surgery.

03/16/2009 08:25 AM

Brackenridge could be test site for treatment of patients who are paralyzed TEXAS

Raising its profile in the research world, the University Medical Center at Brackenridge is hosting a summit of scientists seeking to launch a U.S. stem cell trial for people who are paralyzed or have other spinal cord injuries.

03/16/2009 08:23 AM

Radcliffe's stunt double 'paralyzed'

Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double wept after he was told he will never walk again following an accident on the set of the new Harry Potter movie, according to reports. David Holmes was hospitalized in January with a back injury after falling from a harness at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire, where he was practicing flying scenes for the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

03/16/2009 08:22 AM

Rising to the challenge after a life-changing fall PENNSYLVANIA

Coming home is a happy, albeit challenging, phase for a Hilltown man who was paralyzed following a 28-foot plunge from a ladder. Guy Greco returned home about a month and a half ago, but in many ways it's like he entered a new world.

03/16/2009 08:19 AM

Mom: 'It's a march' CALIFORNIA

High school student paralyzed in a 2007 skiing accident is making progress and hopes to walk in graduation. A year ago, 17-year-old Natalie Buchoz was thrilled to be able to move her arms again.

03/16/2009 08:19 AM

Seaweed And Fireflies Brew May Guide Stem Cell Treatment For Peripheral Artery Disease

An unlikely brew of seaweed and glow-in-the-dark biochemical agents may hold the key to the safe use of transplanted stem cells to treat patients with severe peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to a team of veterinarians, basic scientists and interventional radiologists at Johns Hopkins.

03/16/2009 08:17 AM

No PAD-ing the issue CANADA

"Have you ever heard of Matthew's Law?" I asked a journalism student who recently interviewed me. Her assignment was to find out what young people could do to prevent health problems. The timing of the interview was good because at the time I was writing a column about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a prime example of Matthew's Law. And did she, or readers, know about the ABI test?

03/16/2009 08:15 AM

A Chance At Child's Play NEVADA

Isaac Escobedo has a prosthetic leg. But you wouldn't know unless you lifted his right pant leg, revealing the red flame design on the artificial limb. The first-grader walks, jumps, squats and sits like your average 6-year-old.

03/16/2009 08:15 AM

Double-amputee soldier completes 5K run CANADA

After spending more than a year learning how to walk on special carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, Master Cpl. Jody Mitic wanted to run.

03/16/2009 08:13 AM

U.S. National Amputee Team Coming Together CONNECTICUT

At one end of the roster is 49-year-old forward Neil Pitzer of Evergreen, Colo. At the other end is 14-year-old goalie Parker Revier of Olivia, Minn. "I mean, my son is 14," said 34-year-old Dave Levesque, captain of the U.S. National Amputee hockey team. "So, it's different."

03/16/2009 08:11 AM

After amputations, Newberry Twp. boy eyes his future WASHINGTON DC

Sean Brame looks bored. He's leaning forward to look down the length of the long, glass covered table, resting his cheek on his right wrist, where the doctors had to cut off his hand three years ago. Three seats down, a man from Allentown with a prosthetic arm is telling one of Sen. Arlen Specter's aides how he will lose his temporary health insurance in a few months and how that will make it even harder to get the replacement arm he needs.

03/16/2009 08:10 AM

Woman pushes for prosthetic parity law IDAHO

A minor workday accident turned into a nightmare for Rose Maloney. Working with Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, Maloney hopes to bring a bill to the state legislature next year that would require insurance companies to provide coverage equal to Medicare benefit levels for prosthetic limbs.

03/16/2009 08:07 AM

Bill aimed at improving private insurance coverage of prosthetics PENNSYLVANIA

That's why the ACA is backing the Prosthetic and Customized Orthotic Act, which would require private insurance companies to offer the same benefits for amputees as federal healthcare. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., and Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, both support the bill, which is expected to be introduced later this year. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has not taken a position on it yet. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 08:06 AM

14 months after concussion, Pothier rejoins Caps WASHINGTON DC

Brian Pothier, who hasn't played in the NHL for more than a year because of vision problems resulting from a concussion, was recalled from the minors by the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

03/16/2009 08:05 AM

Koskie emerges from concussion ills ARIZONA

Corey Koskie was the happiest player in Cubs camp on Saturday, simply because he could take ground balls.

03/16/2009 08:04 AM

Lawmakers want service dogs at work INDIANA

District 22 Senator Ron Alting plans to introduce a civil rights bill for the blind this week. Alting said the bill would allow service animals to accompany their visually impaired partners to work. He said the country has progressed too far for everyone not to have basic civil rights. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 08:03 AM

Bend veteran urges awareness of service dogs OREGON

A Bend veteran says he wants to bring awareness to service dogs after he and his dog were asked to leave a store recently. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 08:00 AM

Wilderwood dogs enter life of service TENNESSEE

Miley and David are one of three Wilderwood Service Dog teams training together this week. The Maryville-based organization also took the teams out to eat so they could get used to being together in public. Francis, a small white lap dog, is trained to sense seizures, and Timothy, a large black dog, is trained to help calm and control five-year-old Jacob.

03/16/2009 08:00 AM

Shaken Baby Donation TEXAS

A Central Texas mother with a severely brain damaged child is praising a new tool the Hays county area has to help law enforcement and young parents avoid similar injuries.

03/16/2009 07:58 AM

Police: Baby Dead After Shaken, Dropped By Uncle FLORIDA

A man is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter after police said he physically abused his 1-year-old nephew, who later died from his injuries. Shortly after the interview at Wyrosdick's home, Johnson was pronounced clinically brain dead.

03/16/2009 07:56 AM

Baby dies months after being shaken by her mother COLORADO

An infant daughter who suffered shaken baby syndrome at the hands of her mother died Sunday, according to Corinna Pina-Bel of the Weld County Coroner’s Office.

03/16/2009 07:55 AM

New Therapy Protects Lungs From Runaway Inflammation

A novel anti-inflammatory therapy designed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators prevents acute lung injury in mice exposed to an inflammation-causing toxin, the researchers report in the journal Molecular Therapy.

03/16/2009 07:52 AM

Nobilon Advances First Vaccine Into Human Trials - Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Begins Phase I Clinical Development

Nobilon, the human vaccine business unit of Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP), announced that it has reached an important milestone with the initiation of its first-in-human clinical development program for SCH 900795, a new intranasal Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) for annual seasonal use.

03/16/2009 07:51 AM

FEATURE-Workers risk lung disease cutting gems for jewel trade

Standing alongside glass cases filled with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other stones on display at an international jewellery fair in Hong Kong, gem buyers discuss what they prize most in precious stones.

03/16/2009 07:48 AM

Parkinson's-linked mutation makes neurons vulnerable to calcium-induced death

A new study reveals the mechanism by which a genetic mutation linked with Parkinson's disease (PD) renders dopamine neurons particularly vulnerable to cell injury and death.

03/16/2009 07:38 AM

Statins may keep asthma patients out of ER

Asthma sufferers taking statins in addition to their regular medicine required significantly fewer trips to the hospital, according to a study the provides the latest suggestion of added benefits from the widely-used cholesterol lowering drugs.

03/16/2009 07:36 AM

Life Saving Shoe COLORADO

More than 500 people die each day from pulmonary embolisms. Something one local company says they can prevent with their new invention. Matt Mayer is a man with a shoe. "A cheaper better way to prevent DVT's than currently available on the market," says, Mayer. A shoe that prevents deep vein thrombosis (dvt's) or blood clots, usually found in the legs. He calls it the Frogg Dynamic Compression System. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 07:34 AM

A sleep study can put apnea to rest

If making it through the day without napping at lunch, or guzzling a gallon of coffee is impossible, a sleep study might be in the near future.

03/16/2009 07:11 AM

Athletes go for their best at Special Olympics IOWA

After three straight state appearances as a Special Olympics basketball player, Matthew Swanson of Muscatine decided to try a solo sport.

03/16/2009 07:09 AM

Disability not an excuse for them MALAYSIA

All her efforts and determination paid off when the girl from SM Saiyidah Khadijah, an Arabic school run by the state Islamic Affairs Department, scored seven As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination.

03/16/2009 07:06 AM

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03/16/2009 07:06 AM

JROTC competition salutes self-esteem NEW JERSEY

Kirstie Simmons would not let a disability keep her from being the leader she knew she could be.

03/16/2009 07:04 AM

Amputee vets learn more than skiing CALIFORNIA

Andrew Bradley gazed down the beginner's slope at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort through a mask of trepidation.

03/16/2009 07:02 AM

Woman's death at Denton State School ruled a homicide TEXAS

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has ruled the death of a woman who had been living at the Denton State School a homicide.

03/16/2009 07:01 AM

Three-wheeling fans converge on Downs AUSTRALIA

CHARLIE Amey has been in a wheelchair for 32 years but he doesn't let that stop him doing what he loves - travelling all over Australia on his motorcycle.

03/16/2009 06:58 AM

Care worker slept in disabled woman's bed AUSTRALIA

A CARER kicked a severely disabled woman out of bed and left her to walk around a group home unattended in the middle of the night while the carer changed into her own pyjamas, climbed into the woman's bed and went to sleep.

03/16/2009 06:57 AM

Disparities in stroke outcomes between black and white patients still great

In Florida, black young adults are hospitalized for stroke at a rate three times higher than their white and Hispanic peers, a new study by University of South Florida researchers reports.

03/16/2009 06:53 AM

Chapple seeking accessibility input CANADA

Chapple is looking for input from residents as part of its annual review of the township's accessibility plan.

03/16/2009 06:52 AM

Disability 101: I Have a Voice COLORADO

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to explain this to you. I guess it's about a dumbing down, a denial of respect, a denial of dignity, a loss of voice. I have a voice. I have a well thought out opinion. I have valuable knowledge. I am capable of making sound decisions.

03/16/2009 06:51 AM

Government should invest more in disability sports GHANA

The National President of the Sports wing of the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled, Mr Abdul-Aziz Mohammed has appealed to the government to invest massively in the development of sports for people with disabilities.

03/16/2009 06:49 AM

Parents of special-needs students clash with schools on truancy TEXAS

Several Collin County parents of special-needs children say that some school districts have gone too far by filing truancy charges against them and their children.

03/16/2009 06:49 AM

Forced fights between mentally disabled at Corpus Christi State School raise disturbing questions TEXAS

Cellphone videos of Corpus Christi State School employees forcing mentally disabled residents into late-night prize fights have left Texas families and advocates for people with disabilities in search of answers - not just about security but about human nature.

03/16/2009 06:43 AM

Howard Beach preps for proposals NEW YORK

Three nonprofit organizations submitted proposals last week to the state Housing Finance Agency, which is ready to turn the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center in Howard Beach into affordable housing.

03/16/2009 06:41 AM

The only home she's ever known CANADA

Almost 50 years after Joanne Quesnel moved in as a baby, one of the last residents of the Rideau Regional Centre moves out.

03/16/2009 06:40 AM

Turnstone program joins kids for play INDIANA

Five-year-old Luke Fawbush has a disability on the autism spectrum. A variety of therapies from several agencies and his school are helping him learn to communicate his needs and improve his motor skills. Speech, physical and occupational therapy can be hard work, even if sessions involve toys and games.

03/16/2009 06:39 AM

Local author teaches about disabilities with new children's book OHIO

A local woman is sharing her experience working with children with special needs with the world through a new children's book. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 06:38 AM

'Severely autistic' man charged with woman's murder OREGON

An 18-year-old man described as "severely autistic" is in custody on suspicion he murdered a 59-year-old Coos County woman, and his mental health could be a factor in the case, according to the district attorney.

03/16/2009 06:37 AM

Disabled martial arts kids an inspiration FLORIDA

0-year-old Louie Pampena has down syndrome. 10-year-old Nico D'Angelo has cerebal palsy. They have been learning mixed martial arts at the 'K2' gym in Royal Palm Beach. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 06:35 AM

Mystic boy with multiple disabilities moving into special home CONNECTICUT

Robby Zummo, the 10-year-old multiply disabled boy who stayed with his mother at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital's emergency department for 12 days in January, will move into a residential program at the American School for the Deaf today.

03/16/2009 06:33 AM

Mom Finds Help For Families Of Disabled MASSACHUSETTS

For parents of disabled children, rest and relaxation is usually difficult to find, but one local mom is working to make it possible for others. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 06:31 AM

Parents still support state school TEXAS

In the Pacific Dorm, Brad Blackburn is known as the hall monitor. The 48-year-old has lived at the Corpus Christi State School since 1971. 'This is his home,' said his mother, Barbara Blackburn.

03/16/2009 06:27 AM

Local man finds a way to give back while spreading an important message

You may have noticed a lot of green dots around town. It's for the Great Logan Nose-On, an event held throughout the month of March. The goal is to raise awareness about people with disabilities. One local man came up with a way to help spread the word. VIDEO LINK.

03/16/2009 06:26 AM

Progress comes slowly in processing disability claims KANSAS

On the last day of 2008, Debra Shirar opened the mailbox and found a letter she had been waiting more than two years to receive. It was the notice setting the date for her disability hearing. Almost 900 days after she filed a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance, she would finally get her day in court. She cried the whole way back from the mailbox.

03/16/2009 06:23 AM

Aldersgate enables special needs, disabled men to live closer to families SOUTH CAROLINA

The new Aldersgate group home that opened Thursday at The Oaks is not just a secure residence for Jeanette Mason’s adult son, Edward. The two see the structure as a way to do what they first thought impossible - maintain a close family connection.

03/16/2009 06:22 AM

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding NEW YORK

Frank Zanghi says his blind, deaf and wheelchair-bound son was abused when he lived in a facility for the developmentally disabled in New Jersey years ago. His son's front tooth was knocked out, his back was slashed and his penis needed five stitches.

03/16/2009 06:21 AM

Author spotlight: C. L. Bosley NEW YORK

Throughout his book, Mr. Bosley charts not only his life but a history of disability. An avid reader and observer, nothing gets by him.

03/16/2009 06:19 AM

Special needs fair offers chance to network, learn TENNESSEE

A special needs fair was held Saturday at Stewartsboro Elementary, where parents of children with disabilities had the opportunity to learn about disabilities services offered by local agencies.

03/16/2009 06:12 AM

Families of disabled facing cuts MASSACHUSETTS

Lauren Rico's limbs are stiff because of various disabilities - her fingers and toes curled, the elbows and knees of her 70-pound, 18-year-old body bent.

03/16/2009 06:09 AM

Students experience disability challenges MICHIGAN

Roosevelt Elementary fourth-graders got a lesson in understanding and awareness at Disability Awareness Workshop at the school.

03/16/2009 06:07 AM

Celebrating the individual TEXAS

With roots tracing back to 1913, the organization known today as Mosaic has a straight-forward and important goal - "to empower people to achieve their fullest potential and to realize their dreams." Mosaic of Corsicana offers services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

03/16/2009 06:06 AM

Mentally ill in Africa get little help

Every day before she leaves home to fetch food and water, Esther Nyaboke forces her two daughters into a baking, windowless shed and slams the door. For Nyaboke, whose children display the symptoms of serious autism, the only way to keep the girls safe while she is away is to lock them up.

03/16/2009 06:04 AM

Ackers one of many helped by Christie Lane OHIO

Charlie Ackers was the ultimate host Friday. "Help yourself," he repeatedly urged those sitting near him Friday at the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) Awareness Breakfast.

03/16/2009 06:02 AM

'Wounded warriors' conquer the slopes NEVADA

Richard Samudio looked just like any other skier. He had the right accoutrements: the Giro helmet, the warm sweatshirt, the puffy gloves and the trendy ski pants. And he had the right slightly nihilistic attitude: He refused the helmet until his instructors talked him into it.

03/16/2009 05:59 AM

March Madness Combines with The Illinois Special Olympics ILLINOIS

This afternoon Special Olympians dominated the courts trying to take home a state title in Normal. Horton Field House was one of the host sites for the 125-team tournament. Special Olympics Illinois and the I-H-S-A teamed up to host their form of March Madness for children with intellectual disabilities.

03/16/2009 05:57 AM

Eagle lands in Portage; teen overcomes challenges to achieve rank WISCONSIN

Julius Boursier wasn't going to allow anything to stop him from obtaining the highest rank in Boy Scouts, even a learning disability.

03/16/2009 05:56 AM

Art Show hosted by WAVES coming March 20 TENNESSEE

Art entries are coming in for the 3rd annual art show to benefit Waves, Inc. Century II's An Artist's Window will feature adult artists with developmental disabilities.

03/16/2009 05:55 AM

Disabled campaigner high on ID candidate list SOUTH AFRICA

One of the country's most outspoken campaigners for the rights of the disabled, Durban's Ari Seirlis, has entered politics and has resigned as national director of the QuadPara Association of South Africa.

03/16/2009 05:54 AM

CPARC recognizes achievements, independence PENNSYLVANIA

Bonnie Strunk has been living in her own apartment in Carlisle since 2006. Five days a week she catches the CAT bus to work in Harrisburg, and when she has free time she cooks and bakes, and of course, spends time with her fiance.

03/16/2009 05:51 AM

University of Florida doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS.

03/16/2009 05:50 AM

Local dog show imagines the 'PawsAbilities' PENNSYLVANIA

PawsAbilities is a two-day community celebration of the ways dogs can brighten lives. The annual event benefits Susquehanna Service Dogs, a program of Keystone Children & Family Services that trains service dogs and hearing dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities.

03/16/2009 05:49 AM

Missing Teen Found NEW YORK

Rochester police said they have found the teen with developmental disabilities who had been reported missing Saturday from the Hillside family of agencies.

03/16/2009 05:48 AM

Scholarships to aid Ohio students with disabilities

Nearly $2.7 million in Choose Ohio First scholarships will be available soon to graduating high school and current college students with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at five area colleges and universities.

03/16/2009 05:42 AM

China bird flu effort in question after new cases

A probe into an outbreak of bird flu at a Hong Kong chicken farm and carcasses popping up in city waters have raised questions over whether the H5N1 virus is going undetected in southern China.

03/16/2009 05:38 AM

Doctors still learning from pig brain disorder

It started with tingling in the fingers and toes, followed by weakness in the legs. "It wasn't a normal neurologic illness," said Dr. Aaron DeVries, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health who helped lead the state's investigation of a mysterious condition that sickened 18 workers at a Southern Minnesota pork processing plant.

03/14/2009 11:29 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America: It's that time again! This week BIAA joined other brain injury stakeholders in authoring and submitting fiscal year 2010 Appropriations requests to the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. The task force, led by Representative, Bill Pascrell, Jr., and Rep. Todd R. Platts issued a dear colleague letter to fellow house members in line with these requests.

03/14/2009 11:28 AM

'Atalissa needs to bring change' IOWA

The Atalissa scandal must serve as a catalyst for overhauling the way Iowa protects the mentally disabled, parents and advocates told a state task force on Friday. Geoffrey Lauer, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Iowa, urged the task force to use the opportunity created by the public's outrage over Atalissa.

03/14/2009 11:27 AM


In recognition of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month The Brain Injury Association of New York State in partnership with area Brain Injury Providers will be promoting brain injury prevention and awareness by providing an information fair on Saturday, March14th at the Marketplace Mall.

03/13/2009 12:48 PM

Brain injuries: doctor battles stigma

She's tired. Frustrated. Ready to give up. Or is she? "It has been such a fight, but the guys deserve it," said Maj. Shawna Scully, the Army's senior neurologist in Europe. Scully's "fight" is the three-year learning process she has gone through to better understand the dynamics of a battlefield wound - Traumatic Brain Injury - and the culture that used to shun the idea of seeking help.

03/13/2009 12:47 PM

Brain injury charity UK

Liverpool's Lord Mayor is visiting a brain injury awareness charity that has been supporting people for 30 years. Councillor Steve Rotheram is to visit Headway the brain injury association at an information and awareness event for brain injury survivors, their families and carers this Saturday (March 14th) at Aintree Racecourse from 9.30am.

03/13/2009 09:55 AM

Stanford Pilot Program for at-Home Caregivers of Veterans Seeks Participants CALIFORNIA

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are recruiting participants for a pilot program aimed at improving at-home caregiving for U.S. veterans. The study will assess the effectiveness of an online workshop that provides training to at-home caregivers of veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Veterans who are caring for people with these disorders are also eligible.

03/13/2009 09:53 AM

Overcoming brain injury UK

Every half an hour in the UK, a child will acquire a brain injury. At least one child every week will be admitted into the Oxford Children’s Hospital with a serious head injury.

03/13/2009 09:53 AM

If you can tear yourself away NORTH CAROLINA

The Brain Injury Association of NC's "Joggin for your Noggin" 5K Run and Walk&Roll-a-thon will be Saturday, March 21 from 7 a.m.-noon. Over 180,000 individuals are dealing with the challenges of brain injury in our state.

03/13/2009 09:50 AM

Instant images, enduring frustrations MASSACHUSETTS

When Judy Szczeblowski enrolled in a photography project for survivors of brain injury in 2006, her chin-length hair hid the scar and bald spot that dominate the back of her head, artifacts of the surgery and radiation used to treat a life-threatening brain tumor in 1990.

03/13/2009 09:50 AM

Brain Injury Awareness Week should be every day CANADA

BrainTrust Canada is utilizing the timing of "Brain Awareness Week" the week of March 16th to remind people they need to think about the importance of their brains every day.

03/13/2009 09:49 AM

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic brain injuries are defined as a strike or jolt to the head that interrupts brain function. Not all the strikes or jolts result in brain injuries.

03/13/2009 09:48 AM

Sioux City Business Raises Awareness for Traumatic Brain Injury IOWA

Opportunities Unlimited wants to let the world know how many lives are touched by a very serious problem. About 100 people braved the cold to release balloons to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury at Opportunities Unlimited Wednesday.

03/13/2009 09:45 AM

Head injury 'happened moments before collapse' UK

THE head injury which caused the death of Leeya Akinrele was likely to have been inflicted just moments before she stopped breathing while apparently being washed by her mother, the court heard.

03/13/2009 09:44 AM

Pascrell urges Congress to support troops with brain injuries NEW JERSEY

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. urged Congress to spend $350 million to help thousands of troops who suffer from traumatic brain injuries and stress disorders because of the war on terror.

03/13/2009 09:43 AM

Perry girl battles rare brain tumor MICHIGAN

When Heaven Bates looked into her 9-year-old daughter Katie Tomblin's eyes one day on her way home from work, she knew something was wrong.

03/13/2009 09:42 AM

HB's Cavallo tackles head injury awareness NEW YORK

A panel of former boxers and football players yesterday told a forum on head injury awareness that they had never given much thought to the threat of head trauma during their decidedly rugged careers. "I didn't really think about it, either," said Bruno Cavallo, whose sport is basketball. "Who expects to get bonked on the head like that?"

03/13/2009 09:41 AM

Injured team captain inspires Union WASHINGTON

As Union of Vancouver took the floor for warm-ups Thursday night, each player wore over his jersey a T-shirt with two simple words.

03/13/2009 09:38 AM

Riverdale cheerleader injured in motorcycle crash back home FLORIDA

Elizabeth Selenke spoke from her bed, a bandage on one arm the only visible sign of the motorcycle crash that almost ended her 16-year-old life. Selenke, who was wearing a helmet, was in an induced coma for almost three weeks after the crash to ease her condition.

03/13/2009 09:38 AM

Tough guy Chase fights against brain lesion MISSOURI

Former Blues tough guy Kelly Chase, now the team's radio analyst, has been toughing it out this season as he continues to deal with a mysterious brain lesion. The origin of the spot, and even what it is, remains unknown, and the ailment has led to periodic intense headaches that have made working a challenge on occasion.

03/13/2009 09:36 AM

'Kits' help Casper vets with brain injuries WYOMING

It takes a community to heal a hero, David Allhusen says about injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The Brain Injury Association of Wyoming exemplified that saying Thursday when it donated a Brain Injury Recovery Kit to the Casper Veterans Administration Clinic.

03/13/2009 09:34 AM

Report to Congress Urges Accelerated Efforts to Create Breakthroughs on Traumatic Brain Injury

At a Capitol Hill briefing today, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center of Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Co-Chair, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), announced the official recommendations of the International Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Report.

03/13/2009 09:31 AM

Testing for traumatic brain injury urged for troops

A group of doctors and scientists said Thursday the U.S. needs to devise a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are exposed to a blast or other violent event in wartime.

03/13/2009 09:28 AM

Wheels in Motion CANADA

The Comox Valley Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion committee is already preparing for this year’s Wheels In Motion event.

03/13/2009 09:27 AM

European Commission Awards Orphan Designation To Knopp Neurosciences' KNS-760704 In ALS

Knopp Neurosciences Inc. ("Knopp") announced that the European Commission ("EC") has designated KNS-760704 as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

03/13/2009 09:27 AM

Well-Known Enzyme Is Unexpected Contributor To Brain Growth

An enzyme researchers have studied for years because of its potential connections to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke, appears to have yet another major role to play: helping create and maintain the brain.

03/13/2009 09:25 AM

Intelligence In The Brain Mapped By Caltech Neuroscientists

Neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have conducted the most comprehensive brain mapping to date of the cognitive abilities measured by the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), the most widely used intelligence test in the world. The results offer new insight into how the various factors that comprise an "intelligence quotient" (IQ) score depend on particular regions of the brain.

03/13/2009 09:24 AM

Home-Based Care Administered by Skilled Nurses Comparable to Standard Care for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In a randomized controlled trial, home-based treatment administered by highly skilled nurses was noninferior to and less costly than standard hospital-based, physician-directed care for the management of symptomatic, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

03/13/2009 09:24 AM

Long-Term Results Confirm Survival Advantage of Adding Temozolomide to Radiation in Glioblastoma

The final results from a phase 3 study, with median follow-up of more than 5 years, have confirmed the survival advantage of adding temozolomide to radiotherapy in the treatment of glioblastoma.

03/13/2009 09:23 AM

Stroke Update Part 1: HOPE II Study

In this video blog, Dr. Mark Alberts reviews new findings on how multivitamin intake can affect the risk for stroke.

03/13/2009 09:22 AM

Stroke Update Part 2: JUPITER Trial Results

In this video blog, Dr. Mark Alberts review results from the JUPITER trial, as presented at the 2009 International Stroke Conference.

03/13/2009 09:21 AM

Laser for Brain Surgery

Lasers have been used in surgery for decades, but they're often too cumbersome for delicate procedures in the brain. A new device that's as small and light as a pen is helping doctors maneuver around fragile parts of the body. It helped a Vietnam Veteran win his battle against a brain tumor. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 09:18 AM

Study backs dual therapy for brain cancer

Nearly 10 percent of brain cancer patients who received radiation in combination with chemotherapy were still alive five years after diagnosis, the best long-term survival rate ever reported for a group of patients stricken with the aggressive tumor, researchers reported yesterday.

03/13/2009 09:17 AM

Epilepsy Plan For Wales Forges Ahead UK

Health Minister Edwina Hart will unveil the Epilepsy Plan for Wales, following consultation with a multi professional and multi agency expert group.

03/13/2009 09:17 AM

BioMarck Pharmaceuticals Announces The Allowance Of Two US Patents On Lead COPD Therapeutic

BioMarck Pharmaceuticals, a research and development company involved in the treatment of respiratory diseases, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for two of its patent applications.

03/13/2009 09:16 AM

COPD Risk To Smokers Is Genetic

It's well known that puffing on cigarettes can eventually leave you out of puff. But why do a quarter of long-term smokers develop serious breathing problems, when others do not? New research published BioMed Central's open access journal Respiratory Research has found that the answers may lie in a smoker's genetics, which affect their chances of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in later life.

03/13/2009 09:14 AM

Montreal Brain Awareness Week Organized By Students From Montreal's 4 Universities

Ever wonder what happens when we sleep and dream? As part of Montreal Brain Awareness Week, top neuroscientists will examine those questions during an informal public talk called, Cafe Scientifique: Sleep and Dreams.

03/13/2009 09:13 AM

Ampakines Reverse Memory Loss In Animal Model Of Huntington's Disease

All neurodegenerative diseases share two characteristics: Prognosis is universally poor, and current treatments work marginally at best. Drug development in this area has focused on neuroprotection and up-regulation of critical neurotransmitters, but to date no experimental treatments have clearly out-shone the standard of care.

03/13/2009 09:12 AM

Washington State Passes Concussion Safety Law For Student Athletes

In what is believed to be the first law of its kind, the State of Washington has passed legislation that will prohibit student athletes who have exhibited symptoms of a concussion from returning to play without the approval of a licensed health care provider.

03/13/2009 09:09 AM

Partners in Policymaking NEW JERSEY

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities have created a new, and free, program entitled Partners in Policymaking (PIP) which is an innovative leadership training program for adults with disabilities and for parents of young children with disabilities.

03/13/2009 09:09 AM

Patients who wake up with stroke may be candidates for clot-busters

Giving clot-busting drugs to patients who wake up with stroke symptoms appears to be as safe as giving it to those in the recommended three-hour window, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

03/13/2009 09:07 AM

Robot Developed at U of G Helps Stroke Patients Recover CANADA

Physiotherapists working with patients recovering from a stroke may soon be able to enlist a robotic helper developed by scientists at the University of Guelph and tested with human patients at Hamilton Health Sciences.

03/13/2009 09:05 AM

Stroke changes brain scientist's view of life

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor was a brain scientist at Harvard Medical School, teaching and doing research. But at the age of 37, she suffered a massive stroke and suddenly became the subject of her own studies. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 09:02 AM

'Seeing' Stem Cells Helps In Fight Against Peripheral Arterial Disease

Interventional radiologists are fitting together the puzzle pieces of how to use stem cells to create new or more blood vessels to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in those individuals with extensively narrowed or clogged arteries.

03/13/2009 09:01 AM

'Gelatin brain' stars in ThinkFirst safety presentations CANADA

Consumer safety organization ThinkFirst Canada expects to almost double the number of Grade 5 students who will see its presentation on preventing brain and spinal cord injuries this year. The non-profit group is aiming to reach 10,000 kids in March, up from 6,000 in 2008, through its Aviva Brain Day.

03/13/2009 09:00 AM


Three weeks after the auto accident, Joe Velasquez remained in his hospital bed in Pocatello, Idaho. His neck was broken, his spinal cord severely damaged, and he was connected to a respirator, unable to move.

03/13/2009 08:58 AM

Multiple route bone marrow stem cell injections show promise to treat spinal cord injury

Researchers from DaVinci Biosciences, Costa Mesa, California, in collaboration with Hospital Luis Vernaza in Ecuador, have determined that injecting a patient's own bone marrow-derived stem cells (autologous BMCs) directly into the spinal column using multiple routes can be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI) that returns some quality of life for SCI patients without serious adverse events.

03/13/2009 08:55 AM

Moore, former PLUK executive director, dies MONTANA

Three years after an accident that made him a quadriplegic, the former executive director of Parents, Let's Unite For Kids has died.

03/13/2009 08:54 AM

Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again

He's been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years. Now a paraplegic man is walking again. And his doctors call it a miracle. CBS13 went to Manteca to find out how a spider bite helped get him back on his feet. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 08:51 AM

Brackenridge could be test site for treatment of patients who are paralyzed TEXAS

Raising its profile in the research world, the University Medical Center at Brackenridge is hosting a summit of scientists seeking to launch a U.S. stem cell trial for people who are paralyzed or have other spinal cord injuries.

03/13/2009 08:49 AM

Local girl, 10, in War Amps public service announcement UK

When 10-year-old Rachel Quilty was chosen to be in a special public service announcement her mother said: "Yes, absolutely anything for War Amps." Rachel was born missing part of her left arm and was enrolled in the War Amps Child Amputee Program (CHAMP) when she was just a few weeks old.

03/13/2009 08:48 AM

U.S. National Amputee Hockey Team To Play State Police In Exhibition CONNECTICUT

The U.S. National Amputee hockey team will play the Connecticut State Police in an exhibition game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the XL Center prior to the night's regularly scheduled game between the Hartford Wolf Pack and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

03/13/2009 08:47 AM

The Amputee Coalition of America and Nearly 200 Amputees and Patient Advocates Go to Washington

On Tuesday, March 10, the Amputee Coalition of America had nearly 200 amputees and patient advocates from 34 states in Washington, D.C., to urge members of Congress to support fair insurance coverage for artificial arms and legs. Their message was simple: Arms and legs are not a luxury!

03/13/2009 08:45 AM

The Un-leaded Crusade OREGON

Toys, jewelry and ceramics are heaped upon Tamara Rubin’s dining room table. One by one, she picks up each item and "shoots" it with a Niton XRF Analyzer, a $27,000 device that detects and measures the presence of lead and other elements in toys and other items.

03/13/2009 08:44 AM

Unsafe lead levels still in some toys, other items sold in S. Florida

New product-safety laws targeting lead and other child hazards that took effect last month are designed to protect young consumers.

03/13/2009 08:42 AM

Hearing to decide if boy with diabetes can take service dog to Yonkers school NEW YORK

Anthony Spataro, 8, a severely diabetic third-grader, wanted to take a hypoglycemia-alert German shepherd-mix to school last year, but district officials denied his parents' request. Anthony's mother, Samantha, said the dog can smell when the boy's blood sugar is falling too low.

03/13/2009 08:41 AM

Father arrested after 6-month-old shaken, injured TEXAS

Police have arrested a father they say injured his 6-month-old baby.

03/13/2009 08:39 AM

Woman Charged in Shaken Baby Case VIRGINIA

A 29-year-old Waynesboro woman is accused of shaking a 5-month-old baby, causing serious head injuries.

03/13/2009 08:38 AM

Ont. launches reviews into shaken baby cases CANADA

The Ontario government announced Tuesday it will launch a formal review into shaken baby syndrome cases to determine if any judicial errors resulted from the investigations.

03/13/2009 08:38 AM

Obesity Linked To Dangerous Sleep Apnea In Truck Drivers

Truck crashes are a significant public health hazard causing thousands of deaths and injuries each year, with driver fatigue and sleepiness being major causes.

03/13/2009 08:33 AM

Two local med-techs vie in sleep-apnea market MINNESOTA

Suddenly, the Twin Cities seems like a hotbed for research into implantable devices that might tame sleep apnea. Inspire Medical Systems of Brooklyn Park says it expects to begin implants in the United States this month of an investigational medical device designed to use electrical stimulation to prevent the closure of the upper airway while people sleep.

03/13/2009 08:29 AM

Lungs Protected From Runaway Inflammation By New Therapy

A novel anti-inflammatory therapy designed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators prevents acute lung injury in mice exposed to an inflammation-causing toxin, the researchers report in the journal Molecular Therapy.

03/13/2009 08:29 AM

Art May Help With The Verbalizing Of Trauma

"The use of art seems to help with verbalizing trauma. It is usually difficult to express the trauma through speech, yet the body remembers it," said Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Head of the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies who carried out the study.

03/13/2009 08:28 AM

Estrogen Activates Critical Lung Genes To Improve Lung Function Following Preterm Birth

Estrogen may be a new postnatal therapy to improve lung function and other outcomes in preterm infants, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in an animal study.

03/13/2009 08:27 AM

Patients Who Gave Up Smoking Before Surgery Had Half As Many Complications Afterwards

More than a third of patients who took part in an eight-week smoking cessation programme before and after planned surgery were able to give up and most of them were still smoke free after a year, according to research in the March issue of Anaesthesia.

03/13/2009 08:26 AM

Nationwide Study Finds Long-Term Ozone Exposure Linked To Higher Risk Of Death

Long-term exposure to ground-level ozone, a major component of smog, is associated with an increased risk of death from respiratory ailments, according to a new nationwide study led by a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

03/13/2009 08:25 AM

Genes May Decide Which Smokers Get Lung Disease

Genes may be the reason why one-quarter of smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), while the rest aren't afflicted with the serious breathing problem, U.S. researchers conclude.

03/13/2009 08:03 AM

Disability no barrier to gaming UK

Jon Kuniholm sits in front of the telly and plays Guitar Hero, the music video game. He's sailing through Pat Benetar's classic, Hit Me with Your Best Shot.

03/13/2009 08:02 AM

Two Parkinson's drugs similar for early treatment

As a treatment strategy for early Parkinson's disease, initial therapy with levodopa versus pramipexole appears to be comparable in delaying the progression of this neurological disease.

03/13/2009 08:01 AM

Weighing the Options after Life-Altering Stroke

Choosing to have aggressive brain surgery after suffering a severe stroke generally improves the patients' lives and allows them to live longer, according to research by neurologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

03/13/2009 07:59 AM

'Gimp' dancers to take stage NEW YORK

Dancers usually have a specific body type. They're usually long, lean and limber. But some dancers are redefining the stereotype. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 07:58 AM

Exclusive: Disabled actors take lead roles in Channel 4 drama about Shipwrecked-style reality TV UK

The new series is called Cast Offs and follows six characters - each played by an actor with a different disability - who are left to fend for themselves for a year on a remote island.

03/13/2009 07:55 AM

A funnier shade of Blue SOUTH CAROLINA

Since winning the fourth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Josh Blue has emerged as one of the hottest young comedians in the country.

03/13/2009 07:54 AM

Disabled people deal with discrimination at every turn UK

Her notion that disabled people and their families live in a "parallel universe" is so apt - but the lived experience for most of us is of having to put in "double time" to face the exhausting demands of this constant struggle on top of the ordinary demands of everyday life. We have to live two lives simultaneously with only one set of time, energy and money.

03/13/2009 07:53 AM

Patients Who Wake Up With Stroke May Be Candidates For Clot-Busters

Giving clot-busting drugs to patients who wake up with stroke symptoms appears to be as safe as giving it to those in the recommended three-hour window, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

03/13/2009 07:52 AM

Weighing The Options After Life Altering Stroke

Choosing to have aggressive brain surgery after suffering a severe stroke generally improves the patients' lives and allows them to live longer, according to research by neurologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

03/13/2009 07:51 AM

Police set up registry to help disabled people OREGON

If you or a loved one has a disability, the Salem Police Department wants to hear from you.

03/13/2009 07:50 AM

Disability Doesn't Slow Mechanic ALABAMA

A life-changing disability has not stopped Ollice Winfrey from pursuing his hobbies. From auto mechanics to karaoke, Winfrey does it all. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 07:49 AM

Social Security Disability Fiasco MISSISSIPPI

Suffering a variety of illnesses, 56 year old Bruce Guy applied and was granted Social Security Disability in 2006. One year later, still considered disabled he went back to work with MDOT full time. VIDEO LINK..

03/13/2009 07:48 AM

Disabled get budget reprieve from judge ARIZONA

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Wednesday indefinitely suspended cuts to state programs that serve the developmentally disabled, serving up a temporary victory to advocates for the disabled.

03/13/2009 07:45 AM

Sports fun for disabled adults UK

Weekly sports activities for adults with special needs take place over the next few months at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre.

03/13/2009 07:44 AM

Down syndrome: Cape residents take fight to DC DELAWARE

Sharonlee and Dennis Diehl of Rehoboth Beach went to Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, to lobby Congress for improved services for people with Down syndrome.

03/13/2009 07:43 AM

People with developmental disabilities part of community, too CANADA

As a non-profit association, Community Living Georgina wants to make everyone aware of the repercussions a story about Halsey Lodge in The Advocate has had or may have on the individuals that we support.

03/13/2009 07:42 AM

Special education conference set MICHIGAN

Parents and education professionals will have an opportunity to learn more about the educational challenges and opportunities for special education students at an upcoming conference.

03/13/2009 07:41 AM

A Tricycle for Disabled Kids

In 2007, Shabtai Hirshberg, an Israeli design student, was shocked to see how kids with disabilities were deprived of the simple pleasure of pedaling around on a tricycle.

03/13/2009 07:39 AM

Special-needs scholarship sails through Senate UTAH

Making sure parents of special-needs students know about the Carson Smith Scholarship Program is the goal of legislation, sponsored by Rep. Merlynn Newbold, R-South Jordan.

03/13/2009 07:38 AM

Events for disabled hunters carry many dangers NEW JERSEY

This letter addresses the false assumptions regurgitated by hunting fan Mr. Stimson, Sr. as he verbally attacks people in he doesn't know in a letter to the editor and hides behind, instead of openly facing, facts.

03/13/2009 07:38 AM

Paralympic Games: One Year Out CANADA

When the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games open in Vancouver one year from today, will the intrepid sit-skiers, the wheelchair curlers and the sledge-hockey players be playing second fiddle to the able-bodied Olympics?

03/13/2009 07:36 AM

'Politicians Don't Consider Us a Vote Bank' INDIA

Please enlighten us on the status of the Disability Act. The Disability Act is still not fully implemented. Why? - Because the government is dragging its feet and the disabled are not forceful enough. What are the currents statistics of the disabled in the state?

03/13/2009 07:35 AM

SLED arrests former SSDDSN employee, charges with abuse SOUHT CAROLINA

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says they have arrested a former South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs employee accused of physically abusing a SCDDSN consumer.

03/13/2009 07:33 AM

Police Investigating Another Resident Death At Cherry Hospital NORTH CAROLINA

Four employees of the O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center at Cherry Hospital have been placed on investigatory leave after the death of a facility resident Wednesday evening.

03/13/2009 07:32 AM

Vision realized: Ability Consultants comes to Pagosa Springs COLORADO

In the small southwestern town of Cortez, Colo. lives a remarkable woman who had a remarkable vision. Her vision was an agency to assist people with disabilities. That agency is Ability Consultants and the woman’s name is Barbara J. Howe.

03/13/2009 07:31 AM

After years of help from the Logan Center, Jamie McGraw returns the favor INDIANA

The Logan Center has been helping people with disabilities for decades. Recently, a young man -- who has been helped by the Center -- found a way to help others, all while putting a smile on their faces.

03/13/2009 07:29 AM

Championing the end of institutional residences CANADA

Never again will someone have to feel imprisoned because of an intellectual disability. As of March 31, the last three residential institutions for adults with developmental disabilities in this province will close.

03/13/2009 07:28 AM

New Program for Seniors, Caregivers and Disabled HAWAII

The Hawaii county office on aging has created a one-stop shop for seniors, caregivers and those with disabilities. In fact, the nation will be watching to see how the new program works out. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 07:26 AM

March is Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities awareness month. The theme this year is "Just Like You." The intent of this year’s theme is to help the community become more aware that individuals with disabilities are 'just like you.' MISSISSIPPI

March is Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities awareness month. The theme this year is "Just Like You." The intent of this year’s theme is to help the community become more aware that individuals with disabilities are "just like you."

03/13/2009 07:24 AM

Disability doesn't stop the dynamic Hoyt duo MASSACHUSETTS

Team Hoyt, made up of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, have competed together in countless road races, marathons and triathlons over the last 25 years.

03/13/2009 07:23 AM

Disabled get budget reprieve from judge ARIZONA

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Wednesday indefinitely suspended cuts to state programs that serve the developmentally disabled, serving up a temporary victory to advocates for the disabled.

03/13/2009 07:22 AM

Laconia man discovers passion for art NEW HAMPSHIRE

Today is Shane's 35th birthday and he has a lot to celebrate. Less than a year ago, the Laconia resident picked up a paintbrush for the first time in many years and now he's surrounded by his paintings, which depict everything from his childhood home and grandmother's irises to local landscapes, winter scenes, angels and more. Shane is unable to walk and has limited mobility in his hands and arms.

03/13/2009 07:21 AM

Stolen bike troubles disabled Lompoc man CALIFORNIA

Greg Huntley isn't too happy these days. Someone stole his bike and he wants it back.

03/13/2009 07:20 AM

Disabled, elderly poorly served by Olympics transport plan, advocates say CANADA

Olympic transportation plans made public this week overlook the needs of people with disabilities and seniors who could be stranded during the Games, accessibility advocates said Thursday.

03/13/2009 07:19 AM

Pair of new films show area disability services OREGON

Local residents will have a chance to view life through someone else's perspective - and catch a glimpse of some familiar faces Saturday.

03/13/2009 07:18 AM

BH Services employee Hong Dao has been chosen to receive the 2008 AbilityOne/NISH Northwest Region William M. Usdane Award NEBRASKA

The award is presented to an individual with severe disabilities who has exhibited outstanding achievement and exceptional character as an employee in the AbilityOne Program.

03/13/2009 07:16 AM

Special needs school a display of progress NEBRASKA

Over the past 12 years, ESU No. 3 Brook Valley School has grown from what was once a handful of special needs students housed in a one-room building to what it is today - a thriving school offering area schools and parents effective alternative methods of education for children with a number of learning disabilities.

03/13/2009 07:15 AM

Advocates for the disabled criticize proposed ADA waiver for stimulus projects MASSACHUSETTS

Advocates for disabled people are joining calls for Gov. Deval Patrick to reject temporarily waiving handicapped accessibility rules for projects built with federal stimulus cash.

03/13/2009 07:14 AM

Disabling the label on disabilities INDIANA

Her dream is to be a journalist. For Michelle Fischer, working as a clerical assistant at Wabash Center is the first step to getting there. VIDEO LINK.

03/13/2009 07:13 AM

State disabilities worker accused of stealing $60,000 GEORGIA

A former fiscal officer for a tiny state disabilities agency has been accused of stealing more than $60,000 and lying about her professional qualifications.

03/13/2009 07:12 AM

Audit can't trace $83K Rutgers received from N.J. developmental disabilities council

An audit found the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities spent roughly $83,000 at Rutgers University.

03/13/2009 07:12 AM

Seminar Monitoring and understanding the 'well-being' of a person with disabilities AUSTRALIA

In this seminar Professor Emerson draws on recent work in the UK and Australia reviewing approaches to conceptualizing and measuring the ‘well-being’ of persons with disabilities.

03/13/2009 07:11 AM

Disabilities Week offers awarness, prizes ARKANSAS

Those who participate in the events of Disabilities Week could win door prizes, while learning more about issues those with disabilites go through.

03/13/2009 07:10 AM

New Initiative To Help Folks With Disabilities Find Work OHIO

In economic hard times, community leaders implemented a new program Thursday that's dedicated to providing more help for folks with disabilities in their search for a job. The new initiative is called the Futures Program. Belco Works Inc. unveiled it this week.

03/13/2009 07:07 AM

Disabilities Awareness Day slated for March 22 NEW JERSEY

The North Brunswick Abilities Council will hold its first Disabilities Awareness Day noon-4 p.m. March 22 at the commons at North Brunswick Township High School, Raider Road, North Brunswick.

03/13/2009 07:05 AM

Redefining Crazy: Researchers Revise the 'DSM'

It may not be at the top of your list, but the DSM, as it's usually called, is one of the most important books in the world. It attempts to categorize, describe and give a code number to literally every problem that can occur in your mind, from schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder to something called mathematics disorder, which is essentially being so bad at math that it amounts to a mental problem.

03/13/2009 07:04 AM

Two Parkinson's drugs similar for early treatment

As a treatment strategy for early Parkinson's disease, initial therapy with levodopa versus pramipexole appears to be comparable in delaying the progression of this neurological disease.

03/13/2009 07:04 AM

Stigma worse for "gender-typical" mentally ill

How we feel toward a mentally ill person has a lot to do with how closely that person's symptoms hew to gender stereotypes, new research shows.

03/13/2009 07:00 AM

Asthma "coaches" keep kids out of the hospital

Community health workers acting as asthma coaches are able to reduce the need for rehospitalization for asthma episodes among children in low-income families, researchers report in the March issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Headlines (Posted March 11, 2009)

03/11/2009 09:38 AM

Scientists Locate 'God Spot' in Human Brain

Science can't say whether God represents a loving, vengeful or nonexistent being. But researchers have revealed for the first time how such religious beliefs trigger different parts of the brain.

03/11/2009 09:29 AM

HSE highlights National Brain Awareness Week IRELAND

The Health Service Executive is highlighting "National Brain Awareness Week" by drawing attention to its services in the South East for those with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

03/11/2009 09:28 AM

Brain damage found in cognitively normal people with Alzheimer's marker

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have linked a potential indicator of Alzheimer's disease to brain damage in humans with no signs of mental impairment.

03/11/2009 09:27 AM

Report To Congress Urges Accelerated Efforts To Create Breakthroughs On Traumatic Brain Injury

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Co-Chair Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), will announce the official recommendations of theInternational Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Report on March 12, 2009, at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

03/11/2009 09:26 AM

Legislature sets March as Brain Injury Month in Alaska

The House of Representatives Monday passed and sent to Gov. Sarah Palin Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, establishing March as Brain Injury Month in Alaska.

03/11/2009 09:21 AM

Utah Brain Injury Association raises awareness across nation

As the weather warms and local athletes and adventurers begin their yearly ritual of preparing for summer fun, officials at the Brain Injury Association of Utah would like to warn everyone of the impact a head injury can have on a person and their friends and family.

03/11/2009 09:17 AM

Airborne Fungi Linked To Asthma Epidemic In Puerto Rico

A survey of airborne fungi and fungal spores found in Eastern Puerto Rico suggests that certain species may be a major cause of the high incidence of childhood asthma in this part of the world. A new article suggests this information could be used to alleviate human factors that lead to high levels of such fungi.

03/11/2009 09:14 AM

Brain Awareness Week Teaches Kids How Their Brains Work

The 10th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a science and health education fair held in various locations across the United States, teaches fifth through eighth grade students about the brain. In Washington, D.C., it will take place March 16-20, 2009, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

03/11/2009 09:13 AM

Faster Acting Drugs Needed To Combat MRSA

MRSA expert Dr Bill Love has called for the NHS to use faster acting drugs to implement Sir Richard Branson's proposal for MRSA screening for hospital staff. Dr Love's drug development company Destiny Pharma is currently undertaking clinical trials for a new anti-MRSA drug codenamed XF-73 which aims to allow a faster eradication of the hospital 'Superbug'.

03/11/2009 09:12 AM

Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries May Cause Transient, Persistent Symptoms After Injury

Mild traumatic brain injuries, especially if more severe, are more likely vs orthopaedic injuries to cause transient or persistent increases in postconcussive symptoms in the first year after injury.

03/11/2009 09:11 AM

Combo Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumor May Lengthen Life

Treatment with a combination of the chemotherapy drug temozolomide and radiotherapy increases survival for glioblastoma brain tumor patients better than radiotherapy alone, and the improvement persists for up to five years, say Swiss researchers.

03/11/2009 09:06 AM

Laser for Brain Surgery

Lasers have been used in surgery for decades, but they're often too cumbersome for delicate procedures in the brain. A new device that's as small and light as a pen is helping doctors maneuver around fragile parts of the body. It helped a Vietnam Veteran win his battle against a brain tumor.

03/11/2009 09:05 AM

Children and Concusssions: ABC Video

News has produced an interesting video featuring the new Journal of Pediatrics article on Concussions which finds that up to 25% of children are at risk for prolonged symptoms following a concussion. VIDEO LINK.

03/11/2009 09:05 AM

Female Athletes and Concussions

An interesting story appears in this weeks ESPN Magazine discussing the differences in the rate and reporting of concussions in female athletes as compared to male athletes.

03/11/2009 09:00 AM

Paralympians set British records UK

Paralympic swimming champions Ellie Simmonds and Sam Hynd were both in record-breaking form at the Nationwide Junior Swimming Championships.

03/11/2009 08:59 AM

The man who can't stop crying: How a stroke changed the life of theatre director Max Stafford-Clark UK

As one of the foremost theatre directors of his generation, Max Stafford-Clark has always had an eye for dramatic detail. So, in one sense, it is perhaps not surprising that he can recall, with vivid clarity, the catastrophic events that took place in his own life two summers ago.

03/11/2009 08:58 AM

Clot Busting May Help Some Who Wake with Stroke Symptoms

Thrombolysis, sometimes referred to as clot busting, is the breakdown of blood clots. Based on clinical trial evidence, the usage of thrombolytic medications in stroke is typically restricted to patients who present to a healthcare facility within the first 3 hours of stroke onset.

03/11/2009 08:56 AM

Stroke patients to be treated from afar GEORGIA

Stroke patients in Alaska could soon be treated by doctors thousands of miles away using an Augusta-based telemedicine system.

03/11/2009 08:54 AM

Stroke - ischaemic UK

Stroke caused by blood clots or other obstructions - ischaemic stroke - accounts for 80% of all cases.

03/11/2009 08:51 AM

Oxygen Therapy Is Valuable, Sometimes

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was long called a treatment in search of diseases. But in recent years, laboratory and clinical studies have found more than a dozen serious diseases for which it is considered a valuable - and sometimes life-saving - treatment.

03/11/2009 08:48 AM

Neuralstem's Human Stem Cells Integrate Into Nervous System Of Rats With Animal Model Of ALS

Transplanted human neural stem cells (hNSCs) developed by Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: CUR) made synaptic contacts with the motor neurons of rats with ALS-like symptoms, a paper published in the current online edition of the Journal of Comparative Neurology reported. This constitutes evidence that the transplanted cells integrated into the nervous system of the host. The rats had a genetic mutation called SOD-1 G93A which gives them a disease similar to ALS in humans.

03/11/2009 08:46 AM

Chuck Melton plans second trip to China KENTUCKY

Following a diving accident in 2002 that left him paralyzed from about the shoulders down, a Hoyleton, IL, man with family ties in Providence is getting ready to make his second trip to China for what will be his second round of stem cell treatments.

03/11/2009 08:45 AM

Nanotech Coating Could Lead To Better Brain Implants To Treat Diseases

Biomedical and materials engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanotech coating for brain implants that helps the devices operate longer and could improve treatment for deafness, paralysis, blindness, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.

03/11/2009 08:44 AM

'Seeing' Stem Cells Helps In Fight Against Peripheral Arterial Disease

Interventional radiologists are fitting together the puzzle pieces of how to use stem cells to create new or more blood vessels to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in those individuals with extensively narrowed or clogged arteries.

03/11/2009 08:43 AM

Saving limbs with drug-eluting stents

Attempts to treat critical limb ischemia in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with below-the-knee angioplasty are still thwarted by restenosis (the re-narrowing of the artery at the site of angioplasty or stenting), the need for repeat treatments and the continued progression of atherosclerotic disease, leading to tissue death (gangrene) and amputation.

03/11/2009 08:41 AM

Double Amputee Riding Length of NZ NEW ZEALAND

John Nelson, a double amputee, is undertaking an epic 4,000km journey through New Zealand to raise money for the Pindrop Foundation and the Bionic Ear Institute to help profoundly deaf people hear again with a cochlear implant.

03/11/2009 08:40 AM

Wounded sergeant greets his soldiers TEXAS

Luis Rosa-Valentin got something Tuesday morning he's wanted since arising from a coma nearly a year ago. Steadied by a friend, he rose from his wheelchair and stepped onto the brown grass toward 200 uniformed soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. Excited chattering came to a halt as heads turned and a knowing silence fell over the crowd.

03/11/2009 08:39 AM

Double amputee Rob Murphy dives again FLORIDA

Murphy never thought he would see this day come. A day that took every ounce of strength in rehab to make happen which came down to shear determination.

03/11/2009 08:38 AM

Prosthetic research booms OKLAHOMA

Organizations bringing their ideas and funding on prosthetics to Oklahoma may help the state's research market become even bigger.

03/11/2009 08:36 AM

Dog's Artificial Leg May Lead To Better Prosthetics For Humans NORTH CAROLINA

Doctors at N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine have given a dog the ability to run again. In doing so, they've taken a big step in advancing technology that might change the future of artificial limbs. VIDEO LINK.

03/11/2009 08:35 AM

Wings put Andreas Lilja on long-term injured list MICHIGAN

The Red Wings are putting defenseman Andreas Lilja on the long-term injured list because of ongoing headaches from a concussion, general manager Ken Holland confirmed Tuesday morning.

03/11/2009 08:33 AM

State lawmakers approve concussion bills for young athletes WASHINGTON

Zackery Lystedt's last words to his father before falling silent for nine months: "Dad, I can't see." The 13-year-old junior-high football player had chased a runner into the end zone and tumbled headfirst into the ground.

03/11/2009 08:33 AM

Sports lessons from the pros on concussion MASACHUSETTS

In my work as an urgent-care pediatrician, I've come to expect resistance from sports parents and young athletes when I make return-to-play recommendations, especially when it comes to concussions.

03/11/2009 08:31 AM

Duke's Smith Still Questionable After Concussion NORTH CAROLINA

Nolan Smith remains questionable for No. 9 Duke's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament opener later this week as he recovers from a mild concussion.

03/11/2009 08:26 AM

Local boy gets a multi-purpose service dog OHIO

Nick Fish, the young son of Susan and Don Fish, who lives with cerebral palsy, asthma and epilepsy got his multi-purpose service dog, Liese (LeeSee), this past May. The entire family attended a 10-day training camp at the 4 Paws for Ability training facility in Xenia.

03/11/2009 08:25 AM

Respiratory Disease on the Rise Among Children

It's an illness that might look like the common cold. But, don't be fooled. Now, we have a warning about a respiratory disease on the rise among young children. VIDEO LINK.

03/11/2009 08:23 AM

Medicure Announces Regulatory Approval of a Phase II Clinical Trial of Avastrem for the Treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia CANADA

Medicure Inc. (Toronto:MPH.TO - News) is pleased to announce it has received Health Canada, Therapeutic Products Directorate approval for a Phase II clinical study of Avastrem(TM) for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia (TD). The Company anticipates enrollment to begin in March 2009.

03/11/2009 08:22 AM

End of Life Discussion Gives Peace Of Mind, Savings

Talking to your doctor about how much intensive care you want at the end of life is associated with a more peaceful death and significant savings. AUDIO LINK.

03/11/2009 08:21 AM

Unable to walk, Rodney Rogers regaining his stride GEORGIA

For the first time since he was paralyzed from the shoulders down in an accident three months ago, former Wake Forest and NBA basketball star Rodney Rogers is ready to talk.

03/11/2009 08:20 AM

Parents' desperate plea to judge over life-support baby UK

Parents of a sick infant yesterday begged a judge: "Don't let him die." The tot has spent most of his nine months being kept alive on a ventilator. Doctors claim he is in pain, will never recover and should be allowed to die peacefully.

03/11/2009 08:19 AM

Reeve breathing device implanted in paralyzed man FLORIDA

University of Florida surgeons have become the first in the state to implant the breathing device used by actor Christopher Reeve.

03/11/2009 08:18 AM

41-Year Old Patient Reports Improved Breathing Following Rare Phrenic Nerve Transplant

The Plastic Surgery Center announced that a 41-year old male, who underwent a rare phrenic nerve transplant in September 2007, has reported improved breathing. Additionally, Dr. Matthew Kaufman, the New Jersey-based plastic surgeon who performed the procedure, has documented a broader range of movement in the patient's diaphragm and lungs.

03/11/2009 08:17 AM

Many terminally ill patients feel abandoned by their doctors

Terminally ill patients and their family caregivers often feel abandoned by their doctors and feel a sense of "unfinished business with them, according to a new study by an oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

03/11/2009 08:16 AM

Lung scarring often leads to serious consequences

Pulmonary fibrosis is a respiratory disorder in which lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff or scarred. Over time, the lungs' ability to move oxygen into the bloodstream becomes compromised. It is a serious condition with no cure.

03/11/2009 08:12 AM

Helium helps lung patients breathe easier CANADA

It turns out helium has a use apart from filling toy balloons: It gives lung disease patients a better shot at recovery.

03/11/2009 07:48 AM

Disability spurs him on MALAYSIA

MALACCA: R. Kuganesh has never let the inability to use his right hand stand in the way of his dreams. Yesterday, the Malacca High School student scored three As and a B in STPM.

03/11/2009 07:46 AM

DMV clamps down on handicap permits CONNECTICUT

The state Department of Motor Vehicles says it will begin issuing only one handicap parking permit for each qualified applicant in hopes of reducing fraud by drivers who don’t require the permits.

03/11/2009 07:45 AM

Long-Term Effects Of Early Parkinson's Treatments Similar

A study published online in the Archives of Neurology involving two common drugs used to treat early-stage Parkinson's disease shows that, while the drugs each have advantages and disadvantages, the overall impact tends to even out over a long period of treatment.

03/11/2009 07:44 AM

Parkinson Disease Treatment Strategies Appear To Have Similar Long-Term Effects On Disability

Patients with early Parkinson disease appear to have similar overall levels of disability and quality of life six years after beginning treatment with either levodopa or a dopamine agonist, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, persistent differences are seen in some effects of these medications, including motor symptoms, fluid build-up and sleepiness.

03/11/2009 07:42 AM

LNP denies plan to cut disability funds AUSTRALIA

THE Queensland opposition has denied it's planning to slash $800 million in funding from community and disability services

03/11/2009 07:41 AM

Boise trip special for all involved DELAWARE

Mary Moore has been active with Special Olympics Delaware since 1990, and plans to stay involved for many more years.

03/11/2009 07:40 AM

Madison city council establishes disability board ALABAMA

The Madison city council has voted unanimously to establish a disability board. The board will look at how the city can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their family.

03/11/2009 07:39 AM

Group gives disabled chance to pursue water skiing MISSOURI

The Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association was formed to give that thrill to children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, visual impairments and special needs, who may have thought this was something they couldn't do.

03/11/2009 07:38 AM

Preventing shaken baby syndrome

An educational program for parents can help prevent shaken baby syndrome that's triggered by infant crying, according to American and Canadian studies.

03/11/2009 07:37 AM

Bill Would Help Caregivers Of Disabled Veterans WASHINGTON DC

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled veterans.

03/11/2009 07:36 AM

5-cent liquor tax could ease disability crisis MARYLAND

Five cents may not be much these days, Kate Rollason said as she passed out nickels last week to a roomful of county lawmakers. But those nickels add up, said Rollason, executive director of the Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region. If enough are collected, perhaps the state can solve the funding crisis plaguing developmental disabilities providers.

03/11/2009 07:35 AM

Special Olympic athletes participate in Winter State games MICHIGAN

Eight Huron County Special Olympic athletes and three coaches journeyed out in the cold weather to participate in the Special Olympics Michigan 33rd Annual Winter State games in Traverse City.

03/11/2009 07:34 AM

Unique Program Develops Paralympic-Level Winter Athletes NEW HAMPSHIRE

Seven elite student-athletes with disabilities train alongside NCAA winter-sport athletes in a program that is unique to UNH, the only university in the nation that recruits and develops winter-sports student athletes with disabilities.

03/11/2009 07:33 AM

Disability champion is appointed UK

People living with disabilities in Guernsey have been given a new voice within the island's government.

03/11/2009 07:31 AM

With five pairs of legs, I feel 10 feet tall! The boy, 7, who doesn't let a double amputation hold him back UK

He has short ones for sitting and climbing and long fancy ones for when he wants to run really, really fast. Cody McCasland was born without a working set of legs - but now has pairs for just about any occasion.

03/11/2009 07:30 AM

Special education workshop for Staten Island parents on April 1

The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council education committee is hosting a special education workshop on April 1 to educate parents about the different services available to their children and how they can obtain those services.

03/11/2009 07:28 AM

March is Disability Awareness Month; variety of services available through Four Rivers Resouorce Service INDIANA

March is Disability Awareness Month. Judy Cox, recruitment and training manager at Four Rivers Resource Services in Linton, provided the details.

03/11/2009 07:26 AM

The disabled fret new service-animal law UTAH

The smell of raw meat or the chaos of Wal-Mart can launch Edward Carey back to a time when saving soldiers' lives in Iraq was his job. Now the former combat medic is home and Lexi, a border collie, is trying to save his. A service dog-in-training, the 8-month old black and white puppy yanks the veteran back to reality with a tug on his pants when a panic attack begins.

03/11/2009 07:25 AM

Legislation to Freeze Property Taxes for Disabled Veterans Introduced ILLINOIS

Modeled after the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption, State Representative Mike Boland (D-71, Moline) filed legislation February 10 that would freeze property taxes for disabled Illinois veterans.

03/11/2009 07:24 AM

Adaptive program pioneer: Anyone can ski WYOMING

The boy weighed about 135 pounds. Had he been full-grown, Don Carr wouldn't have been able to hold him.

03/11/2009 07:22 AM

Menorah, Overland Park hospital settle lawsuit with facility changes for disabled MISSOURI

Two area hospitals will modify their facilities as part of a settlement of class-action litigation in Florida under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

03/11/2009 07:20 AM

Family hopes dog will be impaired girl's best friend OHIO

After nearly a year of training, the golden retriever has a home and a job keeping a third set of eyes and a sharp nose on 6-year-old Bayleigh. The right and left sides of Bayleigh's brain do not communicate well. So she cannot communicate well with the world.

03/11/2009 07:19 AM

'Hold On To Your Dreams' FLORIDA

The life of Sarah Reinertsen has been a series of trials and triumphs. Fortunately for her, the feats far override the failures. The New York City native likes to tell people she was born "different" 33 years ago.

03/11/2009 07:19 AM

Mexia ISD under fire for policy regarding state school students TEXAS

When the Mexia Independent School District and a nearby institution for the mentally retarded started quarreling earlier this year over the education of students from the facility who have been accused of criminal conduct, school officials said their gravest concern was that they would be forced to integrate the students into regular classes.

03/11/2009 07:17 AM

MTV 'News' cast shows true ability

Another "How's Your News" reporter is Bobby Bird, 55, of Rehoboth. Currently employed as a janitor, Bird has Down syndrome and communicates through a stream of sounds that only he seems to understand.

03/11/2009 07:16 AM

Government by part-time board is worst of all worlds SOUTH CAROLINA

THE RESIGNATION of the director of the state's embattled disabilities agency demonstrates that a governor can indeed force change at an agency he only indirectly controls through the part-time commissioners he appoints and removes.

03/11/2009 07:15 AM

Police: State school workers ran 'fight club' TEXAS

Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday suspended admissions to a Corpus Christi institution for people with mental disabilities and ordered increased security at similar facilities statewide. He took the actions after learning of cell-phone videos that police say show residents of Corpus Christi State School being encouraged by employees to fight each other.

03/11/2009 07:13 AM

Bycroft board told of state funds shortfall OHIO

The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities learned Wednesday they'll have 20 months to reduce spending by about $450,000 or increase income, at least that's the financial picture for now, Superintendent Bill Devon said.

03/11/2009 07:12 AM

Seneca's special towel guy MISSOURI

And no matter how the Seneca Indians boys basketball team is doing, Seth Higginbotham is always there at the end of the bench. He is cheering when the team does well, and he is down when the team isn't doing so hot.

03/11/2009 07:11 AM

'Poncho' finds a new home after leaving BSDC TEXAS

For almost three weeks, Edward "Poncho" Zvolanek's home was a hospital room at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, where there was a nice big TV, but not much else to do. Poncho and Scott are two of the 47 former Beatrice State Developmental Center residents moved to local hospitals in early February after the state's chief medical officer decided BSDC staff members were not well enough prepared for medical emergencies.

03/11/2009 07:08 AM

Woodbridge parents fight to make sure adult son with autism, cerebral palsy doesn't fall through system's cracks NEW JERSEY

John Zalenko comes home from school around 3 p.m. each day. His mom, Cookie Zalenko, greets him at the door. Zalenko has autism, cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, scoliosis and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

03/11/2009 07:07 AM

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03/11/2009 07:07 AM

Special Needs Children Getting a Raw Deal UGANDA

SEEING one of his twins drop out of school was disturbing. But well aware of his son's precarious state, Isidore Byamugisha knew that keeping Andrew Kato in school was never going to be easy.

03/11/2009 07:06 AM

Hearing on disabled Texas men working in Iowa highlights potential flaws in labor laws

Advocates for the disabled and workers say the Iowa case of 21 disabled workers from Texas who lived for decades in a ramshackle house for meager wages has exposed loopholes in the nation's labor laws.

03/11/2009 07:04 AM

Senate Outlaws Discrimination Against Physically-Challenged NIGERA

The Senate, yesterday passed a bill outlawing discrimination against disabled persons. With the passing of the Bill, any company that violates its provisions will pay a fine of N1 million.

03/11/2009 07:02 AM

Special Olympics Announces "Spread the Word to End the Word - 3.31.09," a Youth-Led Campaign to Raise Awareness About the "R-word"

Special Olympics announced today a new youth-lead effort -- Spread the Word to End the Word - 3.31.09, encouraging people nationwide to pledge to stop using the derogatory word "retard."

03/11/2009 07:01 AM

Students play pretend to learn reality of disabilities INDIANA

Students often learn most when they are most challenged. And one day last week, several classes of eighth-graders at South Side Middle School had a chance to learn quite a lot.

03/11/2009 07:00 AM

Children With Disabilities INDIA

Providing a holistic treatment to the students with learning disabilities and integrating them into the mainstream is a major challenge and it requires a comprehensive strategy.

03/11/2009 07:00 AM

Playhouse focus on learning disabilities UK

WEST Yorkshire Playhouse is to hold an open day to get young people with learning disabilities into acting.

03/11/2009 06:59 AM

Students learn from others with disabilities INDIANA

Students from two Evansville schools teamed up Monday to learn from one another.

03/11/2009 06:58 AM

Disabilities awareness aim of group NEW YORK

Mountain Lakes Services recently hosted Family Fun Night, the first of six events to promote developmental disabilities awareness.

03/11/2009 06:57 AM

Gov.'s Council, People with Disabilities, Seeks Nominations for Employer of the Year/Best Practices Awards OHIO

The Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities is seeking nominations for the "Ohio Employer of the Year" and "Public/Non-Profit Best Practices"Awards.

03/11/2009 06:56 AM

Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities to have public meeting OHIO

The Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities will have its general public meeting on March 19 at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

03/11/2009 06:55 AM

PHOTOS: Disabilities Awareness Week MICHIGAN

The Dancing Wheels Co. from Cleveland put on two performances Monday at Adrian College as part of Disabilities Awareness Week. Adrian College is featuring activities all week.

03/11/2009 06:53 AM

Migraines in pregnancy linked to stroke risk

Migraines in pregnancy could be a clue that a woman is at risk of a stroke, heart disease and blood clots, according to a study by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

03/11/2009 06:50 AM

U.S. allows Lou Gehrig's patients to try Insmed drug

U.S. regulators will allow experimental use of Insmed Inc's drug Iplex for some patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, the Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday.

Headlines (Posted March 9, 2009)

03/09/2009 08:27 AM

Books heal minds CANADA

The Northern Brain Injury Association is making sure that all northern B.C. residents can access information about brain injuries.

03/09/2009 08:25 AM

Disabled Orphans To Receive Physical Therapy From UCF Students

Orphaned children who can't walk, bend their arms or use their hands will get much-needed physical therapy during spring break, thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida and the Florida Hospital Foundation.

03/09/2009 08:24 AM

New Therapy Surprisingly Successful For Brain Tumors

The combination of two drugs produces a critical improvement in the treatment of certain brain tumours. This has been demonstrated by researchers at Bonn University working in co-operation with German and Swiss colleagues in a current study.

03/09/2009 08:23 AM

Discovery May Boost Bird Flu Vaccine Potency

Boosting T-cell immunity may be one way to improve existing vaccines so that they can protect people during a bird flu pandemic, says an Australian study.

03/09/2009 08:22 AM

Brain Tumor Drug May Help Spur Cancer's Return

Temozolomide, a standard treatment for brain cancer, may boost the aggressiveness of surviving cancer cells, making tumor recurrence more likely, a new study suggests.

03/09/2009 08:19 AM

Skull Base Brain Surgery Course Presents Latest Techniques - 3D Visualization Technology Helps Teach Surgeons Complex Approaches

The skull base is not just a simple platform for the brain but an anatomically intricate area with an array of connections necessary to the body's essential functions. Traditionally, a tumor or aneurysm in this area was either inoperable or involved significant risk. Now, new surgical techniques -- including procedures done through the patient's eye orbit, ear and nose -- are greatly improving patient outcomes. However, the skills necessary for it require intensive training.

03/09/2009 08:18 AM

Report To Congress Urges Accelerated Efforts To Create Breakthroughs On Traumatic Brain Injury

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Co-Chair Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), will announce the official recommendations of theInternational Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Report on March 12, 2009, at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

03/09/2009 08:17 AM

Addition Of Chemotherapy To Radiotherapy Continues To Increase Survival In Patients With Brain Tumours For Up To 5 Years, The Lancet

Giving patients with glioblastoma-the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumour-the chemotherapy drug temozolomide in combination with radiotherapy increases their survival compared with those receiving radiotherapy alone and this improvement persists for up to 5 years, according to the final results of the EORTC-NCIC trial*, published Online first and in the May edition of The Lancet Oncology.

03/09/2009 08:17 AM

Spring New York Epilepsy Lecture Series Announced

FACES (Finding A Cure For Epilepsy) has announced its spring lecture series.

03/09/2009 08:16 AM

Bell Sports Answers Child Safety Concerns with Its New True Fit Helmet Line

Bell Sports, the preeminent designer of bike helmets and accessories, today announced availability of its line of True Fit bicycle helmets, a one-step self-adjusting helmet designed for unparalleled ease and comfort for kids and adults who participate in wheel-sports, such as bicycling, in-line skating or skateboarding.

03/09/2009 08:16 AM

New Jersey Brain Injury Association Annual Dinner

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, will be holding its Annual Gala at the Marriott Hanover, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany on Tuesday March 10, 2009.

03/09/2009 08:15 AM

Pediatric Brain Injury Lecture

The Brain Trauma Foundation is sponsoring a live, interactive web based lecture on BioMarkers in Pediatric TBI: From Understanding Mechanisms to Guiding Therapy on April 1st 2009 from 12:00 to 1:00 EST.

03/09/2009 08:09 AM

Neuropsychological Functioning Following Complicated Versus Uncomplicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

I just received a copy of the February 2009 issue of Brain Injury, The Official Research Journal of the International Brain Injury Association.

03/09/2009 08:09 AM

New Stroke Meds TEXAS

n artist and author said she learned the importance of recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and the importance of the first three hours after it happens.

03/09/2009 08:07 AM

Father died after doctors failed three times to diagnose stroke UK

A father died after doctors and paramedics misdiagnosed his stroke three times. Jeffery Wingrove, 48, collapsed on a Saturday with severe vomiting and crippling headaches.

03/09/2009 08:06 AM

Stroke Signs That Could Save Lives TEXAS

A Fort Worth, Texas artist and author said she learned the importance of recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and the importance of the first three hours after it happens. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 08:05 AM

Stroke survivor honored at Jump Rope for Heart WISCONSIN

A Randolph Elementary/Middle School student who survived a stroke as a newborn was honored at the Jump Rope for Heart awards ceremony held on Thursday.

03/09/2009 08:03 AM

Caution urged as blacks' stroke risk targeted

UnitedHealthcare and the American Stroke Association have launched a "Shape Your Family History Tree" program for African-Americans to make them more aware of their stroke risks.

03/09/2009 08:02 AM

Breakthrough method produces Parkinson's disease patient-specific stem cells free of harmful reprogramming genes

Whitehead Institute researchers have developed a novel method to remove potential cancer-causing genes during the reprogramming of skin cells from Parkinson's disease patients into an embryonic-stem-cell-like state.

03/09/2009 08:00 AM

Stem cells replace stroke-damaged tissue in rats

Effective stem cell treatment for strokes has taken a significant step forward today (09 March) as scientists reveal how they have replaced stroke-damaged brain tissue in rats.

03/09/2009 07:58 AM

Trainers help make key decisions on concussions NEW YORK

Certified athletic trainers play a vital role in the evaluation and management of head injuries, especially concussions, which are among the most difficult sports injuries to manage.

03/09/2009 07:56 AM

Duke's Smith to miss UNC game with concussion

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Friday point guard Nolan Smith will miss Sunday's game as he continues to deal with a mild concussion suffered at Maryland last week. Krzyzewski also said junior forward Lance Thomas is uncertain due to a sprained ankle suffered against Florida State on Tuesday.

03/09/2009 07:55 AM

Teen gets life back on wheels AUSTRALIA

DYLAN Streller isn't one to let adversity hold him back. Just 13 months after a river accident left him a quadriplegic the plucky Lavington teenager has gone back to school, has obtained his driver's licence and has taken up wheelchair rugby.

03/09/2009 07:54 AM

Quadriplegic woman targeted by thieves gets new van CANADA

A few kind souls have given a new van to a quadriplegic Etobicoke woman, whose old vehicle -- specially modified for her condition -- was stolen and wrecked by thieves.

03/09/2009 07:48 AM

A century later, Quadriplegic plans North Pole trek CANADA

A century ago the race was on to reach the North Pole. One hundred years after Robert Peary and Matthew Henson first visited Santa’s traditional home, local lawyer David Shannon hopes to become the first quadriplegic to make the frigid journey to the top of the world. Among the hurdles he faces are temperatures that can plummet as low as -100 C with wind chill.

03/09/2009 07:47 AM

In a Charmed Life, a Road Less Traveled

MY wife and I were in a motel in Roanoke, Va., on our way home from three months at the Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, where she had been convalescing after being crippled in a car accident. It was our first night away from the skill and comfort of the nurses we had come to depend on, and so far, so good.

03/09/2009 07:45 AM

Wheelchair Fencing Demo & Clinic provides inspiration MISSISSIPPI

Even though a car accident took away the use of Joe Brinson's legs, it didn't take away his drive to compete. The 32-year-old paraplegic was one of several people who participated in the Wheelchair Fencing Demo & Clinic held at the North Mississippi Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center on Saturday.

03/09/2009 07:42 AM

"Lifesuit" inventor prepares for medical trials in India WASHINGTON

Inventor Monty Reed of Shoreline is preparing two prototypes of his robotic exoskeleton "Lifesuit" to send to Vellore, India. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 07:31 AM

Teen Paralyzed During Hockey Game MICHIGAN

A 17-year-old hockey player is recovering in Ann Arbor after he suffered a burst fracture of the C5 vertebrae in his neck and was paralyzed.

03/09/2009 07:29 AM

Students learn about shaken baby syndrome OHIO

Do you know what to do if a child is choking? Do you know ways to soothe a crying baby? Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? Some seventh-graders at East Knox Middle School do, thanks to the efforts of high school Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members Lynn Tullos, Alicia Willis and Brittany Hopkins.

03/09/2009 07:25 AM

Sleep apnea common CANADA

The Lung Association Alberta and N.W.T. is taking a stand for people who suffer from sleep apnea.

03/09/2009 07:24 AM

Big Waist Size Linked To Decreased Lung Function

There's more bad news for people who carry excess weight around their waists: Not only is abdominal obesity associated with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and a host of other health problems collectively known as "metabolic syndrome," a new study has found that a high waist circumference is strongly associated with decreased lung function-independent of smoking history, sex, body mass index (BMI) and other complicating factors.

03/09/2009 07:22 AM

Simplified treatment for sleep apnea

Diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea may soon become much less expensive and arduous, thanks to new research showing that a simplified program using experienced nurses, home ambulatory diagnosis and auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to titrate CPAP pressures is not inferior to the traditional model which relies on specialist physicians and sleep studies.

03/09/2009 07:20 AM

Drugmaker Merck to buy Schering-Plough

Merck & Co. is buying Schering-Plough Corp. for $41.1 billion in stock and cash in a deal that gives the companies more firepower to compete in a drug industry facing slumping sales, tough generic competition and intense cost pressures.

03/09/2009 07:19 AM

Patients With Severe Asthma Benefit From Antibody Injection, Researchers Find

McMaster University researchers have found patients with a very severe asthma benefit from injections of the antibody, mepolizumab.

03/09/2009 07:18 AM

Scientists create 'portable lung' UK

A portable lung which could help those with breathing problems lead a normal life is being developed by scientists.

03/09/2009 06:53 AM

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital discharges sick man AUSTRALIA

DISABILITY pensioner Daryn Luff was discharged from hospital with staples in an unhealed wound and unable to go to the toilet or look after himself.

03/09/2009 06:51 AM

Sweden's sickness and disability reforms on track but could be improved, says OECD

Sweden's ongoing reforms of its sickness and disability policies are a step in the right direction but more needs to be done if they are to live up to their promise, according to a new OECD report.

03/09/2009 06:50 AM

Third-grade teacher isn't slowed down by wheelchair NORTH CAROLINA

As teacher Tonya Gillespie waited for her third-grade students to enter her Draper Elementary School classroom in the fall of 2003, she experienced a lot of mixed feelings.

03/09/2009 06:46 AM

Wheelchair basketball players on a roll CALIFORNIA

When Jorge Sanchez was just 8 years old, doctors amputated part of his left leg due to bone cancer. Nine years later, he's an avid wheelchair basketball player headed to the nationals in Denver later this month.

03/09/2009 06:43 AM

Man dies awaiting disability benefit NORTH CAROLINA

In the final months of his life, Darrin Nelson struggled to pay for his Charlotte apartment and groceries as he battled the effects of AIDS. He had applied for Social Security disability benefits after he became too sick to work, but government assistance never arrived. Officials ruled Nelson eligible for cash assistance in February, nearly a month after he died.

03/09/2009 06:41 AM

SRS implements rolling waiting list for physical disability services KANSAS

Effective March 2, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, in an effort to be consistent with legislative intent, implemented a rolling waiting list for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services waiver for individuals with physical disabilities.

03/09/2009 06:39 AM

Special Olympian brings home the gold to Vestal NEW YORK

Heading down the slopes, Neelam Naslund looks like any other accomplished skier: Comfortable and smooth. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 06:37 AM

Education takes stigma from variety of abilities COLORADO

Fossil Ridge High School students walked away from school Friday with a new perception of the word "disability." At the high school's fifth annual Abilities Day, people from all different walks of life gave students a first-hand look at a variety of abilities.

03/09/2009 06:37 AM

Stem cells could be used to treat strokes UK

Researchers used a new technique to insert therapeutic stem cells into the brains of rats with pinpoint accuracy. Once implanted the cells began to form new brain tissue and nerve connections.

03/09/2009 06:34 AM

Wheelchair-bound man sues MI5 after application for spy job rejected UK

Sajad Suleman, 35, admitted he could not move his arms or legs when he applied to be a Mobile Surveillance Officer but still claimed he should have been the "preferred candidate" out of the 1,092 who applied.

03/09/2009 06:32 AM

Comedian presents disability with humor KANSAS

If anyone has shown the world how to use a disability to an advantage, it's Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca. Fonseca, a stand-up comedian who was born with cerebral palsy, performed at the K-State Student Union Friday as part of the Union Program Council's Disability Awareness Week. Using his disability as the foundation for most of his material, Fonseca had the audience in stitches throughout his hour-long show. VIDEO LINKS.

03/09/2009 06:32 AM

Wheelchair taxi services not meeting minimum benchmarks AUSTRALIA

A New South Wales Government report into taxi response times shows the minimum benchmarks for wheelchair accessible pickups are not being met.

03/09/2009 06:30 AM

Bill would help disabled ILLINOIS

State Rep. Mike Boland was in Rock Falls Friday, stumping for support of a House bill he’s co-sponsoring that would help the disabled by freezing their property values, thus lowering their taxes.

03/09/2009 06:28 AM

Decision could pave way for 4-year-old kindergarten WISCONSIN

A family's federal court victory over the Madison School District in a disability rights lawsuit could push forward efforts in the district to start a 4-year-old kindergarten program, the attorney representing the family predicts.

03/09/2009 06:27 AM

Talented artists with disabilities excel in program ILLINOIS

Project Onward, an outlet for talented artists with disabilities, is making significant inroads in the artistic community. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 06:26 AM

Disability Pact To Improve Millions Of Lives NEW ZEALAND

People with disabilities suffer some of the worst violations of their human rights, but a groundbreaking United Nations treaty that entered into force last year provides a road map to improve this situation, the world body's top rights official said today.

03/09/2009 06:25 AM

Cutting Disability Services Could Devastate Some Northland Families MINNESOTA

Thousands of disabled Minnesotans and their families lobbied in St. Paul Saturday in opposition to what they say would be devastating cuts to their services. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 06:24 AM

Pharmacy benefit settlement funds to assist PA residents with disabilities PENNSYLVANIA

Attorney General Tom Corbett on March 4th announced that more than $1.6 million in settlement funds from two cases involving pharmacy benefit management companies will now be used to provide prescription drug benefits to Pennsylvania residents who are disabled and uninsured.

03/09/2009 06:23 AM

Elite athletes showcase sports for the disabled COLORADO

Christina Ripp, who earned gold medals in women's wheelchair basketball during the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, told a group of injured service members and disabled residents from across Colorado on Saturday that sports aren't out of reach for them.

03/09/2009 06:22 AM

BISD Special Olympians shine TEXAS

Steven Colunga cannot walk. He cannot speak. But when Colunga placed first in the 25-meter obstacle course at the BISD Special Olympics on Saturday, the smile on his face was worth a thousand words.

03/09/2009 06:21 AM

Minn. Rally Protests Proposed Disability Aid Cuts MINNESOTA

Disabled Minnesotans say they can't afford to lose services, but that's what could happen with proposed state budget cuts. Advocates of the disabled and elderly rallied at the capitol Saturday to protest cutbacks to human services. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 06:21 AM

Gateway’s Transition Day provides assistance for disabled students WISCONSIN

The 24th annual Transition Day for high school students with disabilities will be held Saturday at Gateway Technical College.

03/09/2009 06:19 AM

Disabilities cannot dim artistic vision CONNECTICUT

Tom Savard has a deep personal understanding of the critical difference that an instant can make. He knows this because of a disabling accident he suffered years ago, as well as his recent work in digital photography.

03/09/2009 06:18 AM

Special-needs students honored by Houston County schools

The Houston County school system designated the first week in March as Exceptional Children's Week, joining a nationwide observance as a means to educate the public about the needs and capabilities of exceptional children and the programs that support them.

03/09/2009 06:17 AM

CloverPatch serves disabled, non-disabled NEW YORK

CloverPatch Preschool, with facilities in Johnstown and Amsterdam, offers preschool services to both disabled and non-disabled children and has a number of sources to draw on as part of the Center for Disability Services in Albany.

03/09/2009 06:16 AM

Challenge Alaska reaches out to disabled kids ALASKA

The chalet for Challenge Alaska is just getting busy as kids arrive for some fun on the slopes at Alyeska. These are not parents yanking on boots and snapping on skis; they're volunteers. And without them, these kids wouldn't know the joy of conquering their disabilities.

03/09/2009 06:15 AM

Eagles' Wings strives to help residents become independent ALABAMA

Eagles' Wings of Tuscaloosa is looking to assist those with intellectual and physical disabilities by helping them gain independence in their day-to-day lives.

03/09/2009 06:13 AM

Disabled worker hearings set for Monday IOWA

Responding to the alleged exploitation of mentally retarded processing-plant employees from Atalissa, a U.S. Senate committee will meet Monday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the protection of America's disabled workers.

03/09/2009 06:11 AM

Camp Grassick schedules sessions NORTH DAKOTA

Elks Camp Grassick, near Dawson, the North Dakota Elks summer camp for children and adults with various disabilities and special needs, now has applications available for its summer sessions.

03/09/2009 06:08 AM

BEACH: Economic crisis means an important room of readers might soon go dark CONNECTICUT

For more than a half-century, people with reading disabilities or sight impairment, such as Carol Gillispie of West Haven, have relied upon a cadre of volunteer readers to provide recordings of books.

03/09/2009 06:06 AM

Veterans not slowed by injuries COLORADO

The new buzz words for what Allyssum Stensen does are "therapeutic recreation." As a coordinator with the Adaptive Sports Association, Stensen helps facilitate athletic involvement for those residents whose disabilities make participation difficult or impossible.

03/09/2009 06:05 AM

Austin rapper accused of robbing mentally disabled man TEXAS

An Austin rapper is accused of hitting and robbing a man with mental disabilities who was helping to sell the rapper's music CDs, according to an arrest affidavit.

03/09/2009 06:03 AM

Rehab center may close TENNESSEE

The national economic crises that already has shut down many nonprofit organizations may soon do the same for a local United Way agency that has served the Maury County community for more than four decades. Since 1965, the nonprofit Tennessee Rehabilitation Center of Columbia has provided vocational evaluation, work adjustment and job placement assistance to qualified individuals with disabilities.

03/09/2009 06:02 AM

Fetal alcohol kids need more services: Alberta educators CANADA

Learning disabilities, memory loss, a short attention span and difficulty understanding the consequences of actions - these are just a few of the problems faced by students whose mothers drank during pregnancy.

03/09/2009 06:01 AM

Soccer team for disabled kids KANSAS

Savannah Plemons was having a great time playing soccer at Washburn. Topsoccer, an organization for young athletes with disabilities, teamed up with Washburn University to give them a chance to play soccer. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 06:00 AM

Neighborhood protests placement of group home CONNECTICUT

Some town officials say the state Department of Children and Families was not forthcoming when developing a group home for teens and young men with disabilities on Thunderbird Drive.

03/09/2009 05:55 AM

Fields of their own TEXAS

Derek Noack isn't one to let his disabilities stop him from playing baseball. The friendly and energetic 14-year-old, who has Down syndrome, has been playing since age 5.

03/09/2009 05:53 AM

TOURO UNIVERSITY: Children with autism learning to reach out through university's program NEVADA

Edward O'Connell walked outside his Las Vegas home and began to play with some boys in his neighborhood. Edward, 9, has autism. And until that particular day, he had shown no desire to play with other kids. It's a task just to get him to show interest in his own family, said his mother, Sue O'Connell.

03/09/2009 05:52 AM

It's time to salute 'ability' in others disability MICHIGAN

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The month is designed to recognize people with disabilities are valuable citizens who contribute to our communities.

03/09/2009 05:51 AM

Oversight of all state care facilities urged TEXAS

While Gov. Rick Perry has declared problems with the state's 13 institutions for the mentally disabled a legislative emergency, advocates say other state-licensed intermediate care facilities should also be reformed.

03/09/2009 05:50 AM

Rocklin St Patrick's Day Festival free Carnival Rides for people with disabilities CALIFORNIA

Rocklin Kiwanis and Wold Amusements have announced that they will be offering free unlimited carnival rides for people with disabilities at the opening night of the St. Patrick's Festival, Wednesday, March 11th, from 5pm to 8pm at the Blue Oaks Town Center.

03/09/2009 05:49 AM

Students with Cognitive Disabilities Perform 'A Touch of Broadway' WISCONSIN

Putting together a musical takes months of work learning complicated choreography and different songs. But for some Eau Claire North High School exceptional students that hard work paid off. And, it was an auditorium full of support for students who don't always get their turn in the spotlight. VIDEO LINK.

03/09/2009 05:49 AM

Human rights group to host meeting about ADA OREGON

An informational meeting about the Americans with Disabilities Act will be hosted by the Salem human rights group in March, officials said.

03/09/2009 05:47 AM

Do you have an Olympic medal or work on the city's disabilities council? They do WYOMING

Anne Picot grew up with the nickname "the little crippled girl." At 9 months old, she contracted polio and spent the rest of her life with leg braces or in a wheelchair. In 1984, Picot won a silver medal in rifle shooting from what has become known as the Paralympics.

03/09/2009 05:47 AM

Disabilities inspire rather than hamper artists NORTH CAROLINA

The nationally touring photography exhibition "Road to Freedom: Portraits of People with Disabilities" is making a stop at UNC Asheville.

03/09/2009 05:46 AM

Talkin' about disabilities NORTH CAROLINA

In conjunction with the touring photography exhibition "Road to Freedom: Portraits of People with Disabilities," UNC Asheville is offering a number of free talks related to disabilities during the coming weeks.

03/09/2009 05:37 AM

Free SPIRIT Riders therapy program available to veterans with disabilities WISCONSIN

Free SPIRIT Riders Inc is introducing a new program available to all veterans with disabilities and plans to serve wounded personnel from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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03/07/2009 08:51 AM

Head injuries must not go untreated NEW YORK

Unfortunately, many brain injuries go undiagnosed and untreated. A person may brush off a blow to the head as insignificant or may not remember the injury. Survivors of domestic violence may not want to seek treatment for a number of reasons.

03/07/2009 08:50 AM

HealthNews Salutes: The Brain Injury Association of America

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, HealthNews gives the nod to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), a nonprofit organization representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury, BIAA provides information, education and support to assist Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

03/07/2009 08:49 AM

Couple offers support for brain injuries TEXAS

Ken and Patina Harrington have lived with the after affects of a serious brain injury for 14 years. During that time, they have re-learned how to live life. When Ken had brain surgery in 1995, it changed their lives forever.

03/07/2009 08:49 AM

Agencies prep for wave of returing soldiers with PTSD ILLINOIS

In the coming months, those 2,700 soldiers and those returning from the other branches of the armed services will be back from service, many from Iraq and Afghanistan. As many as one in five veterans nationally is expected to suffer from one or a combination of the so-called "invisible injuries'' of war: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

03/06/2009 10:36 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America: On February 25, the House passed the FY 2009 omnibus spending bill covering the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education. These agencies are currently being funded at 2008 levels under a continuing resolution that is set to expire on March 6, 2009. The Senate is expected to consider the bill this week.

03/06/2009 10:22 AM

Nearly 1.4 Million Sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries Each Year

Nearly 1.4 million people experience traumatic brain injuries each year through falls, traffic accidents, sports and other activities, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), which is observing National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March 2009.

03/06/2009 10:21 AM

New resource centre for brain injury patients IRELAND

A new day resource centre for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) has been officially opened in Dublin.

03/06/2009 10:17 AM

Despite improved TBI outreach, critics say needs not met V IRGINIA

Army officials believe they have greatly improved the service's ability to reach soldiers with brain injuries, but critics say servicemembers still do not receive adequate screenings from the military.

03/06/2009 10:13 AM

Brain Injury Awareness Month proclaimed ILLINOIS

Mayor Kevin Meade signs a proclamation declaring March 2009 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in the City of Canton and encouraging the community to learn more about brain injuries and their prevention.

03/06/2009 10:10 AM

Legislation for Brain Injury Victims MISSOURI

Survivors of brain injuries, their families and their supporters want more legislation for brain injury victims.

03/06/2009 10:03 AM

Bills would improve help for brain injury victims MISSOURI

Miller and about 90 other supporters from Missouri and nearby states gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to advocate for increased funding for brain-injury services. March has been designated Brain Injury Awareness Month by the Brain Injury Association of America.

03/06/2009 09:57 AM

These 'Eyes' see hope new york

One by one, they stare intently at the camera and share how they felt in the early days of coping with a traumatic brain injury. But, as the documentary prepared by the people served by Happiness House's TBI program declares, interacting with others in similar situations - and taking part in the panoply of activities offered at the Canandaigua branch - has helped ensure that their brain injuries don't define their lives.

03/06/2009 09:56 AM

Brain injury mum NSW woman of the year australia

A SYDNEY mother who has tirelessly campaigned to raise brain injury awareness has been named NSW Woman of the Year.

03/06/2009 09:55 AM

Report to Congress Urges Accelerated Efforts to Create Breakthroughs on Traumatic Brain Injury

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Co-Chair Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), will announce the official recommendations of the International Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Report on March 12, 2009, at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

03/06/2009 09:53 AM

Antibody Key To Treating Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have determined the atomic structure of the 'binding' between a brain protein and an antibody that could be key to treating patients with diseases such as variant CJD.

03/06/2009 09:50 AM

Bird flu mix-up could have spelled disaster

IT'S emerged that virulent H5N1 bird flu was sent out by accident from an Austrian lab last year and given to ferrets in the Czech Republic before anyone realised. As well as the risk of it escaping into the wild, the H5N1 got mixed with a human strain, which might have spawned a hybrid that could unleash a pandemic

03/06/2009 09:45 AM

ISC 2009: Silent Cerebral Infarcts Far Outnumber Symptomatic Strokes in Midlife

New findings from the Framingham Heart Study show that in middle age, silent cerebral infarcts are 5 times more common than symptomatic stroke and represent a major, unmeasured portion of the burden of cerebrovascular disease in this population.

03/06/2009 09:44 AM

New Neuroeconomics eJournal

A new Economics Research Network (ERN) eJournal in Neuroeconomics has been launched. The editors include: Kevin A. McCabe, George Mason University - Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics, George Mason University and Michael C. Jensen, Harvard Business School, The Monitor Company, Social Science Electronic Publishing (SSEP), Inc.

03/06/2009 09:43 AM

Researchers Use 454 Sequencing System For Rapid Sequencing Of Avian Influenzas

A team of researchers at the Institute of Diagnostic Virology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute Insel Riems, in Germany has developed a simple and rapid method for preparing Avian Influenza samples of infected individuals for sequencing with the Genome Sequencer FLX system.

03/06/2009 09:41 AM

Asthma UK Comment On Groundbreaking New Treatment For People With Severe Asthma

The new England Journal of Medicine is tomorrow publishing a collection of articles on the groundbreaking new treatment Mepolizumab. Asthma UK's Chief Medical advisor, Professor Ian Pavord, is the senior author of the study entitled: Mepolizumab and Exacerbations of Refractory Eosinophilic Asthma and below are his comments on Mepolizumab.

03/06/2009 09:34 AM

Second Stroke Prevention Efforts Found Wanting

After suffering a stroke, the chances of having another are high, but a new report shows many patients aren't getting the interventions they need to reduce that risk.

03/06/2009 09:33 AM

Predicting Risk Of Stroke From One's Genetic Blueprint

A new statistical model could be used to predict an individual's lifetime risk of stroke, finds a study from the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP). Using genetic information from 569 hospital patients, the researchers showed that their predictive model could estimate an individual's overall risk of cardioembolic stroke -- the most common form of stroke -- with 86 percent accuracy. The findings are reported in the March issue of Stroke.

03/06/2009 09:32 AM

Virus-free embryonic-like stem cells made from skin of Parkinson's disease patients

Researchers reporting in the March 6th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, have developed a new way to produce human embryonic-like stem cells that are free of the viruses used to insert the key ingredients. They showed they could make those embryonic-like cells by reprogramming cells taken from people with unexplained (or idiopathic) Parkinson's disease.

03/06/2009 09:30 AM

Breakthrough produces Parkinson's patient-specific stem cells free of harmful reprogramming genes

Deploying a method that removes potentially cancer-causing genes, Whitehead Institute researchers have "reprogrammed" human skin cells from Parkinson's disease patients into an embryonic-stem-cell-like state. Whitehead scientists then used these so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to create dopamine-producing neurons, the cell type that degenerates in Parkinson's disease patients.

03/06/2009 09:29 AM

Nothing can get her down CANADA

A fractured spinal cord left her a paraplegic. A broken sled in Turin cost her a shot at a first medal in her third Paralympics. And broken ribs forced her out of January's world para-nordic championships.

03/06/2009 09:24 AM

Cheerios salutes wheelchair athlete PENNSYLVANIA

As head of the University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratory, Rory Cooper is helping to guide emerging technologies and treatments to improve mobility for people with physical disabilities.

03/06/2009 09:18 AM

Quadriplegic woman's van wrecked by thieves CANADA

A quadriplegic Etobicoke woman has learned that thieves who stole her specially-equipped van have left it a write-off.

03/06/2009 09:17 AM

Selfish drivers ignore disabled man AUSTRALIA

A DISABLED man who laid helpless in the middle of a busy Ipswich road after toppling out of his wheelchair was ignored by dozens of callous motorists who sped past without stopping.

03/06/2009 09:15 AM

Paraplegic Man, Wife Die in Tyler Fire TEXAS

A Tyler area couple died overnight when a fire swept through their home.

03/06/2009 09:11 AM

Wheelchair program keeps Berish in game NEW YORK

Debbie Berish remembers that first time. She sat in her car in the parking lot outside Sport & Wellness in Hopewell, stuck in one of those, "What am I doing?" moments. But minutes later she was inside because the 43-year-old Fishkill resident long ago decided doing is what she's all about.

03/06/2009 09:10 AM

Tulsa Officer To Continue Career After Amputation OKLAHOMA

A Tulsa police officer has made a difficult decision. At the end of the month, his leg will be amputated below the knee. Far from ending his career, he hopes it will be enhanced. VIDEO MINK.

03/06/2009 09:09 AM

Teen Amputee Called a Hero TEXAS

People are describing a Garland teen who pushed his friend out of the way of an oncoming car a hero. The brave teenager ended up losing both legs in the accident, but he said he gained a new perspective on life. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 09:07 AM

Waukesha native amputee looks to break down barriers WISCONSIN

When Waukesha native Ernie Paulson was 17, his love of wrestling and physical activity was cut short after he was diagnosed with a rare form of foot cancer.

03/06/2009 09:06 AM

Wolf Pack Host U.S. National Amputee Team Exhibition Game Saturday, March 14 CONNECTICUT

Northland AEG announced today that the Hartford Wolf Pack's home game at the XL Center next Saturday, March 14, a GEICO Connecticut Cup battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, will be preceded by an exhibition game featuring the U.S. National Amputee team taking on a team from the Connecticut State Police.

03/06/2009 09:05 AM

Hip Replacements Take A Big Step Forward: Anterior Approach Offers Fast Recovery, No Restrictions After Surgery

Thanks to surgical techniques and technology pioneered by Joel Matta, M.D., Medical Director of the Hip and Pelvis Institute at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, increasing numbers of patients in North America are receiving hip and pelvis surgery that protects tissue, offers faster recovery, allows for more accurate placement of medical implants and reduces post-operation restrictions compared to traditional hip surgery.

03/06/2009 09:04 AM

NCPA Statement On Senate Introduction Of DME Accreditation Legislation

Senators John Tester (D-MT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) have introduced S. 511, the Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2009, a bill that adds pharmacists to a list of 17 medical professionals that are exempted from new accreditation requirements for Medicare Part B Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS).

03/06/2009 09:02 AM

State begins probe of lead in toys ILLINOIS

The Illinois attorney general's office on Monday opened an inquiry into numerous toys identified in a Tribune investigation as containing high levels of lead. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 09:01 AM

Can playing football lead to brain damage?

Here's a question to worry "soccer moms" and professional footballers alike: Can playing football lead to long-term brain injury? A number of scientific studies have suggested that repeatedly heading a football could increase the risk of developing dementia in later life.

03/06/2009 09:00 AM

Concussion changes senior's role OKLAHOMA

The immediate effects of a concussion are pretty easy to spot. In fact, it required little medical expertise to determine that the blank gaze of Oklahoma college basketball standout Blake Griffin as he sat on the sidelines during a game in Texas on Feb. 21 was the result of one such injury.

03/06/2009 08:57 AM

Wounded Warrior to Receive Inmate-Trained Service Dog ALSAKA

Wyatt, an inmate-trained service dog will be formally transferred to a soldier wounded in Iraq at 10 am, Friday at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River.

03/06/2009 08:56 AM

Year-old Chihuahua provides valuable service for Bloyd MISSOURI

Stories abound about the miraculous relationships people have with animals. Some alert their owners to fire, while search and rescue dogs find the lost, seeing eye dogs lead the blind and bomb and drug sniffing dogs locate destructive materials.

03/06/2009 08:53 AM

Female prisoners train service dogs WASHINGTON

Opening and closing a door can be a difficult task for someone in a wheelchair, but service dogs can do it with ease. They are trained by specially selected inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 08:52 AM

Sleep apnea diagnosis has made 'life better' for Beaverlodge man CANADA

For more than 20 years, Christopher Alan Plamondon thought his frequent bouts of snoring, interrupted sleep and daytime drowsiness were normal.

03/06/2009 08:50 AM

Man's Life Changes After Sleep Apnea Treatment NEBRASKA

Besides making Americans sleepy and unproductive during the day, sleep apnea can be responsible for more serious conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 08:47 AM

Detection And Measurement Of Pneumothoraces In Chest Trauma Patients By Computer-Aided System

A new computer-aided method used with MDCT to detect and measure pneumothoraces in trauma patients helps physicians make quicker and more accurate decisions in busy emergency room settings, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

03/06/2009 08:47 AM

Hendra and Nipah viruses shown to be susceptible to chloroquine

Two highly lethal viruses that have emerged in recent outbreaks are susceptible to chloroquine, an established drug used to prevent and treat malaria, according to a new basic science study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in the Journal of Virology.

03/06/2009 08:46 AM

Novel Pandemic Flu Vaccine Effective Against H5N1 In Mice

Vaccines against H5N1 influenza will be critical in countering a possible future pandemic. Yet public health experts agree that the current method of growing seasonal influenza vaccines in chicken eggs is slow and inefficient.

03/06/2009 08:45 AM

Less Costly, More Accessible and As Effective: Simplified Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea may soon become much less expensive and arduous, thanks to new research showing that a simplified program using experienced nurses, home ambulatory diagnosis and auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to titrate CPAP pressures is not inferior to the traditional model which relies on specialist physicians and sleep studies.

03/06/2009 08:44 AM

OxygenToGo Is Poised To Help Airlines Struggling With New Portable Oxygen Concentrator Regulations From The U.S. DOT

OxygenToGo, the leader in direct-to-traveler oxygen services for airlines and individuals, today announced it is poised to help airlines comply with a new regulation requiring all commercial flights originating or departing from a U.S. airport allow passengers to bring and operate a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on the aircraft. The U.S. Department of Transportation regulation (14 CFR 382 published on May 13, 2008) will take effect on May 16.

03/06/2009 08:43 AM

Experimental Drug May Dampen Severe Asthma

A new type of asthma therapy might be especially helpful for people with severe asthma who often have to take oral steroids to control their symptoms.

03/06/2009 08:41 AM

High rate of Island kids' respiratory problems a puzzle CANADA

Health officials say they are puzzled by high number of children being hospitalized for respiratory diseases on Vancouver Island.

03/06/2009 08:39 AM

Another reason to firm up: Belly fat hurts lungs

Carrying excess weight around the middle can impair lung function, adding to a long list of health problems associated with belly fat, French researchers said on Friday.

03/06/2009 08:38 AM

Mesa Teen Gets New Lungs ARIZONA

Daniel Sloan, 17, has big plans in the next few years: Graduate from high school, travel to Germany to see an older brother and attend Harvard University with the goal of becoming a lawyer. And thanks to new lungs, he believes it's all possible.

03/06/2009 08:37 AM

Patients with severe asthma benefit from injections of the antibody, mepolizumab

McMaster University researchers have found patients with a very severe asthma benefit from injections of the antibody, mepolizumab.

03/06/2009 08:36 AM

Swelling ankles and calves can be more serious than you think IDAHO

"Deep Vein Thrombosis" or DVT is a disease caused by blood clots. These clots can travel up the legs and end in a deadly scenario. VIDEOLINK.

03/06/2009 08:35 AM

Pulmonary hypertension in children may result from reduced activity of gene regulator

Too little activity by gene regulators called PPARs appears to be a major player in the irreversible lung damage that can occur in children with heart defects, researchers say.

03/06/2009 08:34 AM

Medicare Announces Final Coverage Policy For Sleep Testing For The Diagnosis Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a new policy for Medicare coverage of sleep testing for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

03/06/2009 08:33 AM

What Is COPD? What Is Emphysema?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that makes it hard for the patient to breathe. It is a progressive disease - meaning, it gets worse with time. A patient with COPD coughs a lot; the coughing brings up a large amount of mucus. The patient will most likely wheeze, be short of breath, experience tightness of the chest, as well as other symptoms.

03/06/2009 08:11 AM

Conference To Help Families Reduce Caregiver Stress To Provide Free Tickets For Family Caregivers

The Greater Nashville Regional Council Area Agency on Aging and Disability and Today's Caregiver magazine are proud to present the first annual Nashville Fearless Caregiver Conference: a day of sharing wisdom, Wednesday, March 25 from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Scarritt Bennett Center - Laskley Building, 1008 19th Avenue S. in Nashville.

03/06/2009 08:09 AM

Edison cheerleader works through disability CONNECTICUT

Bring up Jessika Otto in conversation and the adjectives flow freely determined, kind, self assured, impressive, confident. Those are just a few words sure to be mentioned in connection with the 17-year-old Edison High School junior.

03/06/2009 08:07 AM

Why a National Mental Health Strategy Is Critical to Preventing Future Tragedies CANADA

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SCC) extends its sympathy to both the McLean family and the Li family as they struggle to come to terms with the tragic incident around the death of Timothy McLean.

03/06/2009 08:06 AM

Brain injury conference seeks to educate public CALIFORNIA

Organizers want Ventura County's first brain injury conference in Oxnard this month to alert the public to the possibility and consequences of a brain injury and the need for more services.

03/06/2009 08:01 AM

Special Needs Students Get A Hollywood Ending

His name makes him Hollywood royalty. But it's his heart that may well make Joey Travolta a legend. Not among the industry elite, but to a growing number of people who - until now - never had a chance to shine. Before he received a degree in special education, became a prolific film director actor and musician and became known for being the brother of an acting icon, Joey Travolta rotated tires at his dad's body shop in Jersey. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 08:01 AM

European Commission And United States Food And Drug Administration (FDA) Both Approve New Options For Patients With Certain Primary Brain Tumors

Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP) announced that the European Commission and the US FDA both approved the intravenous (IV) formulation of temozolomide as an alternative to the already approved oral form of the drug.

03/06/2009 07:59 AM

Swimmer who overcame amputations honoured UK

Living with a disability for the past 20 years has not deterred Trevor Gott from keeping fit. The 71-year-old Bingley man had a leg amputated in 1989 and then eight years later lost his other leg on holiday in Australia.

03/06/2009 07:58 AM

Better diagnosis means better learning ARIZONA

Ron Drossman and some other teachers and school psychologists knew it all along: The superior philosophy for addressing learning disabilities was the response to intervention method.

03/06/2009 07:57 AM

Caring for families caring for a person with a disability AUSTRALIA

In Australia, it is estimated that there were 474,600 primary carers for people because of disability or age in 2003 (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2003).

03/06/2009 07:56 AM

Wyo. passes disability cost-of-living increase

Both chambers of Wyoming's Legislature on Monday approved a bill that would provide annual cost-of-living increases for workers compensation permanent disability cases.

03/06/2009 07:54 AM

Board votes to relocate baseball program CALIFORNIA

Baseball Buddies, a program designed to help youngsters with disabilities enjoy the sport of baseball, is moving into Palm Desert.

03/06/2009 07:53 AM

Sugar Notch residents want meetings relocated to handicap-accessible spot PENNSYLVANIA

Tempers flared Wednesday night as more than 40 residents confronted council members about the lack of a handicap-accessible meeting space and the township’s garbage fee collection and billing process.

03/06/2009 07:52 AM

Information technology help to people with special needs MALTA

During the annual general meeting organized by the FITA (Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility) on Wednesday 4th March, Minister for Social Policy John Dalli remarked that the computer was the dominate player in the last twenty years of the 20th century, just like trains, cars and planes dominated the previous 100 years.

03/06/2009 07:51 AM

Disabled in plea for crime hotline UK

A dedicated hotline for reporting crime should be set up for disabled people in Reading. The hotline was just one suggestion put forward by disabled people at Reading’s first Disability Hate Crime conference.

03/06/2009 07:50 AM

Sled hockey puts physical therapy on ice for the disabled PENNSYLVANIA

Josh Wirt, paralyzed from the waist down, moves like a pro on the ice. The 24-year-old sled hockey player doesn't let his disability keep him from staying active.

03/06/2009 07:50 AM

Program helps disabled park patrons participate ILLINOIS

When Elmhurst resident Bill Friberg lost his eyesight, he thought his days of using the Courts Plus pool were over.

03/06/2009 07:47 AM

Progress made in helping disabled - Minister SOUTH AFRICA

The department of Land Affairs has made "considerable progress" in addressing the needs of the disabled, Minister Lulu Xingwana said in Pretoria on Thursday.

03/06/2009 07:46 AM

Awareness month theme puts focus on abilities OHIO

The Sandusky County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations are celebrating MRDD Awareness Month and invite you to consider the true meaning of the theme: "Just like You."

03/06/2009 07:45 AM

C-PP schools implements new special ed program NEW YORK

The Corning-Painted Post School District is in the early stages of implementing a program to help students with learning disabilities. They discussed the program at a meeting Wednesday night. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 07:44 AM

United Spinal Association Report Reveals the Importance of Studying Multiple Sclerosis in Children: Developing New Insights into MS in Adults

An article published in the Spring 2009 edition of Multiple Sclerosis Quarterly Report, a joint publication of United Spinal Association ( and the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS), reveals the importance of understanding the biological onset of Multiple Sclerosis in children as it can also lead to a greater understanding and treatment of MS in adults.

03/06/2009 07:43 AM

Kansas reopens program for disabled

A system to provide home- and community-based services to disabled people, frozen since December, thawed some on Monday when the state announced that it will once more begin accepting applicants into the program.

03/06/2009 07:41 AM

Austin apartments named in Justice Department suit against JPI TEXAS

An Austin apartment complex is entangled in a Justice Department lawsuit against JPI Construction LP and its affiliates over alleged failure to meet the building standards of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act at a number of its apartment projects.

03/06/2009 07:40 AM

Shaken Baby Syndrome Law Aims To Educate IOWA

Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday that a new law is just the beginning of efforts to end shaken baby syndrome cases in Iowa. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 07:39 AM

Local 'Outdoors without Limits' chapter forming FLORIDA

"Outdoors Without Limits" is an organization with the mission of creating opportunities for disabled individuals to enjoy activities outdoors. It was founded in 2007 by Kirk Thomas, a former football player and avid outdoorsman who became wheelchair bound after an accident.

03/06/2009 07:37 AM

New Book Helps People Cope With Loss Of Job Due To A Disability FLORIDA

These days, articles and books about people losing their jobs - what they should do and how they should cope - are everywhere. However, there's one that's a little different; it's a book meant to help people who become unemployed because of an injury or disability. Psychologist John Tholen draws on 27 years of treating people he calls "occupationally disabled" in "Winning the Disability Challenge: A Practical Guide to Successful Living"

03/06/2009 07:36 AM

Backers of special-needs school protest staff cuts ILLINOIS

Community activists, teachers and parents today called for Chicago Public School officials to rethink a plan to cut the majority of teachers and other staff at a Near West Side school serving boys with emotional disabilities and behavioral issues.

03/06/2009 07:35 AM

Paralyzed mother from Huntersville competing in the Miss Wheelchair North Carolina pageant NORTH CAROLINA

A local woman is getting a chance to compete in Miss Wheelchair North Carolina. She's paralyzed from the knees down, but the single mom has overcome major challenges. VIDEO LINK.

03/06/2009 07:35 AM

Bill would regulate size of handicapped parking spaces MARYLAND

Sen. Alex X. Mooney is sponsoring legislation that requires handicapped parking spaces to be the same size as regular parking spaces.

03/06/2009 07:34 AM

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

"Typically, crying begins within two weeks of birth, so it's imperative that new parents receive information and learn coping strategies," Dr. Fred Rivara, an investigator at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and co-author of the U.S. study said in a university news release.

03/06/2009 07:31 AM

Funding drop affects mental health services NORTH CAROLINA

State cuts to local managing entities of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse care mean fewer people in need of those services in Davidson County will be helped.

03/06/2009 07:29 AM

Montgomery wants alternatives to MetroAccess for the disabled WASHINGTON DC

Montgomery County is asking the state to look into transportation services for those with disabilities because of what the county executive called concerns about the "poor quality" of Metro's version.

03/06/2009 07:28 AM

Bettendorf cuts back on aides in special education budget IOWA

Some special education teachers in Bettendorf will have fewer aides helping them and students next school year.

03/06/2009 07:26 AM

Advocates say rights of disabled trampled MASSACHUSETTS

The governor's task forces on federal stimulus funding, which helped identify billions of dollars last month in "shovel-ready projects" in Massachusetts, has angered advocates for the disabled by suggesting that the state forego reviews of the need for handicapped accessibility to prevent construction delays.

03/06/2009 07:25 AM

Paralympic learning event at CU Saturday COLORADO

Injured service members and others with physical or visual disabilities will have the opportunity to learn and participate in several U.S. Paralympic events on Saturday at the University of Colorado.

03/06/2009 07:24 AM

Thunderbird Drive Group Home Plans Upsetting Some In Southington CONNECTICUT

The state Department of Children and Families plans to convert a house on Thunderbird Drive into a home for six older teenagers and young men with disabilities. Neighbors complain that under state law they are powerless to stop the plan or to learn whether there is abuse, fighting or other trouble inside the home once it opens.

03/06/2009 07:23 AM

Center will grow to meet increased population need PENNSYLVANIA

Having outgrown their old digs on Broad Street, the not-for-profit Center for Developmental Disabilities is looking forward to a move this spring to a more accommodating space: the former Pennstar Bank building on US Route 6/209.

03/06/2009 07:22 AM

Nashville schools move to include disabled kids TENNESSEE

More of Metro Nashville's special education students are spending the school day just like everyone else - in traditional classrooms with typical lessons.

03/06/2009 07:22 AM

Common cause: Mentally disabled manage advocacy group for the disabled FLORIDA

"Just because we have a disability doesn't mean we can't do a lot of things," said Nick Stone, president of Abilities Venti. "That's the message we want to bring to the community."

03/06/2009 07:20 AM

Seattle special-ed teachers suspended for refusal to give test WASHINGTON

The Seattle School District has suspended two special-education teachers for refusing to give required assessment tests to six students at Green Lake Elementary, despite orders from the principal to do so.

03/06/2009 07:19 AM

Green light given for residential centre UK

THE GREEN light has been given to the JPK Project to build a residential centre for people with learning disabilities.

03/06/2009 07:18 AM

Parish starts religious ed for autistic RHODE ISLAND

Two autistic boys sat inside a parochial school classroom this month. In a setting stripped of unnecessary furniture and toys to avoid distraction, they studied pictograms of a bearded Jesus in a red sash and images of their family members and people helping each other.

03/06/2009 07:17 AM

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor agrees to make changes to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act MICHIGAN

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced today that it has reached a settlement with the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor - North to resolve alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

03/06/2009 07:16 AM

Disabilities ruse big awakening OHIO

Bob Laipply stopped and picked up his disability sign as it blew from around his neck as he crossed a city street Thursday.

03/06/2009 07:15 AM

Professor Ron McCallum AO appointed inaugural rapporteur to UN Disabilities Conventio AUSTRALIA

The University of Sydney and the Sydney Law School would like to congratulate Professor Ron McCallum AO on his appointment as the inaugural rapporteur to the United Nations Disabilities Convention.

03/06/2009 07:14 AM

District 225 urges community to hire students with disabilities ILLINOIS

Glenbrook High School District 225 is reaching out to the community to help students with disabilities find employment.

03/06/2009 07:14 AM

EU Gives Grant to Persons With Disabilities GHANA

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) has approved a GH 7,000 grant to support Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in the Bongo District. The grant is to be used to monitor the disbursement and utilisation of the 2% of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) allocated by government for PLWDs.

03/06/2009 07:13 AM

Proclamation honors those with disabilities PENNSYLVANIA

The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation designating the month of March as "National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month" in Mifflin County. The proclamation was adopted in an effort to encourage citizens of the area to give their full support toward enabling people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities to live full and productive lives in their communities.

03/06/2009 06:56 AM

Wild birds likely caused HK H5N1 outbreak: official

An outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus at a Hong Kong farm last year which led to the slaughter of 90,000 chickens was likely spread by wild birds, an investigation found Thursday.

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03/04/2009 09:57 AM

Learning how to say good-bye while saying hello SOUTH CAROLINA

For Liz Willis, her son Jonathan was a happy-go-lucky 28-year-old when tragedy struck. "Jon J" was riding as a passenger when a horrific car accident left him with broken bones all over his body as well as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The harm done to his body left him in a nearly six-month coma, with his mom by his side the entire way.

03/04/2009 09:56 AM

Brain proteins studied to aid stroke victims NEW JERSEY

Bonnie Firestein is taking great strides in research to aid stroke and brain injury victims. As a University associate professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, her research began primarily due to a general interest and because her great uncle suffered from a stroke and served as an inspiration.

03/04/2009 09:49 AM

Sexuality After Traumatic Brain Injury Podcast

Guest Dr. Nathan D. Zasler, presents a frank discussion which includes: reduction in sexual drive, sexual dysfunction, physical problems, communication and relationship issues and treatment options.

03/04/2009 09:49 AM

Patients wait a year to see neuropsychologist IRELAND

GETTING access to treatment from a multidisciplinary team is the main problem with neurological services in Ireland. "Every brain injury needs access to a multidisciplinary team straight away. It can be a year later and people are only getting to grips with the fact that they are having cognitive difficulties when they are trying to get back to work," said Dr Pender.

03/04/2009 09:41 AM

Bolton father shook baby girl, court told UK

A FATHER shook his 14-month-old baby before hitting her head on a hard surface, a court heard. Evelyn Lakatos was so seriously injured there was a blood clot on her brain and haemorrhaging behind her left eye.

03/04/2009 09:36 AM

Deadline nears for head-injury seminar FLORIDA

The deadline for registration for "The Hidden Casualties of War: Moving to Solutions" Symposium is May 1.

03/04/2009 09:35 AM

Evidence Appears To Show How And Where Brain's Frontal Lobe Works

A Brown University study of stroke victims has produced evidence that the frontal lobe of the human brain controls decision-making along a continuum from abstract to concrete, from front to back.

03/04/2009 09:33 AM

New Study Shows Long-term Dangers Of Severe Concussions

It's well known that mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions are a common occurrence in children and adolescents, especially young athletes. But what researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have found is that although not all concussions are the same, they are often treated in the same way - a potential problem when it comes to long-term health outcomes.

03/04/2009 09:31 AM

Knowledge Of Mitochondrial Processes Could Aid Understanding Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Mitochondria are restless, continually merging and splitting. But contrary to conventional wisdom, the size of these organelles depends on more than fusion and fission, as Berman et al. show. Mitochondrial growth and degradation are also part of the equation.

03/04/2009 09:28 AM

Health Tip: How Serious is Your Asthma Attack?

If you have an asthma attack, it's important to be able to judge its severity.

03/04/2009 09:28 AM

Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Positive Results Of Its Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of Ganaxolone As Adjunctive Therapy

Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it met its primary endpoint for its Phase 2 clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of ganaxolone as adjunctive therapy in adults with partial onset seizures, a type of epilepsy. In this trial, ganaxolone demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in seizures versus placebo. Efficacy was seen in the first week of dosing. Ganaxolone was also found to be safe and well-tolerated in this population adding to the safety database of more than 950 subjects.

03/04/2009 09:24 AM

Upstate New York Brain Injury Program

The Brain Injury Association of New York State is sponsoring a program entitled "Beyond the Invisible", a one-day program to build understanding of brain injury and explore supports and resources for service members, veterans, and families.

03/04/2009 09:21 AM

'Extreme Makeover' family mourns loss of father George Kadzis FLORIDA

George Kadzis got to run his hands over a model of the new home. His wife, Barbara, was planning for him to spend a night or two to "leave his presence" in the new home. But aggressive brain cancer kept Kadzis from ever seeing the home. He died early Monday - barely 48 hours after his family received a new home from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

03/04/2009 09:21 AM

Avian Influenza In Poultry On Premises In East Of England

The Health Protection Agency continues to work closely with local and national veterinary colleagues following the announcement yesterday by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that avian influenza had been found in poultry on two premises in the East of England.

03/04/2009 09:20 AM

Potential Human Vaccine Against Bird Flu

A vaccine to protect humans from a bird flu pandemic is within reach after a new discovery by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

03/04/2009 09:19 AM

New Discovery Paves The Way For New Diagnosis Of Serious Lung Disease

The discovery by Uppsala University researchers of a previously unknown protein in the cells of the lower air ways brings new potential for early diagnosis of a serious lung disease. The findings, published in the Web edition of the American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can also provide new knowledge of the cause of common diseases like asthma and chronic bronchitis.

03/04/2009 09:17 AM

Study Documents Increasing Prevalence Of Influenza A Resistance To Drug Oseltamivir

Influenza A viruses (H1N1 subtype) that are resistant to the drug oseltamivir circulated widely in the U.S. during the 2007-2008 influenza season, with an even higher prevalence of drug resistance during the current 2008-2009 influenza season, according to a study to be published in the March 11 issue of JAMA, and being released early online because of its public health importance.

03/04/2009 09:16 AM

Strokes and women

Separated by more than two decades in age, Joey McConnell and Katie Gradinjan-Bolen share a similar medical history: Each has survived a stroke.

03/04/2009 09:14 AM

Members of stroke support group find friendship, understanding NEW JERSEY

The men and women who gather together the first three Wednesdays of every month at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls all have lost something: ease of speech, use of an arm or a leg, or overall strength on one side of the body.

03/04/2009 09:13 AM

Women Less Likely To Have A Stroke After Mini-stroke

That first "mini-stroke" may be more of a benign event for women than men, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Yale University. The findings underscore the need to continue researching gender differences in disease prevention and follow-up care.

03/04/2009 09:13 AM

Helmet Could Help Stroke Victims

Researchers at Duke are working on a brain helmet that could help emergency responders quickly detect a stroke in patients. VIDEO LINK.

03/04/2009 09:12 AM

Statins Lower Stroke Severity, Improve Recovery

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that patients who were taking statins before a stroke experienced better outcomes and recovery than patients who weren't on the drug - even when their cholesterol levels were ideal.

03/04/2009 09:11 AM

Bedside Monitoring Of Brain Blood Flow And Metabolism In Stroke Victims By Penn Research Team

University of Pennsylvania team has completed the first successful demonstration of a noninvasive optical device to monitor cerebral blood flow in patients with acute stroke, a leading cause of disability and death.

03/04/2009 09:10 AM

Preventing A Second Stroke Is Focus Of Study

Rush University Medical Center is participating in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to determine the best course of treatment to reduce the risk of stroke patients suffering another stroke. The study will determine if aggressive treatment of stroke victims for high blood pressure and cholesterol, along with placing a stent to widen a narrowed artery in a patient's brain, is better than intensive medical therapy alone.

03/04/2009 09:09 AM

Technique May Help Stem Cells Generate Solid Organs, Stanford Study Shows

Stem cells can thrive in segments of well-vascularized tissue temporarily removed from laboratory animals, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Once the cells have nestled into the tissue's nooks and crannies, the so-called "bioscaffold" can then be seamlessly reconnected to the animal's circulatory system.

03/04/2009 09:08 AM

BrainStorm's Stem Cell Technology Demonstrates Efficacy in an Experimental Model of Parkinson's Disease- Paper Published in "Stem Cells and Development"

Today’s on-line publication by scientists working with BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (OTCBB:BCLI), demonstrates that human-derived adult Stem Cells may be induced to differentiate in vitro into neural-like cells and, once injected into the brain, improve impaired motor behavior in an experimental model of Parkinson's disease.

03/04/2009 09:08 AM

Stem Cell Breakthrough By Mount Sinai Hospital Researcher

In a study to be released on March 1, 2009, Mount Sinai Hospital's Dr. Andras Nagy discovered a new method of creating stem cells that could lead to possible cures for devastating diseases including spinal cord injury, macular degeneration, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. The study, to be published by Nature online, accelerates stem cell technology and provides a road map for new clinical approaches to regenerative medicine.

03/04/2009 09:06 AM

Life as a disabled dad: leg-lifting UK

Ah, my legs. Since my spinal cord injury they are like jellies wrapped around a pair of golf clubs. They feel nothing and do nothing but act as counterweights as I throw myself in and out of my wheelchair.

03/04/2009 09:05 AM

Caregiver Sentenced For Neglecting Disabled Adult FLORIDA

A woman has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for neglecting a disabled adult, who died six days later.

03/04/2009 09:03 AM

Children get nursing care at Ashley House WASHINGTON

Sipping and blowing on a plastic mouthpiece, Gilbert John moved his head back and forth as he tended a virtual aquarium on a computer screen at Ashley House.

03/04/2009 09:02 AM

Van stolen from quadriplegic used in robberies CANADA

A wheelchair-accessible van stolen from a quadriplegic woman in Etobicoke yesterday has been used in a handful of smash-and-grab robberies around Sherway Gardens, police say.

03/04/2009 09:00 AM

Paralyzed man paints with his mouth TEXAS

In April 2000, Jared Dunten , 26, and a friend approached the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. VIDEO LINK.

03/04/2009 08:55 AM

Abused infant suffering from paralysis, police say NEW HAMPSHIRE

A seven-month-old boy who was abused by his mother's boyfriend is suffering from paralysis, police said. The latest update on the infant's health came Tuesday at a court hearing for the man charged with striking the infant's head against a wall and dropping him to the floor. Christopher Cole, 19, faces a felony assault charge for causing the infant to suffer bleeding on the brain, an injured retina, no movement in his left leg and limited movement in his left arm.

03/04/2009 08:53 AM

City's profile boosted CANADA

Missing the feet she was born with has not slowed Megan Stuckey down one bit. The 17-year-old Grade 12 student at London's Oakridge Secondary School joined three-year-old Benjamin Bonvanie of St. Thomas, also an amputee, at St. Thomas Community Christian School Monday to shed light on playing safe and other War Amps-related topics.

03/04/2009 08:52 AM

The truth behind 'Where's Waldo?'

With assistance from the classic book character Where's Waldo?, researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have recently made a major advance in understanding how the brain searches for objects of interest.

03/04/2009 08:51 AM

Prosthetics could be made to be more affordable UTAH

As officers of BYU's Biomedical Engineering club, Russell Dibb and David Williams wanted to provide the club's members with an opportunity to do research and service at the same time. When they came across the Jaipur foot, a prosthetic foot designed to be made from easily accessed materials at a low cost, they knew they wanted to do something similar, they said.

03/04/2009 08:50 AM

Children's Flip Flops Recalled by Alpargatas Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

03/04/2009 08:48 AM

Koskie on his way back from concussion

Some days you get the impression there are things more important than baseball. Koskie had serious migraines, bumped into doors, felt sick to his stomach playing with his kids and a trip to the mall meant he was unable to carry on a conversation.

03/04/2009 08:47 AM

Man, service dog turned away at fairgrounds INDIANA

Confusion led to a "canine controversy" at the state fairgrounds for a man who served his country and the service dog now responsible for serving him. Where Robin Davis goes, so does his 5-year-old Labrador named "Doc". "I don't take him places because he's my buddy. I take him places because I need his service," said Davis.

03/04/2009 08:44 AM

Educational materials for new mothers may prevent shaken baby syndrome

Educational materials on how to deal with crying newborns lead to increased knowledge about infant crying and behaviours that are important to preventing shaken baby syndrome, found two new studies being published online March 2 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Pediatrics.

03/04/2009 08:44 AM

New Studies On Pneumococcal Disease In Africa Reinforce Need For Life-Saving Vaccines

Two new studies from the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) highlight the increased risk for children in Africa of contracting pneumococcal disease and suffering its devastating consequences.

03/04/2009 08:43 AM

New Origin Found For A Critical Immune Response

An immune system response that is critical to the first stages of fighting off viruses and harmful bacteria comes from an entirely different direction than most scientists had thought, according to a finding by researchers at the Duke University Medical Center.

03/04/2009 08:41 AM

Fungi Linked To Asthma Epidemic In Puerto Rico

A survey of airborne fungi and fungal spores found in Eastern Puerto Rico suggests that certain species may be a major cause of the high incidence of childhood asthma in this part of the world. A report published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, suggests this information could be used to alleviate human factors that lead to high levels of such fungi.

03/04/2009 08:39 AM

Calling Policies 'Unreasonable,' 123 Members of Congress Press for Changes in Medicare Home Oxygen Policies for Emergency Care, Supplies

In a recent letter, 123 bipartisan members of Congress pressed leaders for help urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise policies governing Medicare's payment of emergency services, supplies, and other obligations after 36 months of service.

03/04/2009 08:38 AM

Inactivated Flu Vaccine Associated With Fewer Medical Visits For Respiratory Illness Than Intranasal Vaccine

A study among U.S. military personnel finds that those who received a flu shot with the trivalent inactivated vaccine had fewer subsequent health care visits related to pneumonia and influenza than those who received an intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine, according to a study appearing in the March 4 issue of JAMA, and being released early online with two other reports on drug-resistant influenza.

03/04/2009 08:38 AM

Discovery Yields Cure For The Common Cold And The Flu

The cold and flu season is upon us again. This year millions of people in the United States will suffer from the flu and some will even die from it. The latest victim was a young man from Tucson, Arizona. However, this year a small firm in Phoenix, Arizona comes to the rescue. This firm, GlycoMeds, recently filed for patent protection on a new line of cold and flu products.

03/04/2009 08:37 AM

Drug Resistant Influenza A Virus Potentially Serious To High-Risk Patients

A mutation of the influenza A(H1N1) virus that is resistant to the drug oseltamivir may pose a serious health threat to hospitalized patients who have a weakened immune system, according to a study to be published in the March 11 issue of JAMA, and being released early online because of its public health importance.

03/04/2009 08:36 AM

Lengthy Daily Stints In Front Of The TV Linked To Doubled Childhood Asthma Risk

Young children who spend more than two hours glued to the TV every day double their subsequent risk of developing asthma, indicates research published ahead of print in Thorax.

03/04/2009 08:35 AM

Scientists Study Emerging Strains Of Superbug Clostridium Difficile UK

New and emerging strains of the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C.diff) are being studied by scientists in Glasgow, London and Cambridge in an attempt to understand the rise in the reported incidence of this infection over the last decade.

03/04/2009 08:34 AM

Genzyme Receives Complete Response Letter From FDA On Lumizyme Application

Genzyme Corporation (Nasdaq: GENZ) announced today that it has received a complete response letter from the FDA regarding its application to market Lumizyme(TM) (alglucosidase alfa) for the treatment of Pompe disease. In its letter, the agency outlines the remaining items that need to be addressed before the application can be approved. Lumizyme is produced at the 2000 liter (L) bioreactor scale at Genzyme's Allston Landing facility.

03/04/2009 08:33 AM

"Miracle mom' home after waking from coma

With his wife in a seemingly irreversible coma, Michael Smith brought his children to Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati to say goodbye to their mother before she was pulled off life support.

03/04/2009 08:31 AM

'Our son is lucky to be alive' UIK

Carley Bowman is a journalist for BBC News. Her son has just had pioneering tracheal surgery. He has already had two open heart operations as well other surgeries for life-threatening conditions. Here, she shares the latest ups and downs in Ben's story. VIDEO LINK.

03/04/2009 08:30 AM

Flu Shot Beats Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

The traditional flu shot, given as an injection in the arm, performs better than the newer nasal spray flu vaccine, shows a new study that compared the two vaccines in military personnel.

03/04/2009 08:29 AM

Resistance to Tamiflu growing

A troubling increase in resistance to the antiviral drug Tamiflu is linked mostly to influenza A strains that are circulating this season, a new government report shows.

03/04/2009 08:29 AM

Aerovance starts trial of Aerovant for uncontrolled asthma

Aerovance Inc. has announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to initiate Aerovance's Phase IIb clinical trial, AeroTrial(TM), of inhaled dry powder Aerovant in patients with uncontrolled asthma.

03/04/2009 08:28 AM

City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere

After a week away from urban air pollution, children with mild persistent asthma begin to show dramatic changes in their respiratory health.

03/04/2009 08:27 AM

COPD - call for papers

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth commonest cause of death worldwide and is predicted to overtake lower respiratory tract diseases to become third after ischaemic heart and cerebrovascular diseases by 2030. The burden of disease is increasing, in particular in countries such as India and China, largely because of tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke but also because of poor indoor and outdoor air quality.

03/04/2009 08:26 AM

Exacerbations In COPD: One Thing Leads To Another

New research shows that individual exacerbations in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) themselves increase the likelihood of repeat exacerbations, even after five days of full, asymptomatic recovery bad news for patients with COPD, where each exacerbation can drive the progression of the disease.

03/04/2009 08:25 AM

Broccoli May Help Protect Against Respiratory Conditions Like Asthma

Here's another reason to eat your broccoli: UCLA researchers report that a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may help protect against respiratory inflammation that causes conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

03/04/2009 08:25 AM

APHA Releases New Publication On Asthma

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication entitled "America Breathing Easier."

03/04/2009 08:24 AM

Scientists Find Gene That Modifies Severity Of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and colleagues, have identified a gene that modifies the severity of lung disease in people with cystic fibrosis, a lethal genetic condition. The findings open the door to possible new targets for treatment, researchers say.

03/04/2009 08:23 AM

Pharmaxis Announces NDA Filing For Aridol(TM) (Mannitol Bronchial Challenge Test)

Pharmaxis, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmaxis Ltd (ASX: PXS, Nasdaq: PXSL), an emerging respiratory specialty pharmaceutical company, announced that it has filed a New Drug Application (NDA), electronically, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Aridol(TM) (mannitol bronchial challenge test). Bronchial challenge tests are designed to assess bronchial hyperresponsiveness, an important marker in the diagnosis and assessment of asthma.

03/04/2009 08:01 AM

Special Olympian Works Through Life's Trials IDAHO

When a loved one passes away it's a hard thing to deal with, but a local Special Olympics athlete is keeping his loved one's memory alive while getting ready for the Summer Games in Boise.

03/04/2009 07:54 AM


"My life is interesting. I was a go getter, doing a little bit of everything. As they say, a jack of many trades--that's exactly what I was," says Thomas Strawbridge as he thinks back about his life. Thomas wouldn't let his disability hold him back from his dream. "If something happens to you, you have to pick yourself back up and keep going because if you don't, you will be down."

03/04/2009 07:52 AM

March proclaimed Disability Awareness Month INDIANA

Gov. Mitch Daniels has proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the state of Indiana.

03/04/2009 07:51 AM

Couple asks for zoning change for group home near Memorial Serving medically fragile youngsters WASHINGTON

A Yakima couple is seeking to change the zoning at a residence on South 32nd Avenue so they can open a group home for medically fragile infants and children.

03/04/2009 07:50 AM


The Asean Para Games to be hosted by Malaysia from Aug 15-19 received a short in the arm when the cabinet allocated RM4 million for hosting the Games.

03/04/2009 07:49 AM

State budget cuts disability aid CALIFORNIA

When I was a little girl, my mother took me to different service clubs to request donations for my physical therapy. These days, the disability community would frown on that approach. Children with disabilities should not be used to engender pity in order to access services they need. I agree with that philosophy but that was the way things were in those days. Programs didn't pay for everything and short of the occasional lemonade stand I built on the front lawn, my earning capacity was limited.

03/04/2009 07:48 AM

DAC, Inc. Announces Successful Launch of New Software

Disability Access Consultants Inc. (DAC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Disability Access Corporation (Pink Sheets: DBYC), is proud to announce that it has successfully tested and launched its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facility inspection software DAC TRAK.

03/04/2009 07:46 AM

Special Olympics kicks off PHILIPPINES

The 12th Special Olympics Philippines, the national sports competition of intellectually challenged or handicapped athletes, started on Tuesday.

03/04/2009 07:45 AM

Disabled get 3 p.c. job reservations SRI LANKA

The Government has decided to reserve three percent of employment opportunities to persons with disabilities in the State and private sectors, Minister of Labour Relations and Manpower Athauda Seneviratne said.

03/04/2009 07:43 AM

Howe patient dies after choking on food ILLINOIS

A resident of the Howe Developmental Center died, apparently from choking on food, days after another resident's family filed a wrongful death suit in connection with his choking death a year ago at the facility that state officials seek to close.

03/04/2009 07:42 AM

Program Effective In Educating Parents About Prevention Of Shaken Baby Syndrome

New studies in the United States and Canada show that educational materials aimed at preventing shaken baby syndrome increased knowledge of new mothers about infant crying, the most common trigger for people abusing babies by shaking them. The study of mothers in Seattle is featured in the March issue of Pediatrics, and a partner study in Vancouver, British Columbia appears this month in The Canadian Medical Association Journal.

03/04/2009 07:40 AM

Disabled Evercare Assistance Ending In Broward FLORIDA

Miriam Gordon lives independent, even though severe arthritis keeps her from doing many things. "I would be in assisted living if I wasn't at home," she sighed. Her home is in Lauderhill, where she's spent the last four years. It's somewhere the 52-year-old would like to stay for many more. VIDEO LINK.

03/04/2009 07:39 AM

Special Olympians Flock To Durant FLORIDA

Special Olympians from a half-dozen eastern Hillsborough County schools converged on Durant High recently to gauge the success of months of training for this month's regional competition.

03/04/2009 07:38 AM

RTA to vote on bus stops funds texas

About 9 percent to 12 percent of the Regional Transportation Authority's 1,351 bus stops in the area comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

03/04/2009 07:37 AM

Mom crusades for park for special-needs children TEXAS

Doctors told her not to have too much hope for her 4-pound baby born with Down syndrome. They said Christian Bennett would have a low IQ and that he would need "special attention," his mother, Renee Bennett-Farrow, said. Teachers tried to put her son in segregated classes, she said.

03/04/2009 07:36 AM

3 state workers fired after abuse allegations NORTH CAROLINA

Three employees at a state home for people with severe developmental disabilities in Kinston have been fired after they were accused of abusing and injuring a resident.

03/04/2009 07:35 AM

Sioux Falls' accessibility to disabled people noted IOWA

Sioux Falls has been named a finalist for the National Organization on Disabilities' Accessible America Award.

03/04/2009 07:34 AM

Woman who lost an arm gives real-life lesson in safe driving MICHIGAN

The black spaghetti strap top and purple athletic shorts that Sarah Panzau wore Tuesday at an assembly at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte was not a fashion statement.

03/04/2009 07:33 AM

Special Olympics team looks forward to basketball tourney SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative members and coaches say they are looking forward to this month's Special Olympics state basketball tournament in Mitchell.

03/04/2009 07:32 AM

Winnebago Mental Health Institute accused of negligence in patient's death WISCONSIN

A 15-year-old-girl choked to death in 2006 on food she wasn't supposed to be given at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, a wrongful death lawsuit brought by her parents alleges.

03/04/2009 07:30 AM

Stimulus money to help special education TENNESSEE

While no specific numbers are yet available, school officials learned Tuesday night that the bulk of federal stimulus money coming here will be for programs for disadvantaged and special education students.

03/04/2009 07:29 AM

Paralyzed ex-ski instructor hits slopes with aid of sled NEW YORK

Bill Giese lived for ski season. The ski instructor everyone knew as "Honk" would spend all day and part of the night on the slopes at Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa, skiing and teaching others how to ski.

03/04/2009 07:28 AM

Special ed cash finds wary welcome MASSACHUSETTS

Local school superintendents are looking at a cash infusion from the federal government to help some of their neediest students. For the moment, they're looking at it cautiously.

03/04/2009 07:27 AM

Disabilities center buys new quarters in Milford PENNSYLVANIA

The Center for Developmental Disabilities is serving so many children in the space it rents on Milford's Broad Street that it purchased a building to remedy the situation.

03/04/2009 07:27 AM

ResCare Acquires California Disabilities Services Company

ResCare, Inc. (NasdaqGS:RSCR - News) today announced the acquisition of Friendship Developmental Services, a company based in National City, California, serving 90 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The company provides services in 15 residential locations in and around National City, San Diego and Chula Vista, California. Annual revenues are expected to be $6.5 million.

03/04/2009 07:26 AM

Embattled Disabilities head resigns SOUTH CAROLINA

The state director of the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs abruptly resigned Friday, ending a 13-year stint at the helm of the agency charged with caring for the state’s disabled.

03/04/2009 07:22 AM

Kennedy Center showcases artists with disabilities

Artists with disabilities from around the world will convene in 2010 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the largest ever showcase of their work, the center announced Tuesday.

03/04/2009 07:21 AM

1.6 million die of pneumonia annually: studies

About 1.6 million people across the globe die annually of pneumonia, half of them children under the age of five, according to two new studies released Tuesday.

03/04/2009 07:21 AM

Concerted Effort Needed to Fight Drug-Resistant Flu Strain

The global medical community needs to find new solutions to combat the growing resistance to a major flu-fighting drug, an infectious disease expert warns.

Headlines (Posted March 2 & 3, 2009)

03/03/2009 07:29 AM

Makeup star bounces back from brain injury TEXAS

In November 2007, a car crushed Sotomayor in a Manhattan crosswalk. Doctors removed much of his skull because of brain swelling. It was two months later before he finally woke up. VIDEO LINK.

03/03/2009 07:28 AM

Corey Koskie thrilled to take field with Canadian team at WBC CANADA

Corey Koskie has repeatedly walked into doorframes over the past 2 1-2 years. As recently as last fall Koskie was simply trying to get his life back together after a severe case of post-concussion syndrome. Now he's back playing a game he loves, trying to restart a career interrupted by an innocent-looking fall to the ground July 5, 2006 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

03/03/2009 07:23 AM

Sexuality After Traumatic Brain Injury Podcast

Guest Dr. Nathan D. Zasler, presents a frank discussion which includes: reduction in sexual drive, sexual dysfunction, physical problems, communication and relationship issues and treatment options.

03/03/2009 07:23 AM

Brian Scalabrine Sidelined Indefinitely MASSACHUSETTS

When Brian Scalabrine suffered his first concussion of the season in late January, no one realized just how serious it would end up being. Doc Rivers, in fact, felt comfortable cracking a couple of jokes at Scalabrine's expense when talking about his condition.

03/03/2009 07:23 AM

Ordways Thank Hospital With Cooling Unit MASSACHUSETTS

In a NewsCenter 5 exclusive last summer, WEEI's Glenn Ordway and his wife, Sarah, shared the story of the traumatic birth of their daughter, Mia, born with a near-fatal brain injury, and the technology that saved her life. Now, baby Mia is 1 year old, and she and her family returned to the hospital where she was born for a special reunion and a special presentation. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 09:48 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

A roadside explosion throws a Soldier against the side of his vehicle, with force that shakes his brain inside his skull. Another Soldier is in a traffic accident on the way to work, her head thrown forward into the windshield. A family member takes a hard fall during a sports game, hitting his head on the ground.

03/02/2009 09:46 AM

A closer look at the classifications of coma NEW YORK

Coma is a devastating neurological process. It affects thousands of adults and children every year. After the brain suffers an injury whether in the form of trauma, stroke, hemorrhage, or metabolic insult (drug induced), terms are used to define the patient's level of consciousness.

03/02/2009 09:44 AM

Amber Hora, who battled back after car wreck, coma inspires others MICHIGAN

Man, this economy's got me stressed. And my back is messed up. And my friend's kid is on drugs. Fine, Charley. Life is challenging. Now shut up and look at Amber Hora. Amber suffered a brain injury that put her in a coma.

03/02/2009 09:43 AM

National Brain Injury Month

The theme for the Brain Injury Association of America's (BIAA) 2009 awareness month is Sports and Concussions. The BIAA estimates that there are over 5.3 million Americans living with a disability caused by an injury to the brain and that the costs of such injuries maintained over a lifetime exceeded $60 billion according to the totals from the year 2000.

03/02/2009 09:42 AM

Shorten urges awareness of our disabled AUSTRALIA

The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities says Australia's treatment of people with disabilities is a disgrace and a failure of public policy that ranks alongside the nation's treatment of indigenous people.

03/02/2009 09:40 AM

Man out of coma loses memory SOUTH AFRICA

MYSTERY surrounds an incident which left a Gonubie man in a coma following a fall from the popular boardwalk in the early hours of the morning on New Year’s day.

03/02/2009 09:37 AM

Diagnosis: Brain Injury

One person dies in a car crash in the U.S. every 13 minutes. If you're one of the lucky one's, you survive; but just because a victim's head isn't bleeding doesn't mean they are perfectly fine. In fact, two million people will suffer from a brain injury this year and many may not even realize it. Diagnosis can be difficult, but doctors are using a new twist to an old scan to help doctors better understand what's happening inside your brain. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 09:34 AM

Recovering, 'one day at a time' OHIO

One year ago today, Pamela Schweer kissed her 11-year-old daughter, Hannah Walker, goodbye and sent her off to a neighbor's house, where she would get a ride to school. As Hannah crossed Rapid Run Road in Delhi Township, she was hit by a car, causing a brain injury so severe she was hospitalized for five months.

03/02/2009 09:33 AM

Government found negligent for assault on baby causing brain injury CANADA

The provincial government has been found negligent in a civil lawsuit for removing a "no access without supervision provision" that had been imposed on a father who seriously injured his four-month-old baby by violently shaking it.

03/02/2009 09:32 AM

Malcolm Boy Continues to Recover From Brain Injury NEBRASKA

For the last 8 months, Derek Ruth has been relearning 13 years of his life. Derek's father Royce says the boy is "definitely a miracle." That's because he's recovering from a life-threatening brain injury he received during a football game last September in Malcolm. It's a moment his father will never forget.

03/02/2009 09:28 AM

Life After Stroke Conferences

You're finally home after a long hospital rehabilitation after a stroke. Now what? You may feel alone and isolated, dependent on others for your personal needs. But you are not alone. Now is the time to connect with your local hospital's Stroke Support Group.

03/02/2009 09:27 AM

Concussions Linked To Weakened Brain Functioning Years Later

Word is spreading, on the sidelines, in the locker rooms, and in the media, that an athlete whose bell has been rung - that is, suffered a concussion - may have experienced an injury that could take a more serious toll later in life.

03/02/2009 09:20 AM

Case Report Of A Brain And Spinal Tumor Following Human Fetal Stem Cell Therapy

A case report published in PLoS Medicine, describes a rare side effect of human fetal stem cell therapy. Ninette Amariglio and Gideon Rechavi from the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and colleagues report the case of a boy with a rare genetic disease, Ataxia Telangiectasia, who underwent human fetal stem cell therapy at an unrelated clinic in Moscow and who, four years after the therapy began, was shown to have abnormal growths in his brain and spinal cord.

03/02/2009 09:16 AM

Brain Tumor Research Center A Lasting Legacy At Barrow

William Shapiro, MD, and Joan Rankin Shapiro, PhD, have collaborated for 20 years to help build a world-renowned brain tumor research center at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. After years of dedicated patient care and research, the Shapiros have established a $1.5 million endowed chair dedicated to neuro-oncology research.

03/02/2009 09:13 AM

Assisting Students When They Return to School Following Brain Injury

I have received the following question regarding providing information to students about TBI so they can understand how the injury and disabilities affect a child returning to the classroom.

03/02/2009 09:13 AM

Beijing trio claim Preston titles UK

Beijing Paralympians Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Jamie Burdekin all emerged victorious from the North West Challenge wheelchair tennis event.

03/02/2009 09:12 AM

Scots curlers miss out on medals CANADA

Scotland recovered from a poor start to finish fifth at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Vancouver.

03/02/2009 09:06 AM

Pistorius released from hospital SOUTH AFRICA

Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been released from hospital after suffering head and facial injuries in a boating accident.

03/02/2009 09:05 AM

Canadians make stem cell breakthrough

Canadian researchers have found what could be a new way to make embryonic-like stem cells, a discovery that could lead to cures for devastating conditions such as spinal cord injury and Parkinson's disease.

03/02/2009 09:03 AM

Americans go abroad for stem cell treatments TEXAS

A quadriplegic since she was 14, Jessica Grimm learned long ago how to work around her body's limitations. Now 27, Grimm is eager for more independence. So much so that she traveled to Costa Rica last month for a controversial stem cell treatment unavailable in this country.

03/02/2009 09:01 AM

Paraplegic man's car recovered MICHIGAN

An auto shipping company's persistence paid off for the paraplegic man whose specially equipped car was delivered to the wrong address in Detroit earlier this month.

03/02/2009 08:58 AM

Wheelchair-bound college student finds his calling as a broadcaster TEXAS

Chris Stuckey wanted to be a sports broadcaster, so he did what any smart college student in a similar situation would do. He tried to talk his way into a job.

03/02/2009 08:57 AM

New Home Dedicated to Paralyzed Football Player FLORIDA

Six months after being paralyzed on the football field, O'Shay Johnson received the keys to his family's new, wheelchair accessible home. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:56 AM

Volunteers adapt home for paralyzed Marine NEW JERSEY

Just being able to open his front door used to be a great feat for Andrew Robinson, but now it's part of his everyday life. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:52 AM

Paralyzed USC fullback was model for disabled students

Arthur Hemingway, a former Southern California fullback who became paralyzed when he was hit by a car during football camp of his 1978 freshman season, has died. He was 49.

03/02/2009 08:51 AM

Video: You've never seen a hockey fight like a sledge hockey fight CANADA

Please recall a Puck Headlines post from earlier in the week in which we mentioned a rather curious occurrence: a line brawl in a Wednesday night sledge hockey game between the U.S. and Canada that featured players "missing legs to amputation or birth defects" and paraplegics. We asked for video, and reader Philip J. sent over this clip from YouTube which shows just how this incredible scene played out.

03/02/2009 08:50 AM

More Than 150 Amputees To Converge On Capitol Hill

On March 10, the Amputee Coalition of America will have more than 150 amputees from across the country in Washington, D.C., urging Congress members to support fair insurance coverage for artificial arms and legs.

03/02/2009 08:49 AM

'No regret' for Afghanistan veteran double amputee

His military career came to a brutal halt when an improvised bomb on an Afghan road tore both of his legs off.

03/02/2009 08:47 AM

Amputee and Cancer Survivor Teaches Aerobics MARYLAND

Step into step aerobics with Madi Ross. As her class quickly learns.....this 66 year old is no ordinary instructor. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:45 AM

Amputation doesn't slow Tularosa boy NEW MEXICO

Twelve-year-old Gatlin Clark held the device in his hands, watching its lights blink and feeling its innards whir. The device, called a C-Leg, is a computerized prosthetic leg.

03/02/2009 08:44 AM

Lead weighs down cycle sales PENNSYLVANIA

A new law aimed at protecting children against lead in toys is proving problematic for other businesses, including Lebanon Valley Cycles.

03/02/2009 08:43 AM

Good news: Fewer kids have high lead levels

In a stunning improvement in children's health, far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, new government research reports - a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil.

03/02/2009 08:42 AM

Classifying concussions could help kids

It's estimated that more than a half million kids in the U.S. go to the hospital each year with a concussion. That's an average of a kid per minute- every minute of every day. Some concussions are worse than others but it might surprise you to know that almost all of them are treated the same. New research is pointing toward a more sophisticated way of diagnosing and treating concussions in kids.

03/02/2009 08:41 AM

Diagnosis is real jarring MASSACHUSETTS

Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a third concussion in less than a month.

03/02/2009 08:40 AM

Woman Issued $50 Citation While Walking Service Dog FLORIDA

On Wednesday evening, Denise Lanier was walking on the Hollywood Beach broadwalk with Luke, her certified mobility service dog, when a police officer stopped her and issued a $50 citation.

03/02/2009 08:38 AM

A Special Dog For A Special Boy ARKANSAS

They are known as mans best friend, but for families with an autistic child trained service dogs can be a life saver and for one Conway family rivals came together to raise money to give a special dog to a special child. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:37 AM

Update: Bill to Create Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program Moves Forward MONTANA

Senate Bill 442 would establish this program to educate Montanans on the dangers and consequences of shaken baby syndrome (SBS). Many parents experience moments of frustration when they have babies that won't stop crying, but when the frustration escalates to the point where a parent begins to shake the baby, this could result in a disastrous situation. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:37 AM

Shaken Baby Syndrome on the rise in Central Illinois

The past two days, the Peoria Area has seen a sharp spike in the number of children who may be victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Area doctors believe the stress of the times could be taking a toll on caregivers and the babies. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 08:36 AM

Shaken baby's fate divides his family OHIO

Savon Edwards lies in a bed, his body covered in baby blankets and quilts. Shaken so violently in the early hours the day after Christmas, Savon stopped breathing, say police, who classified it as a shaken-baby case. His skull filled with blood.

03/02/2009 08:34 AM

Educational materials for new mothers may prevent shaken baby syndrome, CMAJ study shows

Educational materials on how to deal with crying newborns lead to increased knowledge about infant crying and behaviours that are important to preventing shaken baby syndrome, found two new studies being published online March 2 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Pediatrics.

03/02/2009 08:32 AM

Inspire Medical Systems Completes First Implant of the Inspire II System to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Inspire Medical Systems, Inc., a private medical device company, today announced it has completed the first human implant of its Inspire II system designed to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

03/02/2009 08:30 AM

US star McMahon in intensive care

US star Ed McMahon is in intensive care with pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital, his spokesman has said.

03/02/2009 08:30 AM

Mizzou Scientist Moves Closer To Muscular Dystrophy Solution

While scientists have identified one protein, dystrophin, as an important piece to curing the disease, another part of the mystery has eluded scientists for the past 14 years. Now, one University of Missouri scientist and his team have identified the location of the genetic material responsible for a molecular compound that is vital to curing the disease.

03/02/2009 08:29 AM

ALS Gene Mutation Identified By Researchers

Research that has discovered a new gene whose mutations cause 5 percent of inherited cases of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is part of a national study led by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

03/02/2009 08:27 AM

NOVAVAX Announces Preclinical Study Results For A Respiratory Syncytial Virus ('RSV') Vaccine Candidate Directed Against The Fusion (F) Protein

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) announced results from a preclinical study of a Respiratory Syncytial Virus ("RSV") vaccine candidate directed against the viral fusion (F) protein.

03/02/2009 08:25 AM

Stamford battles spike in rates of childhood asthma CONNECTICUT

When was 9 months old, he spent six days in an emergency room with a fever and bad cough, his mother, Alma Carranza, said recently through a Spanish translator.

03/02/2009 08:24 AM

Emory develops vaccine effective against bird flu in mice GEORGIA

Vaccines against H5N1 influenza will be critical in countering a possible future pandemic. Yet public health experts agree that the current method of growing seasonal influenza vaccines in chicken eggs is slow and inefficient.

03/02/2009 08:22 AM

Flu Season Brings Deaths, School Closures

In Maryland, a 13-year-old boy dies after a brief but violent battle with what doctors believe is influenza. A week later, a school in Virginia shuts down for a day when nearly 200 of its students are absent due to sickness.

03/02/2009 08:19 AM

An incredible day with Anthony Choy CALIFORNIA

Anthony Choy called Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) numerous times to bug us for a reservation to go skiing. To date DSES had never said "no" to anybody - we’d always found a way to accommodate all the different disabilities out on the snow. But Anthony was different - much different than their other students.

03/02/2009 08:18 AM

Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Leads To Pulmonary Hypertension, Study Suggests

Researchers led by Dr. Changyi Chen at Baylor College of Medicine discovered that HAART contributes to pulmonary hypertension in HIV-infected patients.

03/02/2009 08:17 AM

Aerovance Initiates Phase IIb Clinical Trial with Aerovant(TM) for the Treatment of Uncontrolled Asthma

Aerovance Inc. today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to initiate Aerovance's Phase IIb clinical trial, AeroTrial(TM), of inhaled dry powder Aerovant in patients with uncontrolled asthma.

03/02/2009 08:16 AM

Hundreds rely on home oxygen therapy just to stay alive KENTUCKY

When the Danville area went dark a few weeks ago, thousands of area people hit by the widespread outages caused by the Jan. 27 ice storm were concerned about the loss of lighting, heating, refrigeration and electric cooking.

03/02/2009 08:15 AM

Encouraging Results Support Further Development Of Almirall's Long-acting Beta-agonist (LABA) In Asthma And COPD

Further to the results of prior studies published last year, Almirall, the international pharmaceutical company based in Spain, announced new Phase II multi-dose study results demonstrating that its novel once-daily, inhaled, long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) -LAS100977-, for the treatment of bronchoconstriction in asthmatic patients, shows fast-acting and 24-hour efficacy, as well as a good safety and tolerability profile in patients during multiple dose administrations.

03/02/2009 08:15 AM

AstraZeneca Says Symbicort Approved By FDA For COPD

Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Symbicort 160/4.5 mcg for the twice daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

03/02/2009 07:46 AM

Florissant accident victim finally achieves what he's sought for 5 years - independence M ISSOURI

It's been five years this month since a car accident took the life of Ben Spangenberg's friend and left Spangenberg with brain trauma.

03/02/2009 07:44 AM

'My cerebral palsy is just another arbitrary feature, like eye colour' UK

Last December, I guested on the topical news Radio 4 show Broadcasting House. One of the stories up for debate was David Cameron's Christmas card, which featured a photo of his family, including his young son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy. There was talk of the Tory leader using Ivan as a political tool to make him seem more caring and sympathetic.

03/02/2009 07:43 AM

Easter Seals toys with PLAY Project for autistic children INDIANA

Autism, the fastest-growing disability in the United States, now affects an estimated one out of every 150 children. The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center is responding to the growth by offering a new home-based service aimed at helping families better reach autistic children.

03/02/2009 07:41 AM

Gowon Makes Case for Disabled LAGOS

Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon has urged federal, state and local governments to introduce a special programme for the training of physically challenged persons, to reduce street begging and enhance the socio-economic status of the less privileged.

03/02/2009 07:37 AM

Personal happiness: What it is, how to find it NEW YORK

Bill Quinn has a disability. He has cerebral palsy, the result of his brain having been deprived of oxygen for a period of time shortly after he was born. His legs, upper body and coordination were affected, making walking difficult and driving impossible. He usually uses a wheelchair.

03/02/2009 07:37 AM

Ultrasound And TPA Effective For Stroke

An experimental therapy using tiny bubbles activated by transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound combined with the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is more effective than tPA alone in treating patients suffering from ischemic stroke, according to new research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in San Diego.

03/02/2009 07:32 AM

Controversial "Death With Dignity" Law Begins Thursday WASHINGTON

Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication.

03/02/2009 07:30 AM

Disability 101: Monoski camp: A time to be free COLORADO

There's a pilgrimage every February to Breckenridge. Every February, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center sponsors monoski camp. Those of us who can no longer ski standing on two legs, but instead do so sitting over one ski, gather together in Breckenridge for a ski vacation.

03/02/2009 07:29 AM

Special needs education studied CANADA

Art Lawrence has seen a lot of progress with special education in the province over the years. The Pine Lake grandfather is raising his 16-year-old grandson Jordan, who has learning disabilities and is classified as severely disabled under the current system.

03/02/2009 07:28 AM

Filing decries disability funding cuts ARIZONA

A coalition seeking to block steep service cuts for about 4,000 people living with disabilities will try to convince a judge next week that the state acted improperly.

03/02/2009 07:26 AM

Deadline approaches for new accessibility guideline compliance CANADA

Members of the Barrier Elimination Action Corp. warn there's not much time left for public and private businesses to comply to new standards that will become law by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Accessibility Directorate.

03/02/2009 07:24 AM

Pastor starts hockey team for special-needs kids CANADA

For much of his young life, Ottawa's Adam O'Connor has taken part in organized basketball, floor hockey and swimming - sports geared to those, like him, with special needs.

03/02/2009 07:22 AM

Parents say daughter would be alive if BSDC hospital was open NEBRASKA

The parents of an 18-year-old woman who died last month at a state-run institution for developmentally disabled people believe she might be alive today if the state had not closed its on-campus hospital last year.

03/02/2009 07:19 AM

Options rigid for disabled KANSAS

As she lay in her hospital bed about a month ago, 28-year-old stroke survivor Nicolette Perez was asked how she felt about the prospect of living in a nursing home. She immediately and emphatically turned her thumb down -- the stroke had taken her ability to speak.

03/02/2009 07:18 AM

Board's decision to disappoint disabled veterans

Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were "low-balling" disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action.

03/02/2009 07:17 AM

Why one-armed BBC presenter Cerrie Burnell was proud of the debate her disability provoked UK

For the first nine years of her life, Cerrie Burnell was made - on the advice of doctors - to wear a prosthetic limb. Born with no right hand, it was thought a false arm would help her look more 'normal', fit in with her peers and avoid the rude stares and cruel taunts such a disability might provoke.

03/02/2009 07:16 AM

'Inspirational' disability activist Matt Laffan dies AUSTRALIA

Matt Laffan was given less than a week to live when he was born, but the Sydney lawyer and disability activist survived a rare genetic condition for 38 years.

03/02/2009 07:15 AM

BSDC Outpacing Last Year's Death Rate NEBRASKA

Six patients of the Beatrice State Developmental Center have died so far this year, outpacing past years' death rates despite a smaller population.

03/02/2009 07:14 AM

Maplewood bookstore owners aim to help kids with special needs NEW JERSEY

Maplewood bookstore owner Jonah Zimiles doesn't care if his books get bent, ripped or torn. That's because Zimiles knows how tough shopping trips can be with his 13-year-old son. Daniel, who was diagnosed with autism 10 years ago, often tears through the aisles, yelling and grabbing at merchandise.

03/02/2009 07:12 AM

Motivation & inspiration: Lufkin woman with cerebral palsy shows Kurth students that anything's possible when you put your mind to it TEXAS

A Lufkin woman with cerebral palsy who received the Hero for Children Award last year continues touching the lives of children at Kurth Elementary.

03/02/2009 07:11 AM

Disabled Spanish athletes reach S. Pole

Three disabled athletes from Spain have reached the South Pole unassisted by animals or machines, in what a Spanish newspaper said Sunday was a world first.

03/02/2009 07:10 AM

Council backs disability trust respite centre AUSTRALIA

Council has confirmed its support for the Illawarra Disability Trust's respite care centre at Parmenter Court, Bowral.

03/02/2009 07:09 AM

All out to help disabled students MALAYSIA

The state government will provide unlimited funds to aid disabled schoolchildren, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said promised yesterday.

03/02/2009 07:08 AM

P.E.I. Special Olympian honoured as Stratford Winter Carnival opens CANADA

Winning medals in Nordic skiing is great, but what keeps Michael Morris fulfilled is the camaraderie and sense of independence and self-confidence he finds in the Special Olympics movement.

03/02/2009 07:07 AM

Shelving barrier-free playground in Yorktown irks supporters NEW YORK

Supporters of a barrier-free playground, including the widow of the man who first championed the idea, fear it may never be built.

03/02/2009 07:05 AM

Catholics work to overcome special ed barriers that limit assistance available at parish schools MINNESOTA

Monica and Patrick Duffy knew, even before they had them, that they would want their children to attend Catholic schools. It was "devastating" therefore, Monica Duffy said, to learn that their daughter Colleen, 7, who has Down syndrome, could not be admitted to St. Charles Borromeo because the parochial school lacked resources to provide the services she needs.

03/02/2009 07:04 AM

Weekend of Hope for Lagos Physically-Challenged Persons NIGERIA

Across the city of Lagos, the physically and mentally challenged persons move around everyday begging for alms. As a matter of fact, they are on major streets and highways, including the high-brow areas, in their quest to eke out a living. They are usually seen along the International Airport Road most times with the help of relatives or siblings begging for alms.

03/02/2009 07:03 AM

'Skiing is for everyone' CANADA

It's Kaitlyn Lenchak's need for speed that keeps her coming back to the Horseshoe Resort ski hill every weekend, she said. The 15-year-old Aurora teen was born with cerebral palsy, and requires the use of a walker, but on a snow-covered hill, Lenchak can enjoy the sport like anyone else.

03/02/2009 07:03 AM

Most of academy's stolen saddles recovered SOUTH DAKOTA

Two people, one a former employee, face felony charges related to the theft of 25 saddles from Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy.

03/02/2009 07:01 AM

Special Olympics team looks forward to basketball tourney SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative members and coaches say they are looking forward to this month's Special Olympics state basketball tournament in Mitchell.

03/02/2009 07:01 AM

College of Education to launch online resource TEXAS

Faculty members training teachers at Texas Tech will have a new resource provided by the College of Education later this semester. The resource being developed is an online database called Project IDEAL, which eventually will be used by professors throughout the college as a reference for instructing students who will be teaching children with special needs or disabilities.

03/02/2009 06:59 AM

Local Group Gives Disabled The Chance to Ski MINNESOTA

A local group is giving people with disabilities a chance to hit the ski slopes all winter long.The "Mankato Area Adaptive Ski Program" gathers every Tuesday and Sunday at Mount Kato. VIDEO LINK.

03/02/2009 06:59 AM

Appeal for help to give carers respite UK

VOLUNTEERS to spend time with adults with learning disabilities or the elderly are being sought by the council.

03/02/2009 06:58 AM

Support Network Receives Grant ARKANSAS

Arkansas Support Network was recently awarded a grant from the Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council for $51,994 to expand its Vocational Foundations program.

03/02/2009 06:57 AM

Faiths learn to include people with autism, other developmental disabilities NEW JERSEY

Religious congregations in North Jersey should take steps to include people with autism and other developmental disabilities in their worship and activities - even if they can't say "amen," participants at a conference recently were told.

03/02/2009 06:56 AM

Educating Those With Disabilities On Breast Cancer FLORIDA

The Jewish Association for Residential Care recently received a $10,000 grant from South Florida's Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help educate adults with developmental disabilities about breast cancer.

03/02/2009 06:56 AM

Center for Developmental Disabilities buys building in Milford PENNSYLVANIA

The Center for Developmental Disabilities is serving so many children in the space it rents on Milford's Broad Street that it purchased a building to remedy the situation.

03/02/2009 06:54 AM

Aids help seniors and people with disabilities live independently TENNESSEE

Think of a simple task you do every day: buttoning your shirt, opening a jar, slicing an apple. Now think how it would feel to be unable to perform that task without help.

03/02/2009 06:52 AM

Even Mild Strokes Can Do Harm

If you knew you were having a stroke, you'd seek immediate medical attention. But what if your symptoms were mild or ambiguous?

03/02/2009 06:52 AM

Two-year-old boy becomes Egypt's 56th bird flu case

A two-year-old Egyptian boy has contracted the bird flu virus and is in critical condition, the state-run news agency quoted the Health Ministry as saying on Sunday, becoming the 56th case in the Arab country.

03/02/2009 06:50 AM

Vitamin B12 can prevent major birth defects

Before becoming pregnant, women need to get enough vitamin B12 in addition to folic acid to cut their risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, researchers said on Monday.

03/02/2009 06:49 AM

Fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago

In a stunning improvement in children's health, far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, new government research reports - a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil.

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