• A New Study Holds Promise for the Clients of a Spinal Injury Attorney in Cleveland

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 admin No comments

    What’s the biggest takeaway from a promising new study from Tel Aviv University? Aside from the fact that the future continues to get brighter and brighter for spinal injury sufferers, it’s this: Don’t wait for a diagnosis to begin treatment. Start right away, from the very moment of injury.

     

    In addition to the great advice, the study also offers much-needed hope to the clients of spinal injury attorneys in Cleveland. The study found that intravenous injection of a potent enzyme, just hours after an accident, has the potential to diminish a cascade of pathological events responsible for a neuronal death, such as inflammation and scarring.

     

    “Primary mechanical damage to spinal cord tissue kills a certain amount of neuronal cells. But there’s secondary damage due to the release of excess glutamates, which are responsible for additional functional disability,” study co-conductor Dr. Yona Goldshmit of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute told MedicalXpress. “The main idea is to reduce the secondary damage as soon as possible—to block the body’s natural reaction to spinal cord trauma. This is the role of the enzyme injection we devised.”

     

    The new treatment could dramatically reduce the consequences of spinal injury.

    The Positive Potential of Glutamate

     

    As MedicalXpress explains:

     

    “Glutamate accounts for approximately 60 percent of total neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Dr. Ruban’s research has shown the positive effect of the blood glutamate treatment in models of glioblastoma, ALS, and others.”

     

    The sooner the treatment can be applied – the better.

     

    “Our takeaway is, ‘Don’t wait to diagnose it, treat it,'” study o-conductor Dr. Angela Ruban of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine told MedicalExpress. “It’s similar to aspirin, which can rescue a cardiac patient from irreversible damage if taken within the first few hours of a heart attack. We suggest administering the injection even in cases of an uncertain diagnosis. There’s no side effect to the injection, but it might just mitigate secondary damage and dramatically improve the quality of a person’s life.”

     

    And that is extremely promising news for each and every client of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: The Healing Benefits of Oxygen and Breathing Deeply

    Posted on July 17th, 2017 admin No comments

    What’s a spinal injury victim’s best recovery tool? No, not his or her spinal injury attorney in Cleveland, though we certainly can help lead the path to recovery – especially financially. We’re talking about breathing. A patient’s health can vastly improve simply by breathing a little more.  A recent study from the University of Alberta discovered surprising benefits in oxygen.

    The study found that more oxygen through the spinal cord can improve blood flow, and thereby increase motor functioning for better walking, movement and balance.

    Neuroscientists found that spinal blood flow in rats was unexpectedly compromised following a spinal injury. Improving blood flow or simply inhaling more oxygen produces lasting improvements in cord oxygenation and motor functions.

    “We’ve shown for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) lead to a chronic state of poor blood flow and lack of oxygen to neuronal networks in the spinal cord,” says co-principal investigator Karim Fouad, professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Canada Research Chair for spinal cord injury. “By elevating oxygen in the spinal cord we can improve function and re-establish activity in different parts of the body.”

    A Deep Breath for Progress, but Still a Long Way to Go

    Though there is still much to learn when it comes to treatment, this discovery is a big step.

    “Possibly even simple therapies such as exercise or just breathing will play a role in preventing long-term hypoxia and damage to the spinal cord, Fouad told Science Daily. “It’s a small but important step in the right direction, stemming from studying an obscure enzyme in the spinal cord — and that’s the beauty of basic science.

    And that is good news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • From the Desk of Our Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: Robotic Therapies Help People Regain Function

    Posted on December 30th, 2016 admin No comments

    Here’s some good news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland. While helping spinal injury victims become more mobile, researchers in Brazil discovered that interacting with robot-like machines could help them regain some sensation and movement.

    Published in Scientific Reports, the findings suggest that spinal injury victims may be able to retrain brain functions through repetition and practice.

    While the eight paralyzed people did not regain the ability to support their own weight standing up, they did make partial recovery including the use of bowel and bladder functions. Some men were even able to have erections. One woman was even able to deliver a baby vaginally.

    “For the first time in many years they were able to voluntarily control their muscles,” Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist and physician with Duke University who led the research, told NPR. “They could move their legs or contract muscles under voluntary control. This has not been seen before. I call this an important milestone.”

    Indeed, this remarkable finding could meaningfully change the lives of the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Could a Global Data Base Help the Clients of a Spinal Injury Attorney in Cleveland?

    Posted on September 9th, 2016 admin No comments

    Australian spinal cord injury experts are currently lobbying their federal government for a national registry of patients to track treatments in an effort to improve conditions. Advocates for the effort contend that millions of dollars could be saved in treatment, not to mention that victims’ lives could be substantially improved. It is an effort any spinal injury attorney in Cleveland could get behind.

    “We have pools of acute data in the spinal units around Australia, we have some rehab data,” Chris Bertinshaw from the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network told ABC. “None of it is connected, and we have no information once they leave rehab.”

    The proposed registry would track patients throughout their lifetimes, noting treatment, medications and any complications. Such data could substantially improve treatment and in the process help patients lead more fulfilling lives.

    “We don’t know what treatment works and what doesn’t work, and we don’t know the risks involved,” Jonathan Tang, a spinal injury patient and wheelchair racer, told ABC.”[A registry] will allow us to answer questions such as, if I had a kidney infection, what would be the best medication to use.”

    Who knows? Perhaps other countries will launch similar efforts and combine databases into a universal resource? That would definitely be promising news for anyone who needs a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Electronic Implants Respond to Brain Waves of Spinal Injury Patients in Cleveland

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 admin No comments

    Every day, the clients of any spinal injury attorney in Cleveland face a brighter future. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland recently used electronics to enable a spinal injury patient to use an implant in his brain to move his arm and hand.
    The test marks the first time brain signals have been conveyed directly to electrodes placed in an arm to restore movement, according to Robert Kirsch, a biomedical engineer at Case Western.
    The project is a big step towards wireless systems being able to transmit brain signals over airwaves to electronics implanted in the limbs or paralyzed patients. Yet there is still much progress that needs to be made.
    “It’s not a fluid natural movement like you are picking up a cup of coffee to drink it,” says John Donoghue, one of the leaders of of BrainGate, a consortium that is developing brain-computer interfaces with the Case Western team told the MIT Technology Review. “But the fact that they got a person to control their own body, to stimulate muscles in a specific way to make them move, and do it from a small patch of brain, is incredible.”
    The research is a big step forward that can drastically improve the lives of spinal patients. “If I could take the system I am using right now home with me, I would do it in a heartbeat,” said Ian Burkhart, the participant in the Ohio State study. “There are limitations to it, but they’re easily outweighed by the benefit of being able to grasp something and move it around.”
    And that’s good news for both patients and any spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • StemCells Inc. has Good News for Clients of Spinal Injury Lawyers in Cleveland

    Posted on December 31st, 2015 admin No comments

    Offering good news for any client of a spinal injury lawyer in Cleveland, StemCells Inc. recently reported its experimental stem cell therapy improved functioning and strength in the limbs of spinal cord injury patients.

    That makes Stem Cells Inc. the second research company to recently report promising results for spinal therapy research as a result of stem cell studies. Last August, Asterias Biotherapeutics said its research indicated stem cell therapy could improve mobility for patients.

    No serious adverse effects have been found in the study. The next two years for the company should prove critical.

    “In a year from now, our goal would be to complete the enrollment in the study and get final results in 2017,” Chief Financial Officer Greg Schiffman told Reuters.

    “The early analyses of motor improvement from the first cohort of the Pathway Study are consistent with an evolution of the sensory outcomes seen in StemCells’ previous thoracic study,” said Armin Curt, MD, the principal investigator at the University of Zurich for the Company’s previous Phase I/II thoracic spinal cord injury study, in a statement. “The emerging data are the first clinical evidence of a treatment effect improving muscle strength and function following cellular transplant in spinal cord injuries. These findings are even more compelling given that all the patients are between one and two years post injury.”

    Thanks to stem cell research, clients of a spinal injury lawyer in Cleveland face a much brighter future. It may take several years to develop, but the research prompts brighter optimism as more about this incredible science is discovered.

  • Clients of Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorneys May Be Eligible for Stem Cell Study

    Posted on October 26th, 2015 admin No comments

    Clients of spinal injury attorneys in Cleveland may be eligible for a new study designed to improve treatment through stem cell research.

    Rush University Medical Center scientists are researching a potential new therapy to use human embryonic stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within 14 to 30 days of an injury. The stem cells contain progenitor cells that support nerve cells and can potentially make poorly functioning nerves function better.

    “There are currently no therapies which successfully reverse the damage seen in the more than 12,000 individuals who suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States alone,” Dr. Richard G. Fessler told Science Daily. Fessler is a professor of neurological surgery at Rush University Medical Center and principal investigator for the Phase 1 clinical trial involving AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells).

    “These injuries can be devastating, causing both emotional and physical distress, but there is now hope. This is a new era where we are now able to test whether a dose of stem cells delivered directly to the injured site can have an impact on motor or sensory function,” says Fessler. “If we could generate even modest improvements in motor or sensory function, it would result in significant improvements in quality of life.”

    The trial will test three escalating doses of AST-OPC1 in patients with subacute, C5-C7, neurologically-complete cervical spinal cord injury.

    “In the future, this treatment may be used for peripheral nerve injury or other conditions which affect the spinal cord, such as MS or ALS,” Fessler said.

    The trial is currently looking for patients, many of whom may be the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Talk to Your Cleveland Spinal Injury Lawyer about the Benefits of Stem Cell Research

    Posted on November 20th, 2014 admin No comments

    Victims of spinal injury can take heart. Stem cell research may offer much needed treatments and relief. But they’ll need to be patient, as progress in this field has been slow. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research pulled its funding from stem cell research two years ago on the grounds that it preferred to invest in research that could provide more immediate help. Still, researchers have been slowly learning how to implement stem cells in progress that has been pragmatic, if not singularly transformational. It’s enough for Cleveland spinal injury lawyers to tell their clients there is hope, but in the meantime they’ll have to learn to live with their condition and make the best of it.

    At least 4,500 clinical trials involving stem cells are working to develop treatments for heart disease, blindness, Parkinson’s, H.I.V., diabetes, blood cancers and spinal cord injuries, according to the New York Times. Early studies indicate stem cells can be delivered safely, but the real question remains on how much progress they can make when it comes to treatment.

    “Now what we want to know is: Will it work, and will it be better than what’s already out there?” Dr. Ellen Feigal, senior vice president of research and development at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, told the New York Times.

    The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine is the state stem cell agency which has awarded more than $2 billion towards stem cell research since 2006. It has enrolled patients in at least 10 clinical trials this year alone.

    Hope is on the horizon, but the journey is long. In the meantime, victims of spinal injuries are best left working with their Cleveland spinal injury lawyer to protect their rights, ensure a financial future and learn to best live with their condition. Life goes on, and healing progresses with time.

  • From the Desk of a Cleveland Spinal Injury Lawyer: The Costs of Living with Spinal Injury

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 admin No comments

    The costs of living with a spinal injury are enormous, and often depend on the severity of the injury. According to statistics from the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with high tetraplegia spinal injuries, which have sustained damage to several of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord, can expect to pay as much as $1 million in recovery during their first year alone, plus annual expenses averaging approximately $175,000. Those with low tetraplegia can expect about $750,000 in medical costs that first year, and an average of about $109,000 annually thereafter.

    Clearly, a victim of spinal injury should talk to a spinal injury lawyer Cleveland in winning just compensation. Financial security will be central to their own lifestyle independence and learning to live in their new situations.

    A victim of spinal injury can expect to spend at least 12 days of hospitalization following the injury. This is generally followed by about 37 days of more intense rehabilitation, though likely rehab will be a central feature and challenge of recovery for the remainder of their lives.

    On average, a person with high tetraplegia spinal injuries faces $4.5 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $2.5 million in lifetime care costs at age 50. Those with low tetraplegia face $3.3 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $2million in costs at age 50. Those suffering from parapelegia face $2.2 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $1.5 million at age 50.

    Living with a spinal injury comes with a high cost. Recovery is part of the healing process, but financial realities must still be faced. Contact The Linton Law Firm for a free consultation with a Cleveland spinal injury lawyer to discuss your options.

  • Information from a Cleveland Spinal Injury Lawyer: The Long Term Repercussions of Injury

    Posted on February 11th, 2014 admin No comments

    More than 40 million people suffer from spinal injury every year, and many of these people will suffer lifelong devastating consequences. Considering the many ways your life will be impacted is important when consulting with a Cleveland spinal injury lawyer, especially when it comes to determining the level of care that will be needed for the rest of your life. Let’s consider the various ways a spinal injury will permanently affect your life.

    Life Expectancy

    Mortality rates are typically highest in the first year after the injury, and most people can expect to see their lives shortened by 10 percent, on average. Respiratory complications are the most common death risks for spinal injuries, second only to cardiovascular events. Suicide is also a concern. Mental health services are essential when it comes to recovering and living with a spinal injury.

    Cardiovascular Problems

    Severe spinal cord injuries may result in autonomic dysreflexia, which manifests in the loss of coordinated autonomic responses to demands on heart rate and vascular tone. About 20 to 70 percent of patients with spinal injuries above T6 suffer from this phenomenon.

    Heart Disease

    Low levels of high-density lipoproteins and elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol are common in people suffering from spinal injury. It commonly results from increased weight and inactivity. Exercise can help lessen this risk. Hand cycling, swimming, and electrical stimulation of muscles can be effective therapy.

    Urinary Problems

    Spinal injuries can result in bladder dysfunction, which is further complicated by infections. Urologic evaluation with regular checkups is essential for patients of spinal cord injury.

    Discuss other possible health challenges with a doctor and your spinal injury legal team. Determining the amount of lifelong care that will be necessary is essential when it comes to deciding the amount of compensation to seek.