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Dip-Stick Testing for Urinary Tract Infections

Published: November 8, 2001 | Category: Information

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common problem for persons with spinal cord injury. Signs and symptoms of UTI may include cloudy urine, increased Spasticity, fever, chills, and urinary frequency and Incontinence.

Sometimes the signs and symptoms are subtle, and your doctor may order a urinalysis, which usually includes dip-stick testing, a method to detect the presence of nitrites and/or leukocyte esterase. Nitrate is normally present in the urine and is changed into nitrite in the presence of certain bacteria, usually those belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae family. Leukocycte esterase is an enzyme that indicates the presence of white blood cells in the urine. Continue Reading »

Tube ‘could repair’ spinal injuries

Published: August 11, 2001 | Category: Information

_1513760_rat_in_jar300Doctors trying to find a way to repair devastating spinal injuries have used a plastic tube implant to restore some movement in rats.

However, experts say this is simply a step forward in the search for a “cure” which may be some years away.

The simple, tiny tube may act as a “bridge” which allows regrowing nerve cells to stretch across the gap left by an injury, and hopefully make connections on the other side. Continue Reading »

Christopher Reeve for Embryonic Stem Cells

Published: July 27, 2001 | Category: News

July 28, 2001: Christopher Reeve, Mary Tyler Moore, and others favoring research involving embryonic stem cells, continue to pressure President Bush, who is said to be agonizing over the stem-cell decision, one of the most important of his presidency.

On CNN’s Late Edition, Reeve argued against focusing only on adult stem cells, saying this would be a “big mistake because you could spend the next five years on adult stem cells and find out they are not capable of doing what we already know embryonic stem cells are capable of doing now.” Continue Reading »

Police Officer Hospitalized After Crash

Published: June 28, 2001 | Category: News

Spinal Injury Could Cause Paralysis

(LOUISVILLE, June 29th, 2001, 3:30 p.m.) — A Louisville police officer was seriously injured this morning in a single car wreck in the city’s south end.

Officer Kelly Fentress reportedly was traveling northbound on Southern Parkway and possibly swerved to avoid another vehicle when his car left the road and smashed into a tree at Southern Parkway near Kingston Drive. The tree was knocked completely out of the ground by the impact, and crews had to cut Fentress from the wreckage. Continue Reading »