Monthly Archives: December 2005

A day at the 11th Circuit

Yesterday I had an oral argument in the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. We had won summary judgment on a disability insurance case for a former dentist / real estate developer a year ago. My client was disabled due to a constellation of ailments all related to autoimmune disease and liver failure. The … Continue Reading

Tractor trailer rear-ends slower moving bus in Ohio

Montpelier, Ohio, 12/8/05
A tractor trailer loaded with plywood collided with the rear of a slower moving older private bus on the Ohio Turnpike Tuesday night. Two of the fifteen passengers on the bus suffered head injuries.
According to the Toledo Blade, a line of commercial vehicles, traveling at 65 mph, moved to the left lane to … Continue Reading

Olfactory stem cells may be used for spinal cord repair

LONDON, England, 12/1/05
British surgeons hope a new procedure using stem cells from the lining of the nose will help mend severed nerves of paralyzed patients and may one day allow them to walk again. Neuroscientist Geoffrey Raisman discovered 20 years ago that the cells responsible for sense of smell are good at renewing themselves. When … Continue Reading

Jackson County woman indicted for vehicular homicide & DUI

Jefferson, GA, 12/2/05
According to a news report from Athens, a Jackson County woman was under the influence of a combination of drugs, including Oxycodone and Diazepam, at the time of a fatal April 1 wreck on U.S. Highway 441 just south of Commerce, according to a newly released indictment. Cindy Edwards Jackson, 37, was indicted … Continue Reading

Robotic Treadmill Training Helps Retrain Brain to Walk After SCI

Dallas, TX, 11/30/05.
People who have suffered partial paralysis from spinal-cord injury show increased activity in the part of the brain responsible for muscle movement and motor learning after 12 weeks of training on a robotic treadmill, according to a report recently published by UT Southwestern Medical Center physical therapists led by Dr. Patricia Winchester.
Their study, … Continue Reading

Quadriplegic uses thoughts to control computer & prosthetic hand

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.–Dec. 2, 2005
Remember “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” TV shows in the 1970′s? Those science fiction concepts are just a little closer to reality today.
On a Today Show feature titled “Mind-moving Machines to Help the Disabled.” Katie Couric presented the story of Matthew Nagle, the first participant in Cyberkinetics‘ ongoing … Continue Reading

Reservations about soft drink class action suit

A coalition of lawyers who have sued tobacco companies says it is close to filing a class-action lawsuit against soft-drink makers for selling sugared sodas in schools.
Leading the litigation effort is Richard A. Daynard, an associate dean at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, who is also president of the Tobacco Control Resource … Continue Reading

Hypertonic resuscitation may help victims of blunt trauma brain injury

Hypertonic resuscitation — a concentrated intravenous (IV) dose of saline and dextran, a sugar solution — has the potential to help survivors of blunt trauma by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury.
Trauma care begins in … Continue Reading

Court orders stronger training standards for commercial truck drivers

Washington, 12/2/05.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations governing minimum standards for entry-level truck driver training are inadequate based on the record developed during the rulemaking process, a federal appeals court ruled today.
The minimum requirements adopted last May by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration involve only classroom education and in only four areas: medical … Continue Reading

Research on embryonic stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury

Researchers at Geron Corporationof Menlo Park, California, want to begin the first testing embryonic stem cell therapy in humans with damaged spinal cords. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its OK and the injections help, it could bring hope to many of the more than 250,000 people in this country with spinal … Continue Reading