With the start of a new football season, the NFL recently announced that it is donating $30 million to the Bethesda-based Foundation for Nation Institutes of Health to study the effects of traumatic brain injuries and other medical issues associated with head injury. Although the NFL has taken measures to cut down the high rate of players suffering from concussions, the Washington Post reports that this is merely a start to addressing the invisible epidemic of football players’ brain injuries.
The NFL’s partnership with NIH has been discussed for six months, but they have declared that the first focus for the research will be on mild traumatic brain injuries.
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On September 13, Neuralstem Inc. in Rockville, Maryland announced astounding findings that concluded research revolving around neural stem cell transplants. Transplantation occurred via injection after scientists initially surgically transected the spinal cords of laboratory rats, causing permanent paraplegia, according to a report by the Herald Online. To the delight of the researchers, the cells multiplied, transformed into neurons and produced axons. The growth expanded well beyond the boundaries of the injuries by extending from the cervical region of the spine down to the lumbar area. The new neurons also connected with existing spinal cells forming new connections.
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Amidst staggering amounts of spinal cord injury reports – now numbering in the range of 1.25 million – from the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was compelled to act.
According to a recent report by New Jersey's The Record, Governor Christie was commended by Riverdale nonprofit Push to Walk for declaring September as Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month across New Jersey. After laboring and lobbying for a year and a half, Push to Walk President Cynthia Templeton was very pleased with the Governor's decision.
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