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Could a new peptide treatment help treat spinal cord injury and more?

Big news today in the area of spinal cord injury. A group of Case Western Reserve scientists have recently been working with a new peptide treatment that has garnished new hopes in treating spinal cord injury.

The peptide is called intercellular sigma peptide (ISP), and in initial animal testing, this peptide has shown to reactivate paralyzed muscle fibers with more than a 80% success rate. Nearly all the animals involved in the testing, regained at least one lost ability related to the injury.

The peptide appears to work by allowing nerve fibers to overcome the scarring from the injury that blocks their regrowth. While more testing is still needed, this surely exhibits the advancements that could soon be on the horizon. Not only for spinal cord injury, but any disease or injury resulting in limitations due to scarring. Such potential treatments include, heart attack patients and those fighting MS.

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Supporters Raise $50K for Wheelchair Accessible Van for Woman in South Bend

A recent social media campaign that began some time ago has finally paid off, as hundreds rally behind Heather Smith, a South Bend woman with multiple sclerosis.

With the assistance of social media campaigns like #HeatherNeedsAVan, supporters have successfully raised more than $50,000 for a wheelchair accessible van. Something Heather was unable to afford on her own as a single mother with MS.

Before, Heather had to rely on her friends and family to help with loading and unloading her scooter, a task not easy by any means, and on May 20, 2014 it became a thing of the past, as she regained her independence.

Smith’s family said, this had been an overwhelming and emotional experience; the outpouring of support received from friends and strangers alike has been nothing short of a miracle.

As the amount climbed, Smith just couldn’t believe her dream was about to become a reality. In fact, it came a little sooner than she expected. Smith was actually about $5,000 short of the goal, but received a surprise from the owner of Superior Van & Mobility, Sam Cook, who came through at the end to cover the rest. Putting Heather into her mobility van much sooner than later.

Congratulations Heather on your new found independence!

Heather Smith of South Bend Receives Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Supporters-raise-50K-for-wheelchair-accessible-van-for-South-Bend-woman-260029271.html