Spinal cord injuries are on the rise, US researchers say

Car accidents are responsible for one in three spinal injuries in the USA and all Spinal injuries are on the rise in America according to a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Researchers studied the records of 43,137 adults treated for spinal chord injuries in the US between 2007 and 2009. They saw an increase in the number of injuries, particularly among older people and noted that one third of injuries were caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Michelin chefs to cook for Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation

The top five chefs in the county will be joining forces for a spectacular charity event next month.

The event will take place at Chapter one Restaurant in Locksbottom Kent on March 17th 2014


All the proceeds from the seven-course event will be benefitting the charity which is particularly close to McLeish, the chef patron at Chapter One.

Daniel Nicholls, who the foundation is named after, was a weekend runner at Chapter One, in Orpington, before he was paralysed from the arms down after breaking his neck.

It happened in 2003 when he dived into a wave on Bondi beach in Australia and hit his head on an unseen sandbank beneath the water. His father David Nicholls also worked with McLeish earlier in his career.

“The charity is quite close to our hearts really,” said McLeish. “We all hear stories like this but I know the guy. It really brings it home. It was such a huge shock.”

Tickets for the event are £120pp, which  includes  wine paired with each course. To book contact Cheryl Almond via email cheryl@chaptersrestaurants.com, or by calling the restaurant on 01689 854 848.

Stem cell study in North Amercia

A stem cell study has started in the University of Calgary, North America, with a stem cell transplant being successfully performed on a spinal cord injury patient. Neural stem cells were injected into a 29 year old patient who will be monitored to find out if implanting these cells is safe.

If the procedure is found safe it may later be studied to see if it could be used to regenerate spinal nerve tissue, offering the possibility of some degree of recovery.

To read more and see a TV interview with Dr. Michael Fehlings, head of the spinal program at Toronto Western Hospital, and the University of Calgary’s Dr. Steven Casha, who performed the procedure.