November 9, 2010 |
Why does lung cancer sometimes take the lives of people who have never smoked? People like Dana Reeve, the wife of late actor Christopher Reeve and actress who died of the disease in 2006 at age 44? One possible explanation is that lung cancer in smokers may constitute a different disease than that found in nonsmokers. In research presented Tuesday, scientists found that the DNA alterations found in the genetic code of tumors in smokers differed from that found in people who never smoked and developed lung cancer.
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March 8, 2006 |
Away from the spotlight that their celebrity brought to the cause of spinal research, Dana and Christopher Reeve took a less-glamorous path through the corridors of power. "We spend our lives going through kitchens and riding on freight elevators," Dana Reeve once recalled of the near decade that she and her paralyzed actor husband spent tirelessly lobbying for stem cell research, a potential treatment for paralysis.
December 8, 1999 |
Only days after the accident, the letters started pouring in, thousands of letters, some addressed simply, "Superman, USA." Within three weeks, 35,000 pieces of mail for Christopher Reeve had been received at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where the actor was taken after suffering a broken neck in a fall while jumping his horse on May 27, 1995. It was, said his wife, Dana, a "really quite stunning" show of support.
March 10, 2006 |
Amid the understandable torrent of praise for her devotion, let us now praise Dana Reeve for her talent. Start with the singing. I first encountered Dana in 1987 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she was a member of the Cabaret, which put on musical revues. Then in her mid-20s, she gave a rendition of Bob Merrill and Jule Styne's "The Music That Makes Me Dance" that brought down the house (and won the heart of Christopher Reeve, a WTF regular).
May 20, 2011 |
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car in 2006 has regained the ability to stand, take steps on a treadmill and move his hips, knees, ankles and toes voluntarily as a result of an experimental treatment developed at UCLA and the University of Louisville. Rob Summers has also regained some bladder and sexual function after intensive rehabilitation and two years of electrical stimulation to his damaged spinal cord with a device normally used for pain relief, researchers reported Thursday.
March 25, 2007 |
On a bright afternoon after a lot of rain, Calla Tartikoff is beginning a physical therapy session at a small gym on Melrose Avenue. Two women--both intensely focused on Calla--lean over her on a Pilates bed, one making sure her hips are in the right place, the other pushing her feet. Calla's shadow, Brigitte Poirier, is sitting nearby on a big exercise ball, bouncing slightly. Calla is having trouble paying attention.