Christopher Reeve's Neurologist Gives New Hope to Spinal Cord Injury Patients at Medcan Clinic Symposium



    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - At a Medcan Clinic client education event, award
winning Neurologist Dr. John McDonald revealed his novel spinal cord repair
therapies dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients who have
suffered a spinal cord injury. These therapies have even been successful in
reversing some of the muscle and nerve aging processes in those patients.
    Dr. McDonald, well-known in the medical community for his ties to the
neurological gains made by the late Christopher Reeve, is head of the
International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
in Baltimore, an independent affiliate of Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine.
    "Our clinical approach emphasizes an innovative technique known as
Advanced Restoration Therapy. Functional electrical stimulation is used to
prompt movement that would otherwise be impossible - such as signaling the leg
muscles to contract and pedal a stationary bike. By mimicking normal patterns
of nerve activity below a patient's level of injury, we are able to help
patients' bodies 'remember' how to move, leading to significant functional
gains as well as improved physical health and well-being by preventing
complications such as skin breakdown, muscle atrophy, and infections," said
McDonald to 300 Medcan Clinic clients and physicians.
    Patrick Rummerfield, considered one of McDonald's most successful
patients, shared his experience with the therapy and how it changed his life.
Paralyzed by a car accident more than 15 years ago, Rummerfield has had a
remarkable recovery, including completing the rigorous Ironman triathlon, and
today is an advocate of McDonald. For more information on Rummerfield's
exceptional journey, visit http://www.spinalcordrecovery.org/rummerfield.jsp.
    Dr. McDonald has found that his technique is also effective in optimizing
the body's ability for self-repair to reverse aging and prevent the onset of
diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, in patients with different types
of paralysis.
    "Through our collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, we
are pleased to provide our clients with educational opportunities like this
one. Our hope is that clients leave today knowing that there are a range of
treatments and therapies for spinal cord injury and that specialists like Dr.
John McDonald, who are at the forefront of research in this area, are
available to them," said Dr. Aw, Medical Director at the Medcan Clinic.
    The Medcan Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JH
International) have entered into a collaboration to bring awareness of Johns
Hopkins' expertise and best practices in healthcare to the Canadian
population. In addition to educational events for Medcan clients, these
services include the use of video conferencing, integrated case management and
a seamless referral system to provide Medcan clients with world class care.
The collaboration also involves medical education, clinical observerships and
medical research focused specifically on preventive health. The Johns Hopkins
Hospital has been ranked No.1 in the United States for seventeen consecutive
years, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.
    For more information about JH International, visit www.jhintl.net. For
more information about Dr. McDonald, visit
http://www.kennedykrieger.org/kki_staff.jsp?pid=3843.

    About the Medcan Clinic:

    The Medcan Clinic is a leading preventive healthcare clinic focused on
identifying health risks before signs and symptoms occur. Medcan offers
individuals, families and corporate executives the most thorough head-to-toe
medical assessment on the market, performed by a top-quality clinical team in
a single four hour visit. Medcan also provides an array of in-house health and
wellness services, such as diagnostic imaging, genetics, optometry, fitness
and nutritional counseling, to customize clients' medical care and optimize
healthy outcomes. Clients benefit from Medcan's in-house specialists and
extensive referral network. For more information, visit www.medcan.com




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Bronwen Evans, Vice-President,
Corporate Affairs, The Medcan Clinic, (416) 350-8374, (416) 807-4796 (cell),
bronwenevans@medcan.com; Scott Holcomb, Director, Marketing, Education and
Outreach, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, (410) 735-6581,
sholcom1@jhmi.edu

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