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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

November 17, 2014 - Laboratory Breakthrough Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients to Breathe on Their Own Again

Case Western Reserve Researcher Presents Findings that Could Free Patients from Ventilators – Even Years after Injury Case Western Reserve researchers have developed a procedure that restores function to muscles involved in the control of breathing – even when they have been paralyzed for more than a year. The breakthrough offers hope that one day… Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Bride Is Going To Be A Mom

November 14, 2014 - Paralyzed Bride Is Going To Be A Mom With Help Of Surrogate

“The accident made me want kids even more.” -Rachelle Friedman Knightdale, NC — Rachelle Friedman loves to shop. The problem is she doesn’t know if she should buy baby clothes for a boy or a girl. “Who knows what it’s going to be? I don’t know what I’m leaning toward. There’s good in both. I’d… Continue Reading »

stopgap-community-ramp-project

November 14, 2014 - Colourful ramps help make businesses more accessible

A few Charlottetown businesses will soon be more accessible thanks to a new program that bridges a gap that kept some customers out in the past. Spinal Cord Injury P.E.I. is providing the brightly coloured ramps so businesses can become more accessible. The StopGap Community Ramp Project originated in Ontario, but the P.E.I. group brought… Continue Reading »

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

November 13, 2014 - Electrical Stimulation Could Improve Bladder Function in People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Promising results in rats address major health problem for paralyzed individuals Newswise — When individuals suffer a spinal cord injury, paralysis is only a part of the major impact on quality of life. Often they also lose bladder control, which frequently causes infections that can lead to kidney damage. To address this problem, scientists used… Continue Reading »

Joe Stone with fellow bikers

November 12, 2014 - Still Flying High

Quadriplegic athlete is featured speaker at fundraising event for DREAM Adaptive Joe Stone doesn’t recall much about the speed flying accident that sent him crashing at 50 miles an hour into the face of Missoula’s Mount Jumbo, putting him in a month-long coma, rendering him quadriplegic and nearly ending his life. But more impressive than… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Tresa Honaker

Paralyzed aerialist vows to one day walk and fly again

SACRAMENTO, CA – Tresa Honaker has adapted to life’s changes with an unwavering resolve and trust. “It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life,” Honaker said. Honaker, a lifelong dancer, discovered her love for aerial work in 2002. Hanging in the balance is where the Grass Valley woman felt most grounded. But then… Continue Reading »

A retreat for veterans

Veteran’s home becomes retreat for recovering soldiers

Wheelchairs line the edge of Gregory’s Pond in Chesterfield County; some of their occupants carry fishing poles, others take in the view or relish in their shared military history that brought them to this peaceful shore. Clusters of lily pads are scattered across the water on the mild summer day, and the setting sun is… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine researchers find that spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration Baltimore, Md., November 14, 2014–Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found… Continue Reading »

how neurons control fine motor behavior

How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Spina Bifida Association 2014

October 5, 2014 - Learn about Spina Bifida

October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected. One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida. As the mother of a fun, intelligent, loving… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

September 26, 2014 - Spinal Cord Lecture

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

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September 21, 2014 - Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia. Neurogenic Bladder A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

Spinal Cord Picture

SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.