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Emma Mogus, 17, shows how a tongue-controlled computer mouse might fit in a paralyzed patient’s mouth.

May 23, 2016 - Control a computer with your tongue

New device would let severely paralyzed people surf the Web PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer,… Continue Reading »

James Mason after the accident

May 22, 2016 - Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

An experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement. And for one patient, it is promising. On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen. “There was nothing we could have done to change… Continue Reading »

Minister John Day meets quadriplegic Craig Parsons

May 17, 2016 - Cooling improves quality of life for spinal cord injury patients

A study looking at reducing the severity of spinal injuries by reducing a patient’s body temperature immediately after an accident is entering a new phase amid hopes clinical trials will begin in WA next year. Researchers believe the technique may ultimately make the difference between someone ending up having to use a wheelchair and being… Continue Reading »

Travis Roy 20 Years Later

May 10, 2016 - Travis Roy to Receive Honorary Degree

Former Terrier hockey player now major supporter of spinal cord research In the video above, Travis Roy reflects on his life 20 years after a paralyzing injury and talks about what he sees for his future. Photo by Jackie Riccardi

Jarrett Martin paralysed skydiver

May 6, 2016 - Paralysis couldn’t stop US skydiver from keeping his Wings for Life

DUBAI // Taking a painful incident and turning it into something positive is how paralysed US skydiver Jarrett Martin has responded in helping to raise funds for research on spinal cord injuries. The 25-year-old Dubai resident will be taking part in the Wings for Life World Run, a global charity race that takes place on… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos


Watch a Driver With Quadriplegia Hit 152 MPH at the Indianapolis 500

The technology has “promising humanitarian applications off the track.” Sam Schmidt wasn’t one of the official drivers at yesterday’s 100th Indianapolis 500, but his speed record is still notable.

Donna Lowich Quadriplegic Grandma

Paralyzed grandma given gift of play with her family

Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC

John the Barber

John the Barber: beats odds to cut hair again, even from a wheelchair

Getting shot six times and becoming paralyzed from the chest-down didn’t stop John “So Icey John” Sharp from becoming one of the best barbers in town. “I got shot up being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sharp, 28, says, adding he wont let the circumstances prevent him from continuing his life. Today,… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers


Q&A: The Lesser-known Maladies of Spinal Cord Injuries

Last month, David Sharp and his fellow colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., received a $1.2 million grant from New York State to advance their promising technology for treating paralysis and other effects of spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Sharp recently spoke with Laboratory Equipment’s Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor about what the funding means to him and how he intends to use it to further his promising research.

Stem cell therapy

Will ‘factories’ churn out billions of stem cells?

When using this form of gene editing, Cedars-Sinai scientists can more efficiently insert reporter genes that glow when a stem cell turns into a specific cell of the body. 5 billion cells of the heart. The team foresees their findings being implemented in the regrowth of cells lost during heart attack. And this might tremendously… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

May 6, 2016 - Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: A Status Report

New Hope for Paralyzed Patients? If you have a spinal cord injury, recent reports on stem cell therapy look like a dream come true. Like wire spliced into a severed cable, stem cells could restore communication between your body and your brain. After endless numbness, you might once again feel the grass between your toes… Continue Reading »


April 20, 2016 - Help shape the future of SCI treatment

The path to recovery from spinal cord injury (SCI) is full of challenges. If you’re interested in taking part in research to evaluate investigational therapies for SCI, you may be interested in a clinical research study called Pathway that is evaluating the potential of neural stem cells to treat cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI). What… Continue Reading »


April 14, 2016 - The Use of Cell Transplantation in Spinal Cord Injuries

Overview The spinal cord is often called as a delicate tissue, which is secured inside very hard vertebrae of spinal column. The spinal cord and brain is seen forming the central nervous system of our body. The spinal cord is basically made up of millions of nerve cells, which carry a number of signals to… 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.