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At Kennedy Krieger Institute, Grace Meek, 17, far left, and Morgan Dunnigan, 16, far right, play a game with their occupational therapists, Brooke Meyer, second from left (for Meek), and Meredith Budai, second from right (for Dunnigan). (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

June 15, 2016 - Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

A rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek. Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted. So… Continue Reading »

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June 13, 2016 - The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Fitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re out of luck. Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature announced Monday. Instead of standing breaks, people in wheelchairs will be… Continue Reading »

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June 13, 2016 - World’s First Child-Sized Exoskeleton Aims To Improve Quality Of Life Of Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

A research team in Spain has developed the world’s first exoskeleton prototype to help disabled children learn how to walk and sustain mobility.

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June 8, 2016 - Quadriplegic teacher returns to classroom after surfing accident

THIELLS, NY (News 12 Hudson Valley) – A history teacher in New York has returned to the classroom after a surfing accident left him a quadriplegic.

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June 7, 2016 - Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community. Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Dr. Arthur Jenkins giving TED-style: spinal cord injury and proposed changes

Dr. Arthur Jenkins giving TED-style: spinal cord injury and proposed changes

Dr. Arthur L. Jenkins, III MD FACS giving a TED-style talk at the NY Symposium on Neurological Emergencies and Neurocritical Care.

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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.

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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

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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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.

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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

May 31, 2016 - Improving cell transplantation after spinal cord injury: When, where and how?

Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and unfortunately having a relatively high prevalence (250,000 patients in the USA; 80% of cases are male). One currently explored approach to restoring function after spinal cord injury is the transplantation of olfactory… Continue Reading »

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 »

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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 »

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

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

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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.