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February 21, 2017 - Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis

In a Stanford-led research report, three participants with movement impairment controlled an onscreen cursor simply by imagining their own hand movements. A clinical research publication led by Stanford University investigators has demonstrated that a brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported… Continue Reading »

February 15, 2017 - Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

Newly developed “glassy carbon” electrodes transmit more robust signals to restore motion in people with damaged spinal cords. When people suffer spinal cord injuries and lose mobility in their limbs, it’s a neural signal processing problem. The brain can still send clear electrical impulses and the limbs can still receive them, but the signal gets… Continue Reading »

February 10, 2017 - New Mobile App Promotes Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Shepherd Center, in collaboration with MobileSmith, has developed a mobile app called SCI-Ex to promote fitness for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, provides video demonstrations with detailed descriptions of proper equipment use, accurate transfer methods and adaptive exercise techniques. “There is some information… Continue Reading »

February 10, 2017 - UCLA researcher tackles paralysis with electrical stimulation devices

A UCLA professor is helping paralyzed individuals regain use of their limbs through electric stimulation of the spinal cord. In 2015, Reggie Edgerton, the director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at UCLA, developed a robotic exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man walk. Though the man is still paralyzed and cannot control the exoskeleton’s movement, Edgerton’s… Continue Reading »

February 7, 2017 - Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected. After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him. Now… Continue Reading »

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Todd Stabelfeldt and Karen Stabelfeldt

Assistive Technology: A Love Story

Tecla user’s love story comes true with the help of assistive technology TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – In a world where most communication now occurs via text instead of in person, one out of five cell phone owners report feeling closer to their spouse or partner because of exchanges they’ve had via text message and… Continue Reading »

InfiniteInclusion Flashmob by Infinite Flow – A Wheelchair Dance Company

Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, performed a massive flash mob at 4:30pm on Sunday November 13, 2016 at the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Spinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field? There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is… Continue Reading »

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What are stem cells and how will they be used to treat the world’s most debilitating diseases?

Stem cell research is often controversial but it has also led to incredible medical progress in recent years. Stem cell research is at defining moment. Although it can be controversial and does raise a lot of important ethical issues, this area of medical science has been characterised by a number of important advances, ever since… Continue Reading »

paralyzed primates walk

If other paralyzed primates walk, will humans?

In the annals of breathtaking scientific advances, it’s hard to top this recent news headline: “Paralyzed Monkeys Can Walk Again With Wireless Brain-Spine Connection.” This is legit? Yes. How so? Scientists implant a chip in a monkey’s brain that sends wireless signals through a computer to electrodes in the lower back. The system stimulates a… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

February 16, 2017 - Spinal Cord Injury Patients Face Many Serious Health Problems Besides Paralysis

MAYWOOD, IL –  Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published… Continue Reading »

February 3, 2017 - Male Fertility After a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Fertility Management – The Men’s Clinic at UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Fertility A spinal cord injury is a devastating event in a man’s life. Many spinal cord injured men are told that they are infertile because of their injury. This is usually not true. Men are often unable to ejaculate after spinal… Continue Reading »

February 1, 2017 - GlassOuse: the world’s first assistive mouse

GlassOuse is a device developed for people with disabilities to control technology HANDS FREE. GlassOuse involves complex features such as 9 Axis gyroscope and smart battery. To use: simply connect via Bluetooth to device, control cursor via head movements and bite to make a click.

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.