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Rob Camm enters the mud with his teamates as he becomes the first quadriplegic to take part in a Tough Mudder   Photo: PA

August 23, 2015 - Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

Tough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Stem cells are the building blocks

August 23, 2015 - Stemcells, building blocks of our bodies

The words “stem cell research and therapy” evoke a number of responses. In emotionally vulnerable patients, a sense of hope.

In scientists, a great deal of excitement about future prospects. In the case of legal experts and ethicists, a need to ensure that patient safety and a spirit of distributive justice are maintained. And in the minds of entrepreneurs, an opportunity to develop a profitable business.

Stem cells are the building blocks of our bodies.

Jesi Stracham with her dog

August 21, 2015 - A shattering crash, an online chronicle, and an unexpected twist

In the age of social media, patients who test experimental treatments wield surprising clout.

The tweets and the selfies, the uploaded video clips, felt like a natural way for Jesi Stracham to record her halting progress as she fought to recover from a motorcycle accident that had left her paralyzed from the chest down.

She had no idea, as she tapped away at her iPhone from her hospital bed, what her bubbly posts would unleash.

Heidi McKenzie Alter Ur Ego jeans

August 19, 2015 - Paralyzed designer creates jeans for women in wheelchairs

Most pieces of clothing are not designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego is not one of them.

Heidi McKenzie, a T4 paraplegic woman paralyzed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21, has designed a collection of jeans dubbed Alter Ur Ego for people who use wheelchairs.

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August 13, 2015 - Regenerating nerve tissue in spinal cord injuries

Rush begins participation in novel study using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are exploring a new therapy using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within the first 14 to 30 days of injury. Rush is only the second center in the country currently studying this new approach.

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

A look inside Carissa Louise’s life after attaining a C6/C7 complete spinal cord injury

A look inside Carissa Louise’s life after attaining a C6/C7 complete spinal cord injury

Carissa Louise from Alberta Canada shows YouTube viewers that even though she’s living life as a quadriplegic, she is still living life. Carissa loves everything beauty and wants to share that with you! Carissa shares her personal experiences in interesting vlog style videos!

Disabled veterans refuse to let their injuries slow them down

Disabled veterans refuse to let their injuries slow them down

JUPITER, Fla. – If you told Army veteran Donald Thomas he would end up speeding down a mountain one day, he’d tell you that you we’re crazy.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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 »

Woman using a wheelchair exploring an historic outdoor museum

Woman with Disabilities: How Accessible is the Road to Motherhood?

There are 27 million women with disabilities in the United States according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these women will have babies independently and the old fashioned way, via cesarean or natural birth.  The number of woman on social media who are pregnant on wheels is like a positive epidemic. These… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Always-Climb-Higher

August 16, 2015 - Always Climb Higher by Jeff Pagels

Story of the comeback from a devastating spinal cord injury in 1984 to Jeff Pagels and how he came back to be the fastest USA Nordic Disabled Skier in the world and then abandoned competition against others to just compete with himself by climbing mountains and other extreme outdoor pursuits.

Alex Taylor in a leather jacket

August 5, 2015 - Alex Taylor – My battle to be stylish as a disabled man

Life in a wheelchair comes with a unique set of daily challenges – like the difficulty of embracing fashion, writes Alex Taylor My understanding of the complexities around disability and style began at an early age. Six-years old, to be exact. A lady politely came up and asked my mother where she could buy red… Continue Reading »

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July 16, 2015 - The Race To Treat Spinal Cord Injury: A Comparative Analysis

Summary Four biotech companies are pursuing the treatment of spinal cord injury with the use of stem cell transplantation. Each company demonstrated efficacy in pre-clinical studies. The race is in the early stages but InVivo Therapeutics is clearly leading the pack based on its strategic approach to accelerated HDE approval and initial trial results.

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.