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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

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July 19, 2016 - Wheels Up: A Quadriplegic Pilot’s Inspirational Journey

GASTONIA, NC — A 28-year-old North Carolina pharmacist is pushing physical limitations, conquering stereotypes, soaring to new heights and defying gravity.

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July 18, 2016 - Northern Irish Gymnast Flies In To Walk Again

TRAVELLING over 4,000 miles from her home town in Northern Ireland to Project Walk in Longwood, Orlando, bubbly Jennifer Smyth is on an epic journey, not to accumulate the rich life experiences of adventurous travel, but rather to regain her legs – the use of which she lost in a catastrophic gymnastic accident almost three… Continue Reading »

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July 16, 2016 - Repeated muscle stimulation can restore movement post paralysis

A new patient study has paved the way for a new opportunity to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord damage. Dr Anastasia Shulga led the Helsinki University Hospital study in which two patients with spinal cord injuries received a form of treatment that combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation given repeatedly for nearly… Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Surfer Barney Miller Rides Waves to Recovery

July 13, 2016 - Quadriplegic Surfer Barney Miller Rides Waves to Recovery

New film ‘You and Me’ documents Barney’s journey from wheelchair to surfboard and his friendship with Mick Fanning

Mogus says she wants to experiment further, such as trying to make her tongue-controlled mouse wireless. (Emma Mogus/Youtube)

July 13, 2016 - Tongue-controlled computer mouse earns Ontario teen a science prize

Device is like having a ‘mouse inside your mouth,’ says Emma Mogus An Ontario teen has won a $2,000 science prize for creating and building a computer mouse that is controlled by the tongue. Emma Mogus, 17, from Oakville, built the TiC, or Tongue-Interface-Communication. There are five buttons inside a mouthguard-type device, which is connected… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

A man’s friend wanted to be able to mow the yard after his legs have lost function from M.S. so he built him this.

Craig Hospital: Redefining Scuba Diving

Craig Hospital: Redefining Scuba Diving

Reflecting on my week long dive trip to Cozumel Mexico, the one thing that sticks out most in my head is the beauty of breathing underwater out of my wheelchair away from the throngs of living a life as a quadriplegic.

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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How is Spirituality Linked to Quality of Life in People with Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, often due to an accident or other trauma. SCI typically causes a loss of movement and feeling below the damaged part of the spinal cord, often leading to paralysis and other changes in functioning. People with SCI may be more likely to develop… Continue Reading »

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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.

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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July 17, 2016 - Things you might not know about Autonomic Dysreflexia

The body is a series of checks and balances. This is true of muscles that push and countering muscles that pull. It is also true of the nervous system that operates in a balancing type of process. Individuals with higher level spinal cord injury can develop a complication called Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD). This is a… Continue Reading »

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

July 7, 2016 - Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

A man’s friend wanted to be able to mow the yard after his legs have lost function from M.S. so he built him this.

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 »

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.