Thursday, August 21st 2014

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Un Moving Four Ward

August 11, 2014 - Paralyzed since ’89, Bob Bell still seeks challenges

Adventurer Bob Bell won’t let paralysis keep him from living his life. Bob Bell is a funny, smart, inquisitive, witty guy. The kind of fellow that any guy would love to add to his real world friends list. “So what’s the deal with the Hebrew tattoo on your arm?” he’s asked. “It’s actually ‘Thy will… Continue Reading »

Kessler Foundation News

August 11, 2014 - Kessler Foundation Expands Robotic Research in Spinal Cord Injury

West Orange, NJ. August 11, 2014. Kessler Foundation has expanded its research in exoskeletal-assisted standing and walking with the addition of ReWalk, the robotic exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics. The Foundation has been conducting exoskeletal research since October 2011, according to Gail Forrest, PT, PhD, assistant director of Human Performance & Engineering Research. “The consequences of… Continue Reading »

Mike Hudson

August 9, 2014 - Quadriplegic working to get people with disabilities outdoors

The word “can’t” is not in quadriplegic Mike Hudson’s vocabulary. He’s on a mission to motivate the disabled to be more active outdoors and to travel, as well as educate others about ways to make that happen. Hudson, 42, of Greenwood, recently founded R.O.A.R. — Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation — a nonprofit organization that… Continue Reading »


August 7, 2014 - Scientists Inch Closer Toward Using Stem Cells for Spinal Injuries

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward using stem cells to treat paralysis, scientists were able to use cells from an elderly man’s skin to regrow nerve connections in rats with damaged spinal cords. Reporting in the Aug. 7 online issue of Neuron, researchers say the human stem cells triggered the… Continue Reading »

The presence of p45 (green staining) and p75 (red staining) indicates that motor neurons increase both p45 and p75 expression after sciatic nerve injury in an animal. Credit: Salk Institute for Biological Studies

August 5, 2014 - Scientists uncover new clues to repairing injured spinal cord

Frogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can’t. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is—while many animals have this ability, humans don’t. But new research from the Salk Institute suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow and effectively rewire circuits. Such a feat… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms, Modern Research and Rehabitation

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms, Modern Research and Rehabitation

This patient education program will hep you understand how spinal cord injuries are caused and their treatment options. This program will also give you some tips on how to prevent spinal cord injuries.

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Mark Manion is a quadriplegic with a compelling story. Forty years ago this week he became a quadriplegic when he and his cousin were hit by a drunk driver as they began a cycling trip across the country.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

how neurons control fine motor behavior

How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies. Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Dr. Charles Tator

August 8, 2014 - Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools and lakes

“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.” “I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How… Continue Reading »

Zina Hermez

July 12, 2014 - Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

What started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from… Continue Reading »


June 24, 2014 - Enough Of The Doom And Gloom

It is usually pretty hard to remain upbeat when dealing with a new spinal cord injury or other type of paralyzing disability, but I think a change is overdue. The first days and weeks following an injury, or post-diagnosis for some “crippling” disease, are usually filled with a constant series of frank discussions warning patients… 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.