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Nathan Copeland feels the touch on the robot hand as coming from his own hand

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October 13, 2016 - Quadriplegic man feels touch on robotic hand with brain implant

This could be the most touchy-feely robotic limb yet. For the first time, brain stimulation has made it possible for a paralysed person to experience the sensation of touch via a bionic hand. Robert Gaunt at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his team achieved this by implanting electrodes… Continue Reading »


October 11, 2016 - UT Southwestern Researchers Amplify Regeneration of Spinal Nerve Cells

Newswise — DALLAS – Oct. 11, 2016 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully boosted the regeneration of mature nerve cells in the spinal cords of adult mammals – an achievement that could one day translate into improved therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries. “This research lays the groundwork for regenerative medicine for spinal… Continue Reading »


October 11, 2016 - Archer’s Challenge Has Able-Bodied People Use Wheelchairs to Highlight Inaccessibility

This week, hundreds of able-bodied people in Austin, Texas, will spend the day in a wheelchair to raise awareness of the accessibility issues people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices face on a daily basis. The initiative, known as Archer’s Challenge, was started by 20-year-old Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy. Archer’s Challenge began in 2015,… Continue Reading »


October 10, 2016 - Public Health Officials Struggle To Identify Sepsis Before It Becomes Deadly

After Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a stomach virus going around New York… Continue Reading »


October 6, 2016 - User-Friendly Urinary Catheter Designed by Quadriplegic Gets FDA Clearance

Adapta Medical, Inc. to Expand Catheter Product Line COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Adapta Medical, Inc. has received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath® intermittent touchless urinary catheter. The sterile catheter system was designed by J. Glen House, MD, a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity. FDA clearance for the PerfIC… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos


UofL researchers’ discovery helping children with spinal cord injuries

Locomotor training is helping Emmalie, who was unable to walk after suffering a spinal cord injury, take steps, sit up on her own and improve her range of motion. Andrea Behrman, PhD, professor in the UofL Department of Neurosurgery, researches locomotor training in children at UofL. “It turns out the spinal cord is really really… Continue Reading »

Mason Ellis Explaining Tenodesis

Mason Ellis – Explaining Tenodesis

This is a video of Mason Ellis explaining Tenodesis (movement of the wrist to move fingers). Mason is a C5, C6, C7 Complete Quadriplegic (Paralysis of all four limbs) with little tricep function. Subscribe to Mason Ellis on YouTube and check out his other great videos.


Using VR and an exoskeletons to help paraplegics regain movement

After twelve months, eight patients and 2,052 sessions spread over 1,958 hours, Duke University is publishing some promising results from a study seeking to demonstrate the ability for brain-machine interfaces to help restore mobility in humans. The study, which appeared this week in Scientific Reports, looked at a group of paraplegic patients suffering from a… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers


Do acute SCI patients see better outcomes if undergoing surgery within 1st 4 hours?

Researches in Germany studied whether time of surgery impacted neurological outcomes for patients with acute spinal cord injury, according to Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. Specifically, they analyzed 51 spinal cord injury patients, aged an average of 43.4 years. The patients had acute spinal fractures from C2 to L3 or nonosseous lesions.

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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 »

Spinal Cord Injury Information


October 11, 2016 - How-To: Yoga Poses from Your Wheelchair

Adaptive Yoga Yoga – is this evoking images of a human pretzel? The good news is that you don’t have tie yourself in a knot to reap the benefits of yoga. Whether you are in a wheelchair or power chair, yoga is an adaptable activity for people of all abilities. Benefits of Practicing Yoga Increased… Continue Reading »


September 26, 2016 - Gesture-controlled Internet of Things (IoT) extends freedom for the disabled

Quadriplegics can do more on their own with the Sesame Enable app that uses head gestures to control Internet of Things (IoT) devices Christopher Reeve is famous as Superman in movies. As the man of steel with amazing superpowers, he was unbeatable. In real life, though, a bad fall from his horse left Reeve a… Continue Reading »

The Devils vs Oakland Bittners in 1947

August 23, 2016 - How SoCal Doctors Used Basketball to Rehabilitate Paralyzed Vets

The popular wheelchair sport helped to launch the Paralympics in 1960 Jerry Fesenmeyer was an 18-year-old Iowa farm boy when he and his fellow marines from the First Division engaged in a desperate firefight with Japanese soldiers on the island of Okinawa. The date was June 5, 1945. Fesenmeyer was advancing toward Shuri Castle when… 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.