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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Jimbo and Bean looking for a new van

July 27, 2015 - Friendship helps spinal cord injury survivor tackle next challenge: learning to drive

CONYERS, Ga. – Jimbo Boyd and Delorean Williams, who goes by the nickname “Bean,” are looking for a new set of wheels at R & R Mobility Vans in Conyers because in a few months, Bean, will be driving again.

Stay In Step founder Romy Camargo

July 21, 2015 - Paralyzed veteran opens spinal cord injury recovery center

A paralyzed veteran and his wife have met their fundraising goal and opened a non-profit recovery center for spinal-cord injured patients to recover. Stay In Step, founded by Romy Camargo and wife, Gaby Camargo, offers treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians in Tampa, Fla., according to a press release. Romy Camargo was… Continue Reading »

Josh Basile

July 18, 2015 - The way forward

It was the beginning of a summer that promised to be one of his best ever. Josh Basile loved his new job as a lawyer at a top medical malpractice firm in Washington. He was smitten with a pretty, dark-haired young woman he’d started dating. And he was planning a big party to mark a… Continue Reading »

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July 18, 2015 - Quadriplegic prepares for Mount Adams climb with Pasco man’s expertise

Fifteen years after Pete Rieke of Pasco became the first paralyzed climber to conquer Mount Rainier on his own power, he’s taking on a bigger challenge. He’s building a snow sled for Simon Calcavecchia, 32, a former Tri-City resident, to climb mountains, starting with Mount Adams. Rieke, a paraplegic, used his arms to power himself… Continue Reading »

Henry Fraser

July 16, 2015 - Quadriplegic Artist Makes Incredible Paintings Using Only His Mouth

Nothing will ever come between Henry Fraser and his love for art. Fraser, an England-based painter, was paralyzed after a traumatic accident six years ago. While vacationing in Portugal with a few friends, Fraser dove off a dock into shallow waters and dislocated his neck. According to Huffington Post, Fraser is now paralyzed from the… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

paralyzed patients are able to stand

How paralyzed patients are able to stand again

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In what’s being hailed as a breakthrough in spinal cord injury research, four men paralyzed from the chest down have risen from their wheelchairs on their own volition and effort.

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Artist Invents Tools That Enable Kids With Disabilities To Paint

When Madison was first diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, her doctor didn’t know a whole lot about the genetic condition.

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

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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.

July 8, 2015 - 5 key notes on cervical spinal cord injury treatment delays

A new study published in Spine examines the reasons for treating cervical spinal cord injury late. The researchers examined 2,636 patients for the study. They used the National Trauma Data Bank Research Data Set to gather information. There were 803 patients with complete spinal cord injury, 950 with incomplete spinal cord injury and 883 with… Continue Reading »

June 29, 2015 - Majority of patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries develop adverse events during acute care

The majority of patients recovering from traumatic spinal cord injuries developed an adverse event during acute hospital care at rates significantly higher than previously reported, according to results in a recently published study.

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.