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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Darek Fidyka

January 26, 2015 - Cardiff man paralysed in major accident urges caution over ‘breakthrough’ on spinal cord injuries

A sound technician whose spine was shattered in a major accident has urged caution over a “breakthrough” procedure which enabled a man to walk again. Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a brutal knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame after cells were transplanted from his nasal cavity… Continue Reading »

Joe Dillon

January 25, 2015 - Spinal injury hasn’t held him back from life

At Harriton High School in Lower Merion, Joe Dillon avoided the party crowd. But after a girlfriend broke his heart, his buddies talked him into drinking. On the night of August 9, 1976, Dillon, then 21, was drunk when he decided to dive off a wall into the bay at Somers Point, N.J. He dove… Continue Reading »

Brad Peters

January 24, 2015 - Quadriplegic fights ADA abuse

Every move that Brad Peters makes is thought out. The zipper on his sweatshirt includes a small piece of thin tied rope so that his fingers can fit through the loop and pull down if he has to. His cell phone hangs from the side of his motorized wheelchair with the same rigging so he’s… Continue Reading »

InVivo Therapeutics

January 22, 2015 - InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold used for 2nd spinal cord injury patient

InVivo Therapeutics enrolled the second patient in their Neuro-Spinal Scaffold to treat traumatic spinal cord injury. The patient is enrolled at Carolinas Medical Center, part of the Carolinas HealthCare System in the study to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold.

Dr. Sonja Bareiss and Dr. Kori Brewer

January 20, 2015 - ECU doctors receive grant to conduct research on spinal cord injuries

Two doctors at East Carolina University have been given funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for research that could help people living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as any physical pain that lasts longer than six months. According to WebMD, about 100 million Americans suffer from this kind of pain, which is… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Paralyzed Lab Rat Walks Again

TED Video: Paralyzed Lab Rat Walks Again after New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

It only takes a moment for an accident to sever or damage an individual’s spinal cord enough to result in paralysis. In this amazing TED Talks video, on research scientist explains how his team has developed a treatment which has allowed a paralyzed lab rat to walk, and they hope could lead to an ultimate… Continue Reading »

James Murtha

Finding A New Normal After An Accident

DENVER — The Colorado mountains attract people who love the outdoors. But when one Michigan man moved here last year, he was seriously injured in a mountain biking accident.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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Stepping Closer To Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Bradley T. Lang, PhD Researcher, Jerry Silver Lab Department of Neurosciences Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine researchers find that spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration Baltimore, Md., November 14, 2014–Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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January 17, 2015 - Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems. He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip. But here… Continue Reading »

harness system helps patients walk again

December 17, 2014 - Life after a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event. Within a few minutes, some of the very basic things you took for granted – walking, dressing yourself, driving a car-are taken away from you. Rebuilding your life after spinal cord injury is a long, arduous process with many bumps in the road that most people… Continue Reading »

Spina Bifida Association 2014

October 5, 2014 - Learn about Spina Bifida

October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected. One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida.

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.