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January 28, 2016 - Paralyzed Veterans of America Launches New Website Documenting Air Travel Experiences of People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has launched a new website where individuals with disabilities can share their air travel experiences, both positive and negative. The new website can be found at www.airaccess30.org and is endorsed by Paralyzed Veterans and seven other… Continue Reading »

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January 27, 2016 - Controlling Immune Response in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

The immune system of spinal cord injury patients can be controlled using a family of therapeutic stem cells, according to findings published in Scientific Reports. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University studied the therapeutic stem cells, known as multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPC) in order to observe their qualities and effects on spinal cord injury… Continue Reading »

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January 26, 2016 - A Life Repurposed

Ryan Atkins was on path to graduate from UC when a devastating 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Six years later, he completes the journey. THAT FALL PROMISED TO BE HIS BEST EVER. Ryan Atkins was in his third year at the University of Cincinnati on a full scholarship through the… Continue Reading »

In 2012, Darek Fidyka underwent surgery in which cells from his olfactory nerve were inserted into his damaged spinal cord.	Credit Photograph by Carla Van De Puttelaar for The New Yorker

January 25, 2016 - One Small Step

A paraplegic undergoes pioneering surgery. When a spinal cord is damaged, location is destiny: the higher the injury, the more severe the effects. The spine has thirty-three vertebrae, which are divided into five regions—the coccygeal, the sacral, the lumbar, the thoracic, and the cervical. The nerve-rich cord traverses nearly the entire length of the spine.… Continue Reading »

Winton dog trainer Steven Elliott with his dog Jilly. Picture: Evan Morgan

January 22, 2016 - Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

IN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord. He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord. Mr Elliott,… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

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Spinal Cord patient reacts to stem cell breakthrough

WESTLAKE, Ohio —  Cutting edge research being developed in Cleveland could have significant impact on people who’ve suffered spinal cord damage.

Artist, Painter and Paralyzed | Mariam Paré

Artist, Painter and Paralyzed | Mariam Paré

Mariam Pare’ is a member of the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Association

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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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.

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 »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

January 12, 2016 - Long-term change in respiratory function following spinal cord injury

Study design: Retrospective study. Objectives: To model the effect of time since injury on longitudinal respiratory function measures in spinal cord injured-individuals and to investigate the effect of patient characteristics. Setting: A total of 173 people who sustained a spinal cord injury between 1966 and April 2013 and who had previously participated in research or… Continue Reading »

Makena Beach Warning Signs

January 11, 2016 - Breaking Bad: Dozens Of Tourists Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries

Too many people are ignoring or simply not understanding the warning signs posted at many public beaches. Just hours after starting his Hawaii vacation, Todd Duitsman was paralyzed from the neck down. Duitsman and his family flew from Seattle to Maui in July 2014. They dropped their bags at their condo, got a bite to… Continue Reading »

December 26, 2015 - Spinal injuries need the most care

In many road traffic accidents, the cervical spine (neck region) is injured, says spine surgeon V. Vinod. When the vertebra is disturbed from its original position, it compresses the spinal cord. This renders the person quadriplegic (complete loss of movement of hands and legs and no sensation below the neck), the surgeon explains. The spinal… 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.