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Darek Fidyka

October 21, 2014 - Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of ‘cure’ for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.… Continue Reading »

Darek Fidyka Walking On Bridge

October 20, 2014 - To walk again – the people behind the story

It is a moment I will always remember. On a warm summer’s day in Wroclaw, Poland, Darek Fidyka walked across a bridge, using only a frame for support. This had been his dream for four years, after he was paralysed in a knife attack. Now, after a transplant of cells taken from his nasal cavity,… Continue Reading »

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October 16, 2014 - Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014’s London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head. “I… Continue Reading »

World without wheelchairs

October 16, 2014 - Monroe’s Nichols envisions “World without wheelchairs”

Ever since fracturing his C-5 vertebra in a varsity game earlier this year, former Monroe High School ice hockey star Mikey Nichols is constantly altering his goals. With each new milestone – whether it be the ability to raise his right hand or to more than quadruple the amount of time he can remain upright… Continue Reading »

October 14, 2014 - Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from stem cell transplantation studies

Two studies recently published in Cell Transplantation reveal that cell transplantation may be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), a major cause of disability and paralysis with no current restorative therapies. Using laboratory rats modeled with SCI, researchers in Spain found in laboratory tests on cells harvested from rats – specifically ependymal progenitor… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Brandon Stone skydives

Paralyzed man Brandon Stone skydives for charity

“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, on Saturday morning. Stone, 33, was about two hours from his first skydive. The Broken Arrow resident was at Skiatook Municipal Airport, getting ready to jump from 10,000 feet, a stunt he was completing to help raise money for the Christopher & Dana… Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

A chat with Chris in relation to spinal cord injuries.

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

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. As the mother of a fun, intelligent, loving… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

September 26, 2014 - Spinal Cord Lecture

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

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September 21, 2014 - Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia. Neurogenic Bladder A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away… 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.