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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

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May 3, 2016 - ‘I decided to have a recovery’: Rhiannon Tracey’s next big step

Rhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water. In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in. She felt her whole body jolt… Continue Reading »

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April 29, 2016 - Indiana woman with quadriplegia embraces joys, challenges of motherhood

As each of her children grew inside her womb, Joni Vanderwoude felt nothing — not the fluttering first kicks in the beginning, not the bulging of her belly as it stretched to the size of a basketball, not the piercing contractions of labor that usually signal it’s time. A car accident 16 years ago left… Continue Reading »

Drew Cumpson

April 25, 2016 - ‘You can still live life’

In a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember. If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has… Continue Reading »

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April 23, 2016 - Long after his accident, Sam Schmidt takes the wheel again thanks to Project SAM

Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a testing accident in 2000. Now he can drive again. In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas. In off-season, however, his ascension in the sport was derailed. During… Continue Reading »

Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

April 19, 2016 - Researchers discover role of protein in neuron sprouting

Role of adaptor protein CD2AP in neuron sprouting discovered by UofL researchers could lead to therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke recovery and spinal cord injury University of Louisville researchers have discovered that a protein previously known for its role in kidney function also plays a significant role in the nervous system. In an article featured… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Finding a new outlet through quadriplegic rugby

Finding a new outlet through quadriplegic rugby

Team captain Earl Bowser uses the backs of his hands to push his titanium wheelchair across the battle-worn gym floor, carrying a volleyball in his lap and several lifetimes of optimism.

Jared Dunten

Quadriplegic artist uses mouth to create masterpieces

SPICEWOOD, TEXAS – A local artist is creating masterpieces in a very unique way after he fractured two vertebrae.

Eric LeGrand Tattoos

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae.

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

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April 20, 2016 - Help shape the future of SCI treatment

The path to recovery from spinal cord injury (SCI) is full of challenges. If you’re interested in taking part in research to evaluate investigational therapies for SCI, you may be interested in a clinical research study called Pathway that is evaluating the potential of neural stem cells to treat cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI). What… Continue Reading »

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April 14, 2016 - The Use of Cell Transplantation in Spinal Cord Injuries

Overview The spinal cord is often called as a delicate tissue, which is secured inside very hard vertebrae of spinal column. The spinal cord and brain is seen forming the central nervous system of our body. The spinal cord is basically made up of millions of nerve cells, which carry a number of signals to… Continue Reading »

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April 8, 2016 - 5 Things to Know About Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury can be a life-altering event for the person who sustains it as well as for their loved ones. Given the potential for lifelong disability, it is vital that the facts about these kinds of injuries be clearly understood. Here are five key things to know about them:

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.

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