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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles


March 23, 2015 - Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

The loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health, supported by… Continue Reading »


March 19, 2015 - Groundbreaking device being tested by VA may put end to pressure ulcers

Helps detect the earliest signs of ulcer formation Pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) are one of the most troublesome and painful complications for patients during a long hospital stay, but a joint project between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation and General Electric (GE) Global Research may one day make… Continue Reading »

Laura De Laporte

March 16, 2015 - Research on injectable oriented hydrogels for spinal cord repair

The research objective of Dr.-Ing. Laura De Laporte, junior group leader at DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen, is to develop a minimally invasive therapy for spinal cord injury. Her goal and her scientific approach to develop an injectable material with the ability to provide biochemical and physical guidance for regenerating nerves… Continue Reading »

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March 12, 2015 - Injured spinal cord: Regeneration possible with epothilone?

Damage to the spinal cord rarely heals because the injured nerve cells fail to regenerate. The regrowth of their long nerve fibers is hindered by scar tissue and molecular processes inside the nerves. An international team of researchers led by DZNE scientists in Bonn now reports in Science that help might be on the way… Continue Reading »

Spinal Network Homepage

March 10, 2015 - Spinal Network Builds A Community Of Peers

United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund are changing lives for the better through the Spinal Network. Established in 2013, this large national network of peer support groups is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) discover greater independence and quality of life. The Spinal Network strives to set higher and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Arrow Electronics SAM car

Quadriplegic hopes to race cars again

Sam Schmidt working with Arrow Electronics There’s a race car in Colorado that is like no other in the world. It’s the project of a Colorado company, Arrow Electronics that has the potential to change lives.

The rewiring of Tim Raglin

The rewiring of Tim Raglin

The team’s goal is audacious: to restore movement to the right hand of Tim Raglin, a 44-year-old quadriplegic whose fingers have been frozen in place since August 2007.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers


Q&A: Nerve Transfer Surgery

Q. What is nerve transfer surgery? A. Nerve transfer is a surgical technique that’s used to restore muscle function or sensation after a serious injury. Employing the technique, surgeons select a redundant nerve — one that serves the same function as another nerve in the body — and connect it to a more important but… Continue Reading »


Stepping Closer To Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury 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?

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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March 5, 2015 - Bladder cancer mortality after spinal cord injury over 4 decades – Abstract

Bladder cancer mortality was not significantly increased for ventilator users, those with motor incomplete injuries, or those injured less than 10 years. PURPOSE: To estimate the bladder cancer mortality in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), as compared to the general population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data and statistics were retrieved from the National SCI Statistical… Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury and SSD benefits

February 25, 2015 - Spinal cord injury and SSD benefits

Between 12,000 and 20,000 people will sustain spinal cord injuries this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 200,000 people, including many Chicago residents, already live with these injuries. While recovery is possible after some spinal cord injuries, severe injuries may cause paralysis and other permanent complications. If a spinal cord… Continue Reading »


February 11, 2015 - Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective… 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.