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How is Spirituality Linked to Quality of Life in People with Spinal Cord Injury?

Published: July 20, 2016

Disability and RehabilitationA spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, often due to an accident or other trauma. SCI typically causes a loss of movement and feeling below the damaged part of the spinal cord, often leading to paralysis and other changes in functioning. People with SCI may be more likely to develop depressed mood than members of the general population: Current research shows that up to 25 percent of people with SCI experience depression, and up to 12 percent report major clinical depression.

Spirituality is one resource that people use to cope with a major life change, such as having a SCI. Continue Reading »

Q&A: The Lesser-known Maladies of Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: September 24, 2015

shutterstock_96976301-300Last 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).

The grant is one of nine totaling $5.7 million announced by N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo. The funding will be administered by the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research program, and represents the first round of competitive awards since funding was re-instated for the program in 2013. Continue Reading »

Will ‘factories’ churn out billions of stem cells?

Published: July 23, 2015

Stem cell therapyWhen 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 benefit the patients who undergo these kinds of procedures.

Global Stem Cells Group, Inc. is the parent company of six wholly owned operating companies dedicated entirely to stem cell research, training, products and solutions. Continue Reading »

Woman with Disabilities: How Accessible is the Road to Motherhood?

Published: June 17, 2015

Woman using a wheelchair exploring an historic outdoor museum

There are 27 million women with disabilities in the United States according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these women will have babies independently and the old fashioned way, via cesarean or natural birth.  The number of woman on social media who are pregnant on wheels is like a positive epidemic. These ladies are making love and making babies! Of course, these days, we can share the news, progress, and images every step of the way. This gives hope, inspiration, and courage to those who are following. Continue Reading »

What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?

Published: May 20, 2015

Reeve-Foundation-logoAutonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency that affects people with spinal cord injuries at the T6 level or higher. Although rare, some people with T7 and T8 injuries can develop AD. For most people, AD can be easily treated as well as prevented. The key is knowing your baseline blood pressure, triggers and symptoms.

Autonomic dysreflexia requires quick and correct action. AD can lead to stroke. Because many health professionals are not familiar with this condition, it is important for people who are at risk for AD, including the people close to them, to know all about it. It is important for at-risk people to know their baseline blood pressure values and to be able to communicate to healthcare providers how to identify potential causes as well as manage an AD emergency. Continue Reading »

Answers to Questions on Exercise & Nutrition after SCI

Published: April 2, 2015

UAB-logoThe information contained on this page is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always ask your physician or other qualified health professional about any matter concerning your individual health. Always seek the advice of your physician prior to starting or changing any diet or exercise programs. Continue Reading »

Could Spinal Cord Repairs in Mice Lead to a Cure for Paralysis in Humans?

Published: March 26, 2015

spinal-cord-injury-repair-miceSpinal cord injuries are extremely tragic, often leading to irreversible paralysis. Many groups around the world are pursuing various treatment options. Some of these attempt to transplant new neurons to repair the damage, use drugs to boost natural healing, or use electronic means to bridge the gap.

Currently it’s only in mice, but some researchers from China have produced extremely promising results using tissue engineering. Continue Reading »

Q&A: Nerve Transfer Surgery

Published: March 13, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

0314-nerve-transfer-surgeryQ. 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 damaged nerve that’s not working. The nerves must be in close proximity. The rewired nerve can restore muscle function or feeling to the target area, often a hand, arm or shoulder. Continue Reading »

Stepping Closer To Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: December 26, 2014

dr-bradley-langMedicalResearch.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? Continue Reading »

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

Published: November 14, 2014

University Of Maryland School Of MedicineUniversity 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 for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression. Continue Reading »