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Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Published: November 15, 2016

dr-quentin-barraudSpinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field?

There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is very broad.

There are many different approaches to try to overcome these disabilities, with key areas of research being focussed on developing stem cell therapies and using growth factors to promote regrowth of the nerve tissue after the injury. Continue Reading »

How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

Published: November 4, 2016

apple-watch-wheelchair-workoutsPeople in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch’s fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup.

Part of Apple’s wide-ranging accessibility initiative, these new Apple Watch features make it possible to track wheelchair exercise just like you would a typical run.

Apple Watch’s wheelchair mode puts people with physical disabilities on a level playing field with other athletes — and it’s super-easy to use. Continue Reading »

Do Zebrafish Hold an Ingredient to Heal Spinal Cord Injuries?

Published: November 2, 2016

do-zebrafish-heal-spinal-cord-injuriesResearchers have identified a protein in zebrafish that plays a role in helping heal major spinal cord injuries. The results, published in the 4 November issue of Science, could provide an important clue for researchers looking for ways to facilitate similar tissue repair in humans.

While mammals lack the ability to regenerate nervous system tissue after spinal cord injury, zebrafish can regenerate such tissue. The mechanisms behind this recovery have remained elusive.

“Only six to eight weeks after a paralyzing injury that completely severs their spinal cord, zebrafish form new neurons, regrow axons and recover the ability to swim. Importantly, these regenerative events proceed without massive scarring,” explained Mayssa Mokalled of Duke University, a researcher involved in the study. Continue Reading »

Do acute SCI patients see better outcomes if undergoing surgery within 1st 4 hours?

Published: September 1, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

TCRM-108856-F02Researches in Germany studied whether time of surgery impacted neurological outcomes for patients with acute spinal cord injury, according to Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management.

Specifically, they analyzed 51 spinal cord injury patients, aged an average of 43.4 years. The patients had acute spinal fractures from C2 to L3 or nonosseous lesions. Continue Reading »

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 »