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Researchers discover role of protein in neuron sprouting

Published: April 19, 2016

Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research CenterRole 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 in the April 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, they show that the adaptor protein CD2AP is a key player in a type of neural growth known as collateral sprouting. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic man Ian Burkhart moves fingers, hand and wrist thanks to tiny computer chip in brain

Published: April 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

ian-burkhart-paralysed-moves-wrist-handA quadriplegic man has been able to move his fingers, hand and wrist after having a tiny computer chip implanted in his brain. The neuroprosthetic device, which is smaller than a pea, translates neural activity in order to activate paralysed muscles.

Ian Burkhart, a 24-year-old from Ohio, was paralysed following a diving accident six years ago. The injury to his spinal cord left him unable to move his arms and legs. Paralysis is caused by a disruption of signal pathways between the brain and muscles. Previously, researchers have been able to restore movement in humans with the aid of robotics or assistive devices, but movements without these aids has only ever been achieved in non-human primates. Continue Reading »

Autonomic Dysreflexia is a life threatening condition

Published: April 5, 2016

autonomic-dysreflexiaAutonomic Dysreflexia is a life threatening condition that can cause death.

The most common causes of Autonomic Dysreflexia are bladder and bowel distension.

Signs and Symptoms: Raised BP, bradycardia, pounding headache, flushing, sweating or blotching above level of injury; pale, cold, goosebumps below level of injury. Continue Reading »

United Spinal Presents Free Webinar On How to Get the Right Wheelchair

Published: March 22, 2016

United-Spinal-AssociationUnited Spinal Association will host a free webinar on March 31st at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT, on how to obtain a wheelchair that fits the unique needs of each person living with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D).

The webinar will be of value to both wheelchair users and clinicians. It will provide an update on the status of important wheelchair legislation and policies that affect people living with SCI/D. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic defies the odds and plays the guitar again

Published: March 4, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Musician Ryan “Gooch” Nelson was 18 when a car accident left him paralyzed. Continue Reading »

Bionic spinal cord offers new hope to the paralysed

Published: February 10, 2016

Bionic-spinal-cord-offers-new-hope-to-the-paralysed“Bionic spinal cord” could give extra function and mobility to users of mobility assist devices.

A ‘revolutionary’ device implanted in a brain blood vessel may one day enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again, say Melbourne researchers.

The brain machine interface consists of a stent-based electrode (stentrode), which is implanted within a blood vessel next to the brain, and records the type of neural activity that has been shown in pre-clinical trials to move limbs through an exoskeleton or to control bionic limbs. Continue Reading »

“My everyday life is not ‘legendary’, any more than yours is” -Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: January 18, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Rushby-Smith with wife and daughterWhy should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.

I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”

I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »

Breaking Bad: Dozens Of Tourists Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 11, 2016

Too many people are ignoring or simply not understanding the warning signs posted at many public beaches.

Just hours after starting his Hawaii vacation, Todd Duitsman was paralyzed from the neck down.

Duitsman and his family flew from Seattle to Maui in July 2014. They dropped their bags at their condo, got a bite to eat and drove straight to Makena’s Big Beach.

An hour later, Duitsman was body surfing in the shore break. Continue Reading »

I went from trauma clinician to patient with life-changing injuries

Published: December 3, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

life-changing injuriesI was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat

In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life. Continue Reading »

Company surprises employee with high-tech wheelchair

Published: October 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.

For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

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