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Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

Published: July 12, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezWhat started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from near-fatal injuries as a result of an accident that left me paralyzed at sixteen. While crossing the street to get to my friend’s bus stop, I was hit by a car. It’s a miracle from the Lord that I’m alive and able to walk. Continue Reading »

Stem-cell advances may quell ethics debate

Published: June 22, 2014

Robert WaddellRobert Waddell says he’s glad the stem cells that healed him came from “a guy who was 50 years old” and not a human embryo.

As a Catholic, Waddell opposes the destruction of embryos and didn’t want to rely on embryonic stem cells to cure his kidney disease. But he avoided this moral dilemma by getting bone marrow stem cells from a friend who donated a kidney as part of a University of Louisville study.

“It has nothing to do with embryonic stem cells,” said Waddell, a 47-year-old father of four. “That made it a lot easier.” Continue Reading »

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 12, 2014

Personal experiences from people who have spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

Published: May 19, 2014

transfer energy to medical chipsA wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new “electroceutical” devices to treat illness or alleviate pain.

A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed. Continue Reading »

IndyCar owner Sam Schmidt chosen to unveil innovative hand, foot-free Corvette

Published: May 5, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam SchmidtHENDERSON, Nev. – A 1999 IndyCar sits inside Sam Schmidt’s Las Vegas-area home. One day, Schmidt, who is a quadriplegic, hopes to drive it again. The notion is not as far-fetched as it might seem.

Schmidt already has started driving a passenger car again. He will get to publicly display his prowess later this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he helps unveil an innovative technological achievement.

A black 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray has been fitted with advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface to allow people with disabilities similar to Schmidt’s to drive solo. Continue Reading »

Utah Prom Queen Gives Crown to Special Needs Student

Published: April 21, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Vote for Kendra Muller: May is Mobility Awareness month! Please vote every day, you can get two votes a day by answering a easy question. The prize is a wheelchair accessible van. The contest goes till May 9th. Click here to vote! Continue Reading »

Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’

Published: April 8, 2014

electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords(CNN) — At her research lab at the University of Louisville, neuroscientist Susan Harkema turned her back to her study subject to check a reading on a computer screen.

“Hey Susie, look at this,” the patient called out to her. “I can move my toe!”

Startled, Harkema spun around. The purpose of her study, which involves sending electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords, was to learn more about nerve pathways, not to actually make patients move.

That must be an involuntary spasm, she thought. She asked the patient, Rob Summers, to lie down and close his eyes and follow her commands.

“Move your left toe,” she said to him — and he did. “Move your right toe,” she asked — and he did.

Holy s***!” she yelled out loud. Continue Reading »

With Robotic Walking Suit, Paralyzed Person Will Give World Cup’s First Kick

Published: April 8, 2014

Robot Suit Debuts At World CupThe World Cup’s opening ceremony may wind up being the most exciting event of the tournament.

A Brazilian person who is paralyzed will walk onto the pitch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this June wearing an exoskeleton walking suit to complete the ceremonial first kick. Built with light metals and powered by hydraulics, the walking machine could one day make wheelchairs a thing of the past — all thanks to science. Continue Reading »

New York Officials Restore Millions for Spinal Cord Injury Research

Published: April 7, 2014

Paul Francis New Yorkers to Cure ParalysisNew York state budget officials have restored nearly $7 million in annual funding for spinal cord injury research after an influential lobby of paraplegics put pressure on Albany lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s administration.

The group, New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, had tried unsuccessfully since 2010 to restore about $8.5 million in annual state funding for the research, which they argued is required to be spent by state law. Roughly $2 million was restored last year, and Mr. Cuomo’s original 2014 budget earmarked a total of $4.9 million. Continue Reading »

The Upsee by Firefly

Published: April 2, 2014

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. Continue Reading »