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BOOK: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users

Published: November 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users bookBook Description – Are you a wheelchair user and want to learn about the process of traveling by plane before you take off for the first time? Or perhaps you’re a frequent flier and would just like to learn how to make the process easier for future flights? If you have ever wished that there was a guide to accessible air travel, this is the book for you!

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users is the first book entirely devoted to alleviating any fears that wheelchair users may have when it comes to flying. The entire process, from how to prepare for your upcoming flight to what to do after you land at your destination, is covered in depth. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to a Very Odd (But Serious) Risk

Published: November 14, 2015

Spinal-Cord-Injuries-Lead-to-a-Very-Odd-But-Serious-RiskPeople who get serious spinal cord injuries have to adjust to a lot. That may be why, in the first year after their injuries, they are at serious risk for a potentially fatal condition called autonomic dysreflexia. Autonomic dysreflexia shows that the body can take itself down if its signals are ignored.

Nerves will try to get useful signals through to the brain any way they can. Sometimes this can be a good thing: Nerve cells were once thought to be unable to repair themselves after damage, but now we know they can slowly heal. Continue Reading »

Autonomic dysreflexia in spinal cord injury

Published: October 26, 2015

Autonomic dysreflexia often goes unrecognised in patients with spinal cord injury. Health professionals must be able to recognise when patients are at risk.

A young patient with tetraplegia arrives in the emergency department with a severe headache, dilated pupils, beads of sweat on their forehead, chest pain, bradycardia and a blood pressure of 280/130. What do you think is happening? Recreational drug use? A hypertensive crisis with a renal, endocrine or neurological cause? Is your immediate response to carry out an electrocardiogram and blood tests? In fact, this life-threatening emergency could be caused by something as simple as a full bladder. Continue Reading »

Ten remarkable breakthroughs in the treatment of paralysis

Published: September 25, 2015

First man to walk using brainpowerAfter a man completely paralysed from the waist down became the first paraplegic patient to walk without relying on manually operated robotic limbs, ITV News looks at ten remarkable breakthroughs in paralysis treatment.

1. Cell transplant helps paralysed man walk again

Last year, Bulgarian Darek Fidyka was thought to have become the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, after cells from his nose were used to provide pathways along which broken tissue was able to grow. Continue Reading »

The Connected Catheter by Spinal Singularity

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

Derek HerreraThe world’s first semi-permanent, minimally invasive, smart catheter system for Neurogenic Bladder.

After Derek Herrera was paralyzed by a sniper in Afghanistan, he decided to start a company to improve quality of life for people living with paralysis.

I knew my life would change, but I didn’t know that managing my bladder would be the most challenging task I faced on a daily basis. As a individual living each day with paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, I understand just how terrible the current standard of care can be for managing Neurogenic Bladder. Continue Reading »


Published: September 7, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

we are not confined or bound to our wheelchairs

Bond, ropes, captivity, the impossibility of movement and similar association are exactly what most people think when they hear the words “confined to” and “bound”. It is not wrong. Does then it make any sense to say that someone is “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound”? No,it is absolutely pointless! Continue Reading »

How humans, monkeys recover from paralysis

Published: August 29, 2015

How humans monkeys recover from paralysisLondon: Humans and monkeys exhibit greater motor recovery than rats after similar spinal cord injury, new research shows.Spontaneous improvement occurs during the first six months after a spinal cord injury, allowing a hemiplegic patient to recover partial motor control.

The neuronal mechanisms underlying this extensive recovery in primates are nearly absent in laboratory rats, researchers said. “Research on rats is essential for developing regenerative therapies, but rodents show fundamental differences from primates in terms of neuronal reorganisation and functional recovery,” say researchers. Continue Reading »

Always Climb Higher by Jeff Pagels

Published: August 16, 2015

Always-Climb-HigherStory of the comeback from a devastating spinal cord injury in 1984 to Jeff Pagels and how he came back to be the fastest USA Nordic Disabled Skier in the world and then abandoned competition against others to just compete with himself by climbing mountains and other extreme outdoor pursuits.

Jeff Pagels received his label, disabled, in 1984 when a tree fell on him. A wheelchair user since then, he has gone on to become the USA’s most decorated cross-country skier with 5 Paralympic medals. In 1995, Jeff turned to competing with himself rather than beating up on other people. His venue is all outdoors including many of the highest places in this world. Continue Reading »

Alex Taylor – My battle to be stylish as a disabled man

Published: August 5, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alex Taylor in a leather jacketLife in a wheelchair comes with a unique set of daily challenges – like the difficulty of embracing fashion, writes Alex Taylor

My understanding of the complexities around disability and style began at an early age. Six-years old, to be exact. A lady politely came up and asked my mother where she could buy red shoes like mine. Of course, she didn’t know they were special orthopaedic shoes made to support my feet. She also certainly wasn’t prepared for my then innocent face to reply “you can’t, you have to have brain damage to get these”. Continue Reading »

The Race To Treat Spinal Cord Injury: A Comparative Analysis

Published: July 16, 2015


  • Four biotech companies are pursuing the treatment of spinal cord injury with the use of stem cell transplantation.
  • Each company demonstrated efficacy in pre-clinical studies.
  • The race is in the early stages but InVivo Therapeutics is clearly leading the pack based on its strategic approach to accelerated HDE approval and initial trial results.

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