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New Mobile App Promotes Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Shepherd Center, in collaboration with MobileSmith, has developed a mobile app called SCI-Ex to promote fitness for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, provides video demonstrations with detailed descriptions of proper equipment use, accurate transfer methods and adaptive exercise techniques.

“There is some information online and still photos of exercises, but until now, there have not been any user-friendly, in-depth videos of exercises for people with spinal cord injury,” said Nicholas Evans, one of the lead exercise specialists at Shepherd Center. “SCI-Ex doesn’t just present exercises, but incorporates the proper techniques to use assistive devices, proper transferring methods, and how to manage those methods and/or devices in a facility.” Continue Reading »

UCLA researcher tackles paralysis with electrical stimulation devices

Published: February 10, 2017

A UCLA professor is helping paralyzed individuals regain use of their limbs through electric stimulation of the spinal cord.

In 2015, Reggie Edgerton, the director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at UCLA, developed a robotic exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man walk. Though the man is still paralyzed and cannot control the exoskeleton’s movement, Edgerton’s lab plans to do more research to make that happen. Continue Reading »

Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical. Continue Reading »

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

Published: January 28, 2017

Professor Alan Mackay-SimControversy surrounds the link between Australian of the Year Alan Mackay Sim’s research and a Polish team who restored mobility for a paraplegic man.

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, heart disease, renal failure and even cancer, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.

The challenge remains how to accurately communicate what is genuinely possible in terms of therapies and what we scientists hope might be possible but do not yet have strong evidence for. Continue Reading »

Generating improvement in spinal cord injuries

Published: January 24, 2017

Early clinical trial results announced offer new hope in regenerative medicine

A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site shows additional motor function improvement at 6-months and 9-months following treatment with 10 million AST-OPC1. The positive efficacy results from an ongoing research study were announced on Jan. 24 in a conference held by Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., the biotechnology company that manufactures AST-OPC1. Continue Reading »

Digital glasses for people without use of arms wins major award in Dundee

Published: January 21, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Digital glasses which assist people who don’t have the use of their arms have been named the best new product at a prestigious awards ceremony.

GlassOuses, which use Bluetooth to connect to computers, phones and televisions, won the prize at the Blackwood Design Awards. The glasses were the brainchild of Mehmet Turker, who is based in Hong Kong.

Judges from across Scottish industries opted to give the top prize to the glasses in a category which also included a brace for people who have a weakness in the knee or an injury that impairs their ability to stand or walk independently. Continue Reading »

New trial may revolutionize treatment of spinal cord injury patients

Published: January 20, 2017

Queensland researchers are launching a world-first clinical trial aimed at improving recovery from spinal cord injuries.

In the study, led by The University of Queensland and The Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital, a new anti-inflammatory drug will be given to participants within hours of spinal trauma in an effort to minimize tissue damage.

Dr Marc Ruitenberg from the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences said when the spinal cord is injured, it becomes inflamed and this causes a lot of additional damage. Continue Reading »

New gene therapy hope for spinal injuries

Published: January 17, 2017

A new gene therapy that may restore some movement function to people with recent spinal cord injuries is the focus for spinal cord injury researcher, Jarred Griffin.

The new technique involves using gene therapy technology to insert genes into damaged spinal cord tissue to allow the motor neurons to potentially regrow and restore function.

It’s very early days in the development of the technology, says Jarred, (25) who is a doctoral student in the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, working with a team of researchers to pioneer the gene therapy. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic retrofits truck to accommodate special needs

Published: December 28, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Baetke's modified accessible truckLingering cleanup chores, tasks he didn’t attend to during the holiday weekend, consume Ryan Baetke’s Monday night at his home just north of Davenport.

From the seat of his motorized wheelchair, the 48-year-old sweeps the floor of his garage as his “sidekick,” a golden retriever named Annie, gnaws on a bone. As he scoops the dust into a garbage can, Baetke motions to another sidekick nearby.

At first glance, the 2015 GMC Sierra parked in the adjacent bay doesn’t appear to be anything special. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair accessible? Just ask Google Maps

Published: December 19, 2016

Google is relying on crowdsourcing to make the world more wheelchair-friendly.

The search giant has launched a new feature through Google Maps that lists whether a location is wheelchair-accessible. Available only in the US to start, the feature relies on users to answer questions about the accessibility of a place they visit.

The new feature could impact millions of people in the United States. There are 2.2 million people in the US who depend on a wheelchair, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading »