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Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

Published: August 23, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rob Camm enters the mudTough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Rob Camm, 21, was paralysed in a car crash two years ago which left him with no movement in his body from the neck down just a week before he was due to start university. Continue Reading »

Stemcells, building blocks of our bodies

Published: August 23, 2015

Stem cells are the building blocksCape Town – The words “stem cell research and therapy” evoke a number of responses. In emotionally vulnerable patients, a sense of hope.

In scientists, a great deal of excitement about future prospects. In the case of legal experts and ethicists, a need to ensure that patient safety and a spirit of distributive justice are maintained. And in the minds of entrepreneurs, an opportunity to develop a profitable business.

Stem cells are the building blocks of our bodies. Continue Reading »

A shattering crash, an online chronicle, and an unexpected twist

Published: August 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jesi Stracham with her dogIn the age of social media, patients who test experimental treatments wield surprising clout.

The tweets and the selfies, the uploaded video clips, felt like a natural way for Jesi Stracham to record her halting progress as she fought to recover from a motorcycle accident that had left her paralyzed from the chest down.

She had no idea, as she tapped away at her iPhone from her hospital bed, what her bubbly posts would unleash. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed designer creates jeans for women in wheelchairs

Published: August 19, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Heidi McKenzie Alter Ur Ego jeansMost pieces of clothing are not designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego is not one of them.

Heidi McKenzie, a T4 paraplegic woman paralyzed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21, has designed a collection of jeans dubbed Alter Ur Ego for people who use wheelchairs.

After participating in Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2012, McKenzie realized she was not the only woman experiencing difficulty finding fashionable yet adaptable clothing that fits a seated body. Continue Reading »

Regenerating nerve tissue in spinal cord injuries

Published: August 13, 2015

Rush-University-Medical-CenterRush begins participation in novel study using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are exploring a new therapy using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within the first 14 to 30 days of injury. Rush is only the second center in the country currently studying this new approach.

The therapy uses a population of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells containing progenitor cells that support nerve cells and can potentially make poorly functioning nerves function better. Continue Reading »

Communication, Sport and Disability: The Case of Power Soccer

Published: August 11, 2015

power-soccer-book-coverAbout: Sports are everywhere in American society, and given their prominence in the culture, it is easy to understand how most youth in the United States face pressure to participate in organized sports. But what does this mean for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who live with one or more physical disabilities and, in particular, those in powered wheelchairs?

Located at the intersection of sports and disability, this book tells the story of power soccer – the first competitive team sport specifically designed for power wheelchair users. Beginning in France in the 1970s, today, over sixty teams compete within the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) and the sport is actively played in over thirty countries. Continue Reading »

​Craig Hospital unveils new sculpture

Published: August 10, 2015

​Craig Hospital unveils new sculptureSculptor has personal ties to hospital after husband’s spinal cord injury

Englewood, CO–Craig Hospital will unveil a new sculpture at the hospital’s newly renovated front entrance on August 11, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Colorado sculptor Madeline Wiener created the marble piece which depicts a woman helping a man off the ground.

“I hope that people immediately grasp the care given at Craig and the determination of the patient who may be in the worst shape on entry to Craig, but accomplishing the impossible,” said Wiener. Continue Reading »

Mind-Controlled Virtual Keyboard Helps Paralysis Patients; Nearly As Good As One-Finger Typing

Published: August 5, 2015

mind-controlled-keyboardPeople with spinal cord injuries and neurological diseases often struggle to communicate with the outside world. While researchers have developed thought-controlled keypads to help bridge that gap, sampling errors — misread damaged brain signals — have limited prostheses’ precision in translating people’s thoughts. A team of engineers at Stanford University have recently designed a technique to more accurately read those damaged brain cell signals using a virtual keyboard that is more precise than its predecessor technology. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, may lead to the fastest mind-controlled prostheses to date. Continue Reading »

Neil Sachse’s life as quadriplegic following VFL accident revealed in new book

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

Neil Sachse's life as quadriplegicIn round two of the 1975 VFL season, Neil Sachse was a promising South Australian Aussie Rules footballer playing his second match for Footscray.

He had just come from winning a premiership with SANFL’s North Adelaide and was ready to make his mark on the Victorian competition.

After winning a loose ball in the match against Fitzroy, Mr Sachse turned to run, and ducked into an attacking player.

The split second movement shunted Mr Sachse’s neck and the resultant spinal injury left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Non-surgical approach helps people with paralysis voluntarily move their legs

Published: July 30, 2015

able to voluntarily move his legsIn a study conducted at UCLA, five men who had been completely paralyzed were able to move their legs in a rhythmic motion thanks to a new, noninvasive procedure that stimulates the spinal cord. It is believed to be the first time voluntary leg movements have ever been relearned in completely paralyzed patients without surgery. The results are reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

“These findings tell us we have to look at spinal cord injury in a new way,” said V. Reggie Edgerton, senior author of the research and a UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology, neurobiology and neurosurgery. Continue Reading »