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Patients with spinal cord injuries learning to walk again

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Collin HumphreyLOUISVILLE, Ky. —Two men who were told they’d never walk again are defying odds with help from Frazier Rehab.

Frazier Rehab is making their mobility possible through its research and special equipment and many institutes are following suit.

Both of the men were in serious car accidents that left them with fractured spinal cords.

One man lost feeling from the chest down.

But now, not only does he have sensation back — he’s also regained his independence. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Perry Cross on why he travels to India as a ‘stem cell tourist’ to find a cure for paralysis

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Perry Cross a C2 quadriplegicPERRY Cross was just 19 when he suffered a devastating neck injury that should have killed him.

Doctors told his family he had months to live, and if he survived beyond that the best he could hope for as a quadriplegic was just 10 years.

Now almost 20 years later, Mr Cross is still cheating death after a rugby accident that left him unable to walk, talk, eat, move his head or even breathe without the help of a respirator. Continue Reading »

The Need for Speed: Quadriplegic race car driver defies conventions

Published: July 13, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chris HrabikChris Hrabik’s blue-green Subaru Impreza doesn’t have the brooding menace of a muscle car. It’s dusty and plastered with sponsors’ decals. Parked behind his stand at the Cape Girardeau craft market, Hrabik’s race car looks almost like a life-size Hot Wheel.

Hrabik, of Sedgewickville, Missouri, rolls over in his wheelchair and scratches his scruffy beard, admiring his custom-built rally car. He pats the hood proudly with a heavy, oil-stained hand.

“It’s got 75 horsepower,” he says with a smile. “Maybe. On a good day.” Continue Reading »

Naperville painter learned all over again after shooting left her paralyzed

Published: July 6, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

paralized artist Mariam PareIt has been 18 years since Mariam Pare flew from San Francisco to Richmond, Va. for a weekend getaway.

Pare has not returned to her apartment on the West Coast since that flight, but she still paints — just without the use of her arms or legs.

The 20-year-old art student who left San Francisco is now a 38-year-old professional — and one of the featured exhibitors at the upcoming Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival. Continue Reading »

Optogenetics enables muscle contraction control

Published: June 30, 2014

Optogenetics muscle controlNeuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have shown that they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics—a technique that enables control of neurons’ electrical impulses with light—to the spinal cords of animals that are awake and alert.

Led by MIT Institute Professor Emilio Bizzi, the researchers studied mice in which a light-sensitive protein that promotes neural activity was inserted into a subset of spinal neurons. When the researchers shone blue light on the animals’ spinal cords, their hind legs were completely but reversibly immobilized. The work offers a new approach to studying the complex spinal circuits that coordinate movement and sensory processing, the researchers say. Continue Reading »

How one man’s spinal cord injury is still healing 24 years later

Published: June 30, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Jason Dugmore Stone Mountain“I remember hitting the bottom, being face down, and my entire body getting a tingling feeling like when your foot falls asleep. It was then that I knew I broke my neck. I couldn’t move, not even to lift my head up.

About a minute went by and that’s when I prayed, ‘God, if you want me, take me. If not, please don’t let me die.’ With that, the rest of my air went out, and I blacked out.” ~Jason Dugmore
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Spinal cord injury sufferers live in hope of a medical miracle that could see them walk again

Published: June 28, 2014

Steve PekrisVICTORIAN medical researchers are embarking on a range of exciting trials to improve the lives of people with quadriplegia and prevent the severity of new spinal cord injuries.

Among the projects under way are: electrically stimulated exercise, a sunshine pill and oxygen mask to stop their brain fog and a robotic arm that offers independence.

While international breakthroughs show rats with severed spines walking, experimental stem cell therapies and brain implants moving hands, experts caution that even significant advances take time. Continue Reading »

Exercise brings hope to those paralysed by spinal injuries

Published: June 27, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Injured Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnonExercise therapy research at the University of Newcastle has brought profound improvements to limbs that were paralysed, doctors say.

The award-winning laboratory research is bringing hope of restored muscle function to those suffering paralysis from spinal damage, potentially including injured Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon.

Neurophysiologist Dr Michelle Rank believes exercise is more beneficial than any other therapy currently available, even for patients with long-term injuries. Continue Reading »

Device Lets Brain Move Paralyzed Limbs

Published: June 24, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Device Lets Brain Move Paralyzed LimbsFor the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State Univ. Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study. Continue Reading »

How aging can intensify damage of spinal cord injury

Published: June 24, 2014

Jonathan GodboutStudy in mice suggests immune cells fail to activate key messenger needed for repair

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the complex environment of a spinal cord injury, researchers have found that immune cells in the central nervous system of elderly mice fail to activate an important signaling pathway, dramatically lowering chances for repair after injury. Continue Reading »