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An Accident Inspires a New Approach to Spinal Cord Injuries in India

Published: December 15, 2014

Jonathan SigworthA cycling injury that rendered him a quadriplegic nine years ago also inspired Jonathan Sigworth to create an organization that helps people with spinal cord injuries in India live fuller lives. A self-described disability advocate, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur, Sigworth shared his story with students during a December 2 talk sponsored by the Christian Fellowship club.

Sigworth is co-founder of Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons (ESCIP) Trust India, a nonprofit organization based in Delhi that uses wheelchair rugby as a therapeutic tool and provides a transitional living program to quadriplegic patients. The organization relies on a peer mentoring approach. “Our goal is to get quadriplegics to think of themselves as whole people again, independent and able to find jobs and live in the community,” said Sigworth. Continue Reading »

Murray’s Problem

Published: December 14, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Murray Blackmore-Murray’s ProblemChapter One – Scientist and Son

Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle.The 39-year-old researcher took a deep breath.

An assistant professor at Marquette University, Blackmore had looked forward to addressing the symposium on spinal cord research in Boston. Work filled his daylight hours; interrupted his dreams at night. Often he would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, pitched from sleep into the scientific puzzles of a broken spinal cord. Ideas in the midnight hours seldom bore fruit, but his mind churned through them just the same. Continue Reading »

Scientists crack stem cell reprogramming code

Published: December 10, 2014

Doctor Andras NagyTORONTO – A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell, from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be generated.

The research is being touted as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine that will allow scientists to one day harness stem cells to treat or even cure a host of conditions, from blindness and Parkinson’s disease to diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Peptide Shows Great Promise for Treating Spinal Cord Injury

Published: December 3, 2014

Intracellular Sigma PeptideCase Western Reserve Scientists Design Intracellular Sigma Peptide (ISP) to Promote Functional Recovery Following Spinal Cord Injury

Case Western Reserve scientists have developed a new chemical compound that shows extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The compound, which the researchers dubbed intracellular sigma peptide (ISP), allowed paralyzed muscles to activate in more than 80 percent of the animals tested. The remarkable study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, appears in the December 3 edition of the journal Nature. Continue Reading »

German Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Published: November 28, 2014

Sonic Hedgehog proteinFor the first time, researchers in Germany have been able to create spinal cords in a Petri dish. To be more precise, they didn’t grow complete spinal cords, but neuroepithelial cysts, which are ellipsoid like and were about 60 μm in diameter. These cells express factors that are associated with spinal cord tissue and are in many ways similar to it.

Regenerative medicine is entering its golden age, with new techniques showing more and more promise; the list of tissues that can be grown from scratch and then used continues to grow, and it may not be long before we can add spinal cells to the list. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic teacher aide a great role model

Published: November 28, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Dan Horton quadriplegic teacher aideA MAN who became a quadriplegic after a motorbike accident is working as a teacher aide at Yarwun Primary School, and is one of the best, according to staff.

Dan Horton took a break from studying yesterday to reflect on the accident that 10 years ago put him in a wheelchair.

“It’s not something to celebrate, but I definitely thought about it,” he said.

“It feels like it only happened a few months ago, but at the same time it feels so far away.” Continue Reading »

Friends help quadriplegic hunt pheasant, elk

Published: November 19, 2014

Troy BirdWALLA WALLA, Wash. — Harvesting a pair of pheasants could be considered a success for any hunter.

But for 45-year-old Troy Bird, those two kills represented something much more.

“What he gets out of it is just getting outside,” Bird’s friend and hunting partner Paul Roskelly said. “Also, going and getting his own food. It makes him feel like he’s contributing to taking care of himself.”

Bird, who was injured in a rock climbing accident at age 16, is a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Published: November 18, 2014

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With BrainsWASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday.

New technologies offer a window into how the brain creates movement.

Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man kick the opening ball for June’s World Cup in Brazil, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis presented the latest “brain-machine interface” findings from his team’s “Walk Again Project” at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. Continue Reading »

Laboratory Breakthrough Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients to Breathe on Their Own Again

Published: November 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineCase Western Reserve Researcher Presents Findings that Could Free Patients from Ventilators – Even Years after Injury

Case Western Reserve researchers have developed a procedure that restores function to muscles involved in the control of breathing – even when they have been paralyzed for more than a year. The breakthrough offers hope that one day patients with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to breathe again without the assistance of a ventilator. Continue Reading »

States Cracking Down On Accessible Parking Abuse

Published: November 17, 2014

Accessible Parking AbuseStiffer penalties and stepped up enforcement are among the measures states are taking to help ensure that accessible parking spaces are available for those who truly need them.

In some cities, drivers with disabilities trying to find accessible parking spaces are often out of luck, because many of those spots are taken by able-bodied people who use parking placards intended for those with disabilities to get a choice spot or save a few bucks. Continue Reading »