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StemCells Inc says spinal injury therapy shows promise

Published: November 19, 2015

experimental stem cell therapyStemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries.

StemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries. Continue Reading »

Rio Paralympics: Kurt Fearnley predicts ‘boosting’ cheats will get caught

Published: November 19, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kurt FearnleyAustralia’s champion wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley says from his first Paralympics, in Sydney 2000, he has heard stories about boosting – the practice among athletes with spinal cord injuries of inflicting trauma on themselves, such as breaking a toe or sitting on their scrotums, to raise their blood pressure and improve performance.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that in the lead-up to the Rio Paralympics it will crack down on the illegal practice, which involves tricking the brain into triggering autonomic dysreflexia, which causes the body to flush with adrenaline. Continue Reading »

Discovery helps explain what guides neurons to connect

Published: November 19, 2015

nell2-discoveryIt’s a wonder of nature – and a darned good thing – that amid many billions of similar cells in the brain and spinal cord, neurons can extend their tendrillous axons to exactly the right place to form connections. Otherwise we wouldn’t move, sense or think properly, if at all. In a new study in the journal Science, researchers report a discovery that helps to explain how axons manage to find their way across the midline of the spinal cord.

The findings contribute toward solving the basic mystery of axon guidance, but they might also advance scientists a little closer to achieving the medical aspiration of repairing damage in the central nervous system. Continue Reading »

Boy receives Track Chair from Outdoor Ability Foundation

Published: November 16, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tucker-WickThe Outdoor Ability Foundation donates a $10,000 chair to an 8-year-old

FULTONDALE, Ala. —Tucker Wick is a boy who loves the outdoors, but getting around isn’t easy. Trying to find the right “tools” to be outside has been a struggle. But today, thanks to the Outdoor Ability Foundation he’s getting freedom, in the form of a really cool ride.

Grayson Phillips, 16, and his dad, Scott, founded the Outdoor Ability Foundation. They love the outdoors and want to help other families do the same. Continue Reading »

Parenting with a Spinal Cord Injury Presents Challenges and Opportunities

Published: November 13, 2015

Jennifer SextonHere is a list of positive things that can come from the experience.

Having a spinal cord injury affects everyone in the family. People who are newly injured often fear being unable to be a good parent.

Though being a parent with a spinal cord injury is challenging, there are some positive things that can result for you and your child. Continue Reading »

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

Published: November 13, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

Lift the Burden

Published: November 10, 2015

Lift the burdenThe state must lead the efforts to rehabilitate and integrate the physically challenged in society

Imagine being robbed of the ability to move your hands and of having to depend on a wheelchair or crutches, and in the worst-case scenario, of being bed-ridden for the rest of your life. Then think of what it would take for you to lead a dignified, fulfilling and inspirational life. Every year, thousands of people with a spinal cord injury are compelled to face this in reality due to manmade accidents or natural disasters. A spinal cord injury blocks communication between the brain and the rest of the body, partially or completely paralysing the body’s whole host of muscular and nerve functions. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Veterans to Receive Specialty Wheelchairs from ITC Employees

Published: November 10, 2015

Action TrackChairHunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits are often out of reach for paralyzed military veterans. Soon, with the help of ITC employees, more veterans will have access to specialized all-terrain wheelchairs.

Through charitable contributions from its employees, ITC has raised funds to purchase nine track chairs from Action Trackchairs to be used by veterans from communities in Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas.

“I am grateful for our employees’ generosity toward this cause, I know many of us hold it near to our hearts,” said Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings, Corp. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed man keeps busy driving for Uber

Published: November 8, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Luigi GirottoLuigi Girotto has always sought out a challenge, the trademark of his active lifestyle.

As a triathlete, scuba diver, skier and full-time jewelry consultant, Girotto was always up to something, and when he felt his jewelry career had grown stagnant in his small village in Italy, he picked up and moved to New York City.

“I was 40 years old and I had a career crisis,” Girotto said. “Nothing was challenging me enough.” Continue Reading »

Drug offers hope for spinal patients

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

Brad Smeele with therapistsTreatment proven in lab to assist recovery and could be part of cure alongside other research, say experts.

Kiwi and Australian researchers have developed a protein-based drug that offers a potential breakthrough treatment for those with severe brain and spinal cord injuries.

University of Auckland researcher Dr Simon O’Carroll said the drug, which could be injected straight into the blood stream or taken as a pill soon after an injury, could reduce damage, scarring and improve recovery. Continue Reading »