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Paralyzed since ’89, Bob Bell still seeks challenges

Published: August 11, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Un Moving Four WardAdventurer Bob Bell won’t let paralysis keep him from living his life.

Bob Bell is a funny, smart, inquisitive, witty guy.

The kind of fellow that any guy would love to add to his real world friends list.

“So what’s the deal with the Hebrew tattoo on your arm?” he’s asked.

“It’s actually ‘Thy will be done’ from the Lord’s Prayer,” he said. Then his eyes start to twinkle a bit behind his stylish glasses. “I don’t know if God speaks English, but I heard he has a son who speaks Hebrew.” Continue Reading »

Kessler Foundation Expands Robotic Research in Spinal Cord Injury

Published: August 11, 2014

Kessler Foundation NewsWest Orange, NJ. August 11, 2014. Kessler Foundation has expanded its research in exoskeletal-assisted standing and walking with the addition of ReWalk, the robotic exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics. The Foundation has been conducting exoskeletal research since October 2011, according to Gail Forrest, PT, PhD, assistant director of Human Performance & Engineering Research.

“The consequences of paralysis are well known,” said Dr. Forrest. “Without the ability to walk, individuals rapidly lose bone mass and muscle strength.  Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic working to get people with disabilities outdoors

Published: August 9, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mike HudsonThe word “can’t” is not in quadriplegic Mike Hudson’s vocabulary.

He’s on a mission to motivate the disabled to be more active outdoors and to travel, as well as educate others about ways to make that happen.

Hudson, 42, of Greenwood, recently founded R.O.A.R.Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation — a nonprofit organization that received its tax-exempt approval from the IRS in July. Continue Reading »

Scientists Inch Closer Toward Using Stem Cells for Spinal Injuries

Published: August 7, 2014

microscopeTHURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward using stem cells to treat paralysis, scientists were able to use cells from an elderly man’s skin to regrow nerve connections in rats with damaged spinal cords.

Reporting in the Aug. 7 online issue of Neuron, researchers say the human stem cells triggered the growth of numerous axons — the fibers that extend from the body of a neuron (nerve cell) to send electrical impulses to other cells. Continue Reading »

Scientists uncover new clues to repairing injured spinal cord

Published: August 5, 2014

p45 and p75 expression after sciatic nerve injuryFrogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can’t. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is—while many animals have this ability, humans don’t. But new research from the Salk Institute suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow and effectively rewire circuits. Such a feat could eventually lead to therapies for the thousands of Americans with severe spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

“This research implies that we might be able to mimic neuronal repair processes that occur naturally in lower animals, which would be very exciting,” says the study’s senior author and Salk professor Kuo-Fen Lee. The results were published in PLOS Biology. Continue Reading »

Vanderbilt finding may aid recovery from spinal cord injury

Published: August 5, 2014

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers.

Their technique, described today in the journal eLife, may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries and other disorders affecting spinal cord function, including multiple sclerosis. Continue Reading »

Program helps paralyzed patients surf

Published: August 1, 2014

program-helps-paralyzed-Jackie-Colby-surfLIDO BEACH, N.Y. – Jackie Colby is thrilled to be back on a surfboard.

“It was absolutely amazing; it was the best natural high I’ve ever had in my life,” she said.

The 29-year-old former athlete and surfer was paralyzed last year after falling off the roof of her home.

She’s taking part in a program that brings activities and sports back into the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. Participants surf, kayak, cycle and dance. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic man’s art reflects life’s journey

Published: August 1, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Quadriplegic Artist Tony RamosAccident paralyzed University of Iowa student when he was 7

The details matter to Tony Ramos. As an artist, the details are what make his work come to life for the viewer.

“Any person who likes their work this much, they want to get down to the last detail,” Ramos said as he sat in the middle of a small room in the University of Iowa’s Studio Arts Building. Punctuating the white walls were 20 poster-sized pieces of art, some depicting well-known superheroes and others showing moments significant to Ramos’ life. Continue Reading »

Injured as undergrad, college teacher learns to cope

Published: July 26, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bob Bell Quadreplegic ProfessorST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.

The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.

Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

Published: July 25, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

league of legends carl headerA week before he was due to compete in a wrestling tournament in Korea, 17-year-old Carl-Akira Fujinami took a dive into a shallow wave in Australia and hit sand, hard.

19-year-old Carl doesn’t wrestle. Damage to his spine means he has lost full use of his limbs. But he does rank Gold in League of Legends.

An infrared camera sits on top of Carl’s monitor. By putting a reflective sticker on his face, he can reflect the infrared rays back into the camera’s sensor. His head handles movement to a high degree of accuracy, and any pause will activate a click. That’s the mouse. Continue Reading »