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Cardiff man paralysed in major accident urges caution over ‘breakthrough’ on spinal cord injuries

Published: January 26, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Darek FidykaA sound technician whose spine was shattered in a major accident has urged caution over a “breakthrough” procedure which enabled a man to walk again.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a brutal knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame after cells were transplanted from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

The treatment, which was a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London. Continue Reading »

Spinal injury hasn’t held him back from life

Published: January 25, 2015

Joe DillonAt Harriton High School in Lower Merion, Joe Dillon avoided the party crowd. But after a girlfriend broke his heart, his buddies talked him into drinking. On the night of August 9, 1976, Dillon, then 21, was drunk when he decided to dive off a wall into the bay at Somers Point, N.J.

He dove 13 feet – into what turned out to be 18 inches of water, shattering his fourth cervical vertebra into splinters. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic fights ADA abuse

Published: January 24, 2015

Brad PetersEvery move that Brad Peters makes is thought out.

The zipper on his sweatshirt includes a small piece of thin tied rope so that his fingers can fit through the loop and pull down if he has to.

His cell phone hangs from the side of his motorized wheelchair with the same rigging so he’s able to easily grasp it and flip it open in case he receives a phone call or has to make one – the latter of which can be a difficult task for a quadriplegic that has spent more than three decades finding ways to live with his disabilities. Continue Reading »

InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold used for 2nd spinal cord injury patient

Published: January 22, 2015

InVivo TherapeuticsInVivo Therapeutics enrolled the second patient in their Neuro-Spinal Scaffold to treat traumatic spinal cord injury.

The patient is enrolled at Carolinas Medical Center, part of the Carolinas HealthCare System in the study to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold. Continue Reading »

ECU doctors receive grant to conduct research on spinal cord injuries

Published: January 20, 2015

Dr. Sonja Bareiss and Dr. Kori BrewerTwo doctors at East Carolina University have been given funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for research that could help people living with chronic pain.

Chronic pain is defined as any physical pain that lasts longer than six months. According to WebMD, about 100 million Americans suffer from this kind of pain, which is more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Continue Reading »

Ed Faulds honored for exceptional volunteer work

Published: January 20, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Volunteer Ed Faulds honoredMonroe Fire Department Volunteer Ed Faulds was already recognized for his dedication and commitment to the fire department’s prevention and pre-fire planning division last June.

So, in December, when they named him the 2014 Administrative Staff Member of the Year, he was a little surprised.

Faulds, who has been serving as the department’s pre-incident planning technician for nearly two years, has lived in Monroe nearly all his life. The 53-year-old volunteers at the fire department three days a week, working to craft a series of digital building schematics for all of the high-occupancy structures in Monroe. Continue Reading »

BrainGate brings wireless computer mind control to paralysed people

Published: January 15, 2015

braingate-wireless-computer-brain-interfaceA wireless brain-computer interface capable of transmitting thought commands to digital devices is close to commercialisation following more than a decade of development.

The BrainGate Neural Interface System, engineered by researchers at Brown University in collaboration with Utah-based company Blackrock Microsystems, works through a small brain implant “about the size of a baby aspirin” that attaches to a person’s skull and streams thought commands through radio signals. Continue Reading »

Israeli Traveller Conquers Heaphy Track in Wheelchair

Published: January 14, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Arnon Amit in New Zealand thumbArnon Amit from Israel arrived in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand on January 2, 2015, after successfully negotiating the Heaphy Track in a wheelchair.

The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand’s nine “Great Walks” and the only one on which mountain biking is permitted (from May 1 to September 30). The track is approximately 80 kilometers long and traverses the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island. Most people walk, ride or now roll, the Heaphy Track from Collingwood in Golden Bay through to Karamea on the West Coast. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed rats regain use of hind legs with flexible spinal cord implant. Humans to follow

Published: January 13, 2015

flexible e-Dura implantSwiss scientists demonstrated a flexible ribbon-like implant that attaches itself to a paralyzed rat’s spinal cord, allowing the animal to walk again. The prosthetic, described by foremost experts in the field as ‘remarkable’, works by delivering timed electrical impulses and drugs along the spinal cord. In this particular case, rats aren’t that different from humans, and true enough clinical trials are now one step closer. In the future, paralysis might just be another word for “walking funny.” Continue Reading »

Famed quadriplegic BASE jumper set to compete in para-bobsled’s first ever World Cup

Published: January 13, 2015

quadriplegic-para-bobsledTORONTO — When Lonnie Bissonnette flips his wheelchair, whether it’s misjudging a step bouncing down a flight of stairs or landing hard after parachuting off the roof of a building — equally likely scenarios for this independent, thrill-seeker — he always does the same thing.

He laughs, hauls himself back into his chair, and grins at anyone who happens to be watching. Rough and tumble mishaps are routine for Bissonnette who was paralyzed in 2004 after an accident jumping off a bridge with a parachute strapped to his back. Continue Reading »