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Lab-Grown Neurons Could Help Heal Spinal Injuries and Restore Movement

Published: April 26, 2017

Researchers grew human spinal cord neurons from stem cells and injected them into healthy mice, where they successfully connected with other neurons. Continue Reading »

Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

Published: April 24, 2017

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices.

Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time. Continue Reading »

Dancer With Spinal Cord Injury Continues To Dance

Published: April 24, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chelsie Hill’s dream was to be a dancer and it was evident since she was little that the California native had a promising future ahead of her as a dancer. She won awards at state and national dance competitions and by high school graduation her future in dancing looked very promising. Continue Reading »

LipSync Pilot: Recruitment is Underway

Published: April 21, 2017

An estimated 1,000,000 people in Canada and the United States have limited or no use of their arms—meaning they are unable to use touchscreen devices that could provide access to helpful apps and services. Continue Reading »

Kindness, courage help quadriplegic two years after devastating accident

Published: April 16, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Todd Duitsman has made extraordinary progress since he suffered spinal-cord injuries while body surfing at Big Beach on Maui in 2014. And with unfailing grace and good humor, he inspires others.

EVERETT — With a weightlifter’s grimace, Todd Duitsman focused on exercising his arms. Like most everyone else using the Marysville Family YMCA’s fitness equipment, he was hard at work.

But Duitsman isn’t like everyone else. The Stanwood man is a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Tim Morris pushing himself farther

Published: April 15, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Morris pushing himself fartherTen years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs.

Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned his tragedy into inspiration by competing in some of the most challenging competitions in the world, including the Boston Marathon. Continue Reading »

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

Published: April 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing. Continue Reading »

Lawyer works to keep a positive outlook on his quadriplegic status

Published: April 1, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

KEARNEY — Just one finger, a hand, an arm. That’s all Jeff Wirth is asking for.

In the 13½ months since a minor crash, Wirth hasn’t been able to voluntarily move any of his limbs from his chest down or to care for himself. He’s a quadriplegic.

“One arm would be huge. Being able to drive a wheelchair, sign a check, change a channel, grab a phone — one hand would be nice. Anything. … So far, nothing,” he told the Hub on a recent visit. Continue Reading »

Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again—just by thinking

Published: March 28, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

First recipient of implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating systems reanimates limb that had been stilled for eight years. Continue Reading »

An old drug with new potential: WWII chemical-weapon antidote shows early promise as treatment for spinal cord injuries

Published: March 28, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A drug developed during World War II as an antidote for a chemical warfare agent has been found to be effective at suppressing a neurotoxin that worsens the pain and severity of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries.

The neurotoxin, called acrolein, is produced within the body after nerve cells are damaged, increasing pain and triggering a cascade of biochemical events thought to worsen the injury’s severity. Continue Reading »