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Researchers discovers ways to regenerate corticospinal tract axons

Published: July 2, 2015

sagittal section shows regineratinResearchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found a way to stimulate the growth of axons, which may spell the dawn of a new beginning on chronic SCI treatments.

Chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a formidable hurdle that prevents a large number of injured axons from crossing the lesion, particularly the corticospinal tract (CST). Patients inflicted with SCI would often suffer a loss of mobility, paralysis, and interferes with activities of daily life dramatically. While physical therapy and rehabilitation would help the patients to cope with the aftermath, axonal regrowth potential of injured neurons was thought to be intractable. Continue Reading »

High-tech equipment, good attitude help after spinal cord injury

Published: July 2, 2015

Frank Muegge satandingStanding in one place is exercise for Frank Muegge, 57. “I stand for an hour a day to prevent bone problems like osteoporosis.”

Muegge is paralyzed from the armpits down, the result of a car accident about 10 years ago. His arms work, but his hands don’t.

His paralysis is why he’s surrounded by advanced exercise equipment such as the machine that uses electrodes to stimulate his muscles. “The muscles still can work,” he said. “They just don’t get the signals from the brain. Continue Reading »

Pain, paralysis “just life” for Surrey man

Published: June 26, 2015

Dan Thomas will take part in the Scotiabank Charity ChallengeIt wasn’t that long ago that Dan Thomas thought he had it all.

After years of hard work – he bought his first dump truck at 18, and had worked in the truck and excavating industry for nearly 30 years – the Newton resident, then 45, had a wife, a business and a house he’d paid off.

Then, in 2002 while driving home along 32 Avenue late one winter night, Thomas hit a patch of black ice, and rolled his truck into a tree.

His injuries – which he says included crushed lungs and two vertebrae in his back “basically disintegrating” – left him paralyzed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

London’s bionic man making impressive strides

Published: June 26, 2015

London's bionic manMitch Brogan is among those rare few who refuses to take no for an answer.

When doctors told him he would never walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic, Brogan set about to prove them wrong.

Far from willing just to sit in his wheelchair and watch life through the windows, he began pursuing an interest in exoskeleton technology. Continue Reading »

The most, and least, wheelchair accessible cities: a quadriplegic’s guide

Published: June 24, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

apps_pyram_3Last week, CityMetric reported on RATP’s interactive map of the Paris Metro. It has a button you can press to see where on the network people in wheelchairs can go. It’s great.

The only problem is, when you press that button, pretty much the entire network disappears.

If I’ve learned one thing in the nine years since I broke my neck, it’s that the world is not particularly well designed for disabled people. Sometimes the things that stop you doing stuff and getting places (or, indeed, the things that enable you to do them) are very small. Sometimes they are massive. Continue Reading »

A year on from fall, life is looking up

Published: June 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Brad SmeeleInjured wakeboarder Brad Smeele is forging an independent life in a newly modified home after a horror crash left him a quadriplegic almost a year ago.

The 28-year-old ploughed head first into a ramp when attempting to land a world-first trick on a ramp at his Florida training base last July, leaving him paralysed. He was saved from drowning by horrified friends.

Smeele cheated death again after his heart stopped beating when he was coming off his ventilator in hospital in the US. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran opens Tampa center for those with spinal cord injuries

Published: June 20, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

StayInStep grand openingWhen the room was just four concrete walls, before it was outfitted with state-of-the-art therapy equipment and a sign that says “Never ever give up,” Romulo and Gabriela Camargo invited a Toyota executive to take a tour.

The couple had been raising money for years, scratching toward their goal of one day opening a recovery center for people with spinal cord injuries, who, like Romulo, were living with paralysis.

Seven years earlier, Romulo — “Romy” — was shot in the neck during an ambush in Afghanistan while serving as an Army Special Forces officer. He came home a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Olfactory cells transplanted to treat spinal cord injury

Published: June 19, 2015

Three years after they treated patients with spinal cord injury in a randomized clinical trial with transplanted cells from the patients’ olfactory mucosa (nasal cavities) to build a ‘bridge’ to span the gap between the damaged ends of the spinal cord, researchers found that some recipients had experienced a range of modest improvements and determined that the use of olfactory mucosa lamina propria (OLP) transplants was ‘promising and safe.’ Continue Reading »

20 Years Later: Travis Roy Reflects On Life-Altering Injury, Foundation

Published: June 18, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

travis-royBOSTON (CBS) — It’s been 20 years since Travis Roy’s hockey career came to an end, just 11 seconds after it began.

A freshman at Boston University, Roy took the ice as a Terrier for the first time on October 20, 1995 — the same night the team raised their 1994 National Championship banner. Roy was hoping to be a big part in raising a few more banners over his four-year career, but those dreams came to a halt shortly after he climbed over the boards and hit the ice for his first shift as a collegiate athlete. Continue Reading »

‘It’s never been a sad day’

Published: June 16, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wendy and Katie CharboneauTen years after a car accident left her quadriplegic, Katie Charboneau is celebrating what she jokingly calls “Happy Broke My Neck Day.”

This may be seem morbid, Charboneau said, but being quadriplegic hasn’t held her back, especially from being happy.

“It’s never been a sad day,” Charboneau said, “because I have such a strong community support and family support.” Continue Reading »