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Amazing wheelchair costumes will make you smile

Published: October 25, 2014

 Caleb McLelland at age 3, all smiles as he gets ready to scoop up some Halloween candy in his sweet ride.

On Halloweens past, 9-year-old Caleb McLelland has driven a backhoe with bright yellow wheels, flown through the clouds as Superman and sped into action in his Batmobile. He made all of those transformations in attention-grabbing costumes that incorporated his wheelchair.

“His chair is very much a part of him,” Cassie McLelland says of her son, who has spina bifida. “It makes sense to make it a part of his costume.”

All kids love Halloween, but for kids in wheelchairs it’s a particularly special time.

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Wheelchair no handicap for Mets fan calendar model Amanda Perla

Published: October 24, 2014

Amanda Perla-01Twenty-five-year-old Perla, who broke her neck in a car accident seven years ago, was the top vote getter among the 100 or so entries to appear in ‘The 7 Line’ calendar,’ an annual promotional pinup featuring attractive young women wearing Mets-inpired clothing.

Amanda Perla thought for sure her wheelchair would be an issue.

Sure, she was wearing a bright blue Mets cap and a bright blue shirt and was flashing a smile perfect enough for a toothpaste ad. Continue Reading »

Paralysed patients have weaker bones than expected

Published: October 23, 2014

weaker bones than expectedPeople paralysed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study* published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

The findings suggest that therapies to maintain bone mass and strength in patients with spinal cord injury need to be commenced sooner and that doctors treating patients with osteoporosis need to think beyond the standard bone density test when assessing risks of hip and other fractures. Continue Reading »

A brave mother’s battle to walk again after she awoke from back surgery as a quadriplegic… and dreams of holding her son again

Published: October 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Sarah-Jane StaszakPanic instantly set in when Sarah-Jane Staszak woke up in her hospital bed and found she couldn’t move.

The 40-year-old mother from Blackheath in Sydney’s Blue Mountains had gone to the Royal North Shore Hospital in November last year to relieve the pressure from a herniated disc in her back that left her with intense nerve pain in her left arm.

Mrs Staszak had damaged the disc while carrying some heavy ropes before an abseil and, after experiencing pain that she described as ‘up there with child birth,’ she signed herself up for a laminectomy – a common back surgery. Continue Reading »

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of ‘cure’ for paralysis

Published: October 21, 2014

Darek FidykaSufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells

Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.

A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound firefighter paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack, restoring sensation and muscle control to his legs. Continue Reading »

To walk again – the people behind the story

Published: October 20, 2014

Darek Fidyka Walking On BridgeIt is a moment I will always remember. On a warm summer’s day in Wroclaw, Poland, Darek Fidyka walked across a bridge, using only a frame for support.

This had been his dream for four years, after he was paralysed in a knife attack. Now, after a transplant of cells taken from his nasal cavity, it had become reality.

He is the world’s first patient to receive the groundbreaking treatment.

Behind those few steps lay the extraordinary efforts of a group of scientists, surgeons and fundraisers in Britain and Poland. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

Published: October 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Stuart-Turner-WIRED2014Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014’s London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.

“I can’t move my body, I can’t get out of this wheelchair — but I can totally fly,” he said. “Robots are awesome.” Continue Reading »

Monroe’s Nichols envisions “World without wheelchairs”

Published: October 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

World without wheelchairsEver since fracturing his C-5 vertebra in a varsity game earlier this year, former Monroe High School ice hockey star Mikey Nichols is constantly altering his goals.

With each new milestone – whether it be the ability to raise his right hand or to more than quadruple the amount of time he can remain upright in a standing frame – Nichols still has his sights set on being able to walk again.

But since the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation contacted Nichols last week, asking him to help promote their fundraising campaign for The Big Idea, the 18-year-old’s goals have changed once more. Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from stem cell transplantation studies

Published: October 14, 2014

Two studies recently published in Cell Transplantation reveal that cell transplantation may be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), a major cause of disability and paralysis with no current restorative therapies.

Using laboratory rats modeled with SCI, researchers in Spain found in laboratory tests on cells harvested from rats Continue Reading »

Stem cells from human embryos prove safe, improve vision -study

Published: October 14, 2014

(Reuters) – The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday. Continue Reading »