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Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

Published: June 15, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

grace-morgan-kennedy-kriegerA rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.

Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted.

So it’s no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp. Continue Reading »

The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Published: June 13, 2016

apple-wheelchair-users-appFitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re out of luck.

Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature announced Monday. Instead of standing breaks, people in wheelchairs will be prompted to wheel or spin their chairs around regularly. Apple will also start tracking distance, speed and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for walking or running. Continue Reading »

World’s First Child-Sized Exoskeleton Aims To Improve Quality Of Life Of Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Published: June 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A research team in Spain has developed the world’s first exoskeleton prototype to help disabled children learn how to walk and sustain mobility. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic teacher returns to classroom after surfing accident

Published: June 8, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

THIELLS, NY (News 12 Hudson Valley) – A history teacher in New York has returned to the classroom after a surfing accident left him a quadriplegic.

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Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Published: June 7, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Tracy Todd Wedding 1Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.

Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident). Continue Reading »

All Wheels Up Wants You to be Able to Stay in Your Wheelchair While Flying

Published: June 6, 2016

The advocacy group All Wheels Up thinks you should be able to stay in your wheelchair while you are flying, if that’s your preference. To reach this goal, the nonprofit is pushing for federal legislation to allow it, and also will begin crash testing wheelchairs to ensure flying while seated in one is safe. Continue Reading »

StemCells Ends Clinical Trial for Spinal Cord Injury due to Financial Constraints

Published: June 1, 2016

stemcellsinc-logoStemCells Inc., a California-based biotech company announced that they will stop developing the potential treatment for spinal cord injury after a failed mid-stage clinical trial. The company stock went down to $3.03 per share at the start of the pre-market trade.  StemCells reported that they still have $5.5 million in cash as of May 31, but they don’t have a liquidating distribution to their stockholders.

The company said that the amount that they can give to the shareholders depends on the liquid assets, any liabilities, and costs of the wind down. Continue Reading »

Misfortune won’t get the better of quadriplegic filmmaker Paddy Slattery

Published: May 30, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paddy Slattery Film MakerIn the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness

Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.

Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe. Continue Reading »

InCube Labs Announces $10 Million Department of Defense (DoD) Subcontract

Published: May 24, 2016

Incube-labsCompany will Collaborate with The University of Pittsburgh to Develop an Implantable Device for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

SAN ANTONIO, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — InCube Labs, a multi-disciplinary life sciences R&D lab, today announced that it has been awarded a subcontract from the University of Pittsburgh to help develop an implantable neuromodulation therapy to restore bladder function for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Continue Reading »

Control a computer with your tongue

Published: May 23, 2016

Emma-Mogus-tongue-mouseNew device would let severely paralyzed people surf the Web

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer, a Canadian teen.

More than 250,000 Americans alone have spinal cord injuries, according to experts at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Some 118,000 of these people are quadriplegic (Quah-drah-PLEE-jik), meaning both of their arms and legs are paralyzed. For these individuals, using a computer poses a big challenge. Some researchers have invented ways for such people to control a computer using brain waves or the movements of their eyes. But now, Emma Mogus has come up with an easier way for many such patients to control a computer: using their tongue. Continue Reading »