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Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s License Puts Quadriplegic Indy Racer Back on the Road

Published: October 18, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

sam-car-1A milestone in autonomous vehicle adoption was recently reached in Nevada, when the state presented the first restricted autonomous vehicle driver’s license to Sam Schmidt. Schmidt is a former Indy racecar driver who was paralyzed in a crash in 2000, rendering him a quadriplegic.

The license pairs with a specially designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics. The car is a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray equipped with specialized control systems that allow Schmidt to drive. Continue Reading »

A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Published: October 17, 2016

ibot-wheelchair-1Thirteen years ago, just as the United States began what was to become its longest war, a futuristic wheelchair hit the market.

The iBOT allowed paralyzed people, including many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to stand up by rising to eye level. It also did something no wheelchair ever had: climb stairs.

But even though users loved it, the iBOT went out of production in 2009 when Johnson & Johnson discontinued it. Continue Reading »

Ohio State Scientists Explain How Gut Microbes Change After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: October 17, 2016

pop-phillipCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The community of bacteria that live in our intestines, also called the “gut microbiome,” is important to normal intestinal function. Knowing that spinal cord injuries often negatively affect the gut’s ability to do its job, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center showed that spinal cord injury causes profound changes in the gut microbiota. They also showed that feeding mice probiotics after a spinal cord injury confers neuroprotection and improves functional recovery.

The findings are published online today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic man feels touch on robotic hand with brain implant

Published: October 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

nathan-copeland-feels-the-touchThis could be the most touchy-feely robotic limb yet. For the first time, brain stimulation has made it possible for a paralysed person to experience the sensation of touch via a bionic hand.

Robert Gaunt at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his team achieved this by implanting electrodes in the brain of Nathan Copeland, a 28-year-old quadriplegic.

These were inserted into the region of the brain that registers touch from the hand, and linked to a robotic hand in the same room via a computer. When this robotic hand was touched, it triggered stimulation of Copeland’s brain. “He feels these sensations coming from his own paralysed hand,” says Gaunt. Continue Reading »

UT Southwestern Researchers Amplify Regeneration of Spinal Nerve Cells

Published: October 11, 2016

researchers-amplify-regeneration-of-spinal-nerve-cellsNewswise — DALLAS – Oct. 11, 2016 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully boosted the regeneration of mature nerve cells in the spinal cords of adult mammals – an achievement that could one day translate into improved therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries.

“This research lays the groundwork for regenerative medicine for spinal cord injuries. We have uncovered critical molecular and cellular checkpoints in a pathway involved in the regeneration process that may be manipulated to boost nerve cell regeneration after a spinal injury,” said senior author Dr. Chun-Li Zhang, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern. Continue Reading »

Archer’s Challenge Has Able-Bodied People Use Wheelchairs to Highlight Inaccessibility

Published: October 11, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

chikage-windler-archers-challengeThis week, hundreds of able-bodied people in Austin, Texas, will spend the day in a wheelchair to raise awareness of the accessibility issues people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices face on a daily basis.

The initiative, known as Archer’s Challenge, was started by 20-year-old Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy. Archer’s Challenge began in 2015, after Hadley was frustrated by the lack of automatic doors at his school. Continue Reading »

Public Health Officials Struggle To Identify Sepsis Before It Becomes Deadly

Published: October 10, 2016

rory-stauntonAfter Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a stomach virus going around New York City, and his leg pain was likely due to his fall.

However, she advised his parents, Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, to take the youngster to the emergency department because he might be dehydrated. There hospital workers did some blood work, gave him fluids and sent him home. Continue Reading »

User-Friendly Urinary Catheter Designed by Quadriplegic Gets FDA Clearance

Published: October 6, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

perfic-cath-catheter-designed-by-quadriplegicAdapta Medical, Inc. to Expand Catheter Product Line

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Adapta Medical, Inc. has received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath® intermittent touchless urinary catheter. The sterile catheter system was designed by J. Glen House, MD, a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity.

FDA clearance for the PerfIC Cath® will result in Adapta expanding the PerfIC Cath® product line and launching the new mPower Cath™ series catheter product line. Both product lines feature hydrophilic and gel lubricants for straight and coude-tipped catheters. The PerfIC Cath® catheters have an attached urine collection bag while the mPower Cath™ products have a urine collection bag that is not attached to the catheter. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

Published: October 4, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

glen-and-elaina-3Paraplegic man who thought he would never be a dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

A man who thought he’d never have kids has chronicled the adventures he and his daughter have in his wheelchair, to give hope to parents with disabilities.

When Glen Dick, 47, from Chalfont, Pennsylvania was paralysed after suffering a spinal cord injury in 1995, he thought his dreams of becoming a father were over.

But in 2010, five years after getting hitched to his wife Monica, 35, the delighted couple welcomed their first child Elaina. Continue Reading »

Go karts help paralyzed racer find new normal

Published: October 4, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

matt-maier-1When he distances himself from the memory, and the wheelchair, Matt Maier is simply racing again. He’s independent and self-assured. His knowledge and experience are advantageous.

He slides his helmet on and the view becomes framed and familiar. This is what he knows: The ripping start-up noise of engines, the smell of the sun baking the race track, the open pavement beckoning.

What’s been new is the adjustment outside of this world, the one with specially adapted cars and physical therapy appointments and the loss of the use of half of his body. Continue Reading »