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German social court rules ReWalk exoskeleton medically necessary for patient with SCI

Published: August 8, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

ReWalk Robotics logoReWalk Robotics announced the first ruling by the Social Welfare Court of Speyer which declared the ReWalk exoskeleton system was medically necessary and should be covered by insurance for a patient with spinal cord injury. The ruling, delivered in late July, overturns the original denial of the claim by the payer, a statutory health insurance entity, according to a press release.

The claimant, Philip Hollinger, is a 44-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2006. The accident left him paralyzed with a T6 level injury. Continue Reading »

Believing Recovery Center – Tampa

Published: November 4, 2014 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,
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Our program targets the recovery of the malfunctioning Central Nervous System (CNS) through the use of important components utilized in neuroplasticity. The benefits can be noted both in people with spinal cord injuries and during motor recovery from other types of brain injuries, e.g. (TBI, CVA or Strokes, tumors, ataxias, etc), CP (Cerebral Palsy), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and others.

Because it is an intensive, specific program aimed at physical recovery, it is important to be aware that some alterations associated with neurological injuries may restrict an individual’s participation in the program. Continue Reading »

Victory Over Paralysis

Published: March 14, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Victory Over Paralysis – It’s our goal. It’s what motivates us as we fashion each experiment after, document and categorize each participant’s progress with. Continue Reading »

FDA approval to move forward with Phase I safety trial using Schwann cells in SCI

Published: August 1, 2012 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , , , , ,

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries.

We are not recruiting anybody until we obtain approval from our Institutional Review Board.

This trial is just 1 brick in the wall. We will continue working with our scientific colleagues to test other “bricks” in the wall to ultimately develop a strong defense to prevent or reverse the many effects of paralysis. Continue Reading »

Pete comes rolling home

Published: August 5, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

HE’S notched up 14,224 miles in a 150-day odyssey, and now wheelchair wanderer Peter Donnelly has finally rolled back home to St Helens on the fifth anniversary of the injury that paralysed him from the waist down.

Five years ago, Pete sustained a T6 spinal cord injury (paraplegia) following a motorcycle accident that left him wheelchair-bound.

Not one to be held back, he rose above his injury to volunteer to work three months at a spinal rehabilitation centre in Bangladesh. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed driver Michael Johnson continues winning races

Published: July 28, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

More good news on 18-year-old paralyzed racer Michael Johnson from Mt. Morris: He keeps winning races and is being featured in the newest issue of Racer Magazine, the premier North American motor sports publication.

The Free Press introduced readers to Johnson a couple of years ago, when he was racing go-karts with hand controls and preparing for experimental stem cell surgery as a result of a motorcycle racing accident in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2005. He fractured his T5 and T6 vertebrae in the accident and was left without movement from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Clinical trials give spinal injury victims hope

Published: May 16, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

There is fresh hope for thousands of paraplegics in New Zealand yearning that someday someone will give them a chance to walk again.

Now, thanks to a 71-year-old Waikato housewife, recruiting for New Zealand’s first clinical trial to treat people with spinal injuries is about to begin. Continue Reading »

Northwestern first site open for spinal cord stem cell trial

Published: September 22, 2010 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , , , ,

Northwestern Medicine is the first site open for enrollment in a national clinical research trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for participants with a subacute thoracic spinal cord injury. Following the procedure, participants will receive rehabilitation treatment at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

Northwestern also is the lead site of the trial, sponsored by Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN). The trial eventually will include up to six other sites and enroll up to 10 participants nationally. Continue Reading »