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Articles Tagged: Cure

When a cure isn’t a cure: searching for miracles can do more damage

Published: October 8, 2014 | Category: News

When a cure isn't a cureModern science can offer a lot of things, but the search for a miracle cure to spinal cord injury is dangerous on many levels.

It’s understandable that someone who has just been given life changing news will meet it with disbelief and doubt.

Say, for example, you’re told that an accident has left you with a fractured spine. Maybe it was a car crash. Perhaps it was a simple mistake like diving into a shallow pool or falling off a bike.

There are lots of technical terms being used by the people looking after you, yet all you really hear them saying is; “…you’ll never walk again.” Continue Reading »

IndyCar’s Sam Schmidt set to unveil SCI Challenge in bid to cure paralysis

Published: May 22, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam Schmidt Speaks About Death Of Indy Champion Dan WheldonIn 2000, Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a testing crash at Walt Disney World Speedway and became a quadriplegic.

But he has soldiered on as both a winning INDYCAR team owner and as a champion for paralysis research and treatment through the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

By his count, the foundation has raised somewhere between $12-13 million since its inception. Continue Reading »

A Cure for Spinal Cord Injury? Mark Pollock and Superman’s Legacy

Published: April 25, 2014 | Category: Videos

Adventurer Mark Pollock joined us to explore the frontier research that is pointing towards a cure for spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

Published: December 17, 2013 | Category: Answers

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies.

Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and unfortunately having a relatively high prevalence (250,000 patients in the USA; 80% of cases are male). High-profile campaigners like the late actor Christopher Reeve, himself a victim of sports-related spinal cord injury, have placed high hopes in stem cell transplantation. But how likely is it to work? Continue Reading »

Rachelle Friedman, ‘Paralyzed Bride,’ Speaks Out: More Than Equality, We Want A Cure

Published: October 4, 2013 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury:

Rachelle FriedmanEver since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities. But is it possible that showing such positivity could mask our daily hardships to the point that the urgency for a cure is diminished?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s important that society knows that we are more able than most would imagine. But sometimes it feels like that is the only message we’re getting out. What about the desire for a cure? Continue Reading »

Bad choices can change lives forever

Published: May 21, 2013 | Category: News

In April 2007, Amanda left a prom after-party with a friend who had been drinking.

On the way home, the driver crashed into a ditch. Amanda’s spinal cord was injured, and she was paralyzed from the neck down.

She was hospitalized for five months and went through a grueling regimen of physical therapy each day. Amanda had to relearn how to feed herself, brush her teeth, get dressed and do many other simple, everyday tasks. She was told she would never walk again. Six years later Amanda is still in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Spinal Injury Cures: Balancing Hope And Expectation

Published: April 19, 2013 | Category: News

Disability: learning to live with realistic hopes.Reports of paralysed animals walking again can give unrealistic hopes to people with spinal injuries. What is more important is that they develop the skills and perspective to get on with their lives

A recent breakthrough in regenerative medicine saw paraplegic dogs regaining some function in their back legs: inevitably, the headlines talked of hope for human patients with spinal cord injury.

But the head of clinical psychology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Professor Paul Kennedy, argues that this kind of “magic bullet” reporting can be damaging to people who are coming to terms with a life-changing injury. Continue Reading »

Doctors seek new subjects after first successful cell transplant

Published: March 14, 2013 | Category: News

miami-project-cure-for-paralysis-logoAfter decades of research, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has completed its first human cell transplant for a spinal cord injury.

Doctors grew what are called Schwann cells from nerve tissue taken from an unidentified man’s leg, then transplanted them back into his own body. The patient now has passed the critical 30-day, post-operation period without complications, giving researchers hope that they’re headed toward curing paralysis and developing treatments for neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Continue Reading »

Amazing hypothermia protocol cures gymnast’s spinal cord injury

Published: February 15, 2011 | Category: News

A relatively new treatment protocol is providing nearly miraculous results for some victims of spinal cord injuries, reports the Miami Herald. In the case of one 20-year-old gymnast from Florida, hypothermic treatment before surgery appears to have prevented profound paralysis and put him back on his feet just days after the accident.

The young gymnast, a state champion, was practicing for an audition with the Cirque de Soleil when a double flip went badly wrong. He missed and landed squarely on his head. Continue Reading »

Rick Hansen set to re-enact his Man in Motion journey

Published: February 2, 2011 | Category: News

Relay involving 7,000 Canadians chosen from 600 communities along the route will begin on 25th anniversary of historic trek

When an exhausted but triumphant Rick Hansen pushed himself into Vancouver on May 22, 1987, after circling the globe in a wheelchair for two years, the miles were all behind him but the journey was just beginning. Continue Reading »