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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

September 10, 2017 - Superman to the rescue

Molly’s House awarded $10,000 for spinal cord respite care from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Molly’s House in Stuart has received a $10,000 Spinal Cord Respite Grant from the nationally recognized Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to serve Treasure Coast and Palm Beach families with members who have spinal cord injuries. The grant allows… Continue Reading »

September 7, 2017 - Researchers Turn Skin Cells into Motor Neurons Without Using Stem Cells

Cellular Renovation Why build something from the ground up when one can just renovate an already existing structure? Essentially, that’s what researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis had in mind when they developed a method for transforming adult human skin cells into motor neurons in a lab. They published… Continue Reading »

September 5, 2017 - Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury

Injection after an injury reduces inflammation and scarring After a spinal cord injury, a significant amount of secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself. A biodegradable nanoparticle injected after a spinal cord trauma prevented the inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits… Continue Reading »

September 3, 2017 - Two Adventurers to Swap Wheelchairs for Parachutes

‘Skydiving is next on my list’ Tonio Mercieca and Christine Borg will be swapping their wheelchairs for a parachute later this month as they tick off parascending from their bucket list. Parascending and disability are not usually strung in the same sentence, but the two will be proving “it can be done” while raising funds… Continue Reading »

September 1, 2017 - Virtual Reality Is Now Helping Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Brain Machine Interface plus Virtual Reality plus Exoskeletons, this is all that it takes to trigger the recovery of patients affected by Spinal Cord injuries. A recent study published in the journal known as ‘Scientific Reports’ by researchers at Duke University showed 8 patients, completely or partially paralyzed, who regained some of their muscle activity… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Disabled Veterans Using Rowing To Push Forward

Disabled veterans David Graham and John Fay would like to use their stories as an example to others facing disabilities or hardships in life, that the key is to keep pushing forward.

Quadriplegic Argentine finds adrenaline rush with racing drone

Agustín Zanoli loved the rush of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but after an accident left him paralyzed, he was unable to participate in some of his favorite activities.

Lab-Grown Neurons Could Help Heal Spinal Injuries and Restore Movement

Researchers grew human spinal cord neurons from stem cells and injected them into healthy mice, where they successfully connected with other neurons.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord of a person is damaged and the person cannot do things that they otherwise would have been able to do such as walking (mobility) or feeling in certain parts of their body. The spinal cord of a person is roughly 50 centimetres in length and it… Continue Reading »

Dr Peter Grahn

Ten Questions with Dr. Peter Grahn

In the summer of 2005 just graduated Willmar Cardinal basketball player Pete Grahn was enjoying a swim in Green Lake with friends when his life changed for good. It was an exciting time for Pete, he had graduated from Willmar senior high and was headed for Minnesota State- Moorhead to play college basketball and get… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

EVA Facial Mouse

August 5, 2017 - EVA Facial Mouse for mobile devices

EVA FACIAL MOUSE is an application developed and promoted by CREA with the support of Fundación Vodafone España. EVA FACIAL MOUSE is a free and open source application that allows the access to functions of a mobile device by means of tracking the user face captured through the frontal camera. Based on the movement of… Continue Reading »

August 3, 2017 - Exercise Improves Fitness and Strength for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Exercise is particularly beneficial for adults with chronic spinal cord injuries, says a review published by NeurologyNow. Does Exercise Help? People with spinal cord injuries are far less active compared to people in the general population and even compared to people with other disabilities. That’s why researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada decided to… Continue Reading »

July 13, 2017 - About Spinal Cord Injury

Anna Hopson’s PowerPoint presentation and interactive online lesson about spinal cord injury. Anna covers everything related to spinal cord injuries in this 35 minute Microsoft Office Mix Presentation.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

Spinal Cord Picture

SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.