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Superman to the rescue

Published: September 10, 2017 | Category: News

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 Molly’s House to expand its existing Caregiver Respite Program to include families where a member has paralysis due to spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and ALS. Continue Reading »

Researchers Turn Skin Cells into Motor Neurons Without Using Stem Cells

Published: September 7, 2017 | Category: News

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 their work in the journal Cell Stem Cell. Continue Reading »

Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury

Published: September 5, 2017 | Category: News

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 the repair process, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading »

Two Adventurers to Swap Wheelchairs for Parachutes

Published: September 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘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 in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. Continue Reading »

Virtual Reality Is Now Helping Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Published: September 1, 2017 | Category: News

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 and sensation in the lower limbs. This happened as a result of a rigorous training regimen using non-invasive and mind-controlled exoskeletons and virtual reality (VR) system. Miguel Nicolelis and colleagues developed this system that stimulates patient’s brain activity to take control of its limb movement by triggering the injured portions of the spinal cord to re-engage. Continue Reading »

Using donor stem cells to treat spinal cord injury

Published: August 28, 2017 | Category: News

Immune cells populating spinal cord after injury affect ability of stem cells to promote recovery

A new study in mice published in The Journal of Neuroscience details a potential therapeutic strategy that uses stem cells to promote recovery of motor activity after spinal cord injury.

The transplantation of neural stem cells could help promote repair of an injured spinal cord, but the interaction between donor cells and the resident cells that are part of the body’s immune response to injury is not well understood. Continue Reading »

It’s Not a Rat’s Race for Human Stem Cells Grafted to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: August 28, 2017 | Category: News

Lengthy study finds that implanted neural stem cells grow slow and steady, and success needs to be measured accordingly

More than one-and-a-half years after implantation, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center report that human neural stem cells (NSCs) grafted into spinal cord injuries in laboratory rats displayed continued growth and maturity, with functional recovery beginning one year after grafting. Continue Reading »

Surfer finds freedom in California

Published: August 25, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jay Liesener, Team Surfgimp conquer more than just West Coast waves

With sunburnt cheeks and scabbed-over nose, Jay Liesener’s face tells it all. His recent trip to surf California’s southern coast was a success.

That’s a good sunburn, said Liesener with his head-wide smile as his wife, Melanie, helped him get out of their van.

Liesener is a quadriplegic and adaptive surfer who lives in Milton. When Gazette readers last saw him, it was days after a crowd-funding effort had raised more than $15,000 to send him and his team, Team Surfgimp, on a bucket-list-checking surfing trip to southern California. Continue Reading »

A Year Ago He Was Paralyzed From the Neck Down — Then This Happened

Published: August 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

You might feel a bit down if you watch the news. Who wouldn’t?

Angry people might be grabbing headlines and making you wonder about the future, but the antidote is all around you.

Talk to some of your neighbors. Chances are, no matter what they look like or where they’re originally from, you’ll find they’re actually pretty decent people — just like you.

The little improvements we all try to make may not register much, but the accumulation of them all eventually does. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegics and paraplegics go on skydiving adventure

Published: August 14, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A group of people with spinal cord injuries visited iFly Virginia Beach to experience what it feels like to skydive.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Two dozen people with spinal cord injuries left wheelchairs firmly on the ground as they floated above it Saturday.

Determined2Heal Foundation sponsored and adventure at iFLY Virginia Beach that allowed quadriplegics and paraplegics to experience what it feels like to skydive. Continue Reading »