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Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury

Published: November 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Early research at Mayo Clinic using stem cell therapy to treat spinal cord injuries has produced results for one patient that doctors describe as “beyond expectations.”

Logitech’s Adaptive Gaming Kit Makes the Xbox Adaptive Controller More Accessible

Published: November 18, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) facilitates gaming for players with accessibility needs. While a forward-thinking device, the XAC isn’t without limitations. To get the most out of the peripheral, users must purchase separate triggers, switches, and other accessories. Doing this can get expensive, especially for those living on a limited budget. Logitech has a solution with its upcoming product: the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit. I recently participated in a conference call where I got to see what the Adaptive Gaming Kit is all about.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Partner with Craig Hospital for New Video Series

Published: November 1, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Christopher & Dana Reeve FoundationSHORT HILLS, N.J., Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has partnered with Craig Hospital to introduce a new health series called Adaptive Tools for Independence.  The video series highlights functional tools and adaptive equipment that is available to assist individuals living with paralysis or limited hand functions to gain more independence in their day to day activities.  Daily tasks such as cooking, and bowel and bladder care are included in the first set of videos in the series. Other tasks like housekeeping, dressing, hair, and makeup will be available in the next installment. These videos aim to show how all these tasks can become much easier and be done with little or no assistance. Most of the tools featured in the videos are available online or can be crafted at home.

The new Gods of esports are paralyzed from the neck down

Published: October 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Players with quadriplegia are using neuroscience and video games to take on the world.

On a mostly sunny July afternoon in 2014, Chris Scott jumped out of a plane. For Scott, a thrill-seeking instructor at Skydive Long Island in New York, this wasn’t unusual. It wasn’t out of the norm for jumping partner Gary Messina, either. Known to friends as “Gary Go Hard,” the New York City corrections officer had been dropping out of planes since his teens.

Kansas man creating custom Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs

Published: October 11, 2019

OLATHE, Kan. (KAKE) -A Kansas nonprofit is again going above and beyond for kids in wheelchairs this Halloween by creating custom costumes.WDAF reports Walkin’ and Rollin’s over-the-top designs stop people in their tracks. One of their latest was for an 11-year-old Kansas City Chiefs fan from Eudora.

John Pittman now gets to cheer on his favorite team in his Arrowhead Stadium Halloween costume.

Teacher carries student with spina bifida on back so she can enjoy field trip

Published: September 25, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

10-year-old Ryan King has spina bifida, and when field trips are not wheelchair accessible, she has to miss out. But on a recent trip for school, Ryan got to join in on the fun – because a teacher volunteered to carry her the whole way.

The barriers to becoming a doctor with quadriplegia | Dinesh Palipana | TEDxBrisbane

Published: September 19, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Halfway through medical school, Dinesh was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. He still went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University.

A Look at National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Published: September 1, 2019

Did you know that September is National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month? Originally co-sponsored by Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, the bill for this awareness month was created to recognize the prevalence of spinal cord injuries in the country as well as highlight the achievements of those who are living with a spinal cord injury are accomplishing.

Ink Master ‘Wheels of Art’ Challenge

Published: August 27, 2019

This challenge is all about the canvases. The artists get the chance to design custom wheelchair spoke guards.

On and off the field, Nick Buoniconti made a difference

Published: August 2, 2019

Yes, Nick Buoniconti was a famous football player. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season” and Super Bowl championship teams. He was known for playing middle linebacker with a passion, tracking down quarterbacks like a heat-seeking missile.

He was an integral part of the Dolphins’ glory years.

But as Buoniconti’s legacy is reassessed following his death on Tuesday, it’s pretty much unanimous that it’s what he did after he left the field — and a horrific family tragedy — that truly meant the most to so many South Floridians.

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