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Bionic bodies: From typing with a glance to restoring paralyzed limbs, new technology aids the ailing

Published: October 13, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

If eye-gaze technology, motion sensor tracking and functional electrical stimulation sound like secret weapons of the CIA, you’d be half right. Much of the newfangled equipment in use for those with medical disabilities came out of technology originally designed for the government. Now, it’s helping injured and ill people with life’s basic needs.

Former Saints player Steve Gleason, diagnosed with ALS in 2011, propels his custom wheelchair with only a glance.

“I have an infrared eye tracker that is connected to my laptop and serves as my control center,” said Gleason. Continue Reading »

Stand-Up Wheelchair Lets Chef with Disabilities Continue His Career

Published: October 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation shares the story of a man who was able to return to his career with the help of assistive technology.

Winter Haven, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2017 Watching Othedus (Theo) Harvin at work in the kitchen at Sonny’s BBQ is like watching a graceful ballet. He moves from the grill to the refrigerator to the slicer and back again in one seamless motion. He pulls a lever to stand up so he can use the slicing machine or reach into the refrigerator, and he lowers the lever to sit down at the grill and get supplies. His movements are smooth and fluid as he maneuvers his wheelchair around the kitchen. Continue Reading »

New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: October 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In 2016, Chris’ spine was severely injured in a biking accident. Now he has regained use of his arms after receiving a novel cell treatment at Rush.


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Miss Wheelchair World beauty pageant breaks down barriers for disabled women

Published: October 8, 2017

A Polish organization had held the first international edition of a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs in an effort to change people’s perceptions about people with disabilities. Continue Reading »

New functional scoring helps better treatment for SCI during hESC

Published: October 6, 2017

During the past 2 decades, cell-based therapies for SCI have been researched in several studies. Replacement of damaged neural tissues and re-establishing connections between the central and peripheral nervous system is vital for the treatment strategy for patients with SCI. According to factsheet of WHO, over 5 hundred thousand people are estimated to suffer from SCI per year. American Spinal Injury Association’s (ASIA) Impairment Scale is a universally accepted scale to assess the SCI, but this scale does not cover all parameters of SCI. Development of new scoring system by Nutech mediworld has the remaining parameters covered in its Nutech Functional score(NFS). Continue Reading »

Wheelchair no barrier for rescue worker

Published: September 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘There are no words to describe the things I’ve seen,’ says photographer

Being confined to a wheelchair Being a wheelchair user with a spinal cord injury didn’t stop one determined Michoacán man from contributing to the rescue efforts in Mexico City after last week’s big earthquake.

Twenty-six-year-old Eduardo Zárate traveled to the capital after he heard that one of his friends was missing in the Del Valle neighborhood, one of the worst affected parts of the city. Continue Reading »

Teen rescuer who become quadriplegic celebrates 50 years in a wheelchair

Published: September 24, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Half a century in a wheelchair – it’s not a milestone celebrated often, if at all.

But Peter Kuprijanow is not your average person.

Hailing from Killara, Mr Kuprijanow and his friends were the talk of the town in 1966 when they came to the rescue of a family whose car had crashed into the Kiewa River – one person tragically died, but an elderly couple and two children were saved.

A year later, the young man was again in everyone’s thoughts, after he broke his neck at that same spot. Continue Reading »

‘I never got to thank the stranger who saved my life’ – Coldplay fan left paralysed after diving into pool on family holiday

Published: September 23, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Rob O’Byrne was left in a wheelchair after he dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool

A Dublin man has described his “nightmare holiday” after he was left paralysed in a freak accident while in Spain with his family.

Rob O’Byrne (29) from Co Dublin was drinking by the pool with his family when he jumped into the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Continue Reading »

Indiana AgrAbility Project keeps farming accessible for all

Published: September 17, 2017

Twenty years ago, Justin Hosler met a man he shared two things with: life-changing injuries that rendered both of them unable to walk and physical therapy sessions. In rehabilitation, it bothered Hosler to watch the man refuse to try.

“His refusal to try motivated me … there’s a lot of life left and I couldn’t just sit there and not live it,” said Hosler, who now farms 1,800 acres full-time in Huntington County.

That determination lifted Hosler to ambitiously pursue his dreams. Continue Reading »