Monthly Archives: June 2008
Device can help paralysis patients breathe without a Ventilator for at least four hours
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it approved the NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System, an implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm and allows certain spinal cord injury patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a mechanical ventilator.
Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, which can impact the muscles of the chest and abdomen, including the diaphragm—the lower abdominal muscle essential for breathing.
Spinal cord injuries are often physically and emotionally challenging.
Recovering from a brain or spinal cord injury can be extremely difficult.
But resources are few, mother’s study finds
Anita Kaiser always wanted to be a mother. That dream didn’t change following the 1996 car crash that left her paralyzed from the chest down.
Kaiser, 36, gave birth to daughter Olivia five months ago. And yesterday, her groundbreaking study into the needs of parents with spinal cord injuries was presented at a Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists conference in Whitehorse, attended by 300 professionals from Canada and abroad.
“I want to break down the barriers and stereotypes,” Kaiser said in an interview at her Richmond Hill home.
They Will Surf Again event set for Long Branch oceanfront June 22
LONG BRANCH – Life does not stop when someone suffers a spinal cord injury. This is the message of an upcoming event to show that an injury is just the beginning of a new and more challenging journey.
To celebrate those who have injured their spinal cords, the Life Rolls On Foundation is hosting “They Will Surf Again” (TWSA) on the Long Branch shore for several injured surfers to get back in the water again.
“The event is about embracing what’s possible,” said Joe Levy, coordinator for the event. “Spinal cord injuries don’t hold people back. They push people forward.
“Life truly rolls on,” he added.
Matthew R. Nagle was stabbed in the neck on July 3, 2001, and spent the last six years of his life in a wheelchair. After he died last July, prosecutors said they would consider pressing murder charges against his attacker.
And now they are – in a move that some legal analysts say is unusual, but not without precedent.
Last week, a Norfolk County grand jury indicted Nicholas M. Cirignano on a charge of second-degree murder. Cirignano – already serving nine to 10 years at MCI- Norfolk for stabbing Nagle – now faces a charge that could keep him in prison for life.
He is expected to be arraigned in the next few weeks, according to David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office.
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TORONTO — Injury prevention and education programs are being credited in part for the decline in spinal injuries among ice hockey players in Canada.
Soon-to-be published findings from the ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada, which keeps a registry of catastrophic spinal cord injuries, reveal the numbers have dropped considerably in recent years from peaks reached in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The findings were presented Wednesday at the Safe Hockey Summit held at the Hockey Hall of Fame, where representatives from the medical community and hockey officials gathered to discuss concussions and spinal injuries.
ThinkFirst is a charitable foundation dedicated to reducing brain and spinal cord injuries among children and youth.
Justin Cochran may be disabled from the neck down, but that has not stopped him from skydiving, parasailing, hiking or organizing a golf tournament.
The Fourth Annual Justin Cochran Spinal Cord Injury Foundation Golf Tournament is set to tee off at Egwani Farms Golf Course June 17. The tourney is one of the foundation’s biggest fund-raisers that help raise awareness for people with spinal injuries.
Formed four years ago, the foundation began as a way to educate, encourage and inspire people affected with disabilities. It was created after avid explorer and daredevil Justin Cochran suffered an injury at a family reunion. Doing a back handspring for his cousins at a family reunion, he miscalculated and landed directly on his head, suffering a C1-C2 fracture. The accident paralyzed him from the neck down and made him dependent on a Ventilator.
For patients with paralyzing spinal cord injuries, sometimes it takes more than medicine and Physical Therapy to help get them on the road to recovery. At one facility that focuses on rehabilitating those patients, technology plays a huge role in turning Disability into ability.
Rehabilitation technologist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga., Kevin Grogg makes changes that change lives. It’s all about adapting simple things we take for granted like switching on a light, a fan, or even the TV.
“The patient would put their mouth on this end and be able to manipulate specific objects the way we might touch them with our hands,” Grogg described.Giving back control for those who have lost use of their limbs.