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Monthly Archives: August 2012

There’s a reason it’s called Murderball

Published: August 31, 2012

The Paralympics event wheelchair rugby may be as tactical as chess, but it’s rather more brutal to play

There is such an almighty clanging, thunking, whirring and shouting that if I didn’t know better I might be tempted to call the police.

I am sitting in a wheelchair. Powering towards me on what looks like a glorified shopping trolley with enormous metal hub caps for wheels is a man with a red Mohican and shoulders like an ox. Considering that Neville Burrell has already told me, with great enthusiasm, “We can’t hit each other. But we can smash the —- out of each other’s chairs. The ideal thing is to half-break one. That’s my favourite part of the sport,” I am very glad that we are on the same side.

Therapies for spinal cord injury: On the cutting edge of clinical translation

Published: August 31, 2012

The Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) Publishing Group is proud to announce publication of the NACTN/AOSNA Focus Issue on Spinal Cord Injury, a supplement to the September issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, which is sponsored by AOSpine North America available in print and online.

The online version of the supplement is available free to the public. The focus of this special supplement, which was spearheaded by Dr. Michael Fehlings, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital, is the development of cutting-edge translational research in the treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI), an often devastating injury that affects 2.5 million people worldwide, many of whom are first faced with it in early adulthood. The topic is addressed in a variety of forms in 17 articles and several editorials.

Legacy of a fearless fighter

Published: August 30, 2012

The Paralympic Games were the creation of one remarkable man.

It was on November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht in Germany, when Jewish property was destroyed wholesale and about 30,000 Jews arrested, beaten, murdered or dragged off to concentration camps, that Ludwig Guttmann, the medical director of the Jewish Hospital in Breslau, instructed his staff to admit without question anyone arriving that night.

United Spinal Presents Free Webinars on Healthy Living for People with Disabilities & their...

Published: August 29, 2012

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will host two free webinars this September for people living with disabilities and their caregivers that will focus on ways to discover a healthy & active lifestyle and how to overcome the challenges of chronic health issues such as spinal cord injury (SCI), MS, polio, ALS or spina bifida.

“For people living with disabilities and their caregivers, the challenges of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle can be overwhelming at times. But with the right strategy and outlook, it’s within everyone’s reach. These webinars will build a foundation for many to discover better health, as well as happiness and success,” said Marlene Perkins, VP of Corporate and Community Relations at United Spinal.

No traffic fines for research

Published: August 28, 2012

AB 1657, which would devote $1 from certain traffic tickets to fund spinal cord injury research, is well-meaning but misguided. If the state is going to increase traffic fines, the revenue should pay for underfunded basic services.

Who would be so cruel, so selfish, as to deny money for spinal cord injury research? Unless you wish further harm to people who are paralyzed or otherwise disabled by spinal injury, certainly you want Californians to open up their wallets to fund studies, right?

Injured bride describes accident

Published: August 28, 2012

CHAMPION – Amber Hogue felt her neck snap, and the mother of six immediately started praying.

The 31-year-old woman said her head slumped forward into her lap, and she couldn’t feel anything from the neck down. Her first thought was that she was paralyzed. Next, she thought about her children.

“I started praying nonstop,” she said. “It really freaked me out. I don’t know how else to describe it. I kept thinking that I might never walk again. I’m suppose to take care of the kids. They’re not suppose to take care of me.”

Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Bring Top Clinicians and Researchers...

Published: August 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27. 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The best and the brightest minds in spinal cord injury medicine will convene this week for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Summit 2012 to discuss the latest breakthroughs and treatments in spinal cord injury medicine. Renowned clinicians like Dr. Stephen Waxman and Dr. Jeffrey Kocsis from Yale, will cover topics such as the molecular revolution, technological advances and solutions to key parts of the multiple sclerosis (MS) puzzle. Experts in the field will also discuss how close we are to breakthroughs in this vitally important—yet often overlooked—area of medicine and health care.

More Injured Veterans Seek Rehabilitation Through Sports, Compete in London Paralympics

Published: August 27, 2012

The international multi-sport competition for athletes with disabilities hits London on August 29.

On a September day in Afghanistan last year, Lt. Brad Snyder was running to help a group of fellow servicemen who had been struck by an improvised explosive device.

As he ran, a second IED buried in the dirt exploded — and Snyder ended up losing the sight in both of his eyes.

Exactly a year later, on Sept. 7, Snyder will compete for a gold medal in the London Paralympic Games, an international celebration of athleticism for people with physical disabilities.

Nervous System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Published: August 24, 2012

The nervous system is a complex collection of nerves and specialized cells known as neurons that transmit signals between different parts of the body. Vertebrates — animals with backbones and spinal columns — have central and peripheral nervous systems.

The central nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and retina. The peripheral nervous system consists of sensory neurons, ganglia (clusters of neurons) and nerves that connect to one another and to the central nervous system.

Access all areas: holidays for people with disabilities

Published: August 24, 2012

Passport, euros, sunglasses, wheelchair … people with disabilities here tell their inspiring travel stories


Tom Nabarro, centre, on his stag party in Ibiza

This summer I flew to Ibiza for 10 days for my stag party with a load of mates. Following a snowboarding accident, I am a C4 tetraplegic – I have no control of my arms or legs and very little stability in my torso, so I rely on my head-controlled power wheelchair and assistance from others.