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Monthly Archives: March 2013

After injury leaves him paralyzed, an MMA fighter battles still

Published: March 31, 2013

Devin Johnson MMAThis is the first in a series of stories about local mixed martial arts fighter Devin Johnson, who suffered a traumatic injury while training for his first professional bout.

The fist catches his cheekbone. He inventories the pain, dismissing it quickly.

Circling his adversary, he stays just wide of the strike zone. Fatigue is setting in. His body aches from days-old blows. But he refuses to quit.

Around him, other fighters are gathering their gear after mixed martial arts (MMA) practice at the Ultimate Fitness gym in midtown Sacramento.

But Devin Johnson has decided to go extra rounds, pushing himself to be in the best condition possible.

Nutrition for people with spinal cord injuries

Published: March 15, 2013

Eat-Well,-Live-Well-with-Spinal-Cord-InjuryMaintaining health can prevent secondary complications from developing, new book says

oanne Smith and Kylie James knew that diet plays a significant role in the health of people with neurological disorders. But they couldn’t find published material to that back knowledge up.

So Smith, a registered nutritionist with a spinal cord injury, and James, a nutritionist and occupational therapist specializing in neurological disorders, decided to produce a book themselves. They did it with a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Doctors seek new subjects after first successful cell transplant

Published: March 14, 2013

miami-project-cure-for-paralysis-logoAfter decades of research, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has completed its first human cell transplant for a spinal cord injury.

Doctors grew what are called Schwann cells from nerve tissue taken from an unidentified man’s leg, then transplanted them back into his own body. The patient now has passed the critical 30-day, post-operation period without complications, giving researchers hope that they’re headed toward curing paralysis and developing treatments for neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

New Hope for Reversing the Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 12, 2013

Sabaawy HatemNew Brunswick, NJ – Walking is the obvious goal for individuals who have a chronic spinal cord injury, but it is not the only one. Regaining sensation and continence control also are important goals that can positively impact an individual’s quality of life. New hope for reversing the effects of spinal cord injury may be found in a combination of stem cell therapy and physical therapy as reported in Cell Transplantation by scientists at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Can you still enjoy sex if you’re severely disabled? This bride-to-be, who has no...

Published: March 9, 2013

P1070365.jpg Sophie Morgan collectsSophie Morgan was left paralysed after a car accident in 2003, aged 18; Has no sensation from the waist down but has no complaints about sex; Sophie thought she’d live in celibacy, and discovered quite the opposite.

When I was invited to write about my sex life, I was hesitant. How much did I want to reveal about something so deeply personal?

I’m no exhibitionist – I do not relish the thought of strangers knowing intimate details of my life. But then I decided, yes, I would do it. Why? Because I realised my reticence was partly due to the fact that the subject of sex for people like me is still taboo. And it shouldn’t be that way.

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling good for people with spinal cord injury

Published: March 5, 2013

Electro-cycling-good-for-people-with-spinal-cord-injuryA new study by Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (Epub ahead of print) finds that long-term lower extremity functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling, as part of a rehabilitation regimen, is associated with substantial improvements in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).

Improvements include neurological and functional gains, as well as enhanced physical health demonstrated by decreased fat, increased muscle mass and improved lipid profile. Prior to this study’s publication today in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, the benefits of activity-based restorative therapy (ABRT) programs, such as FES cycling, were largely anecdotal despite publicity in conjunction with the recovery of actor and activist Christopher Reeve.