Monthly Archives: May 2013
The Buoniconti Fund and National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), intend to jointly implement a coordinated national network of local support groups called the Spinal Network. Together, the Spinal Network will establish consistent standards for local groups wishing to provide support for the people living with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D), with an emphasis upon groups that promote independence and active lifestyle community integration.
The possibility of using a patient’s skin to generate healthy new heart, liver or nerve cells has moved a step closer after a breakthrough by US scientists.
Using the cloning technique which produced Dolly the Sheep in 1996, researchers were able for the first time to turn human skin cells into “embryonic” stem cells, which can grow into any type of tissue in the body.
“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk. Now I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.”
When Janice Wray lost control of her car on Route 95 in Connecticut last year, everything stopped. A 2009 graduate of East Greenwich High School, Janice was in her third year of nursing school at the University of Rhode Island. Now, suddenly, she was paralyzed from her chest down.
“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk,” Janice says now. “I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.”
An unfamiliar, unlit pool and a split-second decision to dive.
That tragic combination changed Chase Jones’ life forever.
The 28-year-old University of Georgia graduate broke three vertebrae in his neck, leaving him largely paralyzed from the shoulders down.
“This is something I’m still coming to terms with in some way every day,” said Jones, who worked as a governmental affairs officer for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center before his accident last August.
“Once upon a time, I could wake up and be ready to go to work in 30 minutes,” said Jones, who moved back into his parents’ ranch-style home in Carrollton, Ga. “Now it easily takes an hour and a half.”
This world of ours is full of barriers and limitations for individuals with disabilities; especially, those who are in power wheelchairs. But, one limitation that should not be accepted is the difficulty of airline transportation for the disabled.
The current standard for air travel for those in power wheelchairs is exhausting, dangerous, many times embarrassing and utterly unacceptable. It is also a process that has the opportunity of improving and eventually being fixed; Ben Trockman’s idea for a solution is included on his blog, which is attached below.
Such a change would knock down the current barriers of airline travel for the over three and a half million Americans who are currently wheelchair users. Everyone, absolutely everyone, should have the opportunity to travel the world by air; sign the petition if you agree.
A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone yet no one is prepared for life after the injury.
This is the only acute care rehab facility at a primary trauma centre in Sri Lanka. With low resources, awareness and 1800 injuries annually we need your help.
Two days after Patrick Shanahan was shot in his spinal cord, on July 16, 2010, during an attempted robbery in Hyannis and left paralyzed from the chest down, he was relearning how to breathe and go to the bathroom at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
Unannounced, another paraplegic who worked as a peer counselor at the hospital wheeled into his room and tried to pick up his spirits by insisting they would go golfing together someday using specially made wheelchairs.
Shanahan told him to get lost, but the counselor, Jerry Donovan, didn’t give up and wouldn’t let Shanahan quit, either.
“I love him to death for what he did,” Shanahan’s father Jerry said of Donovan. “He just wouldn’t take no for an answer.”
A good number of people in Qatar are increasingly suffering from dysfunctional urinary bladder (neurogenic bladder) due to spinal cord injury sustained in road traffic accidents and fall from heights, a senior Urology consultant at the Hamad Medical Corporation stated yesterday.
Yearly, the HMC Urology’s Voiding Dysfunction unit receives an average of up to 70 patients including males, females and children with neurogenic bladder.
Neurogenic bladder refers to dysfunction of the urinary bladder due to the disease of the central nervous system or peripheral nerves involved in the control of micturition (urination).