Monthly Archives: June 2013
You’re 17, and the most pressing concerns in your life are binge-drinking, prom, and being your parents’ worst nightmare. The so-called “real world” is incomprehensible to you, and you’re still proud of that freshly printed piece of plastic in your wallet called a “driver’s license.” Doesn’t 17 seem far away? That’s because, for most of us, it is. Senior year, college, jobs, and attendant emotional baggage have come and gone since then. But 17 is how old Jesse Billauer was when he lost the use of his legs. He was just a kid.
Could a cure for paralysis be in the near future? Invivo Therapeutics shows technology minimizing tissue damage after a spinal cord injury
CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than being able to bend their knees or wiggle their toes again, paralyzed people long to be able to use the bathroom normally. Regaining bladder control would end embarrassing accidents, awkward catheters, costly medical care and dangerous, sometimes deadly infections.
A Cleveland team’s research has moved that goal closer to reality.
In rats whose spinal cords were completely cut – the worst kind of paralysis injury – scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic were able to prod nerve fibers to gradually grow across gaps the width of a pencil and reconnect. The tendrils’ months-long journey was aided by scaffolding soaked in growth-boosting and scar-busting chemicals.
Star, Idaho — Just months after a violent crash left 12-year-old Meghan Wildman paralyzed from the waist down, she is proving that you don’t need the use of your legs to dance.
On March 16th, 2013, the Wagner family was involved in terrible car accident that injured Trina Holley-Wagner and all five of her kids. Meghan was the most seriously injured.
“We found out that she had a neck injury, a blood clot at the base of her brain, and a spinal cord injury on her lower back,” said Trina. “She was paralyzed from the waist down. Pretty devastating … We just didn’t know how it was going to be for her.”
“I pulled my jeans out of the wardrobe and my GAP hoodie. I did my hair for the umpteenth time and took one last look in the mirror before heading back downstairs. Little was I to know, but that would be the last time that I would be able to walk down a flight of stairs. I have never seen that bedroom again.”
Hannah Rose had a loving, normal childhood and grew into a typical teenage girl. At the age of fifteen she developed a pain in her back and went into hospital. Within days she was completely paralysed from the neck down.
Imagine what it would be like after a spinal cord injury.
If your legs were totally paralyzed with no active movement, how would you get out of bed? You can’t stand up, so you would put a thin piece of wood called a sliding board underneath you and use your arms to slide your body down the board into your wheelchair. What if your spinal cord injury was at the level of your neck and your hands were totally paralyzed. How would you feed yourself? You would wear a special brace attached to your wrist that would hold the fork for you.
A yearlong workshop at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia is connecting people with mobility disabilities to a growing field in need of new professionals — computer science.
It’s called Project ENABLE and pays participants to train in computer programming and related topics.
Funding comes from the National Science Foundation.
This week students are learning to design their own smartphone apps. In past workshops, they programmed robots.
Christopher O’Rourke, 23, of Gibbsboro, N.J., suffered a spinal cord injury during a 2010 motorcycle accident. He now uses a wheelchair.
Syracuse, N.Y. – Jeffrey Campbell, a paralyzed quadriplegic Army veteran from Skaneateles, frequently goes to the Syracuse VA Medical Center for treatment when his multiple sclerosis flares up.
The 38-year-old was admitted Monday, making him one of the first patients in the VA’s new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center, which is part of a $90 million, six-story addition.
Campbell liked what he saw.
“This part of the hospital was built for people like me,” said Campbell, who uses his head to control his electric wheelchair. “With two wars going on, there’s going to be a lot more of us.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A medical test previously developed to measure a toxin found in tobacco smokers has been adapted to measure the same toxin in people suffering from spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, offering a potential tool to reduce symptoms.
The toxin, called acrolein, is produced in the body after nerve cells are injured, triggering a cascade of biochemical events thought to worsen the injury’s severity.
The Mountain Trike Offers riders the freedom to venture out around town or into the countryside. Whether that is to the beach, down muddy tracks, over grass or along cobbled streets, gravel driveways and even through snow. We call this All-Terrain.
With a conventional wheelchair, the smallest everyday journey or outdoors activity can seem daunting. The Mountain Trike gives riders the ability to go to places that were completely inaccessible previously, whilst maintaining the function and versatility of a standard wheelchair.