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Athlete keeps racing after spinal-cord injury

Published: September 16, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Zach Young Wheelchair AthleteJudging from his time in the City of Roses half-marathon Sunday, a spinal-cord injury hasn’t slowed Zach Young down.

The Southeast Missouri State University student said he covered the 13.1-mile distance in about an hour and 13 minutes, winning the wheelchair division of the race.

Young, 30, of Jackson lost the use of his legs after a 2005 motorcycle accident severed his spinal cord just below his upper abdominal muscles.

For a while, the injury appeared to have ended his athletic pursuits.

Non-UTI Problems Common with Urethral Catheters

Published: September 16, 2013

A group of researchers would like to broaden urologists’ conception of common complications from indwelling urethral catheters to include more than urinary tract infections.

In a review of studies on mishaps stemming from these catheters, the team found among an array of non-infectious complications that leakage or incontinence occurs at a rate of 11% and that spinal cord injury patients have high rates of bladder stones and gross hematuria.

The investigators believe this signals the need for much more focus on preventing these events.

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