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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-RouenAn Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.

Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.

“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.”

‘Shooting from the lip’: Hunting deer and feral animals from a wheelchair

Published: September 29, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Clyde Thomas Shooting from the lip“Shooting from the lip” is no joke for farmer Clyde Thomas when he embarks on a quest to shoot deer and feral animals from his home just south of Eden on the New South Wales far south coast.

The 61-year-old quadriplegic has to use his mouth to fire a gun.

Mr Thomas was paralysed from the chest down as a result of a car accident in which he was a passenger in 1989.

He explains that it usually takes just over a month for him to prepare for a hunting trip.

Spinal Cord Lecture

Published: September 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/nf0s_ZRijrI

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

Published: September 25, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A chat with Chris in relation to spinal cord injuries.

KC man doesn’t allow spinal cord injury to hinder him from having a normal...

Published: September 25, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

adam laneKANSAS CITY, Mo. — September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. About 200,000 people in the United States are affected, including metro man Adam Lane.

Ever since a motorcycle accident seven years ago, Lane has had to learn how to navigate life on another set of wheels. When he’s not driving, Lane is rolling. It’s a skill he learned after his accident.

“The bike threw me and I went head first into a 4×4 sign post,” he explained.

Prosthetics Are Telling Paralyzed Legs How to Walk Again

Published: September 24, 2014

neural-prostheticsNeural prosthetics are getting so good that they can now automatically trigger natural movements in the legs. In a new experiment with paralyzed rats, scientists sent electrical signals to the spinal cord to mimic signals from the brain that could no long reach the limbs. This kind of research could lead to robot-assisted rehabilitation to help people with partial damage to their spinal cords learn to walk again.

Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 21, 2014

Bladder-Programs-After-a-Spinal-Cord-Injury-1030x356Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia.

Neurogenic Bladder

A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away from the person. Some people are unable to store urine (reflex/spastic) and this causes loss over control over emptying and leads to accidents. More commonly with a neurogenic bladder patients are unable to empty the bladder (flaccid) or pass urine at all without using a catheter. There are several types of catheters available and your doctor will help you choose which system is right for you.

Stem cells use ‘first aid kits’ to repair damage

Published: September 18, 2014

Mesenchymal stem cellStem cells hold great promise as a means of repairing cells in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or injuries of the spinal cord because they have the ability to develop into almost any cell type. Now, new research shows that stem cell therapy can also work through a mechanism other than cell replacement.

In a study published today in Molecular Cell, a team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge has shown that stem cells “communicate” with cells by transferring molecules via fluid filled bags called vesicles, helping other cells to modify the damaging immune response around them.

Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

Published: September 18, 2014

Troy Webb working after spinal cord injuryTAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom.

He picked up a ringing phone. A Mercedes was involved in an accident in the parking garage. It was turning out to be a quiet morning, but more than 10,000 people would filter through the center by the end of the day.

Gel-like padding being developed by a Stanford Bio-X team could help cells survive injection...

Published: September 17, 2014

Sarah HeilshornA team of Bio-X scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.

It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act of being squirted through a thin needle into the site of an injury jostles the delicate cells against each other and against the needle walls. Then, once in the site of injury, they face a biological war zone of chemicals. It’s no wonder, then, that treating spinal cord injuries and other damage with injected cells has been a challenge.

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