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Monthly Archives: November 2014

German Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Published: November 28, 2014

Sonic Hedgehog proteinFor the first time, researchers in Germany have been able to create spinal cords in a Petri dish. To be more precise, they didn’t grow complete spinal cords, but neuroepithelial cysts, which are ellipsoid like and were about 60 μm in diameter. These cells express factors that are associated with spinal cord tissue and are in many ways similar to it.

Regenerative medicine is entering its golden age, with new techniques showing more and more promise; the list of tissues that can be grown from scratch and then used continues to grow, and it may not be long before we can add spinal cells to the list.

Quadriplegic teacher aide a great role model

Published: November 28, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Dan Horton quadriplegic teacher aideA MAN who became a quadriplegic after a motorbike accident is working as a teacher aide at Yarwun Primary School, and is one of the best, according to staff.

Dan Horton took a break from studying yesterday to reflect on the accident that 10 years ago put him in a wheelchair.

“It’s not something to celebrate, but I definitely thought about it,” he said.

“It feels like it only happened a few months ago, but at the same time it feels so far away.”

Reconnecting a paralyzed man’s brain to his body through technology | Chad Bouton |...

Published: November 25, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What if you were in an accident or had a stroke that left you paralyzed or without the ability to speak?

GoPro: Wheels into the Woods!

Published: November 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Five months recording, three months editing and post-producing, one GoPro 3 + Black edition, seven different camera positions, mounted on a Power Wheelchair and myself.

Friends help quadriplegic hunt pheasant, elk

Published: November 19, 2014

Troy BirdWALLA WALLA, Wash. — Harvesting a pair of pheasants could be considered a success for any hunter.

But for 45-year-old Troy Bird, those two kills represented something much more.

“What he gets out of it is just getting outside,” Bird’s friend and hunting partner Paul Roskelly said. “Also, going and getting his own food. It makes him feel like he’s contributing to taking care of himself.”

Bird, who was injured in a rock climbing accident at age 16, is a quadriplegic.

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Published: November 18, 2014

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With BrainsWASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday.

New technologies offer a window into how the brain creates movement.

Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man kick the opening ball for June’s World Cup in Brazil, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis presented the latest “brain-machine interface” findings from his team’s “Walk Again Project” at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Laboratory Breakthrough Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients to Breathe on Their Own...

Published: November 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineCase Western Reserve Researcher Presents Findings that Could Free Patients from Ventilators – Even Years after Injury

Case Western Reserve researchers have developed a procedure that restores function to muscles involved in the control of breathing – even when they have been paralyzed for more than a year. The breakthrough offers hope that one day patients with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to breathe again without the assistance of a ventilator.

States Cracking Down On Accessible Parking Abuse

Published: November 17, 2014

Accessible Parking AbuseStiffer penalties and stepped up enforcement are among the measures states are taking to help ensure that accessible parking spaces are available for those who truly need them.

In some cities, drivers with disabilities trying to find accessible parking spaces are often out of luck, because many of those spots are taken by able-bodied people who use parking placards intended for those with disabilities to get a choice spot or save a few bucks.

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

Published: November 14, 2014

University Of Maryland School Of MedicineUniversity Of Maryland School Of Medicine researchers find that spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration

Baltimore, Md., November 14, 2014–Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression.

Paralyzed Bride Is Going To Be A Mom With Help Of Surrogate

Published: November 14, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Paralyzed Bride Is Going To Be A Mom“The accident made me want kids even more.” -Rachelle Friedman

Knightdale, NC — Rachelle Friedman loves to shop. The problem is she doesn’t know if she should buy baby clothes for a boy or a girl.

“Who knows what it’s going to be? I don’t know what I’m leaning toward. There’s good in both. I’d be happy either way,” says Friedman.

Rachelle is expecting her first child with the help of a surrogate.

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