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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Upper Limb Kinematics After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Review

Published: January 30, 2015

Although a number of upper limb kinematic studies have been conducted, no review actually addresses the key-features of open-chain upper limb movements after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this literature review is to provide a clear understanding of motor control and kinematic changes during open-chain upper limb reaching, reach-to-grasp, overhead movements, and fast elbow flexion movements after tetraplegia.

The wheelchair rugby team that’s so popular there’s a waiting list

Published: January 29, 2015

Dorset Destroyers wheelchair rugby teamA WHEELCHAIR rugby team has become so popular that they have had to set up a waiting list for future players.

The Dorset Destroyers currently have 20 places, which have all been filled ahead of the sessions starting on Sunday, Nicholas Coombs, chairman and founder of the club, said: “It is a superb sport, where the players can really get their teeth into a good game.

“When we originally ran the taster sessions via Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, we were totally blown away by the response.

Study on dopamine neurons could instruct research into mobility and neurological disorders

Published: January 29, 2015

study on zebrafishScientists studying hatchling fish have made a new advance in studying a chemical in the brain that impacts on movement.

The team from the University of Leicester Department of Biology has examined transparent hatchling zebrafish to gain new insights into the working of neurons in areas of the brain that are normally difficult to access.

Student working to restore walking in people with spiral cord injury

Published: January 28, 2015

Ashley DalrympleThe Rick Hansen Foundation reported 86,000 people in Canada living with a spinal cord injury. Ashley Dalrymple, who hails from Wetaskiwin, is a student at the University of Alberta conducting research to help patients struggling with such injuries.

Dalrymple is a masters of science student based in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and holds an undergraduate degree from the U of A in electrical biomedical engineering. Soon she will be transferring to a PhD program to continue her work. Her current research project uses a technology invented by the university lab she is working in, called intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS).

World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2015 team lists published

Published: January 28, 2015

wheelchair-curling-Paralympic-pictogramEarlier today, World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2015 published the team lists on their website for the upcoming event.

The Canadian team includes Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen, Sonja Gaudet, Mark Ideson and Marie Wright. They are coached by Joe Rea. They come into the event as reigning Paralympic medalists. They beat Russia 5 – 4, and Canada defeated Sweden 7 – 4 in group play in Sochi.

Thirty-eight year old Ideson, who is from London, Ontario, was an alternate on the 2013 gold medal winning world championship team, and was also a member of the 2014 Winter Paralympic gold medal winning team.

Duke student mentors others with disabilities

Published: January 28, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jay-ruckelhausJay Ruckelshaus graduated high school confident in the future.

The Indianapolis native planned to attend Duke University in the fall of 2011 on a full merit scholarship, and hoped one day to be a politician.

But Ruckelshaus was forced to reevaluate his plans. Just weeks before he was scheduled to arrive on campus, he was involved in a diving accident that left him paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury.

Cardiff man paralysed in major accident urges caution over ‘breakthrough’ on spinal cord injuries

Published: January 26, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Darek FidykaA sound technician whose spine was shattered in a major accident has urged caution over a “breakthrough” procedure which enabled a man to walk again.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a brutal knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame after cells were transplanted from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

The treatment, which was a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.

Spinal injury hasn’t held him back from life

Published: January 25, 2015

Joe DillonAt Harriton High School in Lower Merion, Joe Dillon avoided the party crowd. But after a girlfriend broke his heart, his buddies talked him into drinking. On the night of August 9, 1976, Dillon, then 21, was drunk when he decided to dive off a wall into the bay at Somers Point, N.J.

He dove 13 feet – into what turned out to be 18 inches of water, shattering his fourth cervical vertebra into splinters.

Quadriplegic fights ADA abuse

Published: January 24, 2015

Brad PetersEvery move that Brad Peters makes is thought out.

The zipper on his sweatshirt includes a small piece of thin tied rope so that his fingers can fit through the loop and pull down if he has to.

His cell phone hangs from the side of his motorized wheelchair with the same rigging so he’s able to easily grasp it and flip it open in case he receives a phone call or has to make one – the latter of which can be a difficult task for a quadriplegic that has spent more than three decades finding ways to live with his disabilities.

InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold used for 2nd spinal cord injury patient

Published: January 22, 2015

InVivo TherapeuticsInVivo Therapeutics enrolled the second patient in their Neuro-Spinal Scaffold to treat traumatic spinal cord injury.

The patient is enrolled at Carolinas Medical Center, part of the Carolinas HealthCare System in the study to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold.