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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Patients with traumatic spinal injuries have higher rate of insurance discontinuation

Published: February 20, 2015

higher rate of insurance discontinuationResearchers found insurance discontinuation rates were significantly higher for patients with traumatic spinal injuries when compared with healthy patient with no injuries, according to a recently published study.

Using the MarketScan database, the researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of privately insured spine trauma patients who underwent surgery from 2006 to 2010. The researchers also used Kaplan-Meier survival analysis to assess the time to insurance discontinuation, as well as Cox proportional hazards regression to determine hazard ratios for discontinuation of insurance among patients with spinal trauma compared with matched controls.

Loopwheels for Wheelchairs

Published: February 19, 2015

Loopwheels: shock-absorbing suspension for wheelchairs. Extracts from filming about what people think of our loopwheels for wheelchairs.

Quadriplegic teacher helped make history

Published: February 14, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Lex Frieden helped make historyHOUSTON — After the head-on car crash, Lex Frieden thought he was OK.

He’d been in the back seat, not the front, that fall night in 1967, and he wasn’t bleeding.

“I’m fine,” he said, as medical personnel rushed to help the others. “I just can’t move.”

The 18-year-old freshman at Oklahoma State University had a broken neck. Days and weeks would pass before he fully understood what that meant.

Learning to Walk again

Published: February 14, 2015

paralyzed-ratsScientists at EPFL in Switzerland have designed a spinal implant which can join severed ends of the spinal cord together allowing paralysed rats to walk again once more. The implant has been named “e-Dura”, short for “Electronic Dura Mater” because the device electronically mimics the function of the dura mater, a protective layer of tissue surrounding the spinal cord. Its function is to prevent foreign substances from entering and damaging the spinal cord.

The spinal cord itself bridges the gap between the brain (where most of the decision making process takes place) and the rest of the body.

New technology helps mental, physical recovery

Published: February 14, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michaela Bushey paralyzed brideAUSABLE FORKS — Standing among the friends and family gathered at the Jan. 1 wedding of Michaela Bushey and Kyle Devins were a trio of Pennsylvania rehabilitation specialists.

Frank Hyland, vice president of Rehabilitation Services; Sue Golden, director of neurorehabilitation; and Alyssa Hauck, physical therapist, had traveled from their offices at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown.

Along with joining the festivities at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, they were there to make sure everything went smoothly as Michaela used an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton to walk down the aisle.

Robot helps quadriplegic man tour St. Louis Art Museum

Published: February 13, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ST. LOUIS • A robot rolled into the galleries of the St. Louis Art Museum on Thursday.

‘Pushups for Paralysis’ Challenge for Those Paralyzed from Spinal Cord Injuries; Join ‘Team Fight...

Published: February 12, 2015

Christan_ZaccagninoLONG ISLAND, NY – For Boyd Melson, professional boxer and Captain in the US Army Reserves, being co-founder of the non-profit organization Team Fight to Walk is a labor of love. The group’s mission is to raise awareness and to make all possible efforts to fund a cure for spinal cord injuries in the United States.

In 2002, while a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Boyd Melson met Christan Zaccagnino. Christan was paralyzed in 1993 at just ten years old when she broke her neck after diving into a backyard pool. It didn’t take long for the two to fall in love.

Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Published: February 11, 2015

shutterstock_188516501-771x514Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective cure is yet to be defined.

The spinal cord is the bridge between the brain and the rest of the body, conveying motor and sensory information between them. When injury to the spinal cord occurs, these pathways are interrupted, with motor control and sensory perception being impaired as a consequence.

NIH grant will help understanding how connections rewire after spinal cord injury

Published: February 9, 2015

spinal V2a interneuron enriched culturesRestoring function after spinal cord injury, which damages the connections that carry messages from the brain to the body and back, depends on forming new connections between the surviving nerve cells. While there are some delicate surgical techniques that reconnect the nerves, researchers are also looking at ways to restore the connections themselves at a cellular level.

With a five-year, nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health

Gym specifically for spinal cord injury clients draws from throughout Northeast Ohio

Published: February 6, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Gym is owned by spinal injury victim

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio – The gym had several people working out. The weights were clanking up an down as arm muscles were being pumped up.