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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Colorado court rules fired medical marijuana patient can’t get job back

Published: June 15, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Coats leaves the courthouse at the end of the hearing with his attorney Michael Evans, right. The Colorado Supreme Court listens to arguments in the the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after testing positive for marijuana. A written decision by the court will be issued at a later date.  (Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Brandon Coats is a quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. The company said it has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Cannabis consumption is cause to be fired in Colorado, the state’s supreme court has ruled, despite the drug’s legal status and the appeal of a quadriplegic man who was fired for using medical marijuana.

WPI student begins challenging journey after spinal cord injury

Published: June 13, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jared Grie The first entry on the grierstrong.com blog set a remarkably honest tone for what will likely be a lifelong journey for Worcester Polytechnic Institute freshman Jared Grier and his family.

Written by his stepmother, Susan Okie, just hours after the 19-year-old mechanical engineering student fell from a tree at Worcester’s Institute Park, the words were candid, realistic and inclusive in describing the accident that severely injured Mr. Grier’s spinal cord, and, in almost an instant, made him a quadriplegic.

Stretchy spinal implant presents new paralysis treatment

Published: June 12, 2015

stretchy spinal implantA thin and flexible implant that can be applied directly to the surface of the spinal cord to administer electrical and chemical stimulation has been developed by scientists in Switzerland. The e-Dura implant, made from a silicon substrate embedded with electrodes, replicates the properties of the soft living tissue around the spinal cord; meaning it can remain in situ without discomfort.

In 2012 the researchers showed how electrical-chemical stimulation could restore lower body movement in rats with spinal cord injuries.

‘Exciting’ progress for spinal injury drug

Published: June 12, 2015

Anthony FaingaaPioneers in the field of neurological therapy want paramedics to be armed with a breakthrough drug to quickly stop the damage spreading.

It’s the latest stage in the development of a project which started in 2011 at the University of Auckland.

The potential to carry the drug in the back of ambulances follows trials on rodents. Those tests confirmed a dose of peptide medicine could be administered into people’s veins, instead of straight to the spinal cord.

Quadriplegic overcomes obstacles to pursue horse racing passion

Published: June 11, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

KELOWNA – She’s not exactly a typical horse rider but 62-year-old Adrienne Colby isn’t letting her disability get in the way of her passion. When Colby was 30, a car accident left her a quadriplegic.

How to Play Blues Harmonica after a High Level Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 10, 2015

playing the harmonica hands-freeA few years ago Jeremy Olson discovered something that could dramatically improve the quality of life of many people.

We already know that the harmonica is one of the most versatile, easy to play and affordable instruments out there. But what makes the harmonica special is that it is the perfect instrument if you have sustained a high level spinal cord injury.

This is because the harmonica is one of the few instruments that can be played hands-free.

AQA Victoria (Australian Quadraplegic Association)

Published: June 10, 2015
www.qavic.org.au

AQA is a provider of support and services for people who sustain spinal cord injuries (quadriplegia and paraplegia) and similar physical disabilities. AQA provides a well established attendant care service (AQA Qualcare) for clients living with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

Individuals affected by SCI have the opportunity to improve quality of life in an inclusive community that recognises their capacity and rights.

Spire – Spinal Cord Injury Resource & Support Network

Published: June 10, 2015
www.spire.org.au

Spire was launched in 2015 as a brand of peer-facilitated supports and resources for people with Spinal Cord Injury to help them tackle issues of life. Spire is about supporting people to connect; network, contribute, participate and build community around life with SCI.

Spire brings the perspective of those with lived experience of SCI to the community; everything we do and say is informed, resourced and facilitated by people with real lived experience of SCI and what is important to them.

Spinal Cord Injuries Drop Among Young, But Rise Among Older Americans

Published: June 9, 2015

spine_59098Falls are the major cause among the elderly, researchers say

While the overall rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries was stable from 1993 to 2012, an increasing number of older Americans have experienced this injury, a new study finds.

“Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that often results in permanent disability,” said lead researcher Dr. Nitin Jain, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.

Neuro Ex

Published: June 8, 2015
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We deliver uniquely modified training programs for those with physical or neurological impairments to improve function and performance

Neuro Ex was founded on the goal of reducing the barriers to exercise for those with physical or neurological challenges. By bringing our gym to your home, we remove the added stress and cost, as well as time lost traveling to and from a dedicated facility. Our vehicles carry all of the necessary equipment to allow us to assist you in your exercise program in the comfort of your own home.

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