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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Wearable walk-assist gets green light for sale in Japan

Published: November 26, 2015

Cyberdyne-HALTOKYO — Japan’s health ministry approved on Wednesday sale of a wearable walk-assist robot for use in medical facilities, underscoring the government’s push to promote such products as part of growth strategy.

The HAL for Medical Use, lower limb type, from startup Cyberdyne is the first wearable medical robot approved for sale in Japan.

The product is designed for use in healthcare facilities by patients with eight incurable conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, given height and weight requirements.

Tireless voice for women with disabilities wins lifetime award

Published: November 25, 2015

Keran HoweAre women with disabilities “vulnerable”? Far from it, says Keran Howe.

She doesn’t like the term, believing it makes the woman she has worked with as an advocate for more than 30 years seem passive, or submissive.

Instead, women with disabilities are targeted, says Howe, by people who use sexual abuse and family violence to control and intimidate them. And when they report their abuse they are often disbelieved.

Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Through Laughter: Wes Johnson’s Story

Published: November 24, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wes Johnson’s life changed instantly when he was ejected from his Jeep and broke his neck. Throughout his recovery, he used jokes and laughter to let his family and friends know that everything was going to be ok.

StemCells Inc says spinal injury therapy shows promise

Published: November 19, 2015

experimental stem cell therapyStemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries.

StemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries.

Rio Paralympics: Kurt Fearnley predicts ‘boosting’ cheats will get caught

Published: November 19, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kurt FearnleyAustralia’s champion wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley says from his first Paralympics, in Sydney 2000, he has heard stories about boosting – the practice among athletes with spinal cord injuries of inflicting trauma on themselves, such as breaking a toe or sitting on their scrotums, to raise their blood pressure and improve performance.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that in the lead-up to the Rio Paralympics it will crack down on the illegal practice, which involves tricking the brain into triggering autonomic dysreflexia, which causes the body to flush with adrenaline.

Discovery helps explain what guides neurons to connect

Published: November 19, 2015

nell2-discoveryIt’s a wonder of nature – and a darned good thing – that amid many billions of similar cells in the brain and spinal cord, neurons can extend their tendrillous axons to exactly the right place to form connections. Otherwise we wouldn’t move, sense or think properly, if at all. In a new study in the journal Science, researchers report a discovery that helps to explain how axons manage to find their way across the midline of the spinal cord.

The findings contribute toward solving the basic mystery of axon guidance, but they might also advance scientists a little closer to achieving the medical aspiration of repairing damage in the central nervous system.

BOOK: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users

Published: November 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users bookBook Description – Are you a wheelchair user and want to learn about the process of traveling by plane before you take off for the first time? Or perhaps you’re a frequent flier and would just like to learn how to make the process easier for future flights? If you have ever wished that there was a guide to accessible air travel, this is the book for you!

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users is the first book entirely devoted to alleviating any fears that wheelchair users may have when it comes to flying. The entire process, from how to prepare for your upcoming flight to what to do after you land at your destination, is covered in depth.

Boy receives Track Chair from Outdoor Ability Foundation

Published: November 16, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tucker-WickThe Outdoor Ability Foundation donates a $10,000 chair to an 8-year-old

FULTONDALE, Ala. —Tucker Wick is a boy who loves the outdoors, but getting around isn’t easy. Trying to find the right “tools” to be outside has been a struggle. But today, thanks to the Outdoor Ability Foundation he’s getting freedom, in the form of a really cool ride.

Grayson Phillips, 16, and his dad, Scott, founded the Outdoor Ability Foundation. They love the outdoors and want to help other families do the same.

Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to a Very Odd (But Serious) Risk

Published: November 14, 2015

Spinal-Cord-Injuries-Lead-to-a-Very-Odd-But-Serious-RiskPeople who get serious spinal cord injuries have to adjust to a lot. That may be why, in the first year after their injuries, they are at serious risk for a potentially fatal condition called autonomic dysreflexia. Autonomic dysreflexia shows that the body can take itself down if its signals are ignored.

Nerves will try to get useful signals through to the brain any way they can. Sometimes this can be a good thing: Nerve cells were once thought to be unable to repair themselves after damage, but now we know they can slowly heal.

Parenting with a Spinal Cord Injury Presents Challenges and Opportunities

Published: November 13, 2015

Jennifer SextonHere is a list of positive things that can come from the experience.

Having a spinal cord injury affects everyone in the family. People who are newly injured often fear being unable to be a good parent.

Though being a parent with a spinal cord injury is challenging, there are some positive things that can result for you and your child.

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