Monthly Archives: November 2015
Wearable walk-assist gets green light for sale in Japan
TOKYO -- 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...
Tireless voice for women with disabilities wins lifetime award
Are 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...
Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Through Laughter: Wes Johnson’s Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F06Eq7LZizE 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...
StemCells Inc says spinal injury therapy shows promise
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. 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
Australia'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.
Discovery helps explain what guides neurons to connect
It'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.
BOOK: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users
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!
Boy receives Track Chair from Outdoor Ability Foundation
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.
Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to a Very Odd (But Serious) Risk
People 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.
Parenting with a Spinal Cord Injury Presents Challenges and Opportunities
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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