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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

Published: February 29, 2016

New, multifunctional fibers to help repair nerve damage or deliver treatment for mental, neurological disorders

Biorobotic bladders: breakthrough treatment for spinal injury

Published: February 26, 2016

lawn-wheelchair“Research in this field is progressing but, predictably, has a long way to go”

Believe it or not, we are electrical creatures. Each and every living cell in your body is electrically active. The sodium-potassium pump, which you may remember from secondary school biology, pumps sodium ions out of the cell and potassium ions in, creating a difference in charge across the cell membrane. Neurons exploit these differences in charge and ion concentrations to rapidly carry signals down the length of their cell bodies and trigger the release of chemical messengers.

UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 26, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michael-FraserThree years ago, Michael Fraser broke his neck in a diving accident near his Vandergrift home but remembers little about it.

But in April, the man with quadriplegia underwent an experimental neural stem-cell procedure that wasn’t only a life-changing experience but could represent the first interventional treatment for spinal cord injuries.

Mr. Fraser, 24, now can lift himself from his wheelchair into bed without assistance. He breathes more freely and deeply and has greater core strength with better dexterity. Previously he could manage only a half-mile on his arm-powered elliptical but now does two to three miles, he said.

I May Have Suffered A Spinal Injury, But The Ball Is Still In My...

Published: February 25, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Hand with glove catching baseball

My love for the game of baseball began the moment I picked up a bat and a ball at two years old. From that day forward, I couldn’t put them down. Fast forward 17 years and I was fully intent on chasing my childhood and lifelong dream to be a Major League Baseball player.

By February 2011, I was still beaming from a steamroll of of successes over the previous year: My high school had won our division championship, finishing first throughout the state of California. I had won every individual award possible, ranging from League MVP to California State Player of the Year.

Quadriplegic Lee Bullock doesn’t let physical limitations stop his music-making passion

Published: February 24, 2016

Lee BullockLee Bullock cannot move most of his body, but he still does more with his time than many able-bodied people.

Mr Bullock became quadriplegic at the age of five after he was hit by a car.

He has been in a wheelchair for more than three decades, which he described as a “very long time to be sitting on your bum”.

But he does not let his wheelchair slow him down, spending his time writing songs and screenplays.

Do the Paralyzed Have a Medical Right to This $70K Exoskeleton?

Published: February 24, 2016

exoskeletonAmerican insurance providers are being faced with an interesting health care debate: Should walking be considered a need?

At the center of this debate are exoskeletons — motorized devices that allows those with spinal cord injuries to stand upright and walk. So far, the ReWalk system is the only exoskeleton in the United States that has been approved by the FDA. However, it costs close to $70,000.

ReWalk announced that a commercial health plan will provide coverage for a personal exoskeleton system.

Tommy Hilfiger Launches Adaptive Collection for Children With Disabilities

Published: February 23, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

adaptable mainstream clothingNow, children of all abilities can wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing.

A nonprofit organization called Runway of Dreams worked with the brand to launch an adaptive version of select styles from its children’s line, which will be on sale starting Tuesday.

Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer, founded Runway of Dreams to work with the fashion industry and adapt mainstream clothing for people with different abilities. She started the organization after her son Oliver, 11, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, asked her to buy him a pair of jeans. 

Driving wheels of inspiration

Published: February 22, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Driving wheels of inspirationIt is one thing to believe that it is your responsibility to inspire, but driving over 5000kms to reach out to thousands of speciallyabled citizens from the southernmost tip of the country to its northernmost boundary is a pure act of heroism.

Not to forget the perils of spending long arduous months on the road and staying away from loved ones. And to do all this while seated in a wheelchair… is there an adjective that can do justice to such a whole-hearted endeavour? Harry Boniface Prabhu is not in it for the praise, applause and appreciation, anyway.

“I want to educate the disabled. Show them that the world is a wonderful place and help them get rid of their insecurities,” Boniface said earnestly.

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: February 19, 2016

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients(HealthDay News) — Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients’ average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days.

Early rehabilitation was associated with better physical functioning when patients left the hospital and during the following year.

Mister Rogers TV Hall of Fame (Special Appearance by Jeff Erlanger) (1999)

Published: February 18, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

https://youtu.be/PI_9GegVoYk

A quadriplegic from a young age following surgery for a spinal tumor, Mr. Erlanger appeared on the “Neighborhood” at age 10 (1981), but his relationship with Fred Rogers continued through the years.

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