Monthly Archives: February 2016
Findings by UCLA-led collaboration are an early step toward potential treatments for injuries to the central nervous system
Newswise — Whether or not nerve cells are able to regrow after injury depends on their location in the body. Injured nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system, such as those in the arms and legs, can recover and regrow, at least to some extent. But nerve cells in the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — can’t recover at all.
The fashion industry isn’t particularly well known for it’s diversity and inclusion. When we hear the term “fashion model,” we often think of tall, sleek, and slender young women.
But there are more than a few trailblazers out there shaking up that idea, including Alexandra Kutas. Paralyzed since birth, this Ukrainian model and accessibility advocate came to New York Fashion Week to court designers, photographers, and publishers, and to show that models come in all shapes and sizes.
There are many challenges facing people with spinal cord injury – and walking again is often the least of their problems. Cambridge research could help patients take control of their lives once more.
Spinal cord injury is, in many respects, a testosterone disease, says Professor James Fawcett.
What he means by this is that four out of five spinal cord injuries happen to men, and the most common age group is early adulthood. “Men are not good at assessing risk at that age,” he says. “Females are much more sensible.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2016) — At the age of 19, Sasha Rabchevsky was a strong safety on the Hampden-Sydney College football team when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
“Bionic spinal cord” could give extra function and mobility to users of mobility assist devices.
A ‘revolutionary’ device implanted in a brain blood vessel may one day enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again, say Melbourne researchers.
The brain machine interface consists of a stent-based electrode (stentrode), which is implanted within a blood vessel next to the brain, and records the type of neural activity that has been shown in pre-clinical trials to move limbs through an exoskeleton or to control bionic limbs.
Injuries to the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — are particularly devastating because the body doesn’t regenerate neurons to repair connections between vital circuits and restore function. In other words, the damage is permanent or even fatal.
A variety of early studies in animals and humans indicate the field of neural regeneration research is advancing. A 20-year-old man in Naples, Florida recently enrolled in the first clinical trial to assess the ability of stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries. But, a team of scientists from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, are working an entirely different method to inject hope into an otherwise bleak prognosis.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.
Jonathan Slifka, the governor’s liaison to the disability community, said he made Malloy aware of the “Change the Sign. Change the Attitude” campaign spearheaded by the Arc of Farmington Valley, also known as FAVARH.
If the General Assembly adopts the legislation, which still has a long way to go to becoming law, the new logo would replace the current stick figure in a wheelchair with a sleeker wheelchair design that represents a person tilted forward and on the move.
Center for Neuro Recovery is the nation’s leading functional movement exercise facility with the most state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment to date. Center for Neuro Recovery’s® Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training. Based in South Florida, Center for Neuro Recovery is the only facility in the State of Florida to offer robotic-assisted gait strength training and functional pattern movement exercises to the public. Center for Neuro Recovery takes individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders through a post-rehabilitation functional movement exercise strength and conditioning training program.
The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on October 2, 1986. This law guarantees that people with disabilities receive consistent and nondiscriminatory treatment during air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities.
In preparation for the 30th Anniversary of the ACAA, we are seeking your help in showing the progress that has been made as well as highlighting the work that still needs to be done to accomplish the spirit of the ACAA.
Please use our submission form to share your stories, photos, videos, and graphics about your air travel experiences as a passenger with a disability.