Monthly Archives: May 2016
Pants Up Easy… is designed to help wheelchair users and people with spinal-cord injuries get dressed.
If you’re paraplegic, odds are you spend hours a day struggling to get your pants on. Fed up with tugging and wriggling on your back on the bed, in and out of your wheelchair? Had enough of stretched-out pants and broken belt loops? Problem solved.
There are three models available. All three work in exactly the same way.
Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and unfortunately having a relatively high prevalence (250,000 patients in the USA; 80% of cases are male). One currently explored approach to restoring function after spinal cord injury is the transplantation of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) into the damaged area. The hope is that these will encourage the repair of damaged neurons, but does it work? And if so, how can it be optimized?
In the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness
Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.
Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe.
I broke my back in an accident, in 1996, which left me as a paraplegic wheelchair user. I went through a conventional rehabilitation process and after leaving hospital I spent four years striving to make the most of my damaged body through my own conscious effort. Then one day I came across Leonid Blyum and his work in Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation. Since then we have been slowly but surely rebuilding the damaged structure of my body and bringing this body of mine back to life.
Rick Strand has passed, but we are ‘KEEPING HIS DREAM ALIVE’! In addition to parts, we are also custom motorcycle builders for handicapped and non handicapped riders. We focus on helping the disabled rider get back on the road with handicapped parts, bike modifications and custom builds and are building an inventory of disabled equipped motorcycles for purchase.
All of the parts that you may need to order or inquire about including handicap or disabled parts, please call us at 720-222-3137 or visit our website www.DisabilityMotorcycleAids.com.
Company will Collaborate with The University of Pittsburgh to Develop an Implantable Device for Spinal Cord Injury Patients
SAN ANTONIO, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — InCube Labs, a multi-disciplinary life sciences R&D lab, today announced that it has been awarded a subcontract from the University of Pittsburgh to help develop an implantable neuromodulation therapy to restore bladder function for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients.
The technology has “promising humanitarian applications off the track.”
Sam Schmidt wasn’t one of the official drivers at yesterday’s 100th Indianapolis 500, but his speed record is still notable.
New device would let severely paralyzed people surf the Web
PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer, a Canadian teen.
More than 250,000 Americans alone have spinal cord injuries, according to experts at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Some 118,000 of these people are quadriplegic (Quah-drah-PLEE-jik), meaning both of their arms and legs are paralyzed. For these individuals, using a computer poses a big challenge. Some researchers have invented ways for such people to control a computer using brain waves or the movements of their eyes. But now, Emma Mogus has come up with an easier way for many such patients to control a computer: using their tongue.
An experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.
And for one patient, it is promising.
On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.
“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti.
Costco Auto Program today announced an exclusive partnership with BraunAbility, the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles. Costco members in eight select markets will receive low, prearranged pricing on new or pre-owned mobility vehicles, as well as discounts on adaptive equipment and mobility component parts and service.* *Available in AZ, CA, CO, HI, NV, OR, Utah and WA.
Designed to meet the needs of Costco members who face physical challenges, the Costco Auto Program BraunAbility partnership aims to provide easy vehicle entry for every passenger and driver. The mobility program offers a wide range of options including wheelchair vans with side-entry or rear-entry ramps, wheelchair lifts and various adaptive driving components. BraunAbility’s wheelchair accessible vehicles include the Ford Explorer MVX, the world’s first wheelchair accessible SUV, and minivans, including Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.