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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cooling improves quality of life for spinal cord injury patients

Published: May 17, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Minister John Day meets quadriplegic Craig ParsonsA study looking at reducing the severity of spinal injuries by reducing a patient’s body temperature immediately after an accident is entering a new phase amid hopes clinical trials will begin in WA next year.

Researchers believe the technique may ultimately make the difference between someone ending up having to use a wheelchair and being able to walk.

The research is being undertaken through WA’s Neurotrauma Research Program and the State Government is contributing $1 million towards it.

Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: 3 Common Triggers

Published: May 13, 2016

Bladder, Bowel and Skin issues – If there is a sudden change in spasticity over a short period of time, it really makes you think about why the spasticity is getting worse.

Paralyzed grandma given gift of play with her family

Published: May 10, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC

Travis Roy to Receive Honorary Degree

Published: May 10, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Former Terrier hockey player now major supporter of spinal cord research

In the video above, Travis Roy reflects on his life 20 years after a paralyzing injury and talks about what he sees for his future. Photo by Jackie Riccardi

John the Barber: beats odds to cut hair again, even from a wheelchair

Published: May 9, 2016

John the BarberGetting shot six times and becoming paralyzed from the chest-down didn’t stop John “So Icey John” Sharp from becoming one of the best barbers in town.

“I got shot up being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sharp, 28, says, adding he wont let the circumstances prevent him from continuing his life.

Today, Sharp cuts hair from his wheelchair at Englewood’s Pro-Line Barber and Beauty. In the last seven months, he’s developed a strong client base, which he’s proud of.

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: A Status Report

Published: May 6, 2016

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord InjuryNew Hope for Paralyzed Patients?

If you have a spinal cord injury, recent reports on stem cell therapy look like a dream come true. Like wire spliced into a severed cable, stem cells could restore communication between your body and your brain.

After endless numbness, you might once again feel the grass between your toes or the caress of a lover. After an eternity of motionlessness, you might rise from your chair or hoist a glass of wine to your lips.

Paralysis couldn’t stop US skydiver from keeping his Wings for Life

Published: May 6, 2016

Jarrett Martin paralysed skydiverDUBAI // Taking a painful incident and turning it into something positive is how paralysed US skydiver Jarrett Martin has responded in helping to raise funds for research on spinal cord injuries.

The 25-year-old Dubai resident will be taking part in the Wings for Life World Run, a global charity race that takes place on 34 tracks across six continents at the same time. A run will be taking place on Sunday at the Dubai Autodrome, for the second year in a row.

“Being one of the few people in Dubai with a spinal cord injury and being very vocal about it, I got approached by the charity, and it’s all about finding a cure,” said the Wings for Life ambassador and qualified master parachute rigger at SkyDive Dubai.

‘I decided to have a recovery’: Rhiannon Tracey’s next big step

Published: May 3, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rhiannon horse-riding since accidentRhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water.

In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in.

She felt her whole body jolt as her head hit the shallows in the pool labelled ‘deep’.

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