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Yearly Archives: 2016

Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Published: November 15, 2016

dr-quentin-barraudSpinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field?

There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is very broad.

There are many different approaches to try to overcome these disabilities, with key areas of research being focussed on developing stem cell therapies and using growth factors to promote regrowth of the nerve tissue after the injury.

Woman doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep her off the racetrack

Published: November 14, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

nathalie-mcgloin-paralyzed-race-driver“Life after spinal injury doesn’t have to be any worse, it just has to be different.”

Sometimes you do something just because someone tells you not to.

That was the case for Nathalie McGloin, the only paralyzed female racing driver in the UK.

McGloin suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash when she was a teenager, which has rendered her paralyzed from the chest down.

No barrier is unbreakable! By Tamara Mena

Published: November 14, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I am Tamara Mena and I am 30 years old. I’m a host, model, and motivational speaker.

He can’t fly planes, so quadriplegic Charles Brice started a business filming with drones

Published: November 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

charles-brice-can-still-flyCHARLES Brice always planned on a career above the clouds — he just imagined it would involve flying planes, not drones.

Mr Brice, 26, was training to become a professional pilot before a motorbike crash in 2010 shattered his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic.

But six years on, the St Morris resident is again taking to the skies, launching a business that uses drones to shoot photos and videos.

Focus on your ability and not your disability, says Justin Vijay Jesudas

Published: November 11, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

justin-vijay-jesudasSpinal cord injury has not stopped Justin Vijay Jesudas from pursuing his dreams

“All things are difficult before becoming easy,” says Justin Vijay Jesudas. After a car accident left him paralysed from below the neck in 2009, Tiruchi-born Justin is a vocal advocate for rehabilitation of the disabled.

The trick, says Justin, 36, is to focus on one’s ability, rather than disability. He himself balances a career as a software professional in Chennai with a nascent vocation in Paralympic swimming and rifle shooting. He even indulges his passion for long drives with the help of a customised car.

Brain implants allow paralysed monkeys to walk

Published: November 9, 2016

Swiss researchers travel to China to conduct pioneering experiment.

For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to another lab in Beijing, China, where he conducts research on monkeys with the aim of treating spinal-cord injuries.

Capturing Action Sports as a Quadriplegic Photographer

Published: November 8, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Loren Worthington is a photographer with a unique perspective, both literally and figuratively.

Soon-to-be doctor behind new spinal cord research six years after becoming quadriplegic

Published: November 5, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

dinesh-palipana-quadriplegicMOST doctors study for years so they can help others but for Southport’s Dinesh Palipana, it is much more ­personal.

A month out from his graduation ceremony at Griffith University, the 32-year-old doesn’t just want to help others, he also wants to help himself.

“I’ve had a vested interest and a passion to cure spinal cord injury and cure myself in the process,” he said.

Part-way through his medical degree in 2010, Mr Palipana was driving home to the Gold Coast from visiting his parents in Brisbane when his car aquaplaned on a wet road and overturned near the Gateway Bridge.

How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

Published: November 4, 2016

apple-watch-wheelchair-workoutsPeople in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch’s fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup.

Part of Apple’s wide-ranging accessibility initiative, these new Apple Watch features make it possible to track wheelchair exercise just like you would a typical run.

Apple Watch’s wheelchair mode puts people with physical disabilities on a level playing field with other athletes — and it’s super-easy to use.

Scientists find key protein for spinal cord repair

Published: November 3, 2016

zebrafish-regenerating-spinal-cordsHealing protein bridges severed tissue in fish

A freshwater zebrafish costs less than two bucks at the pet store, but it can do something priceless: Its spinal cord can heal completely after being severed, a paralyzing and often fatal injury for humans.

While watching these fish repair their own spinal cord injuries, Duke University scientists have found a particular protein important for the process. Their study, published Nov. 4 in the journal Science, could generate new leads into tissue repair in humans.

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