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Doctor re-examines evidence on UTIs in patients with spinal cord injury

Published: December 13, 2017 | Category: News

People with spinal cord injuries rely on catheters to empty their bladder. When a well-respected publication concluded that catheters could be reused without an increased risk of infection, it didn’t sit right with a Vancouver clinician and researcher. He had spoken to wheelchair athletes about this very issue while working at the Summer Paralympics in London.

“Wheelchair athletes from wealthier countries would only use each catheter once while athletes from developing countries would clean and reuse their catheters again and again,” said Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, a professor of medicine at UBC and chair in rehabilitation research with ICORD. “The athletes who used catheters only once experienced three-to-four times fewer urinary tract infections than athletes who reused catheters.” Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury affects the heart

Published: December 13, 2017 | Category: News

Spinal cord injury affects the heart, that’s what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada has found.

The heart undergoes changes after spinal cord injury that are dependent on how severe the spinal cord injury is but only a small amount of “sparing” (i.e., a small number of nerve fibers preserved) in the spinal cord are necessary for the heart to function at a near normal level. Continue Reading »