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Quadriplegic with ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ defies odds, still improving

Published: January 12, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Brian Keefer has always been an adrenaline junkie.

A 2008 gymnastics accident in which Keefer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic could have stopped him, but it didn’t.

“Brian’s had some adventures since he’s had his injury,” his father said.

From scuba diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where “sharks swam right into my face,” to ziplining at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Keefer has had his share. Continue Reading »

Feinstein Institute study sheds light on combating infections tied to spinal cord injury

Published: January 12, 2018 | Category: News

Dr. Ona E. Bloom, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research , associate professor has uncovered that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injury.

These findings, published yesterday online in the “Journal of Neurotrauma,” are a first step to understanding and developing better interventions for infections in people with spinal cord injury, which is the leading cause of death in these individuals. Continue Reading »

For more than 30 years, A-1 Scuba and Craig Hospital have partnered to provide a scuba experience for patients

Published: January 10, 2018 | Category: News

Deep beneath the surface of a crystal blue pool or a dark green ocean, differences tend to fade. As a former physical therapist at Craig Hospital of Englewood and longtime scuba diver, Scott Taylor knows this better than most.

“Water is the great equalizer,” he frequently says.

He and his wife, Lynn, own and operate A-1 Scuba and Travel Aquatics Center in Littleton, a business Lynn’s father opened more than 58 years ago. Continue Reading »

NeoMano Robotic Glove Helps Paralyzed Hands Grip Again

Published: January 8, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The glove helps people with a spinal cord injury perform everyday tasks like holding a cup or brushing their teeth.

A spinal cord injury can have a lasting effect on the quality of the life you’re able to lead. Depending on the severity of damage, symptoms can include pain, numbness or even paralysis, rendering everyday tasks nearly impossible. But a new robotic glove called the NeoMano hopes to help people who suffer from spinal cord injuries regain use of their hand. Continue Reading »

No Flipping Excuses

Published: January 4, 2018 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Changing the lives for those that are living with a disability. Continue Reading »