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Andy’s loving life in the fast lane

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

Houghton doesn’t let life-changing injury stop him racing

THE word determination is used a lot in sport – and for Andy Houghton it’s one of many words that could be used to best describe him and his sporting career.

Many people grow up dreaming of achieving success in sport and for Houghton it was no different.

Riding motorbikes has always been a huge passion of his and the determination and ambition that he has shown is one of the reasons why he has got where he is now. Continue Reading »

Early microstructural changes can help predict long-term recovery from spinal cord injury

Published: March 8, 2018 | Category: News

Recovery from Spinal Cord InjuryA trauma to the spinal cord, quickly leads to a progressive loss of nerve tissue. This not only affects the injured area, but over time affects also other parts of the spinal cord and even the brain. These neurodegenerative changes can be explored in detail using magnetic resonance imaging. An international team of researchers headed up by Patrick Freund from the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University of Zurich and the Balgrist University Hospital has now for the first time investigated the extent and progression of microstructural changes over the first two years after a spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

LifeWaters: Disabled scuba diving non-profit improves lives

Published: March 6, 2018 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

LifeWaters“I never realized how majestic it would be. Scuba diving is magical.”

ST. LOUIS – For scuba divers like Jessi and Jamie Hatfield, taking the plunge beneath the waves is a gift.

“I never realized how majestic it would be. Scuba diving is magical,” said Jessi Hatfield, who convinced her husband to give diving a try.

The Hatfields, married five years, estimate they’ve dived in the ocean more than 40 times. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair curling at the 2018 Winter Paralympics: All you need to know

Published: March 2, 2018 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006.

Teams are comprised of male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body. This can include spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation.

The team has four players: Lead, second, third and skip, plus an alternate who can come in as a replacement. Continue Reading »

Promising therapeutic approach for spinal cord injuries

Published: March 1, 2018 | Category: News

The healing ability of the central nervous system is very limited and injuries to the brain or spinal cord often result in permanent functional deficits. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet report in the scientific journal Cell that they have found an important mechanism that explains why this happens. Using this new knowledge, they were able to improve functional recovery following spinal cord injury in mice.

In many organs, damaged tissue can be repaired by generating new cells of the type that were lost. Continue Reading »