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Monthly Archives: March 2018

LifeWaters: Disabled scuba diving non-profit improves lives

Published: March 6, 2018 | 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.

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

Published: March 2, 2018 | 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.

Promising therapeutic approach for spinal cord injuries

Published: March 1, 2018

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.

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