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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tendon Transfer: Restoring Hand & Arm Function to Spinal Cord Patients

Published: May 31, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

After suffering a severe spinal cord injury from a bad fall at work, Scott McConnell had little function remaining in his hands and arms.

Retracting Staircases Transform Into Wheelchair Lifts Democratising Access Across London

Published: May 29, 2018

In an inspiring example of inclusive design, Sesame Access offers a solution to one of wheelchair-users biggest difficulties when navigating the urban environment. The UK-based company creates invisible wheelchair lifts, concealed within bespoke staircases which transform at the touch of a button.

Using cutting edge engineering technology Sesame Access has installed lifts across Cambridge Universities, Kensington Palace, Tate Britain and Sotheby’s Paris, among other locations. The lift is called by pressing a button, causing the steps of the staircase to retract, revealing a platform for wheelchairs to be elevated to the desired level.

Burning desire: Quadriplegic artist turns sun’s rays into portrait of Oilers’ McDavid

Published: May 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

‘He’s going up on my wall,’ Norm Shewchuk says of the picture he created on wood

Growing up in Gimli, Man., Norm Shewchuk was passionate about hockey.

But in 1983, a life-altering accident ended his dream of playing the game.

“I was 16 and playing league hockey, and I just went for the puck in the corner and I got cross-checked from behind and I went headfirst into the boards,” Shewchuk said in an interview with CBC News.

Football injury left Midlands player paralyzed. Now he’s finding new joy in the sport

Published: May 24, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:


Mark Mickens’ smile said it all.

In a break with dogma, myelin boosts neuron growth in spinal cord injuries

Published: May 23, 2018

The molecule inhibits adult axon regeneration, but appears to stimulate young neurons

Recovery after severe spinal cord injury is notoriously fraught, with permanent paralysis often the result. In recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to stem cell-based therapies as a potential method for repairing and replacing damaged nerve cells. They have struggled, however, to overcome numerous innate barriers, including myelin, a mixture of insulating proteins and lipids that helps speed impulses through adult nerve fibers but also inhibits neuronal growth.

Nurses’ role in both prevention and treatment of cervical and lumbar injuries

Published: May 21, 2018

A spinal cord injury is devastating for a patient, their family and their caregivers. Every 44 minutes a person sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States resulting in approximately 12,000 SCIs each year.1 There are more than 265,000 persons currently living with this type of injury in the United States, and one out of every 50 persons lives with paralysis. 1 So as nurses, what can we do to reduce the risk of spinal cord injury in hopes of positively affecting these statistics?

Dating After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: May 18, 2018

This Video Is About Dating After Sci And Some Suggestions For Getting Back Out There.

Microsoft controller makes gaming more accessible to people with disabilities

Published: May 16, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

In an inspired moment, Microsoft is unveiling a game controller that enables players with disabilities to play games again.

The 10 Best Cities for Accessibility

Published: May 16, 2018

The 10 Best Cities for AccessibilityMetro DC, Salt Lake City, and Tampa are leading the way in accessibility for housing, public transit, attractions and healthcare.

With Global Accessibility Awareness Day around the corner, we took a look at the most accessible cities throughout the country. The Social Security Administration estimates that one in five Americans is living with a disability, which can pose a specific set of challenges during everyday life. Although legislation exists that requires accessibility in public housing like hotels and university dorm rooms, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require all community features to be accessible.

‘Blink To Speak’ System for People Suffering from Paralysis

Published: May 13, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

We take our ability to communicate for granted. But there are over 60 million people in the world suffer from spinal cord injuries and brain strokes. Conditions such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and MNDs (Motor Neuron Diseases), render them partially or completely paralysed.

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