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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Learning to breathe, learning to move forward, learning to survive: The Billy Keenan story

Published: July 31, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Billy KeenanQuadriplegic turned inspirational speaker: “When you’re faced with adversity, you have two basic choices. Curse the darkness or light a candle.”

Billy Keenan said he had it all.

“At that moment in time, I was living my best life,” he said. “My wife and children were happy and healthy. At 46, I was in the best shape of my life. I was a competitive triathlete and surfer for the last decade.”

Access Trax – Beach Trax Portable Temporary Wheelchair Pathway

Published: July 25, 2018

Beach Trax is a lightweight, foldable temporary pathway designed to increase access for wheelchair users over uneven terrain such as sand, gravel, dirt, or grass.

The latest design provides universal access to wheelchair users, pedestrians, carts and strollers. With Beach Trax, you can spend more time doing the things you want and need to do, instead of worrying how you’ll get there. Our pathway provides Access for Life.

Resources to support safer bowel care for patients at risk of autonomic dysreflexia

Published: July 25, 2018

Patients with spinal cord injury or neurological conditions may have neurogenic bowel dysfunction, which often means they depend on routine interventional bowel care, including the digital (manual) removal of faeces (DRF).

Some of these patients, especially those with spinal cord injury above T6, are particularly susceptible to the potentially life-threatening condition autonomic dysreflexia, which is characterised by a rapid rise in blood pressure, risking cerebral haemorrhage and death. A small number of patients who have had a severe stroke or who have severe forms of Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida may also be susceptible to autonomic dysreflexia.

Paralyzed Mice Walk Following Drug Therapy

Published: July 20, 2018

Spinal cord injury (SCI) commonly results in paralysis from the injury site down, even when the spinal cord hasn’t been severed completely. The remaining nerve cells that might bridge the gap appear to switch off, resulting in total loss of muscle control and sensation. Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have now identified a small molecule drug that effectively reactivates the signaling pathways between these remaining nerve cells and the brain, restoring walking ability in mice that had been paralyzed by SCI.

Using tendon transfer surgery to restore key functions in spinal cord injury patient

Published: July 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

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

Heriot-Watt study says mind matters for spinal patients

Published: July 16, 2018

People could recover from spinal injury more quickly if rehabilitation focused on their perception of the world around them, scientists have said.

A study carried out at Heriot-Watt University found benefits from working with a patient’s mind as well as body.

The Edinburgh researchers said a change in the way people view their surroundings after injury can make it harder to carry out everyday tasks.

Some patients, they said, might regain some movement in their legs.

Quadriplegic creates Boulder trail guide for people with disabilities

Published: July 15, 2018

Quadriplegic creates Boulder trail guide for people with disabilitiesBOULDER, Colo. — Exploring the many trails Boulder has to offer is how Topher Downham connects with the world around him.

“I love the connection and the solitude you get sometimes,” Downham said. “One of my favorite things is just a stream going by. That trickle, it just calms me.”

But just getting to a stream about a quarter mile down the South Boulder Creek Trail is harder for Downham than most people.

His life changed after diving into a swimming pool 20 years ago.

Integrated dance gives those with disabilities an equal opportunity

Published: July 12, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Harnessing power of balance, the Vertigo modern dance troupe trains those with a range of abilities, and is looking for new people to teach

Quadriplegic woman creates art by holding pencil between her wrists

Published: July 9, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From the moment her pencil hits the paper, Kelcee Yazzie never loses a smile, as she draws the subjects of her art.

Para Dance Sport seed planted in USA

Published: July 7, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Course sprouts excitement in dance community

The media coverage, buzz and participant feedback around the Para dance sport course in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has Cheryl Angelelli confident this is only the beginning in the USA.

The four-time Paralympic swimmer-turned-dancer helped organize the two-day course in late June that introduced the basics of the sport to 25 instructors from around the country.

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