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Yearly Archives: 2019

Research team identifies potential target for restoring movement after spinal cord injury

Published: December 20, 2019

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have made several novel discoveries in the field of spinal cord injuries (SCI). Most recently, the team led by Xiao-Ming Xu, Ph.D., has been working to determine how to activate movement after a spinal cord injury at the ninth thoracic level, where nerve fibers from the brain down to the spinal cord are interrupted. Instead of focusing on the injury site, researcher Qi Han and his colleagues modulated the spared lumbar circuits below the injury to improve recovery from SCI, using animal models.

Stroke Drug Boosts Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury in Rats

Published: December 17, 2019

Four months after treating them, Yasuhiro Shiga, MD, PhD, checked on his rats. Walking into the lab, he carried minimal expectations. Treating spinal cord injuries with stem cells had been tried by many people, many times before, with modest success at best. The endpoint he was specifically there to measure — pain levels — hadn’t seemed to budge in past efforts.

Restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury focus of clinical trial

Published: December 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries caused by accidents, violence and disease paralyze from the neck down more than 5,000 people every year. In the first few months after injury, some people regain some movement and sensation in their limbs. Those who do not show improvement in the first few months are unlikely to ever recover.

The World’s Only Independent Alpine Ski for Complex Disabilities

Published: December 9, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Speed, precision and excitement are not usually associated with life after a catastrophic injury or illness. Until now.

The TetraSki represents technology that has finally caught up with our adaptive skiers’ dreams as it offers independent skiing for people with complex physical disabilities.

A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord injury

Published: December 3, 2019

In mouse study, nerve pain drug gabapentin promotes regeneration of neural circuits

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests.

In the study, mice treated with gabapentin regained roughly 60 percent of forelimb function in a skilled walking test, compared to restoration of approximately 30 percent of forelimb function in mice that received a placebo.

Micro implants could restore standing and walking

Published: December 2, 2019

U of A research has a proven concept to restore spinal function.

U of A research has a proven concept to restore spinal function.
When Vivian Mushahwar first applied to grad school, she wrote about her idea to fix paralysis by rewiring the spinal cord.

Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury

Published: November 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Early research at Mayo Clinic using stem cell therapy to treat spinal cord injuries has produced results for one patient that doctors describe as “beyond expectations.”

Air Travel is Often Dangerous for People with Disabilities

Published: November 26, 2019

U.S. Army veteran and frequent traveler who uses a wheelchair discusses perils of flying and why change is needed now.

Dustin Fly Art

Published: November 25, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Quadriplegic Modern/abstract artist Collection of paintings Dustin Fly sells and has made. He broke his neck in 2010 and started painting afterward. Message Dustin on Facebook to purchase.

Airlines damage 7,747 wheelchairs since January 2019

Published: November 25, 2019

‘These medical devices are essentially a part of a disabled person’s body,’ says US senator

Airlines in America have damaged thousands of passengers’ wheelchairs so far this year, according to new figures.

Between January and September 2019, US carriers reported having mishandled at least 7,747 chairs – an average of 29 a day.

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