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An Italian Researcher Develops a low-cost Robotic Glove to “lend a hand” to People...

Published: October 9, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

The majority of people who suffer the partial or total loss of the hand’s motor skills report a drastic reduction in the quality of life due to the consequent inability to carry out many activities of daily life. Performing tasks often taken for granted, such as buttoning a shirt, using the phone, or grasping utensils for cooking or eating becomes frustrating or almost impossible due to reduced grip strength and poor motor control of the hand that afflicts these people.

A research team from Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, coordinated by Prof. Conor Walsh and led by Dr. Leonardo Cappello, has recently developed a wearable robotic system with the purpose of helping these people.

UofL research helps spinal cord injury patients take steps

Published: September 24, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

Two research participants living with traumatic, motor complete spinal cord injury are able to walk over ground thanks to epidural stimulation paired with daily locomotor training. In addition, these and two other participants achieved independent standing and trunk stability when using the stimulation and maintaining their mental focus.

The research, conducted at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville, was published online early and will appear in the Sept. 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Rachelle Chapman, quadriplegic mother shares journey, answers tough questions in her new blog

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

Rachelle ChapmanIt’s been eight years since the night of Rachelle Chapman’s Bachelorette party where a playful push into a pool left her quadriplegic.

Since then, Rachelle became a wife, starred in a TLC television show, joined a quadriplegic rugby team and became a mother.

“I literally don’t know what I did before I was a mom,” Chapman confessed. “She’s so entertaining.”

Neuroscientists restore significant bladder control to 5 men with spinal cord injuries

Published: August 22, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

In UCLA study, magnetic stimulation of lower spine eliminates need for catheter for up to 4 weeks

More than 80 percent of the 250,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury lose the ability to urinate voluntarily after their injury. According to a 2012 study, the desire to regain bladder control outranks even their wish to walk again.

In a study of five men whose injuries occurred five to 13 years ago, UCLA neuroscientists stimulated the lower spinal cord through the skin with a magnetic device placed at the lumbar spine.

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.

Quadriplegic photographer Loren Worthington captures adaptive sports

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

At 21 years old, Loren Worthington slid head first into third base, but when he collided with the pitcher’s knee, he was instantly paralyzed. However, two decades after the accident that broke his neck, he discovered that by picking up a camera, he could still feel like he was right in the middle of the action.

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.

Paralyzed Man Stuns Crowd by performing The National Anthem with a Jamboxx

Published: May 6, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

A quadriplegic man delighted a stadium of thousands last weekend by playing The National Anthem on a musical device that he created to overcome his disability.

NFL Draft agent doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep him from the pros

Published: April 15, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

He is representing an offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL draft.

How Makeup Artist Steph Aiello Pursued Her Cosmetology Career After Becoming Quadriplegic

Published: February 19, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the next several months in rehab, gaining sensation in half of her back, but battling major anxiety and depression. A few months later, she found herself in another accident when a drunk driver crashed into the car her family was in, just one block from the hospital. Aiello was also diagnosed with cancer shortly after. And yet, in the face of such adversity, Aiello’s courage and resilience not only helped her beat cancer and become stronger, it also motivated her to pursue her love of makeup.

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