Saturday, August 17, 2019

Quadriplegia

UofL researchers finding ways to improve lives of spinal cord injury patients

Published: August 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

University of Louisville researchers are finding ways to help those who suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries battle other health problems related to their injury.

Innovative watercraft, ski systems give those with spinal cord injuries freedom

Published: August 5, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR — Like any sailor, Derek Sundquist soaked in the sights, smells and sensations of sailing on a breezy, sunny summer morning.

But unlike most sailors, the 52-year-old’s exuberance had as much to do with the fact that he was in control as it did the joy of the sport.

Spinal cord injury Veterans can now effectively cough

Published: August 2, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Researchers restore complete respiratory muscle function

VA doctors are among a team of researchers at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center restoring respiratory muscle function to Veterans and individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Doctors Anthony DiMarco and Krzysztof Kowalski developed the first method in the world that can activate expiratory muscles (abdominal and lower rib cage muscles), using minimally invasive techniques to produce an effective cough.

Women’s wheelchair rugby takes over Houston

Published: July 19, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

University of Houston hosts the nation’s first Women’s World Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Clinic

As Karah Behrend grabbed the rims of her wheelchair and thrusted her arms forward, she hurtled down the rugby court—zigzagging as a blur of bright purple hair through more than two dozen other women on wheels.

KINOVA’s “JACO” is a robotic arm designed to give independence to power wheelchair users

Published: July 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Developed by the quebec based company KINOVA, ‘JACO’ is an assistive robotic arm created to improve the quality of life of power wheelchair users. the team, who focus on projects to empower individuals with mobility limitations, has designed ‘JACO’ to function like a human arm, allowing those with limited or no upper limb mobility to enjoy a greater level of autonomy.

Rewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and hands

Published: July 5, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Researchers from Australia have successfully “rewired” the nerves within the paralyzed arms of some accident survivors and provided them with successful movement of arms and hands.

The results of the study titled, “Expanding traditional tendon-based techniques with nerve transfers for the restoration of upper limb function in tetraplegia: a prospective case series”, were published in the latest issue of the Lancet.

Adaptive Video Game Controllers Help Disabled Vets Recover

Published: June 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

On a recent afternoon, 26 year-old Mike Monthervil sat in a small room filled with flatscreen TVs, virtual reality headsets, and squishy blue armchairs. He played the latest Need for Speed game on Xbox One.

He was visiting his recreation therapist Jamie Kaplan in his office at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.

Comcast Launches Eye-Control For The Television

Published: June 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Xfinity X1 customers with physical disabilities can now use their eyes to change the channel, set a recording or search for a show.

Comcast today launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes.

Introducing Voice Control on Mac and iOS — Apple

Published: June 3, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Voice Control gives your voice the power to navigate, dictate, and work your devices in a new way. Coming Fall 2019.

A paralyzed former Georgetown football star just rode his wheelchair from L.A. to D.C.

Published: May 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Janne Kouri raised a fist and rode his electric wheelchair through an arch of red, white and blue balloons set up between Georgetown’s Healy Gates on Wednesday, as dozens of friends and family members cheered his long-awaited arrival. When Kouri began creating the itinerary for his 2,900-mile, two-month ride to raise funds and awareness for people living with paralysis, a cross-country journey that began on March 11 at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., there was never a question it would end here.

“Georgetown has been a fantastic support and resource system for us, and it just lives in his heart every day,” said Kouri’s wife, Susan Moffat, who joined her husband in four cities during the ride and was waiting for him at the finish line. “At first I asked him, ‘Do you want to finish in New York?’ but it was always D.C., and it was always on the campus of Georgetown.”

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