Friday, January 15, 2021

Quadriplegia

A quadriplegic patient used prosthetics to feed himself. His brain was the guide

Published: December 21, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Here’s a look at the work at the intersection of brain-computer interface, robotics and AI taking place at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

When there’s dessert involved, most people cut a sweet treat and eat it without thinking too much about what they’re doing. But when you take a minute to consider, there’s a lot involved.

New Assistive Technology Restores Independence to Those Living with Neuromuscular Weakness

Published: December 8, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Everyday activities are now possible for people with Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than a million people in the U.S. rely on others to complete simple tasks such as brushing teeth, eating, and opening doors, because of neuromuscular disorders caused by Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, and other conditions. Now many of these people will be able to perform these everyday activities themselves with the use of a new assistive technology product, the Abilitech™ Assist, designed to help people live more independently.

Walter Lewis holds world record for longest living quadriplegic

Published: November 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

GAUTIER, Miss. (WLOX) – Claiming a world record is never easy, but one man in Gautier has had a longer road to a record than most.

Guinness World Record holders are often known for accomplishing great or unique feats. Walter Lewis in Gautier holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest living quadriplegic.

A New Rule Means Some People With Wheelchairs Can’t Fly On American Airlines

Published: November 2, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

John Morris calls himself an “aviation geek.” He’s a frequent flyer who, in his power wheelchair, has traveled to 46 countries. His goal is to visit every country.

“I love air travel,” he says. From takeoff and to the way the engines cut off right before touchdown, “that joy that I get from that is just so incredible.”

Passion, Purpose, Perspective: Travis Roy dealt with tragedy by devoting his life to helping...

Published: November 1, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Life didn’t play out the way it was supposed to for Travis Roy. That didn’t stop him from making his time count.

Roy, a standout hockey player who grew up in Yarmouth, was just 11 seconds into a promising college hockey career when he crashed into the boards as a freshman at Boston University in 1995. He injured his spinal cord and was paralyized. His life changed in an instant, but he would spend the next 25 years inspiring and helping others.

Eric LeGrand Reflects on Decade Teaching Others to Believe

Published: October 16, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ten years after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game at MetLife Stadium that left him paralyzed, Eric LeGrand continues to serve as an inspiration at Rutgers, around the state and beyond.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the difference he has made is his number 52 prominently displayed atop SHI Stadium. Retired jersey numbers are rare in college football due to roster sizes that exceed their availability.

A Primary Care Provider’s Guide to Autonomic Dysfunction Following Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts the crucial “crosstalk” between the spinal autonomic nervous system and supraspinal control centers. Therefore, SCI may result not only in motor paralysis but also in potentially life-threatening impairments of many autonomic functions including, but not limited to, blood pressure regulation. Despite the detrimental consequences of autonomic dysregulation, management and recovery of autonomic functions after SCI is greatly underexplored. Although impaired autonomic function may impact several organ systems, this overview will focus primarily on disruptions of cardiovascular and thermoregulation and will offer suggestions for management of these secondary effects of SCI.

This Australian-designed bionic glove will bring greater autonomy to paralysis patients

Published: September 9, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A new bionic glove being developed in Australia could see paralysis patients achieve greater autonomy.

The seeds of the KinoGlove project were sown 17 years ago, when biomedical engineer Puya Abolfathi began his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2003.

2020 Darrell Gwynn Wheelchair Challenge

Published: August 31, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

2020 Darrell Gwynn Wheelchair ChallengeNASCAR legends Tony Stewart and Darrell Waltrip, Daytona 500 Champion Ryan Newman, WWE Wrestler Bill Goldberg, Former MillerCoors Chairman Pete Coors, and Bass Pro Shop Founder Johnny Morris among Notables to Participate in the Inaugural Darrell Gwynn Wheelchair Challenge

Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Races Again In A Corvette C8

Published: August 24, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The former Indycar racer loves his new car!

In 2000, Indycar racer Sam Schmidt was doing a testing run at Walt Disney World Speedway when he spun out of control and crashed, severing his spinal cord between his 3rd and 4th vertebrae.

He had gone from being a race-winning Indycar League driver to a quadriplegic in the space of a moment. However, he was determined to keep racing and formed an Indycar racing team just 14 months after being paralyzed. That team was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.