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Soon-to-be doctor behind new spinal cord research six years after becoming quadriplegic

Published: November 5, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

dinesh-palipana-quadriplegicMOST doctors study for years so they can help others but for Southport’s Dinesh Palipana, it is much more ­personal.

A month out from his graduation ceremony at Griffith University, the 32-year-old doesn’t just want to help others, he also wants to help himself.

“I’ve had a vested interest and a passion to cure spinal cord injury and cure myself in the process,” he said.

Part-way through his medical degree in 2010, Mr Palipana was driving home to the Gold Coast from visiting his parents in Brisbane when his car aquaplaned on a wet road and overturned near the Gateway Bridge. Continue Reading »

Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s License Puts Quadriplegic Indy Racer Back on the Road

Published: October 18, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

sam-car-1A milestone in autonomous vehicle adoption was recently reached in Nevada, when the state presented the first restricted autonomous vehicle driver’s license to Sam Schmidt. Schmidt is a former Indy racecar driver who was paralyzed in a crash in 2000, rendering him a quadriplegic.

The license pairs with a specially designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics. The car is a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray equipped with specialized control systems that allow Schmidt to drive. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic man feels touch on robotic hand with brain implant

Published: October 13, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

nathan-copeland-feels-the-touchThis could be the most touchy-feely robotic limb yet. For the first time, brain stimulation has made it possible for a paralysed person to experience the sensation of touch via a bionic hand.

Robert Gaunt at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his team achieved this by implanting electrodes in the brain of Nathan Copeland, a 28-year-old quadriplegic.

These were inserted into the region of the brain that registers touch from the hand, and linked to a robotic hand in the same room via a computer. When this robotic hand was touched, it triggered stimulation of Copeland’s brain. “He feels these sensations coming from his own paralysed hand,” says Gaunt. Continue Reading »

User-Friendly Urinary Catheter Designed by Quadriplegic Gets FDA Clearance

Published: October 6, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

perfic-cath-catheter-designed-by-quadriplegicAdapta Medical, Inc. to Expand Catheter Product Line

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Adapta Medical, Inc. has received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath® intermittent touchless urinary catheter. The sterile catheter system was designed by J. Glen House, MD, a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity.

FDA clearance for the PerfIC Cath® will result in Adapta expanding the PerfIC Cath® product line and launching the new mPower Cath™ series catheter product line. Both product lines feature hydrophilic and gel lubricants for straight and coude-tipped catheters. The PerfIC Cath® catheters have an attached urine collection bag while the mPower Cath™ products have a urine collection bag that is not attached to the catheter. Continue Reading »

Unlimited Outdoors with Wesley Jones

Published: October 5, 2016 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:
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Each week on Unlimited Outdoors television show, you will follow along with host Wesley Jones on another exciting hunting adventure. Whether it’s chasing big whitetails, trying to coax a weary old turkey into range, or nestled into the reed cane waiting on a flock of ducks to decoy, no hunting scenario will go unattempted by America’s only handicapped host of a nationally aired outdoor hunting show. It is our goal to show viewers that with hard work, and most of all God’s help, anything is possible in the Unlimited Outdoors.

Watch the all new 7th season of Unlimited Outdoors each Saturday morning at 8:30am est on Great American Country (GAC) Continue Reading »

Paraplegic dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

Published: October 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

glen-and-elaina-3Paraplegic man who thought he would never be a dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

A man who thought he’d never have kids has chronicled the adventures he and his daughter have in his wheelchair, to give hope to parents with disabilities.

When Glen Dick, 47, from Chalfont, Pennsylvania was paralysed after suffering a spinal cord injury in 1995, he thought his dreams of becoming a father were over.

But in 2010, five years after getting hitched to his wife Monica, 35, the delighted couple welcomed their first child Elaina. Continue Reading »

Gesture-controlled Internet of Things (IoT) extends freedom for the disabled

Published: September 26, 2016 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury:

superman-1529274_1920-100684161Quadriplegics can do more on their own with the Sesame Enable app that uses head gestures to control Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Christopher Reeve is famous as Superman in movies. As the man of steel with amazing superpowers, he was unbeatable.

In real life, though, a bad fall from his horse left Reeve a quadriplegic. How suddenly life changes. One day you’re a hero with superpowers. The next day you’ve lost control of your body. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Man Regains Use of Arms and Hands After Experimental Stem Cell Therapy at Keck Hospital of USC

Published: September 7, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

neurosurgery-stem-cell-spine-patient-kris-boesenInitial Results Offer Hope for Patients to Reclaim Independence After Suffering Severe Spinal Injury

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Keck Medical Center of USC today announced that a team of doctors became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man as part of a multi-center clinical trial. Continue Reading »

A Paralyzed Florida Surfer Finds His Own ‘Perfect Wave’

Published: August 31, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Matt Bellina Surfing againFor engineer Matt Bellina, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., riding the perfect wave was a group mission.

More than 15 friends gathered on Florida’s Cocoa Beach on a Saturday morning this summer. Their task? Get 40-year-old Bellina back into the water surfing.

It wasn’t easy. On Memorial Day, 2014, the Bellina broke his neck, as he slid head-first down a water slide and into an inflatable wall. Bellina broke his C4 vertebra and damaged his high-cervical nerve. He’s one of an estimated 17,000 Americans each year who suffer a spinal cord injury and live. Bellina can’t walk, and has limited arm movement. Continue Reading »

Surgery that restores hand and elbow function in quadriplegics is underused

Published: August 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

loyola-university-health-system-squarelogoMAYWOOD, IL – A surgery for quadriplegics called tendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to an article in the journal Hand Clinics by Loyola Medicine hand surgeon Michael S. Bednar, MD, FAAOS.

In the procedure, muscles that still work are redirected to do the jobs of muscles that are paralyzed. Depending on the extent of the spinal cord injury, tendon transfers can enable a patient to grasp objects, pinch, open the hand and straighten the elbow. The patient can, for example, propel a wheelchair in the snow, use a fork without splints, grip a fishing pole, shake hands and perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting and transferring to and from a wheelchair. Continue Reading »