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August 7, 2014 - Scientists Inch Closer Toward Using Stem Cells for Spinal Injuries

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward using stem cells to treat paralysis, scientists were able to use cells from an elderly man’s skin to regrow nerve connections in rats with damaged spinal cords. Reporting in the Aug. 7 online issue of Neuron, researchers say the human stem cells triggered the… Continue Reading »

The presence of p45 (green staining) and p75 (red staining) indicates that motor neurons increase both p45 and p75 expression after sciatic nerve injury in an animal. Credit: Salk Institute for Biological Studies

August 5, 2014 - Scientists uncover new clues to repairing injured spinal cord

Frogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can’t. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is—while many animals have this ability, humans don’t. But new research from the Salk Institute suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow and effectively rewire circuits. Such a feat… Continue Reading »

August 5, 2014 - Vanderbilt finding may aid recovery from spinal cord injury

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers. Their technique, described today in the journal eLife, may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries and other disorders affecting spinal cord function, including… Continue Reading »

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August 1, 2014 - Program helps paralyzed patients surf

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. – Jackie Colby is thrilled to be back on a surfboard. “It was absolutely amazing; it was the best natural high I’ve ever had in my life,” she said. The 29-year-old former athlete and surfer was paralyzed last year after falling off the roof of her home. She’s taking part in a… Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Artist Tony Ramos

August 1, 2014 - Quadriplegic man’s art reflects life’s journey

Accident paralyzed University of Iowa student when he was 7 The details matter to Tony Ramos. As an artist, the details are what make his work come to life for the viewer. “Any person who likes their work this much, they want to get down to the last detail,” Ramos said as he sat in… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Mark Manion is a quadriplegic with a compelling story. Forty years ago this week he became a quadriplegic when he and his cousin were hit by a drunk driver as they began a cycling trip across the country.

Spinal Cord Basics

Spinal Cord Basics

Some people have no idea as to what the spinal cord does and why we even have one. Let’s take some time to discuss the basics behind the spinal cord and why it’s so important to your body!

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies. Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Dr. Charles Tator

August 8, 2014 - Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools and lakes

“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.” “I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How… Continue Reading »

Zina Hermez

July 12, 2014 - Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

What started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from… Continue Reading »

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June 24, 2014 - Enough Of The Doom And Gloom

It is usually pretty hard to remain upbeat when dealing with a new spinal cord injury or other type of paralyzing disability, but I think a change is overdue. The first days and weeks following an injury, or post-diagnosis for some “crippling” disease, are usually filled with a constant series of frank discussions warning patients… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

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SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.