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Mesenchymal stem cell

September 18, 2014 - Stem cells use ‘first aid kits’ to repair damage

Stem cells hold great promise as a means of repairing cells in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or injuries of the spinal cord because they have the ability to develop into almost any cell type. Now, new research shows that stem cell therapy can also work through a mechanism other than cell replacement. In… Continue Reading »

Troy Webb working after spinal cord injury

September 18, 2014 - Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

TAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom. He picked… Continue Reading »

Sarah Heilshorn

September 17, 2014 - Gel-like padding being developed by a Stanford Bio-X team could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries

A team of Bio-X scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage. It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act… Continue Reading »

health-news

September 15, 2014 - Clinical trial will target spinal-cord injuries

The University of Arizona Medical Center is the site of a two-year clinical trial for a drug that could help people with acute spinal-cord injuries. Sixty trauma centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe will test the safety and efficacy of the investigational drug SUN13837, to determine whether it can protect and regenerate spinal nerves,… Continue Reading »

People with paralysis explore therapeutic effects of scuba diving

September 15, 2014 - People with paralysis explore therapeutic effects of scuba diving

When Chris Kaag boarded a flight to the Cayman Islands for a scuba diving trip in May 2011, his legs stayed straight when he wanted them to bend and his feet flopped inward. He used two canes to move forward and cursed his feet dragging behind. Put simply, maneuvering the plane’s narrow aisle was, as… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Rethinking Spinal Cord Injury

Rethinking Spinal Cord Injury

Ongoing research on spinal cord injuries may change the way we think about the prognosis for patients with paralysis caused by Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs). SCIs are a major public health burden, affecting hundreds of thousands of people living the US—including tens of thousands injured while serving in the military. On June 11, 2014, renowned… Continue Reading »

Inspirational Story of a Quadriplegic Gamer Who Streams Diablo 3 on His Twitch Account

Inspirational Story of a Quadriplegic Gamer Who Streams Diablo 3 on His Twitch Account

After a construction accident left him paralyzed from the neck down 20 years ago, Ken Worrall has been confined to a chair and left in the care of others. For a man who describes himself as an outdoor person before his accident, it sounds like a horrible existence, but “No Hands Ken” has persevered and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

how neurons control fine motor behavior

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

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September 21, 2014 - Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia. Neurogenic Bladder A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away… Continue Reading »

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 »

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.