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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

paralized artist Mariam Pare

July 6, 2014 - Naperville painter learned all over again after shooting left her paralyzed

It has been 18 years since Mariam Pare flew from San Francisco to Richmond, Va. for a weekend getaway. Pare has not returned to her apartment on the West Coast since that flight, but she still paints — just without the use of her arms or legs. The 20-year-old art student who left San Francisco… Continue Reading »

Optogenetics muscle control

June 30, 2014 - Optogenetics enables muscle contraction control

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have shown that they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics—a technique that enables control of neurons’ electrical impulses with light—to the spinal cords of animals that are awake and alert. Led by MIT Institute Professor Emilio Bizzi, the researchers studied mice in which a… Continue Reading »

Jason Dugmore Stone Mountain

June 30, 2014 - How one man’s spinal cord injury is still healing 24 years later

“I remember hitting the bottom, being face down, and my entire body getting a tingling feeling like when your foot falls asleep. It was then that I knew I broke my neck. I couldn’t move, not even to lift my head up. About a minute went by and that’s when I prayed, ‘God, if you… Continue Reading »

Steve Pekris

June 28, 2014 - Spinal cord injury sufferers live in hope of a medical miracle that could see them walk again

VICTORIAN medical researchers are embarking on a range of exciting trials to improve the lives of people with quadriplegia and prevent the severity of new spinal cord injuries. Among the projects under way are: electrically stimulated exercise, a sunshine pill and oxygen mask to stop their brain fog and a robotic arm that offers independence.… Continue Reading »

Injured Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon

June 27, 2014 - Exercise brings hope to those paralysed by spinal injuries

Exercise therapy research at the University of Newcastle has brought profound improvements to limbs that were paralysed, doctors say. The award-winning laboratory research is bringing hope of restored muscle function to those suffering paralysis from spinal damage, potentially including injured Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon. Neurophysiologist Dr Michelle Rank believes exercise is more beneficial than… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Blake Simpson WBMX

Young man introduces extreme sport to skate park

Spinal cord injury isn’t stopping one skater BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A car crash last summer left 19-year-old Blake Simpson with a spinal injury and forced to use a wheelchair to get around. After his accident, the doctor delivered what Simpson said at first was grim news. “The doctor asked me what I like to do.… Continue Reading »

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Personal experiences from people who have spinal cord injuries. Life after a spinal cord injury is filled with the challenge of accepting your injury, coping with your limitations and adjusting to an entirely new way of seeing the world.

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

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 »


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 »

June 20, 2014 - Stem Cells Fast Facts

(CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need to know about stem cells. Scientists believe that stem cell research can be used to treat medical conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. About Stem Cells: Stem cell research focuses on embryonic stem cells and adult… 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.