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Rediscovering Love: My 6-year-old and her quadriplegic Dad

Published: December 27, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

6-year-old and her quadriplegic dad(CNN) — Let me tell you about the amazing kid who lives in our house. She’s 6 and she is the most hysterical, sarcastic, intelligent, funny, sweet, naïve, confident, strong, independent, considerate person I have ever met. I have no idea how she got to be this way.

You see, my husband is a quadriplegic. I care for him, I work full-time, and there are days when I feel like our daughter gets very little of my attention.

Isabel was 6 months old when her dad was injured. Continue Reading »

Study finds axon regeneration after Schwann cell graft to injured spinal cord

Published: December 23, 2013 | Category: News

Putnam Valley, NY. (Dec. 23 2013) – A study carried out at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for “The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis” has found that transplanting self-donated Schwann cells (SCs, the principal ensheathing cells of the nervous system) that are elongated so as to bridge scar tissue in the injured spinal cord, aids hind limb functional recovery in rats modeled with spinal cord injury. The study will be published in a future issue of Cell Transplantation. Continue Reading »

Wheel:Life

Published: December 20, 2013 | Category: Links
Wheel:Life

Wheel:Life

Wheel:Life is a global initiative that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair. Wheel:Life resources help people:

  • find quality health and medical resources, related research and news;
  • explore educational and employment avenues;
  • research the proper adaptive equipment, assistive technology, home modification and home medical equipment for their needs;
  • network within local and virtual peer support groups;
  •  discover accessible travel destinations; and
  • enjoy a full and active life as a wheelchair user. Continue Reading »

BOOK: “My Last Step Backward”

Published: December 19, 2013 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury:

My-Last-Step-BackwardCrowned Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 and winner of the National Rehabilitation Champion award, Tasha Schuh continues to travel and share her story of resilience and triumph over her tragedy.

“My Last Step Backward” is Schuh’s first book about her erudite journey as a quadriplegic, beginning with her pre-accident years as an adolescent to the details of the accident, her near-death experience following surgery and her life during and after recovery.

“It traces my journey from the depths of despair to my realization that life goes on and it is what you make of it,” Schuh said. Continue Reading »

Two-way traffic in the spinal cord

Published: December 19, 2013 | Category: Information

Two-way traffic in the spinal cordThe progress a baby makes in the first year of life is amazing: a newborn can only wave its arms and legs about randomly, but not so long after the baby can reach out and pick up a crumb from the carpet. What happens in the nervous system that enables this change from random waving to finely coordinated movement? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried near Munich, working with colleagues from New York and Philadelphia, have described a new type of nerve cell in mice which provides a valuable insight into this developmental phenomenon. During embryonic development, the projections from these cells grow from the spinal cord towards the brain. They may pave the way for other nerve cells which control voluntary movement and which only grow from the brain into the spinal cord after birth. Continue Reading »

Talented Quadriplegic Man with an iPad

Published: December 18, 2013 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal Vein K takes on the Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with an iPad, Garageband, SampleWiz, and two fingers! Continue Reading »

Saving Children’s Spines

Published: December 18, 2013 | Category: Information

Saving Childrens Spines(NAPSI)—While between 1,500 to 2,000 children and adolescents sustain spinal cord injuries every year, you can help keep your kids out of such statistics.

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves inside the backbone. It controls voluntary actions-moving arms or legs—and involuntary actions—digestion or breathing.

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis and disruption of bowel, bladder and sexual function. Such injuries can also affect all areas of life, including relationships, mental health, independent living, education, employment and overall satisfaction with life. Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

Published: December 17, 2013 | Category: Answers

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 unfortunately having a relatively high prevalence (250,000 patients in the USA; 80% of cases are male). High-profile campaigners like the late actor Christopher Reeve, himself a victim of sports-related spinal cord injury, have placed high hopes in stem cell transplantation. But how likely is it to work? Continue Reading »

Injured nerves regrow when fidgetin enzyme is suppressed

Published: December 17, 2013 | Category: News

Suppressing the enzyme fidgetin promotes the re-growth of experimentally injured nerve cells and their connections, according to research with laboratory rats that will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual meeting in New Orleans.

If additional studies confirm these results, fidgetin inhibition could be a potential new therapeutic approach to promote tissue regeneration and repair of the broken cell connections that occur in a wide range of conditions including myocardial infarction, or heart attack, chronic cutaneous wounds and spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Florence woman shot by husband vows, ‘I will walk again’

Published: December 13, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alisha WatersFLORENCE, Ky. – Alisha Waters’ estranged husband tracked her down, shot her five times and then turned the gun on himself.

The Aug. 6 shooting left her paralyzed.

Alisha’s life will never be the same, but after months of rehab in Atlanta, she’s glad to be home.

Sitting in her wheelchair, she talked about bravely facing her new reality and her reason for fighting to live. Continue Reading »