A wheelchair user since 1985, Bob Vogel is an adventurer at heart and has written about experiences ranging from scuba diving to hang gliding. He works from his Loomis, Calif., home where he is on his greatest and most rewarding adventure yet, being a dad to his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, with the help of Schatzie, his German Shepherd service dog.
Service dogs greatly enrich the lives of their handlers by performing a myriad of tasks that mitigate a person’s disability. And they provide so much more — unconditional love and acceptance, a feeling of safety, increased positive social interaction. Trite comments like “no speeding” and “you are such an inspiration” are replaced by compliments about […]
No longer do quads and others with limited arm strength need to sit by and watch as paras crank their mountain bike handcycles up steep slopes. Power-assist options are opening up the rugged outdoors like never before. It’s the final day of Moab Mania — the annual six-day adaptive mountain bike clinic put on by […]
In 2010 Darek Fidyka, a man from Poland who was 36 at the time, was attacked and stabbed repeatedly with a knife, which partially cut his spinal cord and left him a paraplegic. Two years after his injury he underwent an experimental therapy transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) — stem cells that form the sense […]
As of Oct. 6, 2014, people prescribed painkillers containing hydrocodone must visit their doctor’s office to pick up a prescription for the medicine in person, since the drug has been reclassified as Schedule II. Previously it had been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as a schedule III drug, meaning doctors could call the […]
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As a para and a high-flying professional pilot, Dan Buchanan takes his class act to the skies.
Taking antibiotics every time you are feeling run down is akin to playing Russian Roulette.
Have you heard of kite buggying? It’s a hybrid of kite boarding and land sailing and it looks like a blast! Kite Buggies provide a speed rush on surfaces like wide open dry lake beds, hard packed sand beaches, big and small grassy areas, and even parking lots. However, controlling the kite buggy rig requires […]
Ron Scanlon, a paraplegic master in the martial art of Kung Fu San Soo, died peacefully at his Ontario, Calif., home on June 11, due to complications related to kidney failure. He was 58. Scanlon grew up in Southern California and became a para at age 9, the result of a car accident. “He told […]