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Dustin Shillcox has recovered some movement in his legs as a result of epidural stimulation.

The Big Idea: Does Recovery Trump Cure in Spinal Cord Injury?

The Reeve Foundation wants you to support epidural stimulation, which just might change your life.

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

Nasal Stem Cell Transplant Enables Some Recovery In Man With SCI

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 […]

October's Focus: Jobs and Disability

October’s Focus: Jobs and Disability

It’s truly sad that only during the month of October, aka National Disability Employment Awareness Month, is attention officially paid to the critical issue of jobs and the disability community. The problem is, after all, huge: The U.S. Department of Labor reports that about eight in 10 working-age Americans with disabilities don’t hold a job, […]


The Rifton TRAM

The days where standing frames were a paralyzed person’s only option for getting vertical are long gone. You can’t turn on the television or surf the net nowadays without seeing someone using or hyping an exoskeleton or taking part in standing gait training. But what if there was something in-between, something that combined elements of […]

Ian Burkhart Neurobridge

Quad’s Thoughts Move Hand with Neurobridge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first person to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass […]

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

A few weeks ago I wrote about a friend with osteogenesis imperfecta — or brittle bone disease — who went to the ER after breaking her arm at work. She’s had hundreds of fractures over the years, and this latest was a bone that had been broken and repaired surgically several years ago. She knows […]

"Wings for Life World Run" Dedicated to SCI Research

“Wings for Life World Run” Dedicated to SCI Research

On May 4th, 2014, the Wings for Life World Run  is set to take place, but it’s not your ordinary run or marathon by far. It Is a simultaneous world run taking place in 35 different locations around the world. The Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull, is the first of its […]

The High Costs of Walking

The High Costs of Walking

Jessica Harthcock is walking after spinal cord injury. What made it possible?

Too Hot or Too Cold ... Why Won't SCI Let Me Sleep!?

Too Hot or Too Cold … Why Won’t SCI Let Me Sleep!?

I don’t think I’ve had a solid eight hours sleep in nine years. Sleep, that elusive minx, has evaded my life since my spinal cord was torn. I did snag one eight-hour night of sleep last July, but that was because I had just received the first round of bladder Botox injections of my life. […]

FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

FDA Approval: From Mouse to Meds

A lot of us are anticipating a miracle drug that will allow us to shed our wheels to walk again, or at least live a pain-free life.