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 […]
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 […]
Jessica Harthcock is walking after spinal cord injury. What made it possible?
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. […]
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.
This time of year we’re bombarded with silly TV commercials trying to sell us even sillier gift ideas, ranging from Chia pets to underwear, potato chips and everything in between. This year, though, when I saw the ad for “the Clapper,” I thought, “hmm, that might actually be useful.” Wouldn’t it be a kick to […]
Neurotechnology, the application of medical electronics to the human nervous system, is a field that addresses many needs of people with disabilities.
Crowdsourcing has the potential to change how medical research is both funded and carried out — and this could have a major impact in the quest to cure SCI, MS and many other disabilities. Every aspect of research, from deciding what to study, to designing clinical trials, to finding subjects, may get an Internet-powered makeover. […]
In a study that may hold promise for restoring immune function in people with spinal cord injuries, researchers at the Ohio State University Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair have restored immune function in mice with spinal cord injuries. People with SCI are often immune compromised. The study found that autonomic dysreflexia can cause […]
A group of New York residents with SCI, researchers and advocates want funding that was designated for spinal cord research to be restored after being diverted into the state’s general fund in 2010 by Gov. David Patterson. In 1998, former state trooper Paul Richter teamed up with Christopher Reeve and others to create the Spinal […]