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 […]
Just Call Him the Face Gamer It’s no secret gaming is popular in the SCI world since it is a great way to escape limitations, but for quads getting in on the action, it can be tricky. But you don’t have to tell this to Chuck Bittner, a 38-year-old online gamer, comedian and all-around cool […]
“This is a big day. Twenty-six years ago my father made me a promise that there would be a cure for paralysis. Today we are taking a huge step to make it happen.” — Marc Buoniconti
The world of SCI research is evolving more rapidly now than ever before. The rats and cats and dogs and monkeys have served their time as guinea pigs, and now it’s time to bring the science out of the labs and into the lives of flesh-and-blood human beings, those of us living every moment with […]
They say protesters are a sign that our legal system is healthy, but the latest batch of protesters – a group of spinal cord injured individuals in Minnesota, protesting a bill that would fund spinal cord injury research – are really starting to irk me. They first revealed they were against the bill (when it […]