Spinal Cord Injury News

A collection of posts on news, information and resources for those with spinal cord injuries.


Intel and Brown University Research will Use AI to Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

With $6.3 million in DARPA funding, Intel, Brown and other partners will work on building the AI-driven hardware and software needed to treat spinal cord injuries.

Intel AI

Researchers from Brown University and Intel Corp. are working together to develop new artificial intelligence-based technologies aimed at helping victims of spinal injuries walk again.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on October 4th, 2019.

United Spinal Helps Pass Resolution Designating September as Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

United Spinal Association played a key role in championing a resolution that passed the U.S. Senate designating September 2019 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

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Posted in General SCI and Human Interest on September 25th, 2019.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Aids in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Service Dog

Every year, approximately 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in the United States. Recovering from an SCI can take a huge mental, emotional and physical toll on patients, but animal-assisted therapy may play an integral role in easing some of the challenges patients face.

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Posted in Assistive Technology, General SCI and Human Interest, Therapies and Procedures on September 25th, 2019.

New Restrictions Put Fetal Tissue Research in the Balance

Fetal tissue has led to vital biomedical research advances, but new restrictions may severely curb both its use and scientific progress, says UCSD distinguished professor Lawrence S. B. Goldstein.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on September 24th, 2019.
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A New Japanese Stem Cell Treatment Raises Hopes — And Ethical Questions

The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions.

Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Human Embryonic Stem Cells by Nissim Benvenisty [CC BY 2.5]

In 2015, Shinji Kusachi, a 47-year-old teacher living in the Japanese prefecture of Okayama, was high-diving at a local pool — a passion he had developed in his 30s — when a tricky dive went awry. “I hit my head on the bottom,” Kusachi recalled of the incident that damaged his spinal cord and left him mostly paralyzed. “They said I couldn’t use my arms and legs. I was really in despair.”

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Posted in General SCI and Human Interest, Research for a Cure, Therapies and Procedures on September 10th, 2019.
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