Category: ‘General SCI and Human Interest’


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

Posted on September 25th, 2019

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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Animal-Assisted Therapy Aids in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Posted on September 25th, 2019

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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A New Japanese Stem Cell Treatment Raises Hopes — And Ethical Questions

Posted on September 10th, 2019

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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World Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

Posted on September 5th, 2019

As we celebrate World Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day today, here is a brief history of the day for you. Read on to know what all it stands for.

Every year, September 5 marks the celebration of World Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day. The aim of this initiative is to spread awareness about and make life easier for patients with spinal cord injuries. The intention behind it is also prevention of spinal cord injury through different awareness programs globally. The theme of World Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2019 is ‘Living Life to the Fullest’.

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First Global Open-Source Database for Spinal Cord Injury Research Will Be a ‘Game-Changer,’ Say Experts

Posted on August 15th, 2019

U of A research team receives $3.3 million to create data-sharing platform including results from both published and unpublished research.

Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for spinal cord injury research.

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