Category: ‘General SCI and Human Interest’


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U of A research team receives $3.3 million to create data-sharing platform including results from both published and unpublished research.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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Experimental Spinal Cord Treatment Helps Texas Man Regain Some Motion After Paralyzing Accident

Posted on May 31st, 2019

Kent Stephenson is on a treadmill, working to put one foot in front of the other as a team of trainers helps guide his legs. There’s a harness holding him upright, but Stephenson is, in a sense, walking again — 10 years after a motocross accident left him paralyzed.

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Young Aims for Spinal Injury ‘Cure’

Posted on March 7th, 2012

One of the world’s leading researchers into spinal cord injuries says China could hold the key to a cure that he has been searching for since he met late actor Christopher Reeve in the 1990s.

US-based Doctor Wise Young first used the word “cure” in relation to his work after a conversation with Reeve, the Superman hero who became a quadriplegic in an equestrian accident in 1995.

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