Spinal Cord Injury News

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


Animal-Assisted Therapy Aids in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

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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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World Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

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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Posted in General SCI and Human Interest on September 5th, 2019.

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

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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Posted in General SCI and Human Interest, Research for a Cure on August 15th, 2019.

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