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ROCHESTER, MN (EurekAlert!) – Spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy have helped a man paralyzed since 2013 regain his ability to stand and walk with assistance. The results, achieved in a research collaboration between Mayo Clinic and UCLA, are reported in Nature Medicine.
WASHINGTON, DC (Washington Post) – Kelly Thomas woke up in a Florida hospital four years ago with no recollection of the car accident that had robbed her of the ability to walk. Thomas, an active college student who had barrel raced in rodeos, moved to Kentucky for a year to try out a research study that she hoped would retrain her spinal cord on how to walk.
LOUISVILLE, KY (EurekAlert!) – For the first time since 2009, Stefanie Putnam is able to prepare – and eat – meals for herself, put the vest on her service dog, Kaz, and drive herself to activities with her horse without losing consciousness or gasping for breath. “My whole life has opened up for me again!” Putnam said.
New therapy spurs nerve fibres to regrow through scar tissue and transmit signals after spinal cord injury in rats
LONDON, UK (Spinal News International) – Neuroscientists at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons to regrow after complete spinal cord injury in rodents. In addition to facilitating axon growth through scar tissue, the treatment enabled the transmission of signals across the damaged tissue, the Nature study reports.
LOS ANGELES, CA (EurekAlert!) – Neuroscientist at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons – the tiny fibers that link our nerve cells and enable them to communicate – to regrow after complete spinal cord injury in rodents. Not only did the axons grow through scars, they could also transmit signals across the damaged tissue.
Creating community for individuals with physical disabilities through fitness, recreation & competitive sport
BEAVERTON, OR (Business Management Daily) – Interview of Adaptive Sports NW Executive Director Dave Hanna. Dave Hanna is Vice President, Strategic Communications, for Adaptive Sports Northwest.
Jathan Janove: Tell us about your organization.
Dave Hanna: ASNW is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on recreation, fitness and competitive sport access to youth and adults with any form of physical disability. Last year we served 492 participants, most of whom are children with some form of physical disability. We provided over 680 hours of programming with the help of 160 volunteers!
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