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UofL Granted Approval for Participants in Spinal Cord Injury Study

December 11, 2017
SurfKY News

LOUISVILLE, KY (SurfKY News) – The University of Louisville School of Medicine has received approval from the U.S Food & Drug Administration to begin enrolling participants in a feasibility study that will further explore the life enhancing effects of epidural stimulation on people with spinal cord injury. The study, funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation through its The Big Idea campaign, will measure the extent to which epidural stimulation will improve cardiovascular function as well as facilitate the ability to stand and voluntarily control leg movements below the injury level in 36 chronic, complete participants.

United Spinal Association to Provide People with Disabilities in Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and Essential Supplies During Holiday Season

December 8, 2017
Business Insider

NEW YORK, NY (Business Insider) – United Spinal Association today announced it will be sending a delegation to Puerto Rico to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Maria to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities so they can regain their independence and quality of life. United Spinal and its local chapter members will join AxisCare and Equipo Pro Impedidos as part of assisted Mobility Day, from 10am to 3pm, December 16th at Pepsi Industrial Park, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

U. health officials celebrate new rehabilitation center

November 1, 2017
Deseret News Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Deseret News Utah) — In June 2015, Brian McKenna was injured in a mountain biking accident that left the Salt Lake City man paralyzed from the neck down. As a quadriplegic, McKenna spent months recovering at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center. 

Ohio State trial helps spinal cord patients progress

October 20, 2017
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, OH (The Columbus Dispatch) — One in front of the other, Brianna Walker’s neon blue sneakers padded downward on the specially constructed treadmill. The slow, deliberate steps were the latest in a journey that started with a severe headache, paralysis and doctors surmising that clots in Walker’s spinal cord had caused so much damage that she’d likely never move again below the neck. 

Famed triathlete racing for quadriplegics

October 17, 2017
The San Diego Union-Tribune

ENCINITAS, CA (The San Diego Union-Tribune) — Twenty years ago this week, Encinitas triathlete Sian Welch crawled across the finish line and into sports history at the 1997 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The infamous fifth-place win, where she and fellow athlete Wendy Ingraham completed the grueling race on their hands and knees, has become a world-famous depiction of the never-give-up perseverance of Ironman competitors. 

Economic recovery extends to 18 months for Americans with disabilities

October 6, 2017
Kessler Foundation

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Kessler Foundation) — Americans with disabilities continue to close in on pre-recession employment levels with yet another month of strong job numbers, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This extends the record trend to 18 consecutive months for this population. 


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