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Feinstein study sheds light on combating infections tied to spinal cord injury

January 12, 2018
The Island Now

LONG ISLAND, NY (The Island Now) – Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Associate Professor Ona E. Bloom uncovered that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injury. These findings, published yesterday online in the “Journal of Neurotrauma,” are a first step to understanding and developing better interventions for infections in people with spinal cord injury, which is the leading cause of death in these individuals.

United Spinal Receives Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Grant to Support Weather Related Disaster Relief Efforts

January 4, 2018
Cision PR Newswire

NEW YORK, NY (Cision PR Newswire) – United Spinal Association today announced that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support weather related disaster relief efforts for the spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) community. Wheelchair users and other people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable from severe weather and natural disaster events such as the recent hurricanes and floods in Puerto Rico, USVI and Houston.

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. 


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