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New Driving Simulator Helps St. Luke’s Rehab Patients Get Back on the Road

January 26, 2017
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, WA (The Spokesman-Review) — Ryan Wilson appeared sure-handed and careful behind the “driver’s wheel” on Wednesday. But the road before him wasn’t a real road. He was seated in a new virtual reality simulator at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, the first of its kind in the area. The simulator is helping him regain his driving skills following complications from a spinal injury. 

Grant Awarded to Spot Urinary Tract Infections Among Spinal Cord Injury Patients

November 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (Marketwired) — Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support screening for urinary tract infections (UTIs) among patients with spinal cord injuries at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Dr. Zanca Of Kessler Foundation Receives $600,000 Award To Improve Personal Care Services For People With Spinal Cord Injury

November 8, 2016
Satellite Press Releases and News

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Globe Newswire) — Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, of Kessler Foundation is the project director/principal investigator of a Field-Initiated Program award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The nearly $600,000 grant will fund her three-year project to improve the quality of personal care assistance services for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) through on-line education.

Program For Persons With Spinal Cord Injuires Offered

November 7, 2016
The Franklin News Post

ROCKY MOUNT, VA (The Franklin News Post) — The Disability Rights and Resource Center (DRRC) in Rocky Mount has announced a new program for individuals living with spinal cord injuries. The West Piedmont Peer Counseling Group empowers those individuals to participate in individual and group peer counseling activities and community events. The program assists them in continuing or developing a life of independence and ensures they receive professional education and training by participating in relevant workshops.

Ohio State Scientists Explain How Gut Microbes Change After A Spinal Cord Injury

October 19, 2016
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

COLUMBUS, OH (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) — The community of bacteria that live in our intestines, also called the “gut microbiome,” is important to normal intestinal function. Knowing that spinal cord injuries often negatively affect the gut’s ability to do its job, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center showed that spinal cord injury causes profound changes in the gut microbiota. They also showed that feeding mice probiotics after a spinal cord injury confers neuroprotection and improves functional recovery.

On the Road Again: Try the Driving Simulator at Magee Riverfront

August 12, 2016
Magee's Blog

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Magee’s Blog) — After an illness or injury, dealing with the loss of independence can be challenging. Returning to driving is often the last step on the road to independence, but getting behind the wheel again is a scary prospect. Magee Riverfront recently added a Driving Simulator to help patients practice driving skills in a safe environment before they get behind the wheel of a car or van on the road.


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