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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.

Major Grant to Kessler Foundation Funds Vocational Research After Spinal Cord Injury

May 5, 2016
Globe Newswire

WEST ORANGE, NJ (Globe Newswire) — Kessler Foundation was awarded a grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to fund research on vocational services aimed at improving employment outcomes after spinal cord injury (SCI). Director of Disability & Employment Research at Kessler Foundation, will collaborate with the Medical Director and Director of SCI Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, to establish a program that will initiate vocational services during an individual’s inpatient stay with the goal of facilitating the return to competitive employment following discharge.

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