Researchers successfully use stem cells to promote nerve fibre regeneration after spinal cord injuries
Researchers successfully use stem cells to promote nerve fibre regeneration after spinal cord injuries
What is VisitAble Housing?
“VisitAble Housing” or “VisitAbility” is the concept of designing and building homes with basic accessibility. VisitAble homes provide easy access on the main level for everyone. VisitAble housing offers a convenient home for residents and a welcoming environment for visitors in all ages and mobility. Read More
Human trails for Australian-made bionic spine to start next year
Patients left paralysed by injury or illness could be back on their feet again, thanks to a breakthrough by Melbourne researchers who have designed a revolutionary bionic spine. Read More
Going where a wheelchair can’t — in a sit ski
When Ana Lucas-Osma discovered cross-country skiing, it allowed her to feel just like everyone else who has ever tried the sport — free, independent, and as though she had never broken her spine.
Lucas-Osma, 36, cannot stand on her razor-thin racing skis, but sits balanced atop them, crunched into a metal chair designed just for her. With a belt across her waist and another across her pink down booties, she becomes one with the sit-ski. Read More
Wheelchair air travel survey
This survey seeks information and opinions about the boarding devices that are used, sitting on an aircraft seat, and any experiences with transport of the wheelchair.
It is hoped that travellers from around the world will share information.
This is an opportunity to improve our air travel experience.
Please participate please share
Clinical interpretation of the Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index
The objective of this study was to provide validation of functional ability levels for the Spinal Cord Injury – Function Index. These results strongly support the use of SCI-FI functional ability levels to document the perceived functional abilities of persons with SCI. Results of the cluster analysis suggest that the SCI-FI functional ability levels capture function by injury characteristics. Clinical implications regarding tracking functional activity trajectories during follow-up visits are discussed.
Independent association of vitamin D with physical function in people with chronic spinal cord injury
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between vitamin D and physical function outcomes in people with spinal cord injury. In people with chronic SCI, a low vitamin D level represents an independent predictor of poor physical function.
Changes in pain processing in the spinal cord and brainstem after spinal cord injury characterized by functional magnetic resonance imaging
Traumatic spinal cord injury has a number of devastating consequences including high prevalence of chronic pain and altered pain sensitivity. The causes of altered pain states vary depending on the injury, and are difficult to diagnose and treat. A better understanding of pain mechanisms after SCI is expected to lead to better diagnostic capabilities and improved treatments. We therefore applied functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brainstem and spinal cord in a group of participants with previous traumatic SCI to characterize changes in pain processing as a result of their injuries. The results show that pain ratings, the location and magnitude of BOLD fMRI results, and connectivity assessed with SEM, varied widely across participants. However, the results varied in relation to the perceived pain and the level/severity of injuries, particularly in terms of hypothalamus connectivity with other regions, and descending modulation via the PAG-RVM-cord pathway.
Body mass index changes over 3 years and effect of obesity on community mobility for persons with chronic spinal cord injury
The objective of this study was to identify the prevalence of obesity in persons with chronic spinal cord injury, determine change in body mass index over time, and identify impact of obesity on community mobility. The majority of participants with chronic SCI were overweight or obese and BMI increased by 0.46 kg/m2 over three years. Those with higher BMIs pushed their wheelchairs shorter distances, but other mobility measures were not impacted by body weight. Continued mobility activities with increasing body weight can increase risk for shoulder injury. Identifying persons who are obese allows for directed and timely health and mobility intervention.
Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in spinal cord injured patients: time to occur, time until closure and risk factors
The objective of this study was to describe time to occur and time until closure of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in patients with spinal cord injury. The dynamics of HAPUs varied according to admission reason and time since lesion. However, ongoing awareness to prevent HAPUs is needed in all patients with SCI.
Disabled Parking at EPark Machines
The City is currently replacing all on-street coin operated parking meters with EPark pay machines. Replacement expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
At this point in time, there is no change in the access provided for those individuals who are eligible for the free parking privilege available via the disabled parking program within the City.
During the transition period, vehicles displaying the Provincially Issued disabled placard are permitted to park at the on-street coin operated parking meters free of charge for the specified duration of the meter:
*15 minutes free parking at 15 minute meters
*30 minutes free parking at 30 minute meters
*2 hours free parking at 2 hour meters
*5 hours free parking at 5 hour meters
As the EPark pay machines are installed and operational, vehicles displaying the Provincially Issued disabled placard will be permitted to park at the EPark pay machines free of charge for a two (2) hour time period.
All vehicles must display the disabled placard.
Disabled placards will not permit free parking at the City Hall Parkade or on private property, including Hospitals, Post-Secondary Educational Institutes/Campuses, etc.
For more information:
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FES Therapy Device for Severely-Impaired Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
In a joint research and development project from Bern University of Applied Sciences and the Swiss Paraplegic Center, a new Fitness Training Device incorporating FES has emerge for People with high-level spinal cord injury. Read more
What SCI Family Caregivers Need to Know
It’s been one year since President Obama declared November National Family Caregivers Month to, “salute the people who care for their loved ones while protecting their dignity and individuality.” With a spinal cord injury (SCI), it’s often a family member who takes over the caregiving when a person leaves the hospital. It’s a big life-change for everyone. The individual is no longer a patient, yet often has urgent medical needs that are not going away any time soon — if ever. Life for the newly paralyzed person has changed so much that they need someone around who knows just as much about their heart as their injury. Sometimes, a family member is the only one who fits the bill. Read More
A new rehabilitation therapy system was unveiled Tuesday at the Don Wheaton Family YMCA.
Bryce Clarke, an Edmonton police homicide detective and quadriplegic, was there to help showcase and demonstrate the new equipment, donated by the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Center Society (Northern Alberta).
Clarke suffered an accident at home in 2001 that broke his C5 and C6 vertebrae. Told he would never work again, he proved his doctors wrong.
He went on to do undercover work with the gang unit and joined the historical homicide unit in 2010.
He shared his story with CBC videographer Patrick Knowles.
To access the functional electrical stimulation (FES) bike for the first time contact Jessica Imppola 780-492-5759 for an assessment. Once assessed and approved you may use the FES bike at either the Saville Fitness Centre (close to the LTR) 11610-65th street Edmonton or the Don Wheaton downtown YMCA 452-9622
10211-102 Avenue if you are an FES bike user you now have two options the Saville or / and the Y
NOTE: For persons with a spinal cord injury using the FES bike at the YMCA only the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (SCITCS), who provided the FES bike, will cover the cost of your assessment, membership in the YMCA and electrodes for one year.
A van accident left Dr. Michael Bavlsik paralyzed from the chest down. It didn’t keep him from his work for long. In July 2012, Michael Bavlsik was driving a van-load of Boy Scouts, including two of his sons, home from camp in Minnesota, when he collided with a boat being towed behind a pickup truck and Read More
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Access to breast care and prevention remains a huge challenge for more than half a billion women around the world! We are launching this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month with some new resources, including our new LEARNING BRIEF on Access to Cancer Screening for women with – Read More
Exercise and spinal cord injury recovery
Many people accept the concept that once you have a spinal cord injury, recovery is not possible. This is simply not true. Recovery is possible now and in the forefront. Healthcare professionals were taught, until recently, that recovery from paralysis would not occur but it does and always has. Traditionally, research assessing recovery was measured over a two year period. Individuals were not provided with therapy other than for maintenance and recovery was measured. Without any stimulation, nothing occurred so it was deemed that it would not. Read More
Making strides: paraplegic steps out in support of N.E.R.D. Run
Just five years ago, Denny Ross couldn’t imagine standing again, let alone walking. Paralyzed from the chest down after a motor vehicle accident, Ross thought the simple freedom of going for a walk had been taken from him forever. Today he’s preparing for a five-kilometre race. Read More
The SmartDrive is a revolutionary new power assist device that will change your life. It can power you up steep hills and through thick carpet.It is intuitive to use, just push to go and tap then brake to stop, it’s that simple. It will go for miles on a single charge. Turn on and get out there! Read More
Clinic partnership aimed at improving health of people with spinal cord injuries
It’s been three years since Craig Scott’s harrowing motorcycle crash in rural Utah that nearly took his life and stole all function in his legs.At the end of a week-long motorcycle trip, the Edmonton-based realtor found himself face down in the ditch of a remote highway, hidden from view, barely able to breathe and reeling from intense pain—the result of a missed corner he later learned is notoriously dangerous. Read More
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A noninvasive procedure might help people with paralysis move their legs without the need for surgery or implanted devices, new research suggests.
The treatment approach is called transcutaneous stimulation, where a device delivers an electrical current to the spine through electrodes placed on the outside of the lower back. Read More
DAWN-RAFH Canada celebrates 30 years of service to women with disabilities
and Deaf women June 19, 2015 (Montreal). Today the DisAbled Women’s Network / Réseau d’action des femmes handicapées (DAWN-RAFH) Canada begins a year of celebrating 30 years of service to Canadian to women with disabilities and Deaf women. Read more
Adaptive devices make life easier. Kim Muir, MS, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, describes several of the adaptive devices that allow people with SCI to accomplish everyday tasks such as getting dressed and feeding themselves. She explains, “An occupational therapist can prescribe those after they assess where you’re at.” Read more..
I’ll never forget the last time my father helped me. It was a typical situation, repeated dozens if not hundreds of times over the previous three decades: Something would go wrong in the afternoon or evening, and my mornings-only caregiver would be unavailable to return for off-hours assistance. Most of the time, my dad would be available, sometimes reluctantly, but available nonetheless. He was not the kind of guy who could easily say “no” to his children — especially to his youngest son who’d been paralyzed at the age of 17.
Four years after a vehicle crash left Denny Ross without feeling below his chest, Ross is walking tall — thanks to a University of Alberta pilot study examining the use of a robotic exoskeleton. Read more here!
A FIRST IN CANADA SCITCS DOES IT AGAIN!
(1987–2015) 28 Years of Helping Others to Help Themselves
The first ReWalk exoskeleton in Canada arrived in Edmonton, Alberta June 2014 purchased by SCITCS for $84,000.
It is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
It has been placed in the Student Clinic in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. It is presently being used by two people with a spinal cord injury who are participating in a research project.
To qualify to use the ReWalk you must meet certain requirements, initially you will need a letter of approval from your medical doctor, a recent bone density and the ability to stand for 10-20 minutes using a standing frame or some other means.
For additional information… please call 780 435-5933 leave your phone number and we will return your call or and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more.. Is this a step in the right direction?
ReWalk video Demonstration by an experienced ReWalk user
For more information on ReWalk Robotics and the ReWalk systems please visit http://rewalk.com/
Partnership aimed at helping paraplegics stand tall – University of Alberta
UAlberta pilot study explores how ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton changes body’s neural pathways in people with spinal cord injuries..
FacingDisability was specifically created to connect families who suddenly have to deal with a spinal cord injury with other people like them. Our website has more than 1,000 videos of family members answering real-life questions about how they cope with a spinal cord injury.
It’s a first-of-its-kind Internet-based effort to collect life experiences surrounding spinal cord injuries and bring them to the world.
Rider Ranson reaches destination
To read more, click here.
|Did you promise to get in shape this summer?|
Is it the longer days? The bright sunshine? Summer shorts and swimwear?
Why is it so many of us promise to get in better shape each summer?
Our great friend and physical therapist Kristin McNealus, PT, DPT, ATP, worked alongside the Reeve Foundation to create seven short videos full of easy adaptive exercises you can do at the gym or in your home.
Seven short videos full of easy adaptive exercises you can do at the gym or in your home for people living with paralysis: These videos will help you become stronger, avoid injury, and move as much as possible with the goal of enhancing your health.
And while you are at it, check out all the videos in the popular Reeve Health Minute series. Each video is full of actionable tips for people living with paralysis to use to improve their health and wellness.
Do you have your own tips to share with the community? Let us know.
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The Big Idea will start enrolling
The Big Idea will begin enrolling participants in early 2016 in a clinical study to test the application of spinal cord stimulation in a group of 36 subjects. This follows up on earlier research showing that epidural stimulation of persons with chronic, complete paralysis seems to reawaken spinal circuits; the first four young men fitted with the stimulator recovered voluntary movement in their legs, hips, ankles and toes. They also regained significant bladder, bowel and sexual function. Moreover, each of the participants improved in overall health, including increase of muscle mass, regulation of blood pressure and temperature, reduced fatigue and an overall boost to their sense of well-being. Read More
Mayo Clinic fitness philosophy
Want to get the most out of your regular physical activity? Try these recommendations, based on national guidelines, medical research and Mayo Clinic expertise. After all, a well-rounded fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Read More
Reeve Health Minutes
The Reeve Health Minute is an ongoing series of actionable tips for individuals living with paralysis to help them improve their health and wellness. Read More
S.O.S (SAVE OUR SHOULDERS)
“For several years I have sought a 15-20 minute exercise program that we would be taught while in rehabilitation and that we would continue automatically on a daily basis, just like brushing our teeth. I emphasized the necessity for this by referring to it as S.O.S. (Save Our Shoulders) So I was particularly impressed to read the following ” – Louise Miller
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a form of exercise for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders that involves sending electrical currents to paralyzed or weakened muscles so they contract to restore some degree of functional movement.
There are two types of FES bikes available in Edmonton, an RT200 people need to transfer from their wheelchairs and RT300 where you can remain in your wheel chair. More information: www.restorative-therapies.com
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
Shauna Paisley Cooper (left) and Louise Miller President of SCITCS discuss the two new FES exercise machines.
People with spinal cord injuries and reduced mobility now have access to specialized exercise equipment in an inclusive community setting, thanks to a partnership between the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society and the University of Alberta.
SCITCS provided the two new functional electrical stimulation (FES) rehabilitation therapy machines which are available at the Saville Community Sports Centre, operated by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the U of A. FES is a form of exercise for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders that involves sending electrical currents to paralyzed or weakened muscles so they contract to restore some degree of functional movement.
Physical activity plays a critical role in overall health. The loss of fitness and independence associated with physical inactivity greatly impacts quality-of-life and community participation for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). To improve fitness, healthy adults with SCI should participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate-vigorous aerobic activity two times per week, as well as strength training exercises two times per week. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury Cord Injury can be located at
Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community, another exercise option.
March 2010 Louise Miller, SCITCS president, spear-headed a committee to explore– Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community to provide an inclusive exercise option for people with SCI and other disabilities.the membership included, Martin Ferguson-Pell PhD Dean of Rehabilitation Medicine, Richard Stein PhD, Vivian Mushahawar PhD, Su Ling Chong research physiotherapist, representatives from The Steadward Centre (TSC) and the Glenrose Hospital.
In 2011 a partnership between SCITCS (www.scitcs.org), the Saville Fitness Centre and The Steadward Centre www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca was established which resulted in an inclusive FES exercise program in a public venue giving those with SCI the freedom to exercise when they wish and with whom they wish. To our knowledge there is no other inclusive FES exercise program like this in North America. For additional information or to participate in an FES exercise program Phone: Email: email@example.com phone: 780-492-9389
SCITCS provided $102,000 towards this unique exercise program
Scientists may have found a new treatment that can help people with spinal cord injuries walk better. The research involved 19 people with spine injuries between levels C2 and T12, no joint shortening, some controlled ankle, knee, and hip movements, and the ability to walk at least one step without human assistance...read more
A report, The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada: Overview and Estimates Based on Current Evidence, jointly released on December 15, 2010 by the RHI and the Urban Futures Institute, has found that close to 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury; 44,000 of whom are living with SCI as a result of traumatic causes.
The report further notes that of the estimated 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury that occur in Canada each year, about 1,785 are the result of traumatic injury from causes such as car accidents. Click here to view the report, press release, and backgrounders on this milestone report about the scope, scale, and impact of SCI in Canada.
2010 Federal Disability Report Released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada The report can be accessed in HTML or PDF format.
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Stem Cell Research
NYSCF conference to focus on translational stem cell and neuroscience
The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) 10th Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference convenes global leaders in translational stem cell and neuroscience research to present their latest work towards new treatments and cures for the most devastating diseases and injuries currently facing the world. Read More
Stem Cell Trials Moving Along
Asterias Biotherapeutics announced today that a third patient with a cervical spinal cord injury has been dosed with embryonic stem cells (code-named AST-OPC1) as part of the company’s acute (14 to 30 days post injury) Phase 1/2a clinical trial of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells. In case you don’t have your scorecard in front of you, this is the continuation of the work the biotech company Geron got started and then, five years ago, suddenly quit after just five patients. Read More
Researchers successfully use stem cells to promote nerve fibre regeneration after spinal cord injuries
The stem-cell ‘miracle’ is anecdotal
In addition to sharing memories about Mr. Hockey, a constant theme of the festivities was his “miracle” recovery from stroke.
Mr. Howe, 86, suffered two strokes last year and, according to his family, was near death before he travelled to Clinica Santa Clarita in Tijuana, Mexico, in December for experimental stem-cell treatment.
Primer on Stem Cell Research
In 1998, scientists isolated pluripotent stem cells from early human embryos and grew them in culture. In the few years since this discovery, evidence has emerged that these stem cells can become almost any of the 200 known specialized cells of the body and, thus, may generate replacement cells to repair or replace cells or tissues that are damaged or destroyed by diseases and disabilities. Read More..
New study shows stem cell treatments promote faster healing in primates with spinal cord injury
A new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI), showed the treatments significantly improved the animals’ motor function recovery and promoted faster healing, too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward the goal of improving outcomes for humans with chronic SCI. Read More
‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis
The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain. Read More..
Stemming the media hype on stem cell therapies
(Edmonton) A new study by University of Alberta law researchers reveals sometimes overly optimistic news coverage of clinical translation of stem cell therapies—and as spokespeople, scientists need to be mindful of harnessing public expectations. – Read more here
FDA Approves Trial Of Stem-Cell Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries.
The San Francisco Business Times (8/28, Subscription Publication) reports in its “Biotech SF” blog that the FDA gave the green signal to Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. to proceed with a 13-person safety study of “oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, or OPCs.” The cells, derived from embryonic stem cells, are believed “to stimulate the growth of new nerve cells around the spinal cord and could help paralyzed patients regain movement.” The company expects to begin enrolling patients in early 2015, the blog posting notes.
The San Francisco Chronicle
RESEARCH CHAIR IN SPINAL CORD INJURY September 2014
A search committee has been convened to find a suitable candidate for this crucially important position in Edmonton. This has long been a vision for several University of Alberta researchers but in particular neuroscience Professor Richard Stein PhD