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Wings for Life World Run-May 7, 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 12:58:58 PM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in News

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The annual Wings for Life World Run is being held this Sunday, May 7, 2017 and spots are filling up fast. This race might sound like any other race, but what makes the Wings for Life World Run unique is the scale of participation.

People race with each other from all across the globe- regardless of the weather or separation of time zones- starting at the 11:00 AM UTC.

What Is Hypoxia And Why Is It So Dangerous?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Zawn Villines posted in Brain Injury

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The brain depends on oxygen to perform even the most basic functions. Without it, the brain quickly ceases to function. And if oxygen deprivation continues, death or permanent brain damage take just a few minutes. Hypoxia is the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and is one of the deadliest injuries. Even people who survive hypoxia may experience lifelong aftereffects.

Stem Cell Therapy Article Participation Announcement

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Stem Cell Research

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Recently, Journalist Erin Allday from the San Francisco Chronicle reached out to in an effort to connect with our audience. After a conversation with Erin about her upcoming work we were happy to assist. 

What Is The Difference Between Hemiplegia And Hemiparesis?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 11:18:26 AM / by Zawn Villines posted in Hemiplegia, Hemiparesis

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Strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, infections, and a handful of other conditions affecting the central nervous system can cause hemiparesis or hemiplegia. “Hemi” denotes something occurring on one half of the body -- the left or the right side. Hemiparesis is weakness on half of the body, while hemiplegia refers to paralysis that affects just one side. Because paralysis is an extreme form of weakness and nerve dysfunction, hemiplegia is an extreme form of hemiparesis.

What Causes Temporary Paralysis?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2017 2:41:21 PM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Research, Paralysis

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There are quite a few different possibilities when it comes to determining the cause for a case of paralysis. Some cases are easier to determine than others, but it most often has something to do with damage that has been done to the nervous system or brain. When it comes to temporary paralysis, one might think of the temporary state that a limb experiences when blood flow has been restricted and the individual is unable to use it.

A New Generation Wheelchair: It's Real and It's Coming Soon!

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 3:32:43 PM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Technology, Recovery and Care

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A team of masters students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have been using all of their spare time to work on the most revolutionary wheelchair to date. The Scewo is not only sleek and modern looking, it is incredibly functional and can even climb stairs.

Common Myths about Spinal Cord Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2017 11:39:52 AM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Recovery and Care, SCI

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The internet can be a gift and a curse at the same time. It offers the potential of providing people with some very valuable information, but also allows for a lot of misconstrued and ill-informed ideas. This has created quite a large amount of confusion and that can be very dangerous for those seeking medical advice.

3 Home Adjustments for Minimizing Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Jackie Waters posted in Health

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While most people with chronic pain focus on their bodies and how to alleviate pain using painkillers or other natural treatments, they often overlook the adjustments they can make to their surroundings to minimize pain. The truth is, you can minimize your chronic pain if you make a few adjustments to your home and your home life. Our tips will help you get started on the path to less pain at home.

Alcohol Use After A Spinal Cord Injury

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2017 3:32:53 PM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Recovery and Care, SCI, Health

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It is widely embraced in our culture to have a drink or two when needing to ‘take the edge off’ after a stressful day. A lot of people convince themselves that they need alcohol in order to be sociable or relax. It is common knowledge that alcohol in excess can be severely harmful to your health, but people with a SCI may not be aware that this is exceptionally true for them.

How to Be a Supportive Family Member After a Loved One's Paralysis

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2017 12:21:12 PM / by Spinal Cord Team posted in Caregivers, SCI

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Knowing how to give the right kind of support to your loved with paralysis can seem intimidating at first. They may be resistant to your assistance even though you are only trying to do what you can to help. How you will contribute isn’t going to be crystal clear right away, but you will learn the best way to approach things with time.

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