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Zawn Villines

Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines is a writer specializing in health and legal journalism. Raised by a lawyer and lobbyist who advocated for spinal cord injury survivors, she is a lifelong advocate for spinal injury victims and their loved ones. You can connect with Zawn on Google+ below.

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What Is Hypoxia And Why Is It So Dangerous?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 28, 2017 / 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.

What Is The Difference Between Hemiplegia And Hemiparesis?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 25, 2017 / 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.

Spinal Shock: What It Is and How You Treat It

[fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2017 / by Zawn Villines posted in SCI, Spinal Shock

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Spinal shock is the temporary reduction of or loss of reflexes following a spinal cord injury (SCI). Reflexes -- such as the ability to pull your hand away from a hot stove without thinking -- are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. In general, the more severe the injury, the more severe the autonomic dysfunction will be. However, spinal shock alone cannot be used to determine prognosis or assess the severity of a spinal cord injury.

New Stem Cell Therapy Study Shows Promise for Paralysis Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] December 20, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Research, Paralysis, Science

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An experimental Asterias Biotherapeutics stem cell study improved mobility in paralyzed spinal cord injury patients. The study data is preliminary, and the full study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Researchers presented their results at the International Spinal Cord Society meeting in Vienna, Austria.

The Spinal Cord Injury Statistics You Should Know

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Spinal Cord Injuries

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When you or a loved one struggle with a spinal cord injury, it's easy to feel isolated. Endless fights with insurers, trying to find the right doctor, seeking support from loved ones, and managing your everyday life can prove deeply demoralizing. But spinal cord injuries are common, and you're not alone.

The month of September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month and there is a lot that the general public is unaware of about SCIs. Here are some of the key spinal cord injury statistics you need to know to help keep the world a little more informed about the reality of these devastating injuries.

The Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] September 09, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Spinal Cord Injuries, Research, Accidents

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A slip and fall can change your day, your week, and maybe even your life. These injuries, which can happen anywhere and to anyone, are frightening in their suddenness. They can also be quite painful, potentially producing millions of dollars in medical bills and lost wages.

Your Personal Injury Lawyer is a Medical Advocate

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Resources, Injury Law

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It's easy to dismiss personal injury lawyers as little more than litigators and negotiators. But your personal injury lawyer may be your best medical advocate. So much about our health care system is controlled by legal and bureaucratic red tape that you may need a lawyer to get the best possible care. Here's how your attorney acts as your advocate—and how to ensure you're getting the advocacy you need.

Stem Cell Success Now Gives Future Hope For Spinal Cord Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] August 25, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Spinal Cord Injuries, Technology, News

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For the first time ever, doctors have successfully used stem cells to promote regeneration of motor neurons in rats. The science is in its infancy, but could one day offer new avenues for treating spinal cord injuries (SCI), according to new findings published in Nature Medicine.

The Process for Settling a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

[fa icon="calendar'] August 22, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Spinal Cord Injuries, SCI Law, Injury Law

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Settling a spinal cord injury lawsuit might not be as exciting as the drama of selecting a jury, cross-examining the other side, and eagerly awaiting a jury verdict. But it's often the best outcome. A settlement allows you to get paid more quickly, and helps you avoid the uncertainties of trial. After all, if just one juror doesn't like or believe you, he or she could taint the entire jury pool. Moreover, the process of going to trial can take years. Even if you win, the other side could appeal, endlessly dragging out the process.

Partial Paralysis vs. Total Paralysis After a Spinal Cord Injury

[fa icon="calendar'] August 18, 2016 / by Zawn Villines posted in Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis

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When most people think of a spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor, they envision someone who is fully paralyzed, destined to spend their life in a wheelchair. Spinal cord injuries almost inevitably produce some degree or paralysis, but the extent of the paralysis depends on the location of the injury, as well as its severity. SCI can change over time, particularly with diligent physical therapy, so full paralysis may become partial paralysis, and the areas most affected by your injury can absolutely change with time.

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