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Synthetic Material Graphene Helps Heal Spinal Cord Lesions

Even though it’s only being done in rats, results using Graphene are exciting. “In an animal study involving a rat with a severed spinal cord, treatment with the Texas-PEG chemical restored some function within just 24 hours. After two weeks, the same rat was well on its way to a full recovery, displaying ‘almost perfect motor control.’” Read more

Determined2heal Founder Creates Slingshot Golf

Slingshot Golf is an adapted sport for folks of ALL SCI levels. An able-bodied assistant, and specialized slingshot and pendulum are required. See how it’s played as demoed by our founder Josh Basile, a lifelong golf junkie and C4-5 quadriplegic who created this sport. Watch

ReWalk Sells 100th Personal Exoskeleton

ReWalk just sold their 100th personal exoskeleton! Will these replace wheelchairs one day? Ranging in price from $70,000 – $85,000, it seems unlikely until the price comes down. We are thrilled to see these growing in use however. Read more

Duke Researchers Discover Virtual Reality + Exoskeltons Help Return Movement, Sensation

Duke University has made some surprising SCI research headway! They recently released the following video explaining the unexpected results they discovered while studying an exoskeleton they made for paraplegics: VR (virtual reality) combined with weekly exoskeleton use helped restore some movement and sensation in those who participated, including chronic injuries. Exciting! Watch here

Not Just Donald Trump’s Punching Bag: The Disability Community Has Policy Priorities, Too

Don’t use as as a sympathy card or worse. We as voters with disabilities have real issues we want considered by a Presidential candidate. Read about three of these issues – the Disability Integration Act, ADA Notification Bills, and ending sub-minimum wages – detailed eloquently by Sarah Blahovec for the The Huffington Post. Read her article

Virtual Reality Surprises, Helps Cure SCI

Duke University researchers have discovered virtual reality combined with brain-muscle stimulation can trigger return in people years after their injury. Now THIS is real-life results to get excited about. Learn more about this surprising discovery here

SCI research alert: Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Encouraging results are being shown using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) (a type of non-invasive neurostimulation) with the stimulation of peripheral nerves (via Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation). Read more

Wheeling in Cuba: 90 Miles Away and a World Apart

Three men with SCI, including Determined2heal founder Josh Basile (pictured in the middle) traveled to Cuba in May. New Mobility Magazine profiled their journey, sharing every bit of their trip from interacting with Cubans with disabilities to how no wheelchair manufacturers exist on the island. Read more

Rare Facts on Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic Dysreflexia – the life-threatening condition that can occur to people with a SCI T4 injury or higher (some with lower injuries report having it too) has a boatload of factoids we bet you weren’t aware of. This is a great must-read list from Nurse Linda for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Read more

Repeated stimulation treatment can restore movement to paralyzed muscles

Exciting news on the SCI research front the Helsinki University Hospital. After 6 mos of repeated magnetic stimulation to muscles and simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation, they were able to help a paraplegic voluntarily move his own ankles and a C6 quadriplegic successfully grasp their own hand. Read more

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