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Determined2Heal helps simplify the transition into life with paralysis. We provide information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends, as well as rehabilitative adventures. Get started in the Steps to Recovery Section.

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Shake-A-Leg Miami – The Adaptive Sailing Experts

From our blog on Spinalpedia! Adaptive sailing is a world Shake-A-Leg Miami owns like a champ. From having a fleet of accessible ships to offering one-on-one sailing and kayak lessons, their impressive facility on Biscayne Bay in Miami is a must-visit if you’re ever in the area. Learn all about this great organization here

Corticospinal Tract Regeneration Shows Promise

A new kind of regeneration is being considered for spinal cord injury research – focusing on corticospinal tract regeneration. Learn about this important section of the spinal cord and how stem cells are being used to regenerate it, as explained by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Read more

SCI Superstar: Deborah Mellen

In honor of our founder Josh and friends going on an accessible catamaran to Cuba this week, read the profile of the amazing woman who owns the boat -Deborah Mellen, a paraplegic with a huge heart who shares her ship with the adapted sailing group Shake-A-Leg Miami. Read more

Dreaming with Adventurous Wheels — Cuba Voyage: An Introduction

We’re excited to announce that this Sunday Josh Basile, our Founder and C4-5 quadriplegic along with two other paralyzed men — Colin Buchanan and Robby Beckman — will be embarking on a thrilling sailing adventure from Key West to Cuba and back over seven days. Their adventure will be covered by an ESPN photographer, writer and film crew. Once arriving in Cuba, they will experience life on the island. Our hope is for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to empower those with spinal injuries all around the world to wheel after their dreams. With the right attitude and an adventurous spirit most anything is possible. Read more

An Old SCI Procedure is New Again – Omentum Re-Use

Omentum, a thin sheet of fat, blood vessels and connective tissue that drapes across the abdomen, is a lesser known treatment for SCI. Putting this around an injured spinal cord helped a German woman with a complete paraplegic regain function. Read the exact details on this procedure below. Read this post 

Harry Horgman, Longtime Sailor Shares Sailing with SCI Community

Meet SPINALpedia’s SCI Superstar Harry Horgan. Founder of the legendary adapted sailing program Shake-A-Leg Miami, he’s credited for bringing adapted sailing to the masses. Read all about this passionate man, and how his injury in the early 1980′s catapulted him into the sailing arena he lives in today. Read the post

Overview of Spinal Cord Injury Research for 2016

Would you like a very thorough rundown of every viable therapy and research program currently underway for those with chronic SCI? The endParalysis foundation has put out the latest details for all research happening in 2016, and it’s impressive. Read the list

Disability Tax Deductions 2016

For those in the US, have you filed your taxes yet? There are several important tax deductions to know if you have a SCI! Please check out the most important deductions on our blog on our sister site SPINALpedia here.

Another Big Breakthrough for Stem Cell Therapies

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have created a new repair system similar to the method used by salamanders to regenerate limbs, which *could* be used to repair everything from SCI to bone fractures, and could transform current treatment approaches to regenerative medicine. They say this could be available in a few years. Read more

Important Section of the Spinal Cord Regenerated in Rats

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have reported that they’ve successfully directed stem cell-derived neurons to regenerate lost tissue in damaged corticospinal tracts of rats (the corticospinal projection is the most important motor system in humans; it links the brain and the spinal cord, and is involved in control of motor functions of the body). Read more  

 

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