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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

Transplant drug may provide benefits after spinal cord injury

SCI research update! The well-known transplant drug Rampamycin has just been discovered to aid SCI neuro pain and reduce tissue damage at  Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. Read more here

Staying Cool After a SCI

From our blog! Summer is here which means staying cool is paramount if you have a SCI. Keeping your core body temp at 98.6 degrees is the trick. But what if you want to go outside on a hot day? Here are our recommendations. What product do you swear by? Read more

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

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