Thursday, October 17, 2019

Supporting Ben Abercrombie

An update on Ben Abercrombie's progress as he returns to Harvard University while working at recovery from cervical spinal cord injury.  Please keep up the thoughts and prayers for Ben and his family. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Aggie Recovery Story

SCI recovery story: an Aggie walks again after paralysis.  (To find out what an Aggie is, you'll have to look up Texas A&M University.) 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Exoskeleton Update

A big story on all of the news outlets this week:
"Paralyzed man able to walk with mind-controlled exoskeleton suit"

From applications in medicine to industry to the military, exoskeletons are big news right now.  This interesting review, "The Human Exoskeleton comes of age," was released only a few days before the story of a new mind-controlled exoskeleton came out. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

SCI Awareness Month

September is official "Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month."  If you're looking for statistics or other information related to SCIs, you can follow this link to learn more.

I don't have any particularly profound insights to add in commemoration of the month, except to quote the reported axiom of Benjamin Franklin: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

While an ounce of prevention cannot guarantee against injury (if it could, a lot of us would have a lot of ounces), and while a pound of SCI cure is not necessarily available (if it were, a lot of us would also be availing ourselves of a lot of pounds), doing your best to prevent a spinal cord injury is smart when you can do it.   

Monday, September 23, 2019

Thanks to Bryan Camacho, Army Sergeant

Veteran Bryan Camacho (Army Sergeant) was paralyzed twice, once in Iraq and once in the U.S.  His story, featured in the news as he is receiving a new home from the non-profit Home for Troops, is a reminder: please be thankful for our veterans and the lasting sacrifices they make.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Emotions and Physical Recovery

Hmm . . . emotions may directly affect recovery after spinal cord injury.  (I'm not sure how I "feel" about that!) 
In all seriousness, this conclusion seems sensible enough, given the general importance of mental and emotional health for anybody's physical health.  It remains to be seen what the next step would be following this type of a study. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

NervGen Pharma Trials and Scar Tissue

For readers who are watching NervGen Pharma, here's an update on upcoming trials for people with spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.  If you're new to NervGen, they're working on a peptide (NVG-291) that will allow nerve regeneration in spite of scar tissue.  You can read more about NervGen and NVG-291 here
I've talked about scar tissue and various treatments of it several times before: using an EpiPen for SCIs, eating blue M&Ms (yes, M&Ms), injecting nanoparticles, and inserting an internal scaffolding.  All of these different methods tackle the situation of scar tissue which blocks regeneration.  The blue M&M seems like it would be most popular, and I'm keeping an eye on it . . . but it's not that simple!  Caveat lector.