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Spinal Cord Injury

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

Why I'll Never Publicly Name The Friend Who Caused My Paralysis

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Rachelle Friedman

I'm not just a "paralyzed bride." I'm Rachelle, a regular girl who had everything going for her when it all came crashing down. And my dear friend, who had only innocent intentions, is not just the girl who pushed me.

Guts, Gumption and Grit: Dan Cummings On Winning

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Stacey Alcorn

I met up with Dan Cummings to pick his brain about business and life. He offers a unique view on building empires, breaking rules, and being stubborn. Here are 5 lessons on winning in business and life from the extraordinary Dan Cummings.

My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

8 Misconceptions About Life With Paralysis

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

Unless you yourself are paralyzed or you know someone who is, how could you possibly know everything about our world? So I'm here to set the record straight on some common misconceptions.

CrossFit, Back Pain, and Severed Spine Injury

Max Jacobson-Fried | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Max Jacobson-Fried

The point of course is not to avoid increases in risk at the detriment of our development; but rather, to understand the real risks that exist and try our best to mitigate them. There's not a lot we can do to avoid a freak accident, that's why it's called a "freak accident" and not "terrible thing you should have expected."

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

New Year's Resolution Motivation From A Quadriplegic: Get Off Your Butt And Get Healthy

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachelle Friedman

I really don't mean for this to be a guilt trip, but more of a swift kick in the rear to get you moving! I learned a very hard lesson at a young age and hindsight truly is 20/20.

How-to: Shopping in a Wheelchair

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

Love it or hate it, 'tis the season for shopping! Between black Friday and last minute Christmas Eve deals, sales are too good to pass up, right? But ...

World Stem Cell Summit Brings Senatorial Candidacy Announcement

Don C. Reed | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Don C. Reed

"With these words, and in this spectacular venue, I hereby announce my candidacy for state senator of the great state of California," said the muscula...

I'm the Daughter of a Quadriplegic

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

My only concern when my dad was first injured in a car accident was whether or not he would live. I was told pretty early that he had broken his neck,...

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

In One Man's Hands: California Governor May Decide Paralysis Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On Sept. 9, the California state Senate voted a unanimous YES to restore one million dollars in funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research ...

Which Country Will Be First to Cure Paralysis?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

On August 25, Roman Reed became the first person in a wheelchair to cross the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This Friday, he may help buil...

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Imagine you are a monkey in a laboratory and a person dressed in a white coat walks into the room with a catching net. How do you think you would react?

Needless Suffering of Medical Marijuana Patient Embodies Federal-State Conflict: A Prison Extraction

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

When I was in the graduate school portion of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in the Department of Geography, I ...

Little Grants, Big Progress? Paralysis Cure Research Bill Moves Ahead

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

The hallway was jammed outside Room 4203 in the Sacramento Capitol Building. Waves of body heat reached near asphyxiating levels. A large-voiced woma...

And Who Will Speak for Us?

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Isn't that what politics is supposed to be about, where people of opposing viewpoints can wrestle out their differences -- and find common grounds to work together?

What Paralysis Costs You -- And Why California's AB 714 Must Pass

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Paralysis costs every Californian $131.57 -- and that is not to cure anybody, just to pay the medical bills. How much does paralysis cost you in your...

Rise Up Gallery -- Utilizing Art to Uplift a Community

David McCauley | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
David McCauley

How far would you go to express yourself? Having your eye movement dictate a brush stroke. Utilizing a wheelchair as a brush. Painting with a mouth stick. Rise Up Gallery is committed to pushing the boundaries of how art is created and viewed.

If You Were Paralyzed: Two Champions You'd Want on Your Side

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Imagine being paralyzed: whatever position you are in right now, you must stay there-- until someone comes to move you. As an American, the chances o...

Exploring the Frontiers of Recovery From Spinal Cord Injury

Mark Pollock | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Mark Pollock

In 2010 a fall from a second-story window nearly killed me. As I lay in the spinal unit, I was presented with an expert view from one of the senior medical team that hoping for recovery was proven to be psychologically damaging. I simply don't agree with that analysis.

U.S. Climate Warms for Stem Cell Research

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

Advanced Cell Technology is seeking the go-ahead from the FDA to initiate the first clinical trials using the iPSC-derived cells later this year. They plan to produce platelets that can be used for blood-clotting diseases. It is time that stem cells gain their place in medicine.

Spinal Cord Injury Research Law -- One Vote Short?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Numb with shock, disappointment and rage, I hurled myself out of the Senate gallery, sat down on the cold marble floor, got out my phone book and cellphone. We were one vote short.

DoGooder Spotlight: Cobbie's Sauce Gives Back Through a Family Recipe

Marc Ozburn | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Friends often joked that the Hulses should market Cobbie's special sauce. Billy and Betty laughed off the idea until the trajectory of their lives changed in an instant.