Assumptions and conceptual contributions to improve the global assistive performance of actual wheelchairs, in order to enhance the users' autonomy and quality of life.

Discussion: The wheelchair particularities that we pursue, and which are distinguished from the other models, is the fact that the wheelchair is powered, pliable and allows verticalization, hopefully at a price comparable or even lower than the current state of the art models (but none of them succeeded by now to fulfil all this three basic functions on a single "all in one" such device). Hence, if our optimized prototype will achieve technical and clinical validation, this will result in a significant enhancement of autonomy and QoL for the users. PMID: 31803294 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Medicine and Life - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Life Source Type: research

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Source: Disabled World - Category: Disability Tags: Spinal Cord Injury Source Type: news
According to this study, the loaded particles can potentially serve as a suitable candidate for spinal cord repair, functional recovery and axonal regeneration.Graphical abstract
Source: International Journal of Pharmaceutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Traumatic spinal injury includes injury to the spinal cord, nerve roots, osseous structures, and ligamentous structures of the spinal column. Although relatively rare, traumatic spinal injury is of particular concern because of the potential for significant adverse impact and life-long disability [1,2]. Despite its potential to cause severe disability or death, basic epidemiological information about the global burden of traumatic spinal injury remains limited [3]. Specific data on traumatic spinal injury in pediatric populations is particularly scarce, especially outside of the United States [4-6].
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Clinical Study Source Type: research
AbstractSpinal cord injury (SCI) causes temporary disabilities or permanent effects including neuropathic pain and spastiscity. The damage often results frommechanical trauma, which in turn triggers the neuroinflammatory process. Neuroinflammation plays essential roles in the structural, biochemical, and cellular changes that take place in the spinal cord after the injury. Indeed, SCI activates many different signaling pathways that coordinate the resulting cellular responses. While neuroinflammation serves as a physiological reaction to harmful stimuli, it is clear that long-lasting inflammatory response leads to aggravat...
Source: Molecular Neurobiology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Falls have a significant psychosocial impact for some, but not all participants. Clinicians should explore whether and to what extent falls/fall risk have a lasting psychosocial impact, and work with individuals to create strategies that may reduce negative psychosocial impacts.IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATIONThis study highlighted that falls can have a significant psychosocial impact on the lives of some wheelchair users with spinal cord injury.Since a wheelchair user's concern of falls may change overtime, clinicians are encouraged to have ongoing dialogue about every wheelchair user's level of concern about ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Authors: Sunna T, Elias E, Summaka M, Zein H, Elias C, Nasser Z Abstract BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a permanent disability which negatively affects individuals' health and particularly their quality of life. OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of life (QoL) among Lebanese men with spinal cord injury and to compare it to a healthy control group. METHODS: A case control study was conducted. Fifty-one Lebanese patients with spinal cord injury and 51 age- sex-matched healthy persons were included in the study. RESULTS: Compared to healthy controls, the mean scores of eight domains of SF-36 were si...
Source: NeuroRehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: NeuroRehabilitation Source Type: research
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Source: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Conclusions This article highlights the important issues about the sEMG control method and accentuates the weaknesses associated with this type of control to assist researchers in overcoming problems that impede sEMG-controlled robotic devices to be feasible and practical tools for people afflicted with hand impairment.
Source: JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CME ARTICLES Source Type: research
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Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
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