Science Alert: Spinal cord injury (SCI) research and the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, December 26, 2017

The term spinal cord injury (SCI) comprises a wide range of conditions. As described by the WHO report International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (WHO 2013), SCI refers to damage to the spinal cord arising from trauma (such as a car crash), or from non-traumatic disease or degeneration (such as tuberculosis), and encompasses both a baby born with spina bifida and a construction worker who falls from scaffolding.

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Topics: Science Alert, International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Science Alert: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - Beyond the injury

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, August 15, 2017

Initial management after spinal cord injury is crucial in saving lives. It is often characterized by early transfer to specialized centers and early initiation of treatments.

Long-term management is, however, almost as important. New research focuses on both of these and stresses the importance of early prevention of chronic complications, as these are common health problems affecting the quality of live for people living with a spinal cord injury

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Topics: Science Alert, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Science Alert: Living with spinal cord injury – long-term perspective

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, May 30, 2017

Intermittent catheterization seems to be key to improving quality of life when living with a spinal cord injury. New research has confirmed that the therapy can increase the number of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) by 93% and at the same time reduce urinary incontinence by 38%.

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Topics: Science Alert, Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Science Alert: Spinal Cord Injury – beyond the injury

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, February 21, 2017

Health problems are common after a spinal cord injury and they have been found to have a great impact on day to day life. A recent publication describes the extent of this impact and also lists the most frequent problems, such as bladder and bowel regulation.

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Topics: Science Alert, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Science Alert: Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, January 26, 2017

There is no doubt that physical disability is of central concern for a person with spinal cord injury. Recent research however highlights that less evident problems are more common, such as bowel and bladder issues. 

This might be the reason why many treatment forms and research studies are addressing these problems. 

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Topics: Science Alert, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)