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The Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System collaborated with the Burn Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems to host our first annual Injury Prevention and Health Promotion Fair on July 12, 2014. There were nearly 20 different exhibitors and over 250 attendees on this splendid summer afternoon. Children and adults alike engaged in fun games and activities! Everyone was treated to refreshing snacks, important information, and interactive giveaways. Sparky the Fire Dog and the Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by the Spaulding Pediatrics Program were particularly big hits!
For a complete listing of the exhibitors and their websites, please visit the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System website at www.bh-bims.org.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who participated and made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!
The Adaptive Sports Program at SH-SCI provides therapeutic recreational activities – including sailing, rowing, bicycling, and skiing – for members of the disabled community. Our trained staff identifies activities most appropriate for each participant. For more information, please click here.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of Massachusetts also offers many selections for adaptive sports and summertime activities. Check out their brochure below!
Knowledge In Motion - Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI
On June 5th the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast featuring Joanne Smith B.A., BRT Dip, CNP and Kylie James B.Sc. (OT), CNP. They discussed the important role nutrition plays in restoring balance to your body, which enhances your body’s natural ability to heal and helps protect you from developing potentially life-threatening secondary health complications. Joanne Smith and Kylie James co-authored “Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury” to address the unique needs of people with SCI. This presentation includes case studies to demonstrate the positive changes that proper nutrition can have on certain conditions, such as bowel dysfunction and pressure sores.
Our attendees left with an understanding of the therapeutic role nutrition plays in the rehabilitation and long term health of individuals with SCI, and how nutrition can positively impact your independence in an easy, practical, and cost effective way. They also became informed about the specific nutrients that can help prevent, manage, and address bowel dysfunction and pressure sores, in addition to the importance of nutritional supplementation.
Podcast in Sports Participation for those with SCI
Former Spaulding Resident, Dr. Cheri Blauwet, has given a recent podcast on the relationship between Sports participation for individuals with SCI and employment status. She talks about her recently published article, where she found that participation in organized sports was positively associated with employment. To listen to this podcast, please follow this link: http://www.physiatry.org/blogpost/1045767/172389/Sports-Participation-Individuals-with-Spinal-Cord-Injury-SCI
Neurotoxic or Neuroprotective? Current Controversies in SCI-Induced Autoimmunity.
Curr Phys Med Rehabil Reports. 2013 Sep;1(3)
Authors: Saltzman JW, Battaglino R, Stott H, Morse LR
Controversy exists regarding the autoimmune response that has been observed following traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). It is not clear if this represents a protective response by the immune system to prevent further tissue damage, a pathological reaction of the immune system to central nervous system antigens released by the injury, or a combination of both. Experimental evidence indicates that B cells produce auto-antibodies following SCI and that the presence of self-reactive antibodies is associated with tissue damage. Conversely, other studies suggest T cell activity at the site of the injury promotes tissue regeneration. Vaccination with dendritic cells exposed to central nervous s [...]
Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is a component of the Department of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) whose main mission is helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S. As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2013 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.
Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.