Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures published by NSCISC

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) publishes Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance every year to summarize trends in SCI Model Systems demographics and injury statistics. Data come from the National SCI Database, which was started in 1973 and currently contains longitudinal information on over 27,000 people with traumatic spinal cord injuries. Notable trends from the 2011 report are that the average age at injury and average life expectancy after injury have been increasing, while average length of rehab hospital stay has continued to decline over the years. 

To view the 2011 Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance, visit:

Monday, September 12, 2011

How to Live with Spinal Cord Injury and Osteoporosis

A free webcast and live chat presented by the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center.
Monday, September 26, 2011
6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time
6:15 PM Check-in
Many individuals with SCI have a change in their bone mass in the first year following SCI, and that risk increases over time. Research has shown that management of bone health should begin early following SCI because individuals with SCI are at a higher risk for fractures due to this decline in bone density.  Andrei Krassioukov MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Co-Director and Scientist with ICORD, will discuss the physiology and architecture of bone and the changes that take place in bone mass following SCI. He will also present the common methods for evaluation of osteoporosis following SCI and discuss the difficulties individuals with SCI face in managing osteoporosis.