July 2012

SCI Focus – A Quarterly Newsletter focusing on Spinal Cord Injury

Welcome to SCI Focus brought to you by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH) in Washington, DC.

In this issue, our focus is on living a healthy life with a spinal cord injury. You will find information on current RRTC research and links to resources on nutrition, exercise and healthy living. This information includes fact sheets, videos, survey results, and assorted links to useful information.


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Current RRTC Research

Research Project R1: SCI and Your Heart. This research project is recruiting 125 adults with SCI in the DC and Miami metropolitan areas. Participants will provide the research team with information about their health, injury, family history, and other important health related information. Body measurements and a blood sample will be taken. All of this will help the research team determine the true risk that people experience for heart disease after SCI. We think that it is different from the risk people without SCI experience. One of the outcomes of this project will be an easy-to-use online RISK tool that is customized for people with SCI. You will be able to use this tool and consult with your health care provider to develop a prevention plan that is right for you!

If you live in the DC or Miami metropolitan area and would like to participate in this study, or have questions or comments, please e-mail  info@sci-health.org or leave a message on our toll free line: 1-877-278-0644.

Research Project R2: SCI Heart Health and Fish Oil Supplements. 34 participants who have an SCI and who are at risk for cardiometabolic syndrome, which includes health problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes, are being recruited into this study to test the effects of an Omega-3 (fish oil) supplement. Participants will take a pill form of this natural supplement daily for 12 weeks. Assessments, including body measurements and blood samples, will be taken before and after the intervention to determine the effects of the supplement. It is believed that a diet high in Omega-3 could decrease body fat and the risks associated with cardiometabolic syndrome in people with SCI. Only participants from research project R1can participate in this project.


  Cardiometabolic Education Package




If you or your health care provider would like to read one or more of these articles and you don’t have access to the journals they are published in, please send us a request at info@sci-health.org and we will help you obtain copies.

Past Issues of SCI Focus


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury is a five-year project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Grant #H133B090002. Its focus is the prevention and management of secondary conditions among individuals with SCI, particularly pressure sores, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

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