People in Pennsylvania who have suffered serious spinal cord injuries may one day be treated with a material that has been used to strengthen airplane wings and natural gas storage containers. In 2009, scientists at Rice University wrote a paper about the process that they had developed to extract graphene nanoribbons from multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Scientists now think that the material could have medical applications.
People in Pennsylvania who suffer from spinal cord injuries may experience a number of different effects throughout their lives. Each year in the United States, there are about 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury. Most of those new cases are men, and most happen because of an accident in a vehicle.
When a Pennsylvania resident suffers a spinal injury, its severity depends on which vertebrae was injured. If the high-cervical nerves are injured, an individual may experience limited bowel control and numbness or paralysis of the arms and legs. It may be impossible for someone with a high-cervical injury to breath on his or her own or speak without assistance.
Spring is the time of year when people across Pennsylvania will be spending time outside, enjoying the warmer weather. For many of us, this includes riding bikes. There are many safety precautions that people take to stay safe on a ride, whether they are just riding for fun or commuting to work. We wear helmets, obey traffic laws and make sure we have working lights or reflective tape to be visible at night.