Paralysis Affects More Americans Than Previously Thought

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Article Date: 21 Apr 2009 - 1:00 PDT

A new study reveals that over 5.5 million Americans, nearly 2 per cent of the population, are paralysed or partly paralyzed, mostly by stroke and spinal injury. This is a lot more than was previously thought.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation sponsored Anthony Cahill, director of the division of disability and health policy of the University of New Mexico, and colleagues, to do the study which is being reported in the media today.

With the help of experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and leading disability specialists, Cahill and colleagues designed a survey of 33,000 US households to estimate how many people have some form of paralysis, reported the Associated Press.