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Re-engineered enzyme could help reverse damage from spinal cord injury and stroke

Published: August 24, 2020

A team of researchers from University of Toronto Engineering and the University of Michigan has redesigned and enhanced a natural enzyme that shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue following injury.

Their new version is more stable than the protein that occurs in nature, and could lead to new treatments for reversing nerve damage caused by traumatic injury or stroke.

Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Races Again In A Corvette C8

Published: August 24, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The former Indycar racer loves his new car!

In 2000, Indycar racer Sam Schmidt was doing a testing run at Walt Disney World Speedway when he spun out of control and crashed, severing his spinal cord between his 3rd and 4th vertebrae.

He had gone from being a race-winning Indycar League driver to a quadriplegic in the space of a moment. However, he was determined to keep racing and formed an Indycar racing team just 14 months after being paralyzed. That team was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Biologist awarded $1.8M to study neuronal reprograming for spinal cord repair

Published: August 24, 2020

National Institutes of Health grant will enable Hedong Li to focus on role of micorRNAs in the reprogramming process

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hedong Li, associate research professor of biology, has been awarded $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how microRNAs — small segments of genetic material — could be used in treatments for spinal cord injury. The five-year grant builds upon previous work by Li and colleagues to convert glial cells, support cells that surround neurons, into functioning neurons.

Sim­ul­tan­eous elec­trical and mag­netic stim­u­la­tion helped a spinal cord in­jury pa­tient re­gain the abil­ity...

Published: August 17, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

At the BioMag Laboratory, the first promising results have been achieved in the application of synchronised electrical and magnetic stimulation therapy when rehabilitating a paraplegic patient and restoring his ability to walk.

The simultaneous stimulation of the motor nerves of the brain and limbs (paired associative stimulation) has yielded promising research results.

She broke her back mountain biking. Now she’s a Yale New Haven nurse.

Published: August 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

NEW HAVEN — Lindsey Runkel says there are no inappropriate questions to ask her.

There certainly are many questions to ask.

Like, how does a nurse, paralyzed from the chest down, do her job from a wheelchair? How does she stay so effervescently positive all the time? Why does she continue to go mountain biking after a crash in New Hampshire pinched her spinal cord, breaking two vertebrae?

Dorsal root ganglion stimulation evokes motor responses in patients with complete spinal cord injury

Published: August 14, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Sadaf SoloukeyBilateral L4 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has been shown to evoke strong and reproducible motor responses in the upper leg in patients with chronic motor complete spinal cord injury (SCI).

In their paper published in Neuromodulation, authors Sadaf Soloukey and colleagues from Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, refer to their study as the “first of its kind” to demonstrate the potential of the DRG as a new target for reproducible and potentially weight-bearing muscle recruitment in this particular cohort of patients.

Quadriplegic Record-Breaking Esports Gamer RockyNoHands Signs with Luminosity

Published: August 14, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Rocky Stoutenburgh, a.k.a. RockyNoHands, has just made history yet again. The pro gamer was previously inducted into the Guinness World Records 2020 and Guinness World Records 2020 Gamer’s Edition, earning two different records in Fortnite while using a mouth-operated joystick. Now, according to a report from TheGamerRockyNoHands has become the first quadriplegic gamer to be signed to a professional esports organization.

Osmotic therapy device reduces swelling to prevent secondary injuries in rats

Published: August 12, 2020

Improving treatment of spinal cord injuries

When injured, the spinal cord swells, restricting blood flow and causing critical and permanent motor, sensory, and autonomic function damage. Rapid prevention of spinal cord swelling immediately after injury is key to preventing more serious damage. The only treatment to date has been steroid therapy with methylprednisolone, which is minimally effective.

Implanted Neural Stem Cell Grafts Show Functionality in Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: August 5, 2020

In mouse studies, the specialized grafts integrated with host networks and behaved much like neurons in a healthy, undamaged spinal cord

Using stem cells to restore lost functions due to spinal cord injury (SCI) has long been an ambition of scientists and doctors. Nearly 18,000 people in the United States suffer SCIs each year, with another 294,000 persons living with an SCI, usually involving some degree of permanent paralysis or diminished physical function, such as bladder control or difficulty breathing.

Paralyzed man has sense of touch restored by brain-machine interface

Published: July 29, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This is the first BMI to restore movement and touch simultaneously

Ten years ago, while on vacation in North Carolina, Ian Burkhart broke his neck in a diving accident. The diagnosis was as life-changing as the injury: a complete spinal cord injury in the cervical spine. An injury of this nature often results in paraplegia. Burkhart might regain some movement and sensation in his shoulders and upper arm, doctors said. But the chances of ever moving his hands again were slim.