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Two months after paralyzing spinal cord injury, Mason-Hale on the mend

Published: November 6, 2008 | Spinal Cord Injury:

43212579Chris Mason-Hale vividly remembers the football play that changed his life. The scene rolls through his mind with the same detail as the action movies he watches on his portable DVD player at Kernan Hospital.

A senior linebacker for Western Tech in Catonsville, Mason-Hale went for a routine tackle in the final scrimmage of the preseason, Aug. 29 at Northeast.

“It was a dive,” Mason-Hale said of the common short-yardage play. “They gave the running back the ball, and he came through the one hole. I’m always the go-to guy because I’ll make the hit, and I went for the kill shot. That’s when you go outside him, but when I tried to hit him, he popped up and my head flew back.”

Hundreds of experts gather in Toronto to share cutting-edge advances in spinal cord rehabilitation

Published: November 6, 2008

TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ – Is it possible to control devices through thought alone? One researcher is determined to find the answer. César Marquez is presenting the results of a brain-machine interfacing (BMI) study and its implications for people living with limited mobility at a national spinal cord Rehabilitation conference on Friday. BMI technology uses brain signals to control devices like computers and robotic arms. This means people living with physical disabilities would have the ability to control assistive devices through thought.

“The results of the BMI study suggest that it may be possible to use brain signals to control assistive devices for individuals with physical disabilities,” states Marquez, a PhD student from the University of Toronto who is completing his degree at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) and leading the BMI study.

Grandad’s broken spine tragedy

Published: November 6, 2008

c_71_article_107A GRANDAD died after six doctors at two hospitals failed to spot he had broken his spine.

Neville Caplan, 70, could have been saved if he’d had surgery in the three weeks before his death.

The retired pastry chef from Prestwich – described as ‘fit and healthy’ – fell while babysitting.

Four consultants and two radiologists at Wythenshawe Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital missed his injury until three weeks after the accident.

Repairing the Damaged Spinal Cord

Published: November 6, 2008

Once little more than a futile hope, some restoration of the injured spinal cord is beginning to seem feasible

Editor’s Note: This story, originally printed in the September 1999 issue of Scientific American, is being posted due to a new study

showing that nerve cells can be regenerated by knocking out genes that typically inhibit their growth.

For Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, the cause was a highly publicized headfirst fall during warm-ups for the 1998 Goodwill Games.

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