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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Neurogenic bladder overactivity improved with botulinum toxin A injections

Published: April 27, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Injections of onabotulinumtoxinA, better known as Botox, significantly reduce urinary incontinence due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity in patients with spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, a Canadian team reports.

There have been only a couple of randomized controlled trials of intravesical onabotulinumtoxinA injections in this setting, note Dr. Sender Herschorn, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, and colleagues in the June issue of the Journal of Urology.

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Published: April 26, 2011

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Why spinal injuries are not what we see on TV

Published: April 25, 2011

Spinal injuries can certainly be serious, but they don’t always have to spell an end to life as we know it

THIRTY-ONE years ago Colm Whooley came off his motorbike and broke his back. He was paralysed from the chest down and spent nine months in hospital. Today he scuba dives, fly-fishes, teaches self-defence and kayaks.

David Weir: ‘I have never seen myself as disabled’

Published: April 24, 2011

He won last week’s Marathon for a fifth time; now London 2012 is firmly in his sights

We have all seen those Q and A interviews where a celebrity is asked who he or she would invite to a dinner party. It is a game we can all play. Most of my guests would be blindingly obvious – Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Seb Coe, Angelina Jolie… and I would also be more than happy to break bread with one of Britain’s greatest current sportsmen, though I doubt any of the other table mates apart from Baron Coe of Ranmore would have heard of him. Indeed, not that many people have.

Bike Stimulator Helping Patients with Spine Injuries

Published: April 20, 2011

It looks like a cross between an abdominal exerciser and a stationary bike, but it’s a revolutionary approach to treating patients with spinal cord injuries.

Designed and constructed by two graduate students in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Engineering, this device, called “Neuro Mechano Stimulator Pedals,” stimulates mechano-receptors on the lateral ridge of the sole of the foot. The hypothesis behind this device development is that simultaneous stimulation of sensory inputs and spinal reflexes may lead to neuroplasticity, causing generation of new neural pathways in the spine.

Woman survives wreck to give birth to miracle baby

Published: April 20, 2011

HOUSTON (KTRK) — Every parent feels their infant is a miracle, but a three-week-old baby named TJ may be even more deserving of the label. His mother was pregnant with him when she was in a car crash that killed two people and left her paralyzed.

‘Iron Man’-Type Exoskeleton Aids Recovery

Published: April 18, 2011

A newly developed robotic exoskeleton provides spinal cord injury patients with assistance and resistance to help rebuild muscle function.

A year ago, professional motocross racer Randy Childers experienced a crash in Texas that crushed his ribs, wrist and several vertebrae. By October he could walk slowly but struggled to turn over a card.

Enter a new robotic exoskeleton, a new motorized device designed to speed recovery.

BrainGate gives paralysed the power of mind control

Published: April 17, 2011

A tiny chip implant is enabling paralysed and injured people to move objects by the power of their thoughts – and, in time, researchers hope it could help them walk again

The robotic arm clutched a glass and swung it over a series of coloured dots that resembled a Twister gameboard. Behind it, a woman sat entirely immobile in a wheelchair. Slowly, the arm put the glass down, narrowly missing one of the dots. “She’s doing that!” exclaims Professor John Donoghue, watching a video of the scene on his office computer – though the woman onscreen had not moved at all. “She actually has the arm under her control,” he says, beaming with pride. “We told her to put the glass down on that dot.”

New Method May Quantify Response to Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 15, 2011

Inflammation after a spinal cord injury is nonresolving, and can be characterized by quantification of lymphocytes using resolution indexes (Ri) and resolution plateaus (Rp), according to an experimental study published online March 22 in Brain Pathology.

Spinal-cord injury hasn’t slowed him down

Published: April 13, 2011

New doctor helps patients, does research

Like many working parents of young children, south Charlotte residents Jesse and Michelle Lieberman juggle careers and family time.

Jesse, 33, is a physician at Carolinas Rehabilitation and is also pursuing a master’s degree in public health at UNC Charlotte. Michelle, 36, is an occupational therapist in the Carolinas HealthCare System. They are parents to 3-year-old twins, Gracey and Saul.

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