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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Nutlins cancer drug may be able to reverse spinal cord damage

Published: May 31, 2015

spinal cord injury-lab-ratsLONDON, UK – A group of drugs being tested for cancer treatment have been shown to present promising results for spinal cord injury in mice, according to a new report.

The cancer drug called Nutlins was administered to mice as part of a cancer study, but doctors discovered that mice taking the drug recovered much more movement than those left untreated.

The Imperial College London has said the drugs should now be tested in rats and could possibly be used in human trials within 10 years.

Putting 1 foot in front of another, former quadriplegic spends 15 years learning to...

Published: May 30, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Aaron Baker Coming To My SensesLOS ANGELES — The worst day of Aaron Baker’s life wasn’t when the then-20-year-old professional motocross racer crashed his bike one spring day in 1999, flew over the handlebars and hit the ground head-first, paralyzing him from the neck down.

No, the worst day came a year later when Baker’s physical therapy ended. That was when his therapists, marveling that he could actually stand on his own again and move his arms some, cautioned him not to expect much more.

New study shows stem cell treatments promote faster healing in primates with spinal cord...

Published: May 30, 2015

Stem Cells Translational MedicineA new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI), showed the treatments significantly improved the animals’ motor function recovery and promoted faster healing, too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward the goal of improving outcomes for humans with chronic SCI.

Previous research conducted by various groups had indicated stem cell treatments helped rats with SCI.

Quadriplegic bodybuilder works towards going pro

Published: May 30, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – With the help of friends and family one local quadriplegic man is working towards becoming a professional body builder.

Paralysed three years ago, Jack Kavanagh is about to embark on the original American...

Published: May 28, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

THREE YEARS AGO then 20-year-old Jack Kavanagh had the world at his feet when fate struck him an incredibly cruel blow. Now, he’s about to show us what a truly indomitable spirit is as he embarks on a road trip along the west coast of America.

August 2012. Having just finished first year Pharmacy at Trinity College, the windsurfing lifeguard was holidaying in Portugal with friends while he contemplated what came next.

Scientists Meet in Louisville to Share Research That Could Improve Treatments for Spinal Cord,...

Published: May 23, 2015

The second participant to receive an epidural stimulator as part of the investigation of standing, stepping and voluntary control in individuals with complete spinal cord injury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (5/23/15) — More than a dozen leading basic scientists from around the nation and the world studying neurological function made presentations to 160 fellow researchers in Louisville Wednesday and Thursday.

The goal? To facilitate collaborations that will advance science leading to improved spinal cord and head injury rehabilitation.

Scientists from Sweden, Canada and the United States shared their latest neurotrauma research at the 21st Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium.

Next Generation of Neuroprosthetics: Erik’s Story

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it

After years of paralysis, a man drinks a beer with the help of a...

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robotA new thought-controlled robotic arm taps into a different part of the brain than most, which its creators say may give its paralyzed users an easier learning curve and allow for more fluid movements. They report on the success of their first patient, Erik G. Sorto, in a paper published Thursday in Science.

When Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down for a decade by a gunshot wound, signed on to have neuroprosthetics implanted in his brain, he was very clear on what his first goal would be: After years of having to ask someone to hold straws to his lips, he wanted to be able to drink a beer on his own. His medical team now reports that he’s accomplished that and more.

Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient’s Intentions

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb—one that can be either connected to or separate from the patient’s own limb.

Brain implant controls robotic arm – with the power of thought

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Erik Sorto controls robotic armErik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.

“I want to be able to drink my own beer – to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me,” he said. “I really miss that independence.”

Sorto was recently able to fulfil this goal, when he became the first person in the world to have a neuro-prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made.

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