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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Recovery of sensory function by stem cell transplants

Published: June 8, 2015

Uppsala UniversityNew research from Uppsala University shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions.

Traffic accidents and severe falls can cause ruptures of nerve fibers that enter/exit the spinal cord. Most commonly, these avulsion injuries affect the innervation of the arm and hand, and lead to paralysis, loss of sensation and cause chronic pain.

A new grasp on robotic glove

Published: June 5, 2015

Soft-Robotic-Glove-605Soft, lightweight robotic glove assists with grasping objects independently

Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by Conor Walsh and a team of engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering could someday help people suffering from loss of hand motor control regain some of their independence.

Most patients with partial or total loss of their hand motor abilities due to muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or incomplete spinal cord injury report a greatly reduced quality of life because of their inability to perform many activities of daily living.

Quadriplegic woman to give birth to baby boy

Published: June 3, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic Jen Goodwin pregnantBENTON (KATV) – Finishing your second year of law school while single and pregnant certainly can’t be easy. Add on the fact you’re a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair and it may seem impossible – but that’s exactly what Jen Goodwin is doing.

Seven years ago, Jen Goodwin was in a boat on Lake Hamilton when an accident on board resulted in C5 & C6 spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.

Stranger Makes Custom Hair Straighteners For Quadriplegic Woman After Seeing Reddit Post

Published: June 1, 2015

adapted straightener Rachelle FriedmanOne of the reasons we love Reddit is that every so often it shows off humanity’s kinder side.

Rachelle Friedman aka Rollingonwheelz, is a quadriplegic woman who got a dose of this kindness after she posted a casual comment in response to an AMA question from the Reddit community about how she did her hair and make up.

Australian treated with new cell-based therapy

Published: June 1, 2015

In a rare surgery, a 35-year-old Australian woman with a spinal injury for 14 long years regained her sensory ability after undergoing a new cell-based therapy at a hospital here, doctors said on Monday.

The Human Embryonic Stem Cell (HESC) also proved beneficial for Perry Gross as she gained back her standing capability, which she had lost after suffering a major trauma while playing rugby.