Monthly Archives: July 2015
Non-surgical approach helps people with paralysis voluntarily move their legs
In a study conducted at UCLA, five men who had been completely paralyzed were able to move their legs in a rhythmic motion thanks to a new, noninvasive procedure that stimulates the spinal cord. It is believed to be the first time voluntary leg movements have ever been relearned in completely paralyzed patients without surgery. The results are reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma. "These findings tell us we have to look at spinal cord injury in a new way," said V. Reggie Edgerton, senior author of the research and a UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology, neurobiology and neurosurgery.
Study Examines Difference Between High- and Low-frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is nothing new, but a new study suggests that maybe we have been approaching it the wrong way; or rather, that maybe we have more to learn about it. But, in case you don’t know, spinal cord stimulation is a type of pain management which involves placing an implant under the skin which delivers electric pulses to the torso or the limbs to relieve chronic pain. Typically, spinal cord stimulation involves delivering low-frequency waves (40 to 60 Hz) but a new study says that, perhaps, high-frequency (up to 10,000 Hz) might be better in some cases.
UofL, Frazier Rehab equipment gives hope to paralyzed children
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The University of Louisville and Frazier Rehab unveiled new equipment Thursday that's giving hope to children who are paralyzed. It's paving the way for mobility for one little boy who was told, from birth, he would never walk, stand or sit up on his own.
Friendship helps spinal cord injury survivor tackle next challenge: learning to drive
CONYERS, Ga. - Jimbo Boyd and Delorean Williams, who goes by the nickname "Bean," are looking for a new set of wheels at R & R Mobility Vans in Conyers because in a few months, Bean, will be driving again.
How paralyzed patients are able to stand again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzOBwR70_Z4 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In what’s being hailed as a breakthrough in spinal cord injury research, four men paralyzed from the chest down have risen...
Will ‘factories’ churn out billions of stem cells?
When using this form of gene editing, Cedars-Sinai scientists can more efficiently insert reporter genes that glow when a stem cell turns into a...
Paralyzed veteran opens spinal cord injury recovery center
A paralyzed veteran and his wife have met their fundraising goal and opened a non-profit recovery center for spinal-cord injured patients to recover. Stay In...
Artist Invents Tools That Enable Kids With Disabilities To Paint
When Madison was first diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, her doctor didn’t know a whole lot about the genetic condition. She flat-out told Madison’s...
The way forward
It was the beginning of a summer that promised to be one of his best ever. Josh Basile loved his new job as a lawyer...
Quadriplegic prepares for Mount Adams climb with Pasco man’s expertise
Fifteen years after Pete Rieke of Pasco became the first paralyzed climber to conquer Mount Rainier on his own power, he’s taking on a...