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SDSU’s Brain Chip Could Eliminate Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis

Published: October 26, 2015

SDSU’s Brain Chip Could Eliminate Spinal Cord Injury ParalysisResearchers at San Diego State University and two other schools won a $15 million grant to continue their work on a brain chip that could help people with traumatic spinal cord injuries undo the effects of paralysis, it was announced Monday.

The work done by the SDSU researchers — along with teams at the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is aimed at helping paralyzed people regain mobility.

Autonomic dysreflexia in spinal cord injury

Published: October 26, 2015

Autonomic dysreflexia often goes unrecognised in patients with spinal cord injury. Health professionals must be able to recognise when patients are at risk.

A young patient with tetraplegia arrives in the emergency department with a severe headache, dilated pupils, beads of sweat on their forehead, chest pain, bradycardia and a blood pressure of 280/130. What do you think is happening? Recreational drug use? A hypertensive crisis with a renal, endocrine or neurological cause? Is your immediate response to carry out an electrocardiogram and blood tests? In fact, this life-threatening emergency could be caused by something as simple as a full bladder.

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