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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Osmotic therapy device reduces swelling to prevent secondary injuries in rats

Published: August 12, 2020

Improving treatment of spinal cord injuries

When injured, the spinal cord swells, restricting blood flow and causing critical and permanent motor, sensory, and autonomic function damage. Rapid prevention of spinal cord swelling immediately after injury is key to preventing more serious damage. The only treatment to date has been steroid therapy with methylprednisolone, which is minimally effective.

Obi – The first dining robot of its kind

Published: August 10, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Obi is a first of its kind, revolutionary dining device for individuals who lack upper extremity function. Obi increases independence, social interaction, and effective food capture like never before.

With the momentary touch of a switch, Obi allows users to select between four compartments of food and command when the food is captured and delivered to the mouth.

Implanted Neural Stem Cell Grafts Show Functionality in Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: August 5, 2020

In mouse studies, the specialized grafts integrated with host networks and behaved much like neurons in a healthy, undamaged spinal cord

Using stem cells to restore lost functions due to spinal cord injury (SCI) has long been an ambition of scientists and doctors. Nearly 18,000 people in the United States suffer SCIs each year, with another 294,000 persons living with an SCI, usually involving some degree of permanent paralysis or diminished physical function, such as bladder control or difficulty breathing.