Elective Surgeries for Hand Function

December 19th, 2013|

A tendon transfer can stabilize a quad’s thumb (A) and help restore pinch and grasp function (B).
If you are one of the thousands of people with limited hand and arm function as the result of a cervical spinal cord injury, would you be surprised to know that there is a […]

The Effects of Spinal Cord Injury on Parenting Ability

February 12th, 2013|

The right to have kids and the ability to raise them into productive members of society is one of the fundamental assumptions of our culture. It’s natural for many of us to observe older family members and friends raising their children and give at least some thought to raising our […]

SCI Research and Clinical Trials

July 31st, 2012|

Bridging the Gap
Dr. Lu and crew at UC-San Diego proved axons can regrow across complete injuries.
Severed motor axons can now be made to cross complete spinal cord injuries and connect to muscle groups below the level of injury in rats. Researchers with the University of California San Diego’s Department of […]

Wired People: Taking Neurotech Devices Home

February 16th, 2012|

In the last issue, we reported that functional electrical stimulation is becoming more sophisticated and widespread. As promised, here is a follow-up with a few users of next-gen FES.

Youth & Aging

February 15th, 2012|

Ray Brown laughs when he thinks about how his doctors gave him a five- to seven-year life expectancy when he broke his T9-10 vertebrae. Sixty-one years later, Brown is still rolling all around South Carolina. On a more somber note, Brown is quick to add that most of the people […]

From Science Fiction to Reality: Exoskeletons

December 12th, 2011|

We’ve all seen exoskeletons in some of the most popular science fiction, even if we didn’t know that’s they were called. Sigourney Weaver used an exoskeleton designed for cargo lifting in outer space to kill the alien queen in Aliens. Tony Stark used a more personalized and hi-tech one to save the world as Iron Man. Believe it or not, paraplegics could be using one sooner rather than later to walk again.