Elective Surgeries for Hand Function

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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 proven … [Read more...]

The Effects of Spinal Cord Injury on Parenting Ability

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 … [Read more...]

SCI Research and Clinical Trials

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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 … [Read more...]

Wired People: Taking Neurotech Devices Home

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By Charlie DeArmond 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. Got Grip Scott Fessler, C5, enjoys more independence while … [Read more...]

Youth & Aging

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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 … [Read more...]

From Science Fiction to Reality: Exoskeletons

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By Priya Ramachandran   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 … [Read more...]