Ten years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs. Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned… Continue Reading »
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years. The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say… Continue Reading »
KEARNEY — Just one finger, a hand, an arm. That’s all Jeff Wirth is asking for. In the 13½ months since a minor crash, Wirth hasn’t been able to voluntarily move any of his limbs from his chest down or to care for himself. He’s a quadriplegic. “One arm would be huge. Being able to… Continue Reading »
First recipient of implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating systems reanimates limb that had been stilled for eight years.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A drug developed during World War II as an antidote for a chemical warfare agent has been found to be effective at suppressing a neurotoxin that worsens the pain and severity of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries. The neurotoxin, called acrolein, is produced within the… Continue Reading »