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Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’

Published: April 8, 2014

electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords(CNN) — At her research lab at the University of Louisville, neuroscientist Susan Harkema turned her back to her study subject to check a reading on a computer screen.

“Hey Susie, look at this,” the patient called out to her. “I can move my toe!”

Startled, Harkema spun around. The purpose of her study, which involves sending electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords, was to learn more about nerve pathways, not to actually make patients move.

That must be an involuntary spasm, she thought. She asked the patient, Rob Summers, to lie down and close his eyes and follow her commands.

“Move your left toe,” she said to him — and he did. “Move your right toe,” she asked — and he did.

Holy s***!” she yelled out loud. Continue Reading »

With Robotic Walking Suit, Paralyzed Person Will Give World Cup’s First Kick

Published: April 8, 2014

Robot Suit Debuts At World CupThe World Cup’s opening ceremony may wind up being the most exciting event of the tournament.

A Brazilian person who is paralyzed will walk onto the pitch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this June wearing an exoskeleton walking suit to complete the ceremonial first kick. Built with light metals and powered by hydraulics, the walking machine could one day make wheelchairs a thing of the past — all thanks to science. Continue Reading »

New York Officials Restore Millions for Spinal Cord Injury Research

Published: April 7, 2014

Paul Francis New Yorkers to Cure ParalysisNew York state budget officials have restored nearly $7 million in annual funding for spinal cord injury research after an influential lobby of paraplegics put pressure on Albany lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s administration.

The group, New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, had tried unsuccessfully since 2010 to restore about $8.5 million in annual state funding for the research, which they argued is required to be spent by state law. Roughly $2 million was restored last year, and Mr. Cuomo’s original 2014 budget earmarked a total of $4.9 million. Continue Reading »

The Upsee by Firefly

Published: April 2, 2014

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. Continue Reading »

The Repair Stem Cells Institute Announces Its Special “Double Benefits for SCI” Stem Cells Treatment Program to Benefit Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: March 26, 2014

Repair-Stem-Cells-InstituteRSCI’s one-day treatment program in Florida, USA, is priced to bring stem cell treatment benefits to the greatest possible number of SCI patients.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 – The Repair Stem Cells Institute (RSCI ) announces its new “Double Benefits for SCI” stem cell treatment program specifically to benefit sufferers of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). The Regenerative Center, headed by Dr. Melvin M. Propis, a well-known practitioner of stem cells science, is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. RSCI’s program is by far the least expensive SCI treatment program available using real stem cells treatments within FDA regulations. Continue Reading »

The SENSIMAT for Wheelchairs – Indiegogo Campaign

Published: March 24, 2014

SENSIMATThe SENSIMAT for Wheelchairs is a thin, wireless mat of pressure sensors that is inserted underneath a wheelchair cushion. The mat connects via Bluetooth to the SENSIMAT mobile app which allows 24/7 monitoring of the wheelchair cushion.

The SENSIMAT is fully customized to your wheelchair cushion(ie. 16 inches front to back, 18 inches left to right). The SENSIMAT is inserted directly underneath your wheelchair cushion and zipped up in the existing wheelchair cushion sleeve. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic returns to ski slopes after decade

Published: March 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A decade after a ski accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Kenny Salvini, 33, took to the slopes again this month. Continue Reading »

Horizon: The Disability Proof All-Terrain Electric Bike

Published: March 15, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Disabled or not, the Horizon trike is ready for your adventure. Adaptive to your physical ability, electric, all-terrain… AWESOME Continue Reading »

QuadStick: A Game Controller for Quadriplegics

Published: February 6, 2014

kickstarter-badge-funded-300x286A mouth and voice operated game controller, mouse, and keyboard to assist a disabled gamer in playing games on the PS3, PC or Android

The QuadStick has a joystick, four sip & puff sensors, a lip position sensor, and a push switch, connected to a 32 bit ARM processor that converts the sensor inputs into USB and Bluetooth signals for host devices.

Kickstarter Project – QuadStick: A Game Controller for Quadriplegics Continue Reading »

‘Stem cells’ created in less than 30 minutes in ‘groundbreaking’ discovery

Published: January 29, 2014

embyonic-stem-cells-createdScientists have turned adult cells back to their embryonic form in under 30 minutes by simply treating them with acid in a breakthough which could revolutionise personalised medicine.

The era where organs and tissues can be re-grown is a step closer after scientists found treating adult cells with acid takes them back to an embryonic state in under 30 minutes.
Experts in the field of stem cells have hailed the research as groundbreaking and say, if replicated in humans, it would herald a new ‘age of personalised medicine.’ Continue Reading »