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Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of ‘cure’ for paralysis

Published: October 21, 2014

Darek FidykaSufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells

Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.

A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound firefighter paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack, restoring sensation and muscle control to his legs. Continue Reading »

To walk again – the people behind the story

Published: October 20, 2014

Darek Fidyka Walking On BridgeIt is a moment I will always remember. On a warm summer’s day in Wroclaw, Poland, Darek Fidyka walked across a bridge, using only a frame for support.

This had been his dream for four years, after he was paralysed in a knife attack. Now, after a transplant of cells taken from his nasal cavity, it had become reality.

He is the world’s first patient to receive the groundbreaking treatment.

Behind those few steps lay the extraordinary efforts of a group of scientists, surgeons and fundraisers in Britain and Poland. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

Published: October 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Stuart-Turner-WIRED2014Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014’s London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.

“I can’t move my body, I can’t get out of this wheelchair — but I can totally fly,” he said. “Robots are awesome.” Continue Reading »

Monroe’s Nichols envisions “World without wheelchairs”

Published: October 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

World without wheelchairsEver since fracturing his C-5 vertebra in a varsity game earlier this year, former Monroe High School ice hockey star Mikey Nichols is constantly altering his goals.

With each new milestone – whether it be the ability to raise his right hand or to more than quadruple the amount of time he can remain upright in a standing frame – Nichols still has his sights set on being able to walk again.

But since the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation contacted Nichols last week, asking him to help promote their fundraising campaign for The Big Idea, the 18-year-old’s goals have changed once more. Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from stem cell transplantation studies

Published: October 14, 2014

Two studies recently published in Cell Transplantation reveal that cell transplantation may be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), a major cause of disability and paralysis with no current restorative therapies.

Using laboratory rats modeled with SCI, researchers in Spain found in laboratory tests on cells harvested from rats Continue Reading »

Stem cells from human embryos prove safe, improve vision -study

Published: October 14, 2014

(Reuters) – The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Adventurer Mark Pollock: The Mark of a real man

Published: October 13, 2014

2013-05-08 10.26.51.jpgAdventurer unbowed despite blindness and paralysis, says Suzanne Harrington

ON the evening of November 12, in 30 cities, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester, runners wearing flashing red armbands will raise money for a condition that currently has no cure.

The background to Run In The Dark is the unfinished story of an astonishingly determined individual, Mark Pollock, who, with his girlfriend, is also the subject of a film, Unbreakable, directed by Ross Whitaker. Continue Reading »

There’s hope for the paralyzed – thanks to bionic technology

Published: October 11, 2014

wheelchairTechnologies have long been focused on making it possible for paralyzed people to move again, particularly after the famous ‘Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve died 10 years ago. Although there’s no magic cure for it as of yet, Reeve’s son claims that the efforts made in the past decade would have definitely made him ‘excited’.

Brain-computer interfaces, electrical stimulation, exoskeletons and pharmaceutical therapies have made their mark in terms of restoring the mobility, and certain other functions of paralyzed individuals. Continue Reading »

ISU clinical trial hopes to aid paralyzed dogs

Published: October 11, 2014

DaisyVeterinarians at Iowa State University are hoping to give 60 dogs a second chance at walking.

The university’s clinical trial for paralyzed dogs is testing a new drug that could potentially help more dogs overcome severe spinal cord injuries.

The trial is run by Dr. Nick Jeffery and Dr. Hilary Hu with ISU’s Veterinary Medical Center, and the team began recruiting for their trial in January. The trial will be using the test drug chondroitinase, an enzyme which helps to dissolve scar tissue around the dog’s injury. Continue Reading »

Christopher Reeve’s son announces ‘game changer’ in spinal cord injury treatment

Published: October 9, 2014

Reeve Foundation The Big IdeaThe family of Christopher Reeve is announcing what it calls a “game changer” in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

“It’s hard not to think, ‘What if he was here and what if he was present for this breakthrough?’” Matthew Reeve, the late actor’s son, told People magazine on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Reeve’s death.

“My father dreamed of a world with empty wheelchairs and gave hope to a whole community… this is a key new step in that hope becoming realized.” Continue Reading »