Researchers have made an exciting breakthrough – developing a first-of-its-kind imaging tool to examine myelin damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). An extremely difficult disease to diagnose, the tool will help physicians diagnose patients earlier, monitor the disease’s progression, and evaluate therapy efficacy. Continue Reading »
Karman Healthcare has been a leading innovator in the manufacture and distribution of home medical products since 1994. Karman provides a full line of wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, power wheelchairs & scooters, stand-up wheelchairs, oxygen regulators, bathroom safety and other home care products.
“Karman Healthcare is the nation’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair innovation”Continue Reading »
Technology is one of the most powerful tools that can be provided to people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). It is widely accepted among user and clinical communities that wheelchairs can be tremendously empowering when properly selected, fitted, and the users are adequately trained. Unfortunately, wheelchair users are being negatively impacted by misguided changes in reimbursement for wheelchairs and associated technology resulting in them obtaining lower quality products. To make matters worse, newly injured people rarely receive sufficient training in wheelchair skills and maintenance, leading to premature wheelchair failure, injuries and down-time for users, and higher barriers to community participation. Conversely, new technologies show promise to increase the capabilities of people with SCI, but will trends change and make these technologies available and reimbursable? Science must push ahead and show the possibilities, while advocacy must drive policy to catch up. Continue Reading »
A robotic leg prosthesis controlled entirely by brain waves could be a game changer for victims of spinal cord injury
With the Paralympics in full swing in London this week, it’s interesting to see the extraordinary advances being made in prosthetic limb technology.
Today, An Do at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California and a few pals say they’ve built and tested a prosthetic lower limb that can be controlled in real time by EEG (electroencephalogram) signals fed into a computer. Continue Reading »
A team of scientists from the University of Louisville and two California universities have used electrical stimulation and rehabilitation to help a paraplegic man stand and take steps with assistance — a breakthrough with implications for millions of paralyzed people around the world.
Rob Summers, a 25-year-old former college baseball player from Oregon, was paralyzed below the chest after a hit-and-run car accident in July 2006. Now, he can now push himself to a standing position and stand for up to four minutes on his own.
He can also make repeated stepping motions with help, and voluntarily move his toes, ankles, knees and hips.
His success is the subject of a study published Friday in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet. Continue Reading »
War veteran Adam Douglas has become a Bionic Man in his battle to recover from horrific injury.
The 43-year-old suffered horrendous spinal damage after he was blown up by a rock-propelled grenade.
He was one of the first casualties of the 2003 Iraq war and spent nine months in hospital being treated for a double back fracture and spinal cord injury.
Adam, from Fearnville, Leeds, had to use walking sticks and was unable to control his bladder or bowel.
But now a £20,000 operation to have electrodes surgically implanted into his tailbone – attached to two pace-makers hidden under skin in his lower back – has given him his dignity back. Continue Reading »
PENSACOLA, Fla., April 5, 2011 — Today, Dr. Kenneth Ford, Director and CEO of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), joined institute researchers to unveil Mina, a robotic exoskeleton developed to restore ambulation for individuals afflicted with paraplegia, hemiplegia, paresis, asthenia, and functional muscle loss. Developed by the IHMC robotics team led by Dr. Peter Neuhaus and Dr. Jerry Pratt, Mina acts as a pair of robotic legs that assist people, who have lost their ability to walk, in regaining upright mobility when outfitted with the device. Future applications of Mina are envisioned to span from rehabilitating those with stroke and spinal cord injuries, to augmenting human strength capabilities when operating in complex mobility environments. Continue Reading »
Study says sensory input can be added to brain-machine interfaces
Brain-machine interfaces — devices that let users control electronics with their minds — have long enabled paralyzed individuals to perform everyday tasks such as sending e-mails and playing video games. But the problem with such interfaces is that they tend to lack the feeling of movement that typically goes along with these activities. Continue Reading »