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Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands, study finds

The ability to perform simple daily tasks can make a big difference in people’s lives, especially for those with spinal cord injuries. A UCLA-led team of scientists reports that six people with severe spinal cord injuries — three of them completely paralyzed — have regained use of their hands and fingers for the first time …

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At Mayo, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients

His face flushed from the effort, Jered Chinnock straightened his back after a therapist helped position his feet on the floor of a Mayo Clinic hospital lab. He paused, concentrating, before he gently loosened his grip on the metal railing at his side. “Nice control!” a physical therapist encouraged him as he recently stood perfectly …

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Spinal Cord Stimulation Helps Paralyzed People Move Their Hands

NIH-funded study is the first to use technique in the upper body Two people with quadriplegia improved voluntary movement and use of their hands following electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The method used is called epidural stimulation, in which a …

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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Pollock stands for the first time since paralysis

Adventurer Mark Pollock, who was paralysed following an accident in 2010, has stood up on his own for the first time. Pollock has been taking part in a research study at Trinity College Dublin where scientists have been attaching electrodes to his back via patches to stimulate his nervous system, and on November 10th 2015 he …

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