Paralyzed patients move again with new, non-surgical stimulation

For the first time, doctors have found a way to help completely paralyzed patients regain voluntary movement — without surgery. A new technique called transcutaneous stimulation helped five paralyzed patients move their own legs after several weeks of gradually increased re-training using electrical stimulation, physical therapy and an experimental drug. This is another step in early research into how paralyzed … Read More

Spinal cord stimulation helps paralysed men move legs

New York, July 31 (IANS) A new non-invasive procedure that stimulates the spinal cord has been found successful in making five completely paralysed men move their legs in a rhythmic motion. This is believed to be the first time voluntary leg movements have ever been re-learned in completely paralysed patients without surgery. “These findings tell us we have to look … Read More

Paralysed men move again with spinal stimulation

Four paralysed men have been able to move their legs for the first time in years after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, US doctors report. They were able to flex their toes, ankles and knees – but could not walk independently. A report, in the journal Brain, suggests the electricity makes the spinal cord more receptive to the few … Read More

Electrode Implants Help Paralyzed Patient Back Onto His Feet

Rob Summers is standing up. Two feet on the ground, legs straight, hips squared. He has done it thousands of times before — out of bed in the morning to practice with his championship-winning collegiate baseball team, or up from the couch to get a snack. Most memorably, he stood up on a July night in 2006 to walk out … Read More

Spinal column: the search for answers

‘Google “choosing a wheelchair” and have a laugh. On second thoughts, life’s too short’ Melanie Reid broke her neck and back after falling from a horse in April 2010. This week, she struggles to find vital information. One of the strange things about having a spinal injury is there is no one place to turn to for information. We are … Read More

Paralysed man moves legs after spine ‘retrained’

AN AMERICAN paralysed from the chest down has recovered the ability to stand and move his legs unaided after his damaged spine was retrained using electrical stimulation. Andrew Meas, 33, of Louisville, Kentucky, was able to stand almost immediately after electrodes implanted into the lower part of his spine were switched on. But it is the fact that he now … Read More

Active Brains Help Heal Paralysis

Brain engagement and nerve stimulation work together to help paralyzed rats regain the ability to walk: Engaging the rats in specific tasks, such as obtaining a treat, while stimulating the spinal cord and forcing the animals to mimic walking movements a Swiss-led team of international scientists was able to restore voluntary movement. The results, published today (May 31) in Science, … Read More

UCLA life scientists awarded Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Award

V. Reggie Edgerton, UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology; Yury Gerasimenko, professor and director of the laboratory of movement physiology at St. Petersburg’s Pavlov Institute and a researcher in UCLA’s Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology; and colleagues have been awarded a Popular Mechanics’ 2011 Breakthrough Award for developing “an electric therapy that stimulates spinal nerves, … Read More

How Electrical Pulses Can Defeat Paralysis

Four scientists—and their star patient—received a 2011 PM Breakthrough Award for a new procedure that uses direct electrical stimulation to give spinal injury patients back some voluntary movement. A hit-and-run accident in 2006 left Rob Summers paralyzed from the chest down, shattering the college baseball player’s Major League prospects. But his injury—and his athlete’s dedication—made him the ideal candidate for … Read More

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

SUNDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) — A three-pronged approach to treating spinal cord injuries allowed paralyzed rats to walk without receiving signals from the brain, scientists report. Spinal cord injuries result in paralysis when the nerve fibers that carry information to and from the brain are damaged or severed. Much of the focus of research into spinal cord injuries has … Read More