The days where standing frames were a paralyzed person’s only option for getting vertical are long gone. You can’t turn on the television or surf the net nowadays without seeing someone using or hyping an exoskeleton or taking part in standing gait training. But what if there was something in-between, something that combined elements of […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first person to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass […]
A few weeks ago I wrote about a friend with osteogenesis imperfecta — or brittle bone disease — who went to the ER after breaking her arm at work. She’s had hundreds of fractures over the years, and this latest was a bone that had been broken and repaired surgically several years ago. She knows […]
On May 4th, 2014, the Wings for Life World Run is set to take place, but it’s not your ordinary run or marathon by far. It Is a simultaneous world run taking place in 35 different locations around the world. The Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull, is the first of its […]
Jessica Harthcock is walking after spinal cord injury. What made it possible?
I don’t think I’ve had a solid eight hours sleep in nine years. Sleep, that elusive minx, has evaded my life since my spinal cord was torn. I did snag one eight-hour night of sleep last July, but that was because I had just received the first round of bladder Botox injections of my life. […]
A lot of us are anticipating a miracle drug that will allow us to shed our wheels to walk again, or at least live a pain-free life.
This time of year we’re bombarded with silly TV commercials trying to sell us even sillier gift ideas, ranging from Chia pets to underwear, potato chips and everything in between. This year, though, when I saw the ad for “the Clapper,” I thought, “hmm, that might actually be useful.” Wouldn’t it be a kick to […]
Neurotechnology, the application of medical electronics to the human nervous system, is a field that addresses many needs of people with disabilities.
Crowdsourcing has the potential to change how medical research is both funded and carried out — and this could have a major impact in the quest to cure SCI, MS and many other disabilities. Every aspect of research, from deciding what to study, to designing clinical trials, to finding subjects, may get an Internet-powered makeover. […]