Research

Pain
A new study compares the safety and effectiveness of high- and low-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for relieving chronic back and leg pain.
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MIT researchers announce that they have designed what they reportedly describe is an inexpensive prosthetic knee that can induce normal walking.
A man with complete motor paralysis moves his legs voluntarily while receiving electrical stimulation to his spinal cord via electrodes placed on his back. The subject’s legs are supported in braces so that they can move without resistance from gravity. The electrodes on his legs are used for recording muscle activity. (Photo courtesy of Edgerton laboratory/UCLA.)
According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, a new strategy that delivers noninvasive electrical stimulation to the spinal cord has reportedly helped enable five men with complete motor paralysis to voluntarily generate step-like movements.
OlderWorking
Study results suggest that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries who enrolled in a state vocational rehabilitation agency had better return-to-work outcomes than those who didn’t.
VideoGame
A parallel trial of computerized training programs reportedly suggests that an attention-control training program may help reduce combat veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
WoundHeal
Researchers studying blood and tissue samples from patients have identified a model that they suggest may help them predict the chances that a wound will heal.
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Older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke. However, this risk appears evident only if the older people are smokers
SatisfactionAA
A new study suggests that patient-satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease may be a good indicator of the surgery’s success.
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Newly published research in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests hospital staff perception of how well they treat stroke patients may not match up with actual stroke care performance.
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Researchers at the University of Toronto, in a new study, have reportedly developed novel antibodies for tracking a gene involved in ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
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Rugby has a reputation as a tough game for tough people. That toughness appears to come with painful and dangerous consequences, however, according to a study that indicates rugby players are affected by more serious symptoms of cervical spine degeneration.
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A recent study suggests that there could be a possible link from traumatic brain injury (TBI) to Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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A therapeutic target for the treatment of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) may have been identified, according to a recent study.
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Recent research may provide a possible explanation for why some children recover quickly from traumatic brain injury, but other children experience side effects for years.
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In a new study published in Tissue Engineering, Part A, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrate that implantation of a biomaterial scaffold designed to bridge the lesion caused by a spinal cord injury creates a tissue environment more favorable for nerve regeneration.
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A new study suggests that the number of traumatic spinal cord injuries may be increasing, and the incidence rate may be higher among older individuals.
Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries are less likely to receive surgery compared with younger patients, and they experience a significant lag between injury and surgery, according to new research by Henry Ahn, MD, PhD, an orthopedic surgeon at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. (Photo courtesy of St Michael's Hospital)
A recently published study suggests that spinal cord injury patients over age 70 are less likely to receive surgery, compared to younger patients.
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The results of a new study about how the spinal cord learns to perform motor tasks suggest that the spinal cord learns on its own, independent from the brain.
A disproportionate number of people hospitalized in Canada with traumatic brain injuries are 65 years or older, according to a new study from St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Pictured here is senior author Michael Cusimano, MD, MHPE, FRCSC, DABNS, PhD, FACS. (Photo courtesy of St Michael's Hospital)
A new study from St Michael’s Hospital suggests that, while those age 65 or over represent only 14% of the population in Canada, they accounted for 38% of hospitalizations for TBI between 2006 and 2007.
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A new study suggests that the use of short-term peripheral nerve stimulation may be able to prevent long-term changes in nerve and muscle function following spinal cord injury (SCI).