Treatment may restore hand and arm control after spinal injury

A treatment that combines physical therapy and a noninvasive way to stimulate nerve cells helps people with spinal cord injuries use their hands and arms.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

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Watch a man eat cake with mind-controlled robot arms

Quadriplegic Robert Chmielewski fed himself dessert using two prosthetic arms he manipulated with his brain. "It's pretty cool," he says.

Paulette Campbell-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

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Researchers restore neural connections in zebra fish

Precise control over neuron growth paves the way for repairing injuries, including those to the spinal cord, and improving brain models.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Man controls 2 prosthetic arms with his thoughts

"For everything we envision people needing or wanting to do to become independent... they really need two hands working together."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

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Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~5 min

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Nanotech ‘EpiPen’ may prevent paralysis after spinal cord injury

A new way to inject nanoparticles using a kind of EpiPen could offer treatment for spinal cord injuries and various other inflammatory diseases.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 12, 2019 ~4 min

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