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[news.com.au] Implant breakthrough helps paraplegic Rob Summers walk

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VERY interesting

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IN a world first, neurosurgeons in the US say electrodes implanted in the lower spine have enabled a paraplegic man to stand up unaided, move his legs voluntarily and, with help, walk on a treadmill.

The therapy marks an exciting advance in the quest to overcome crippling injuries of the spinal cord, they said.

"This is a breakthrough," said Susan Harkema, a professor at the Spinal Cord Research Centre at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, who led the 11-member team.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sc...#ixzz1MrDo7kV1
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Fission, curing cancer, finding rogue planets, and now this?

2011 is my favorite year yet


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The research focuses on nerve networks in the lower spine that are relatively autonomous - they can follow through the commands for weight-bearing and co-ordinated stepping without input from the brain.

The mechanism works thanks to feedback from nerves in the muscles of the legs and feet that is sent directly to the spinal cord.

Edited by johonm333 - 5/19/11 at 8:06pm
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Wow. I had figured we'd be going the exoskeleton route for spinal injuries, but this is just amazing. Bravo to the scientists.
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i know its only a matter of time before i can change this skin tube for a cyborg body
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Hope this can help Stephen Hawking in some way.
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Hope this can help Stephen Hawking in some way.
nothing can help hawking at this point i would think.
Edited by hitoriko - 5/19/11 at 9:09pm
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Hope this can help Stephen Hawking in some way.
he has Lou Gehrig's disease. His brain is basically turning into a sponge as time goes on. It's sad, nothing can help this gift to society.
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he has Lou Gehrig's disease. His brain is basically turning into a sponge as time goes on. It's sad, nothing can help this gift to society.
I'm just happy we are getting to the point to where no-one will ever have to go threw that again. less then 100 years, we shall have super humans, i tell ya. If i can live to see genetic engineering/gene therapy cure cancer/MS/AIDS/ basically every disease ever, I will be insanely happy.
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Reminded me of this TEDx talk where Frank Reynolds treated his own spinal cord injury and walked again to create InVivo Therapuetics to treat others with repairing spinal cord injuries. He mentions helping paraplegic and quadriplegics with his techniques.

specific details @ 5:00


Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/20/11 at 6:31pm
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