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2012-02-21 11:38:25

The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries. The guideline, which was developed with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, is published in the February 21, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and also in the Journal of Clinical...

2011-12-15 17:23:40

Results encourage researchers planning clinical study for rehabilitation Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, six people with traumatic spinal cord injuries tested Ekso, the robotic exoskeleton from Ekso Bionics that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk. The six participated in one week of preliminary testing in October 2011. Five patients have paraplegia and one has quadriplegia; they ranged in age from 27 to 45 and had durations of injury from 4 months to 2 years. This...

2011-05-19 17:30:00

Regimen of Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation Plus Extensive Locomotor Training "A Significant Breakthrough"; Results Published Today in The Lancet LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer at Louisville's Frazier Rehab Institute. It is the result of 30 years of research to find...

2011-03-19 00:00:29

The PUMP is a new power wheelchair accessory from BIOTX Ltd. enabling a person with a spinal cord injury to easily empty their urinary leg bag directly into a toilet or urinal with a simple press of a button. Although designed primarily for people with tetraplegia or quadriplegia, The PUMP will also benefit those who are paraplegic who have difficulties in emptying their urinary leg bags. The PUMP provides a person with a spinal cord injury with a higher degree of independence, dignity and...

2010-05-17 13:56:00

BOSTON, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The vascular surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston have traditionally repaired thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAA) with a clamp and sew (CS) technique that includes neuro-protective adjuncts like epidural cooling and aggressive intercostal reconstruction (IC) to prevent spinal cord ischemia. The last five years have seen a paradigm shift to distal aortic perfusion (DAP) during aortic cross clamping with the concurrent use of motor...

2009-12-29 09:21:00

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that Paul Teutul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers (OCC) have built a custom wheelchair-accessible motorcycle specifically to raise funds for the Reeve Foundation. A first of its kind, this trike bike allows someone living with paraplegia the opportunity to ride a motorcycle without having to transfer from their wheelchair. (Logo:...

2009-10-02 09:21:21

Neuroscience researchers at the University of Louisville will be the only team collaborating with an international group of scientists that last week announced they had enabled paralyzed rats to walk while supporting their own weight. Dr. Susan Harkema, the University of Louisville's Owsley Brown Frazier Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation, rehabilitation director at the university's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) and the director of research at Frazier Rehab Institute,...

2009-09-20 13:16:22

UCLA researchers have discovered that a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise can enable paralyzed rats to walk and even run again while supporting their full weight on a treadmill. Published Nov. 20 in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience, the findings suggest that the regeneration of severed nerve fibers is not required for paraplegic rats to learn to walk again. The finding may hold implications for human rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries. "The...

2009-07-20 14:43:00

UNIONDALE, N.Y., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- James Wilkens, one of the most highly regarded medical malpractice trial litigators in the country, secured a $19.2 million verdict in Bronx Supreme Court in the 12(th) Judicial District concerning a paraplegia case against Montefiore Medical Center. On behalf of 53-year old plaintiff Willfredo Figueroa, Duffy & Duffy proved a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a spinal abscess resulting in paraplegia. The plaintiff is now confined to a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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