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    New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    I just thought this was awesome news and haven't seen any other threads on it, so I thought I'd post it. An electronic stimulater that stimulates nerves and muscles in the spine, and this little device has actually enabled 6 paralyzed men to be able to move again. Hopefully, with some more research and development, they can help many paralyzed people.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/823290

    The study included 4 men, average age 26.9 years, with a spinal cord injury incurred at least 2 years before the study. Their injuries ranged in neurologic level from C7 to T5. None were able to stand or walk independently or voluntarily move their lower extremities despite standard-of-care rehabilitation and additional intense locomotor training.

    Researchers implanted a stimulator into the abdomen of each patient. The stimulator was originally developed for use in pain but was refined for use as an epidural spinal cord stimulator.

    The investigators also implanted a 16-electrode array over vertebrae T11 to T12, where the locomotor sensors are located, said Dr. Angeli. The electrodes were placed in the same location in all patients, regardless of the location of their injury.

    Each patient had an individually programmed device that they simply placed over the abdomen to initiate stimulation. There was a separate program for the left and for the right leg.

    With stimulation and with auditory and visual cues, the patients could execute intentional movements of the legs. Dr. Angeli emphasized that such movements required "very precise motor control."

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I just thought this was awesome news and haven't seen any other threads on it, so I thought I'd post it. An electronic stimulater that stimulates nerves and muscles in the spine, and this little device has actually enabled 6 paralyzed men to be able to move again. Hopefully, with some more research and development, they can help many paralyzed people.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/823290
    What a wonderful advancement!!!! Just imagine . . .

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    What a wonderful advancement!!!! Just imagine . . .
    It's great news! It probably won't help every paralyzed person, but if it can help some people, that's a great medical advancement and who knows where it could lead?

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    It's great news! It probably won't help every paralyzed person, but if it can help some people, that's a great medical advancement and who knows where it could lead?
    My first thought is whether or not Christopher Reeves' many donations and support of this research had anything to do with it.

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I just thought this was awesome news and haven't seen any other threads on it, so I thought I'd post it. An electronic stimulater that stimulates nerves and muscles in the spine, and this little device has actually enabled 6 paralyzed men to be able to move again. Hopefully, with some more research and development, they can help many paralyzed people.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/823290
    Hmmm...does it only work on the back?

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    My first thought is whether or not Christopher Reeves' many donations and support of this research had anything to do with it.
    When I watched it on the news this morning, I did notice one of the men wearing a Reeves T-shirt, so that is a very good possibility.

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Hmmm...does it only work on the back?
    Do you ever not equate something to sex, Gipper? Really?? There's something wrong with you.

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Yes, I saw that. The medical people seem quite hopeful. It would certainly be a worthwhile advancement.

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Hmmm...does it only work on the back?
    Who knows what ailments it could eventually cure?

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    Re: New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Hmmm...does it only work on the back?
    You can always buy a fleshlight
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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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