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1 in 10 Stroke Rehab Interruptions May Be Preventable

Posted 30 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – Interruptions in inpatient rehabilitation occur for some stroke survivors and patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, a new study finds. But at least one-tenth of these treatment breaks could be prevented, resulting in improved patient outcomes and lower health care costs, the researchers said. The findings indicate that inpatient rehabilitation facilities "are performing well in preventing complications," said researchers led by Addie Middleton of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. But "given that more than one in 10 of the rehospitalized patients returned to acute care for a potentially avoidable condition, there is still room for improvement." For the study, the researchers analyzed Medicare data on about 80,000 patients undergoing inpatient rehabilitation for stroke (72,000), brain injury (7,100) or spinal cord injury (660). All went ... Read more

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Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients' average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days. Early rehabilitation was associated with better physical functioning when patients left the hospital and during the following year. The study findings were to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, in Sacramento, Calif. "This study shows, following spinal cord injury, patients might benefit from entering inpatient rehabilitation at the earliest, clinically appropriate opportunity," said lead investigator Kurt Herzer, a fellow in the Medical Scientist ... Read more

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Boy, Girl Newborns Show Spinal Differences: Study

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – The spines of boys and girls aren't the same size at birth, a new study shows. Researchers suspect this difference is probably due to an evolutionary adaptation that allows females' spines to cope with the added weight they carry during pregnancy. The researchers used MRIs to measure the small bones that form the spine (vertebrae) in 70 healthy, full-term male and female newborns. The diameter of cross sections of the vertebrae – a key factor in the strength of these bones – were an average of 11 percent smaller in girls than boys, the study revealed. The study was published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. "Human beings are the only mammals in which this difference is seen, and it is one of the few key physiological differences between the sexes," study senior author Dr. Vicente Gilsanz, research imaging program director at Children's ... Read more

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Noninvasive Stimulation Gets Legs Moving After Spinal Cord Injury

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – A noninvasive procedure might help people with paralysis move their legs without the need for surgery or implanted devices, new research suggests. The treatment approach is called transcutaneous stimulation, where a device delivers an electrical current to the spine through electrodes placed on the outside of the lower back. In a recent trial of the device, five paralyzed men were able to generate steplike movements. The men didn't walk, but moved while their legs were suspended in braces hung from the ceiling. This enabled them to move without resistance from gravity. "These encouraging results provide continued evidence that spinal cord injury may no longer mean a lifelong sentence of paralysis, and support the need for more research," Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, said in an institute news ... Read more

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Quadriplegic Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arms

Posted 21 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – A gunshot wound to the spine left Erik Sorto paralyzed from the neck down. Yet today he is able to do some of life's most simple, but vital, actions – such as taking a drink from a cup – by using a robotic arm that he controls with his mind. It sounds like science fiction, but researchers have steadily been making progress in developing mind-controlled robotic limbs. The hope is to one day give people with paralysis or amputations more independence. However, experts caution that this research is still in its early stages. Still, Sorto's case, reported in the May 22 issue of Science, represents an important advance, according to experts. He has two tiny chips implanted in an area of the brain called the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), which controls the intention to move. That's in contrast to the handful of other paralyzed individuals who've been given ... Read more

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