New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function

Almost 18,000 Americans experience traumatic spinal cord injuries every year. Many of these people are unable to use their hands and arms and can’t do everyday tasks such as eating, grooming or drinking water without help. Using physical therapy combined with a noninvasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord, University of Washington […]

The evolving role of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in plastic surgery

December 28, 2020 – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which involves injecting a small amount of a patient’s own blood to release various growth factors from platelets, continues to increase in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has tracked the procedure since 2015 and reports a 25 percent increase in cosmetic PRP use in the […]

Scientists explore deficits in processing speed in individuals with spinal cord injury

IMAGE: Dr. Wylie is director of the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks East Hanover, NJ. December 30, 2020. A team of rehabilitation researchers has studied processing speed deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), comparing their brain activation patterns with those of healthy age-matched controls, and older […]

Radboud university medical center research: Most lungs recover well after COVID-19

Lung tissue of patients who suffered severely from COVID-19 shows good recovery in most cases. This was revealed by a study carried out by the Radboud university medical center that has now been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A striking conclusion is that the group who was referred by a GP did not recover as […]

Printable ink guides cell growth, offers nerve injury hope

IMAGE: A magnified image show neurons growing in a line along the printable bioconductive ink. view more  Credit: RMIT University Researchers have developed a neuron-growing ink that uses the body’s own electrical signals to precisely guide the growth of nerve cells. The bioconductive ink can be printed in lines to direct where neurons grow, cracking a […]

NUS researchers invent flexible and highly reliable sensor

IMAGE: Flexible TRACE sensor patches can be placed on the skin to measure blood flow in superficial arteries. view more  Credit: National University of Singapore Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lie in their reliability. Unlike rigid devices, being elastic and pliable makes their […]