When Your Bladder or Bowels Control Your Life

Everybody has to go. For those of us with neurological conditions like spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or even complications from a stroke, you can often feel tethered to the toilet. In fact, bladder and bowel control consistently rank among the most important functions to regain among people living with spinal cord injury, according to…

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Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

At the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker feels when a needle pricks his newly-installed bionic hand. Researchers report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine that they can do something similar: stimulating regions of a human test subject’s brain with electrodes can recreate the perception of touch in a robotic hand. Read…

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Implanted Neuroprosthesis Improves Walking Ability in Stroke Patient

Tue, 05/31/2016 – 11:54am by American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation A surgically implanted neuroprosthesis—programmed to stimulate coordinated activity of hip, knee, and ankle muscles—has led to substantial improvement in walking speed and distance in a patient with limited mobility after a stroke, according to a single-patient study in the American Journal of Physical…

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Jennifer French: One of the First Bionic Women Shares the Value of the Neurotech Network

Jennifer French from St. Petersburg, Florida, is an incomplete quadriplegic. Thanks to advancements in assistive technology, she can stand, transfer, exercise and live independently. To promote new studies, equipment, treatments  and therapies that can help people with neurological problems easier, she and her husband created the Neurotech Network in 1998. This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the education of…

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The Jennifer French Story

At the age of 26, Jennifer French’s life changed after suffering injury to her spinal cord in a snowboard accident. 2 years after becoming a quadriplegic, she found help at the Cleveland FES Center where she became part of a neurotechnology study. Watch the video…

Paralyzed Again

We have the technology to dramatically increase the independence of people with spinal-cord injuries. The problem is bringing it to market and keeping it there. One night in 1982, John Mumford was working on an avalanche patrol on an icy Colorado mountain pass when the van carrying him and two other men slid off the…

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Brain-Computer Interface Devices to Bring Us into the Future

Addressing regulators, members of industry, and other stakeholders, Jennifer French delivered a powerful message about those requiring brain–computer interface (BCI) devices to treat paralysis and other neurological conditions: “We are not patients; we are consumers, end users.” French, who is quadriplegic, spoke at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) workshop, held Nov. 21 at…

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