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    To build on what SCI-Nurse said, when you are...

    To build on what SCI-Nurse said, when you are moving his leg forward to assist with a step, you are likely stretching his hamstrings, which could be triggering a spasm.
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    Sticky: Definitely going to have to investigate that one...

    Definitely going to have to investigate that one more!
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    What patent is this from? Do you have a link?

    What patent is this from? Do you have a link?
  4. It was a pretty exciting presentation indeed!

    It was a pretty exciting presentation indeed!
  5. Good god! How did they not burn right through the...

    Good god! How did they not burn right through the skin with an intensity like that? With denervated muscle I suppose you need that kind of strength to activate the neuromuscular junction directly?...
  6. I've never tried it myself, but when talking to...

    I've never tried it myself, but when talking to both able-bodied people and people with SCIs who have tried it, they don't report it being any more uncomfortable than regular FES. It can result in a...
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    The best estimates we have these days for the...

    The best estimates we have these days for the number of neurons in the brain is around 86 billion (yes, Billion, with a "b"). Not all of them project through the spinal cord, but many of them do....
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17620928 ...

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17620928

    This article is a good starting point - I'm not sure if it's public access since I automatically get access through my university account.

    In a...
  9. Theoretically, wide-pulse stimulation using skin...

    Theoretically, wide-pulse stimulation using skin electrodes would improve the fatigue factor, possibly as good or even better than electrodes implanted at nerve junctions.
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    It would require nano-technology that would allow...

    It would require nano-technology that would allow for billions of electrical signal pathways to enable proper communications between neuronal paths and networks between the lower and upper spinal...
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    In a fully intact nervous system, the thought...

    In a fully intact nervous system, the thought "I'm going to move my toe" originates in the brain; an electrical gradient passes from a brain neuron down into the spinal cord. At the end of that axon,...
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    Once axons below an SCI are no longer connected...

    Once axons below an SCI are no longer connected to a neuron, the axons disintegrate. There are no axons below the injury that aren't connected to a neuron above or below the injury. So the real...
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    I'm much more familiar with the cellular...

    I'm much more familiar with the cellular environment of the injury site side of things, but I can't imagine a way in which electrochemical signals can be converted into electrical signals, and then...
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    I am getting my PhD as well, but not in materials...

    I am getting my PhD as well, but not in materials science and engineering...what is a CCD? :thinking:
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    The terminology is confusing, as "e-stim" could...

    The terminology is confusing, as "e-stim" could mean any kind of electrical stimulation - Functional electrical stimulation, TENS, Neuromuscular electrical stimulaiton, wide-pulse stimulation,...
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    Sticky: Hey Jim, I'm assuming you're asking me...so...

    Hey Jim, I'm assuming you're asking me...so here's my educated guess of an answer that contains some theoretical information.
    When walking, a step must be voluntarily initiated by the brain - you...
  17. SC&AB, I'm curious as to what you mean by...

    SC&AB, I'm curious as to what you mean by "rewarding scientists who produce". Do you mean produce results of functional return in studies? Or something else? I'm just asking for clarification.
  18. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear with what I was...

    I'm sorry if I wasn't clear with what I was trying to say.

    The first time the Wright brothers successfully flew an airplane, the flight lasted 10 seconds and reached a maximum height of 8 feet off...
  19. A couple general comments on this thread - 1....

    A couple general comments on this thread -
    1. The Harkema lab has collaborated with others at the University of Louisville to objectively measure changes in bladder function after both locomotor...
  20. A little late, but I'm here if you feel like...

    A little late, but I'm here if you feel like finding me by the end of the day. I sent you a PM.
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    Yes, probably, but also no. Sorry for the...

    Yes, probably, but also no.

    Sorry for the confusing response, but that really is the answer.

    It is possible that some neurons will have to grow all the way from the brain down to lower motor...
  22. There is also a lot of involvement from people...

    There is also a lot of involvement from people with SCI and their families, and a lot talks about how to connect with research and advocate for the research you want to be done. I have been to a...
  23. I'm trying to go, still unsure if I'll be able.

    I'm trying to go, still unsure if I'll be able.
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    These criteria don't necessarily discount a trial...

    These criteria don't necessarily discount a trial from being "legitimate" though. Many clinical trials have looked at nutritional supplements that are not under FDA regulation. As for devices,...
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    Randolph Ashton is a researcher who is doing a...

    Randolph Ashton is a researcher who is doing a lot of work in replacing motor neurons lost due to spinal cord injury as well as other diseases/conditions....
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