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    Once Paralyzed, Three Men Take Steps Again With Spinal Implant (Gregoire Courtine)

    Once Paralyzed, Three Men Take Steps Again With Spinal Implant

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/h...section=Health

    I followed Dr. Gregoire Courtine,, since my accident and I was wondering what he was doing with his clinical trial. They just published it in Nature.

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    He was Dr. Edgerton's student and then he went to Europe and worked on with different implant.

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    Impressive,

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    Its impressive as in, wow look what they did. The problem is that its not applicable or widely useful to everyone, and if this is the best that can happen it won't ever be.

    I wish the research community would focus on using stimulation to solve the problems from the top down. Breathing, hand function, bbs, then look at legs.

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    Has anyone been able to ascertain their injury levels and ASIA scores?

    Kinda matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mize View Post
    Has anyone been able to ascertain their injury levels and ASIA scores?

    Kinda matters.
    Nature Publications
    Targeted neurotechnology restores walking in humans with spinal cord injury, Nature, Nov.
    1st, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0649-2 Better full access link;

    Electrical spinal cord stimulation must preserve proprioception to enable locomotion in
    humans with spinal cord injury, Nature Neuroscience, Nov. 1st, 2018,
    https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-018-0262-6

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    This is nice to see. But these guys had some or all sensation in their legs. If they had no sensation they'd fall to the floor or be holding all their body weight with their arms. It would be great if they can use this in the bladder nerves to help urinate so that catheters wouldn't be needed, thus no/fewer UTI's.

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    Walking again after spinal cord injury (2) - longer video with patients' tesimonies



    Published on 31 Oct 2018
    Three patients with chronic paraplegia were able to walk over ground thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant. In a double study published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience, Swiss scientists Gr?goire Courtine (EPFL and CHUV/Unil) and Jocelyne Bloch (CHUV/Unil) show that, after a few months of training, the patients were able to control previously paralyzed leg muscles even in the absence of electrical stimulation.

    www.epfl.ch
    www.chuv.ch

    See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFXWR...


    NEWS 31 OCTOBER 2018 Nature


    Three people with spinal-cord injuries regain control of their leg muscles


    But researchers caution that the technique is in its early stages and has been demonstrated only in people with residual motor function.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d415...0-7ce4d85fcf43
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nowhere Man View Post
    This is nice to see. But these guys had some or all sensation in their legs. If they had no sensation they'd fall to the floor or be holding all their body weight with their arms. It would be great if they can use this in the bladder nerves to help urinate so that catheters wouldn't be needed, thus no/fewer UTI's.
    Why do you think they wouldn't be able to walk without sensation in their legs? I know some incompletes that walk but have no sensation.

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