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In UCLA study, non-surgical approach helps people with paralysis voluntarily move their legs – a first

A 42-year-old man who was paralyzed following a wrestling injury was able to voluntarily move his legs thanks to the new approach. ...

Otago study finds young people lack knowledge to help lift organ donation

New University of Otago research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today shows that the young “organ donors of the future” ...

MUHC conducts first islet cell transplant in Quebec

Innovative treatment for type 1 diabetes marks first step towards vision of regional network for islet cell isolation and transplant ... Full story

FDA authorizes use of prosthesis for rehabilitation of above-the-knee amputations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today authorized use of the first prosthesis marketed in the U.S. for adults who have amputations above the knee and who have rehabilitation problems with, or cannot use, a conventional socket prosthesis. ... Full story

Elective Surgery Is Associated with Lower Risk of Death than Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment, Penn Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA –Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results are published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine. ... Full story

Gaming technology could help amputees learn to walk again

Motion capture technology developed by the visual entertainment industry will be used to help improve prosthetic limbs for amputees and training of elite athletes, via a new research centre based at the University. ... Full story

Biomaterial Scaffold Implanted After Spinal Cord Injury Promotes Nerve Regeneration

New Rochelle, NY — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic demonstrated that implantation of a biomaterial scaffold designed to bridge the lesion caused by a spinal cord injury creates a tissue environment more favorable for nerve regeneration. ... Full story

Organ transplant rejection may not be permanent

Organ transplant rejection in previously tolerant hosts does not lead to permanent immune memory, mouse study shows ... Full story

Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries less likely to receive surgery compared with younger people

Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries are less likely to receive surgery compared with younger patients and they experience a significant lag between injury and surgery, according to new research by an orthopedic surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital. ... Full story

Uncovering the mechanism of our oldest anesthetic

MIT researchers reveal brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” ... Full story

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