Navigation Links
New spinal implant will help people with paraplegia to exercise paralyzed limbs
Date:11/22/2010

Engineers have developed a new type of microchip muscle stimulator implant that will enable people with paraplegia to exercise their paralysed leg muscles.

It is the first time that researchers have developed a device of this kind that is small enough to be implanted into the spinal canal and incorporates the electrodes and muscle stimulator in one unit. The implant is the size of a child's fingernail.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project is being led by Professor Andreas Demosthenous from University College London. It includes engineers from Freiburg University and the Tyndall Institute in Cork.

"The work has the potential to stimulate more muscle groups than is currently possible with existing technology because a number of these devices can be implanted into the spinal canal", said Professor Andreas Demosthenous. "Stimulation of more muscle groups means users can perform enough movement to carry out controlled exercise such as cycling or rowing."

The devices could also be used for a wide range of restorative functions such as stimulating bladder muscles to help overcome incontinence and stimulating nerves to improve bowel capacity and suppress spasms.

The research team has overcome previous limitations by micro-packaging everything into one tiny unit. Latest laser processing technology has been used to cut tiny electrodes from platinum foil. These are then folded into a 3D shape (which looks like the pages of a book, earning the device the name of the Active Book). The pages close in around the nerve roots. They are micro-welded to a silicon chip which is hermetically sealed to protect against water penetration, which can lead to corrosion of the electronics.

The exciting innovation has been welcomed by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, who said:

"The Active Book is a good example of how UK scientists and engineers are translating research into innovations that deliver real benefits for society. This tiny implant has the potential to make a real difference to the lives and long-term health of people with paraplegia in the UK and around the world."

The Active Book will be made available for pilot studies sometime next year.


'/>"/>

Contact: EPSRC Press Office
pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk
44-179-344-4404
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Spleen Cells Tied to Damage of Spinal Cord Injury in Animal Study
2. Some kids with spinal cord injury may be overlooked for walking rehabilitation
3. Research uncovers extensive natural recovery after spinal cord injury
4. Neuralstem files FDA application for first chronic spinal cord injury stem cell trial
5. Human neural stem cells restore motor function in mice with chronic spinal cord injury
6. Spinal muscular atrophy may also affect the heart
7. In breakthrough, nerve connections are regenerated after spinal cord injury
8. Brainstem, spinal cord images hidden in Michelangelos Sistine Chapel fresco
9. Social Security Disability Benefits Can Be Crucial to Surviving With Spinal Cord Injury, Allsup Reports
10. CELLING Treatment Centers New Clinic Revolutionizes Spinal Care with Adult Stem Cells
11. US Department of Defense helps move spinal cord injury treatment closer to clinical trials
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... Greenville, SC (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... , is excited to announce the opening of a Greenville, South Carolina ... center for digital progress in Greenville. , “We’ve been working with South Carolina clients ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... financial planning, and related services to families and business owners across eastern Michigan, ... at feeding regional families struggling with financial difficulties. , The Oxford/Orion FISH Food ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... On June 9, 2017, Cassie Springer Ayeni ... in Chicago, Illinois. She will present on: , Filing Benefit Claims—Responding to ... involve claims for long-term disability benefits. This session will address the first ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Certified Medical Reiki™ Master in Frederick, MD. Judy says, “I am passionate about ... what is often a very difficult and challenging time.” , A Certified Medical ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles”: a boisterous story about a ... God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles” is the ... writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Patti ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , March 24, 2017  Eli ... today announced plans to invest $850 million in ... span facilities across its U.S. enterprise, including research ... The investments are being driven by demand for ... of potential medicines in development targeting cancer, pain, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... The Board of Directors of Nordic ... 2016 including the complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. The ... Nanovector,s website in the section Investor Relations/Reports and presentations/Annual Reports. ... For ... Chief Financial Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ir@nordicnanovector.com ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  Transportation Insight, a multi-modal lead logistics solutions ... management firm with expertise serving clients in the food ... Zaffarano was named a 2017 Food Logistics ... the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement ... "Rick has brought to Transportation Insight a wealth ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: