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
'/>"/>

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

Page: 1 2

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:12/19/2014)... It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with ... put to the wayside until Christmas and the New Year ... “itch” and that burning desire to just escape it all ... journey to Telluride with a no-fuss, affordable package. Montrose Days ... the resort, and ensure that all accommodations are met. Plus, ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... December 19, 2014 Energy Textiles ... are now available. Celliant, the world’s leading responsive ... and pillowcases. , There are a number of ... circulation, increased oxygenation and balanced body temperature; which ... and pain relief; enhanced athletic performance; and overall ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 SuperCloset raises ... SuperClone Rooms. SuperCloset continues to offer indoor growers the ... one of the new SuperClone Rooms with the award ... and turnkey indoor hydroponic grow room setup. , The ... world, SuperCloset’s SuperPonic SuperCloner 50 . ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... (PRWEB) December 20, 2014 An evening dress ... in a lady’s closet. Discount-Dress.com, a distinguished dresses retailer, has ... buy beautiful dresses in this great shopping platform. Customers ... to the staff's hard work, Discount-Dress.com has been accepted and ... a faster and easier shopping stage for clients. In order ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research warns parents ... young lives at risk. Nearly half of teen drivers killed ... that were at least 11 years old and often lacked important ... Eighty-two percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were in ... six to 10 years old, 31 percent were in cars 11 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Days Inn Montrose Colorado Delivers Last Minute Holiday Season Ski Getaway Accommodations 2Health News:Energy Textiles Launches Celliant Revitalizing Bedsheets 2Health News:SuperCloset Continues to Innovate with New Complete Indoor Grow Room Packages, The SuperClone Rooms are the Newest Addition to the Award Winning SuperRoom Lineup 2Health News:Attractive Evening Dresses Announced by Discount-Dress.com 2Health News:Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers 2
... that increased levels of C-reactive protein in the blood ... ,This finding could lead to new and improved ... as developing drugs that suppress inflammation to improve the ... ,The Mayo Clinic research report appears online and in ...
... The use of computers is hardly limited to what takes ... Here is the kind of utility that has the potential ... based hospital has // already started to perform knee replacement ... the surgery is said to be associated with a reduction ...
... A recent broadcast by BBC , looked into antibiotic resistance ... findings of the agencies laboratory which carried out the testing ... , ,Using these results the programme asserted various ... resistant bacteria found in the chicken samples and human illness. ...
... in the latest online edition of The Lancet Neurology says ... having multiple sclerosis is nothing but a myth. Birth order ... the disease, nor does their family size // have any ... that both environmental and genetic factors have a role in ...
... a combination of surgery and radiation yields better mobility, ... compression. //, ,Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) ... in 5 to 14 percent of cancer patients. Standard ... after which only 50 percent of patients are able ...
... pregnancies have recently also been under intense scrutiny to ... diseases (e.g. Gonorrhea and 25 other related conditions) and ... the most famous lover of all, Casanova in the ... and for protection against infection. The question now is ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Artery Stiffness Linked To Increasing Levels Of C-reactive protein 2Health News:Ways Of Tackling Antibiotic Resistance 2Health News:"An Armour against pleasure, and a cobweb against infection" – Has the condom withstood the test of time 2Health News:"An Armour against pleasure, and a cobweb against infection" – Has the condom withstood the test of time 3Health News:"An Armour against pleasure, and a cobweb against infection" – Has the condom withstood the test of time 4
(Date:12/19/2014)... and LYON, France , Dec. 19, ... LLY ) and Adocia (Euronext Paris: FR0011184241 – ADOC) ... an ultra-rapid insulin, known as BioChaperone Lispro, for treatment ... BioChaperone Lispro relies on Adocia,s proprietary BioChaperone® technology and ... and Adocia will develop BioChaperone Lispro with the goal ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... SAN DIEGO , Dec. 17, 2014 ... and Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: VOLC ), a global ... today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger ... offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares ... equity purchase price of USD 1 billion (approx. EUR 800 ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... December 17, 2014 Revenue and earnings ... on research and development In the past 2013/14 ... by two percent to EUR 4.287 billion (last year: EUR ... 14 percent to EUR 360 million. "Overall, 2013/14 was a ... Michael Kaschke , President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Lilly and Adocia Announce Alliance to Co-Develop Ultra-Rapid Insulin Based on BioChaperone Technology 2Lilly and Adocia Announce Alliance to Co-Develop Ultra-Rapid Insulin Based on BioChaperone Technology 3Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 2Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 3Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 4Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 5Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 6Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 7Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 8ZEISS Asserts its Position in Difficult Environment 2
... , WARSAW, Ind. , March 11 Zimmer ... in musculoskeletal care, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ...  The Natural Knee system offers a complete range of ...  Published clinical results show survivorship of the Natural Knee ...
... , March 11 Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of TRELSTAR® 22.5 ... formulation of TRELSTAR®, a proven, simple and effective palliative ... launch, TRELSTAR® 22.5 mg is the first and only ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Zimmer Natural Knee Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence 2Zimmer Natural Knee Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence 3Zimmer Natural Knee Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence 4FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 2FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 3FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 4FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 5FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 6FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 7FDA Approves Watson's TRELSTAR(R) 22.5 mg, the First and Only 6-Month Intramuscular GnRH Agonist for the Palliative Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer 8
7 mm strong curved blade. Round handle....
3 mm diameter roller blade in line with handle. Curved shaft. Flat handle. 15 mm from curve to tip....
5 mm diameter blade. Angled 45 degrees. Hexagonal handle....
0.5 mm wide x 1.5 mm long. Angled 20 degrees. Octagonal handle....
Medicine Products: