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    Scientists have found a way to repair fibers damaged fibers in the spine that do not repair themselves after significant injury in what could be a major step towards reversing some forms of paralysis. A team from the Imperial College London, in England, were able to stimulate the regeneration of axon fibers in the spine of mice three months after they had suffered a devastating spinal injury that left them unable to walk. These fibers have no regenerative properties and will  While the mice did not regain their ability to walk, this is the first time doctors have been able to repair these fibers in the spine, opening the door for further research into fixing damage caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). An estimated 300,000 Americans are suffering from SCI, with around 18,000 cases being recorded each year. While physical therapy and other forms of treatment can help a person slowly regain some function, there are not reliable ways to repair a damaged spine and cure a person's SCI-related paralysis. Researchers found that the molecule TTK21 could repair axons in...
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging healthcare providers to watch out for polio following the first U.S. case of the viral disease in nearly a decade in New York. Polio is so rare that many healthcare providers may not realize they are treating a patient infected with the virus even if it involves paralysis. The recent case, observed in an unvaccinated patient in Rockland County, just north of New York City, was disclosed publicly on July 21. The patient had been suffering weakness in his legs and flu-like symptoms — both symptoms of polio — during the previous month. News reports described the polio patient, who experienced paralysis, as a man in his 20s. In a health advisory released recently, L.A. County officials urged doctors to identify children and adults who haven’t been immunized for polio or received other routine vaccinations. Once a person has been paralyzed by polio, there is no treatment. “We believe that L.A. County is currently at low risk for circulation of polio, but it is important that vaccinations...
    Just Bieber may have to wait up to six months for his facial paralysis to fully subside, with doctors warning that Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which he's diagnosed with, could also cause hearing loss.  Bieber, 28, revealed his diagnosis on Friday, saying the right side of his face was paralyzed leaving him unable to blink, smile or move a nostril on this side. He has since shelved dates on his world tour.  In a video posted to Instagram, he said: 'It will go back to normal  — it's just time and we don't know how much time it is going to be. 'But it is going to be ok I hope. And I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason and... I am not sure what that is right now but in the meantime I am going to get rest.' Dr Josh Rosenberg, a facial plastic surgeon at New York City's Mount Sinai medical center, told DailyMail.com that within three to six months patients tend to have a good sense of how well recovered they are. About...
    DREAM experts have revealed the reason you sometimes may not be able to move or sleep when you suddenly wake up - and why to monitor how often it happens. Sometimes, there might actually be more to those recurring dreams and nightmares than we realize. 1Your dreams might be trying to tell you something For most people, dreams largely occur when you're in your REM sleep cycle, the deepest phase of sleep. Behavioral scientist Neubauer explains to the Washington Post that during the REM cycle our minds are "getting rid of some data files in your brain and reinforcing others to create better memories." Most people forget the majority of their nightly dreams, only remembering a few throughout a lifetime. While having recurring dreams, or even sleep paralysis, are normal phenomenons, Harvard researcher Deidre Barrett notes that if dream hallucinations and sleep paralysis begin happening more than usual, it might be a sign to see your doctor. “It can be a first sign before you ever have the sleep attacks,” Barrett said. Sleep paralysis...
    ELON Musk's Neuralink is preparing to launch clinical trials that will implant brain chips in humans. Musk, who co-founded Neuralink in 2016, has stated in the past that the technology "will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.” 2Neuralink to begin human trials for Neuralink brain chips The billionaire CEO also promised that later versions of the brain chips "will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in the brain to Neuralinks in the body motor/sensory neuron clusters, thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again." The Silicon Valley company has already successfully implanted artificial intelligence (AI) microchips in the brains of a macaque and a pig. Now it seems that Neuralink's plans are moving forward, but with humans as the company is actively recruiting a “clinical trial director” based in Fremont, California. The job posting read: "As the clinical trial director, you’ll work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink’s first clinical trial participants.”  “You will lead and help build the team...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president called Monday for an end to an 11-week deadlock that has prevented the government from convening, further undermining state institutions in the country amid an economic meltdown. President Michel Aoun implicitly blamed his powerful ally Hezbollah for preventing the government from convening but didn’t name the Shiite group. During an evening televised speech, Aoun also listed a litany of other obstructions that have derailed necessary legislation and reforms, criticizing his longtime rival Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri but also without naming him. The government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati has not been able to meet since Oct. 12 after Hezbollah and allies demanded the removal of the lead judge investigating the massive explosion at the Beirut port last year. Hezbollah accuses the judge of bias and its allies in government refused to attend Cabinet meetings until the government finds a way to remove him. Aoun said he has been unfairly criticized and his authority undermined while he can’t even force the Cabinet to convene. “Paralyzing state institutions has become a standard...
    Ignacio Montoya pauses, gathers strength, takes a step. Then another, and another. With the assistance of a walker, an exoskeleton suit and robotic legs that are attached to his own and help propel him forward, Montoya is making his way up and down the promenade along the water’s edge at the Marina del Rey boat basin, next to the Trader Joe’s. “Christopher Reeve would be amazed,” says UCLA scientist Reggie Edgerton, who worked with the late actor and is now watching Montoya’s every move. Walking without assistance isn’t likely anytime soon, if ever, for those with severe spinal injuries. But some improvements in function, thought impossible until recent years, are now being realized. Montoya was nearly killed in 2012 when a minivan crossed into his path while he was on his motorcycle. At the time, Montoya was studying simultaneously at Georgia State University and Georgia Tech — as well as working at a bank and training in the Air Force ROTC program. In the violent collision, nerves in Montoya’s neck were shredded. His lungs collapsed. His back was broken. A...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Researchers at Northwestern have developed a treatment which could change the lives of people who’ve been paralyzed. It has the potential to allow them to move again. READ MORE: Alton Spann, 18, Charged With Murder Of University Of Chicago Graduate Dennis Shaoxiong Zheng; Police Say Spann Then Tried To Sell Zheng's Items At Cellphone StoreNorthwestern put out a video of mice with paralyzed legs. Researchers injected them with a treatment. Four weeks later, the mice could walk again. READ MORE: 'My Baby Was Bleeding': Mother Of Toddler Recounts How Her Child Was Grazed By A Bullet In ChathamThe treatment method involved so-called “dancing molecules.” They essentially jumpstart tissue repair and reverse paralysis. It could be a gamechanger for spinal cord injuries. Since the therapy treats the central nervous system, it could be used to treat ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other ailments in the brain. Northwestern will seek FDA approval for human trials in early 2022. MORE NEWS: Co-Owner Of Barnard Schwinn Bike Shop Determined To Fulfill Orders After Shop Damaged In Oak Park 
    "Given that cells themselves and their receptors are in constant motion, you can imagine that molecules moving more rapidly would encounter these receptors more often," Stupp explained. "If the molecules are sluggish and not as 'social,' they may never come into contact with the cells." In a new study from @SQInstitute director @SamuelStupp, researchers administered a single injection to tissues surrounding the spinal cords of paralyzed mice. \n\nJust four weeks later, the animals regained the ability to walk.\n\nhttps://bit.ly/3ca0hM9\u00a0pic.twitter.com/ARRrwmylUE — Northwestern Engineering (@Northwestern Engineering) 1636661291 Dr. Zaida Álvarez, the study's first author, explained that the new gel promotes the molecules to last longer and promote the regeneration of the surrounding nerves. “Our synthetic signals are short, modified peptides that — when bonded together by the thousands — will survive for weeks to deliver bioactivity," Álvarez explained. "The end result is a therapy that is less expensive to produce and lasts much longer." According to a report from New Scientist, researchers injected 76 paralyzed mice with either the treatment or a saline solution one day...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Steeler Ryan Shazier announced on Friday that his new book will be on the shelves later this year. READ MORE: Ryan Shazier Looks Forward To Future Of New Opportunities, Reflects On Nearly 3 Years Since Life-Changing Injury The book, called “Walking Miracle: How Faith, Positive Thinking, and Passion for Football Brought Me Back from Paralysis…and Helped Me Find Purpose,” is about how Shazier rebounded after a severe spinal injury in 2017 cut his pro-football career short. He officially announced his retirement last year. “It’s the story of how faith, positive thinking, and my passion for football brought me back from paralysis and helped me find purpose,” Shazier wrote in his announcement on Twitter. READ MORE: Ryan Shazier Surprises Families Impacted By Spinal Cord Injuries With Holiday Shopping Spree Exciting news to share with you all! I have a new book coming this fall #WalkingMiracle. Its the story of how faith, positive thinking, and my passion for football brought me back from paralysis and helped me find purpose. #ShalieveYou can...
    Ping paralysis BRITAIN remains paralysed by ping. Why won’t Boris Johnson free us? 1Boris Johnson free us from ping paralysis and launch a national drive to get the workforce back to the officeCredit: Getty We’re like an Olympic marathon runner crawling to the finish with lead weights round our ankles. Another record number were zapped by the Covid app in the week to July 21: 678,102. Add to that absurd total the 597,260 phoned by contact tracers and nearly 1.3million people were sent into self-isolation . . . almost entirely pointlessly since most were double-jabbed. Only a fraction of the testing sites designed to allow critical workers to swerve quarantine are up and running. Meanwhile UK plc is straining at the leash to get back to normal. There is no shortage of economic optimism and good news. Many corporations are surging into profit again. Drinks giant Diageo has roared back to health thanks to the reopening of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates
    Elon Musk might be well positioned in space travel and electric vehicles, but the world's second-richest person is taking a backseat when it comes to a brain-computer interface (BCI). New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin clinical trials of its Stentrode motor neuroprosthesis. The FDA approved Synchron's Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application, according to a release, paving the way for an early feasibility study of Stentrode to begin later this year at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. Scroll down for video  New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received FDA approval to begin clinical trials of Stentrode, its brain-computer interface, beating Elon Musk's Neuralink to a crucial benchmark. The study will analyze the safety and efficacy of the device, smaller than a matchstick, in six patients with severe paralysis. Meanwhile, Musk has been touting Neuralink, his brain-implant startup, for several years—most recently showing a video of a monkey with the chip playing Pong using only signals from its brain. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    The CDC has initiated a multi-state investigation after a Chester County family adopted a dog from the Middle East that was later determined to have a previously eradicated variant of rabies, reports say. The dog was one of 34 animals that were flown from Azerbaijan to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport by an animal rescue group on June 10, CBS reports. The animal had been acting oddly after being placed with its new family in East Whiteland Township and later tested positive for the variant, according to ABC. The 6-month-old mixed breed dog possibly exposed the virus variant —which previously took over a decade to eradicate — to at least 18 other people and several other dogs, prompting a temporary suspension of dogs from countries considered high-risk, the report says. Other animals in the group were placed with rescue groups throughout New Jersey, New York, Illinois, California, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, according to Patch. The rabies variant is easily transmittable between canines and has caused “tens of thousands” of annual human deaths primarily throughout Asia and Africa, the report states. The...
    A man receives the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine jabs, at Guy's Hospital in London on December 8, 2020.Victoria Jones | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. federal government will continue to monitor occurrences of Bell's palsy — a partial paralysis in the face — among people who receive Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine after four cases were reported among trial participants, though the vaccine doesn't appear to cause the condition. Dr. Sara Oliver, an officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Friday that there is "no known or expected causal relationship between the vaccine and Bell's palsy." The ACIP develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United States, according to the CDC. "Post authorization safety and effectiveness studies will be critical as well. Specifically, surveillance for Bell's palsy could help determine any possible causal relationship," Oliver said. U.S. officials plan to continue watching for any adverse reactions to Pfizer's vaccine in the health-care workers and nursing home residents who receive it, Dr. Nancy...
    By Edmund Blair BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's top Christian cleric took a swipe at leaders of the Shi'ite Muslim community on Sunday for making demands he said were blocking the formation of a new government and causing political paralysis in a nation in deep crisis. Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, leader of the Maronite church, did not mention Shi'ites directly but asked how one sect can demand "a certain ministry". Shi'ite politicians have said they must name the finance minister. Sunday's sermon adds to tensions in a nation facing its worst crisis since a civil war ended in 1990 and where power is traditionally shared out between Muslims and Christians. France has been pushing Lebanon to form a new cabinet fast. But a deadline of Sept. 15 that politicians told Paris they would meet has been missed amid a row over appointments, notably the finance minister, a post Shi'ites controlled for years. Shi'ite politicians say they must choose some posts because rivals are trying to use "foreign leverage" to push them aside. "In what capacity does a sect demand a certain...
    On top of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu, Americans should expect another outbreak of the rare but paralyzing disease acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Tuesday.  AFM is a mysterious disease that experts believe can be triggered by several enteroviruses - but primarily EV-D68 - which commonly cause respiratory infections, but occasionally lead to devastating illnesses in children.  Scientists aren't sure why, but outbreaks of AFM tend to happen every two years, with more than 100 children affected in the fall of each 2014, 2016 and 2018.  AFM is a neurological condition that is believed to develop after a virus attacks children's spinal cords (directly or indirectly), leading to limb and muscle weakness and sometimes long-term disability or paralysis. And as parents brace themselves to send their children to school amid the pandemic, the CDC is urging them to be vigilant for this additional threat to their kids' health.  CDC officials warned on Tuesday that the US is likely to face another outbreak of the rare childhood paralysis disease, acute flaccid myelitis,...
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    Sleep paralysis isn't harmful, but it can be frightening. skaman306/Getty Images Sleep paralysis is caused by an irregular sleep-wake cycle. During sleep paralysis, your body stops muscle movement while you're still conscious and not in REM sleep.   You may be at a higher risk for sleep paralysis if you have narcolepsy, sleep apnea, PTSD, an irregular sleep schedule, or if it runs in your family.  This article was medically reviewed by Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Sleep paralysis is the feeling of being unable to move when you're falling asleep or waking up. That's because people experiencing sleep paralysis are awake and alert, but unable to move their muscles.  The condition is relatively common, says Gonzalo Laje, MD, director of Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Roughly 8% of people in the U.S. will experience sleep paralysis at least once in their lives.  Although the experience can be scary, it is not harmful and most episodes resolve on their own within minutes....
    Contrary to what might be expected, bank delinquencies fell slightly in April to 4.75%, which is less than the previous month. This fact, in a month in which the entire economy was paralyzed by confinement, is explained by the liquidity ICO lines and the mortgage moratoriums that most banks applied to the most vulnerable clients. In total, there were 65,559 moratoriums on mortgage payments until April 30. Delinquency is thus at its lowest level in ten years and far from the 13.61%, which was the maximum reached in arrears in the financial crisis that began in 2009. As many experts in the banking sector point out, once the “anesthetized” situation of the economy is overcome, delinquencies may rise to numbers more in line with economic reality. But that won’t happen, at least, until the turn of summer. More credit As reported by Efe, the volume of credit in force rose in April from 1,195 billion euros to 1,212 billion, an amount that includes, among other things, the ICO lines for SMEs and self-employed workers released until then, which had exceeded...
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