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Sensor technology could help paralyzed patients better control movement

Engineers at Brown University have developed an implantable brain sensor aimed to eventually help people with severe paralysis gain more control of their movement–a significant advancement for brain-machine interfaces.

Pregnancy Permanently Changes Foot Size

A new University of Iowa study confirms what many women have long suspected — that pregnancy permanently changes the size and shape of a woman’s feet.

Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Promotes Recovery in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (Epub ahead of print) finds that long-term lower extremity functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling, as part of a rehabilitation regimen, is associated with substantial improvements in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury

Spinal cancer: Guidelines for diagnosis unsupported in patients with lower back pain

A new systematic review has raised doubts as to the effectiveness of “red flag” indicators at both identifying and excluding cancer in patients with lower back pain. The authors of the review concluded that most individual red flags were poor at diagnosing spinal malignancies and call for further studies focused on combinations of red flags.

New Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

The ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 system allows people with spinal cord injuries to walk again. The new device is an exoskeleton that mimics natural walking.

ACR Creates New “Don’t” List of Questionable Procedures

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published its entry in the national multispecialty “Choosing Wisely” campaign spearheaded by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation and intended to reduce unnecessary and expensive medical procedures.