Researchers discover new nerve pathway in the body.

A newly discovered nerve pathway that connects the foot and the face on the same side of the body may potentially provide explanations to unknown neurological conditions, according to new research led by Curtin University. The research, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, discovered a nerve pathway that runs down the same side of the body, potentially…

This new laser can track down and kill cancer cells.

Cancer zapper A team of scientists from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences have successfully tested a laser that can track down cancer cells and kill them — all from outside the skin. While being completely non-invasive, “this technology has the potential to significantly inhibit metastasis progression,” Vladimir Zharov, author of the paperthat was published today…

Acute, severe spinal cord injury: Monitoring from the injury to improve outcome

Marios Papadopoulos and Samira Saadoun talk to Spinal News International about the ISCoPE trial, which aimed to develop techniques to continuously monitor the pressure of the spinal cord at the injury site in the intensive care unit (ICU). They conclude that monitoring from the injury site provides clinically important information, and note that they are now in the…

As the School Year Begins, Please Talk to Your Kids About Disabilities

Dear Parents, School is beginning after a nice relaxing summer break. I hope you had fun with your children and they are prepared to go back to school. As you sit down to discuss topics like manners, school etiquette and homework policies, please add disability awareness and being open to friendships with children who have disabilities. I…

People Who Are Suicidal Don’t Want to Die, They Just Want the Pain to Stop.

EDITOR’S NOTE If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741. This piece was written by Bria Barrows, a Thought Catalog contributor I know this is an extremely sensitive topic, but it is one that needs to be discussed. Because I know for a…

A new spinal cord injury treatment is getting patients back on their feet.

Sanjay Dhall (left), MD, meets with a patient to discuss his injury and treatment. Dhall instituted an innovative new protocol at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Unit to treat severe spinal cord injuries. Credit: Susan Merrell Matt Wetschler was bodysurfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco when he went for a wave and…

From spinal cord injury to recovery

An essential role for neuronal feedback from below the site of injury. VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)Summary:Spinal cord injury disconnects communication between the brain and the spinal cord, disrupting control over part of the body. Studying the mechanisms of recovery, a researcher found that a specific type of neuronal feedback from sites below the…

How a New Device is Improving the Lives of People With Spinal-cord Injuries

The University of Minnesota recently tested a medical device that could transform the quality of life for people with spinal-cord injuries. When Kathy Allen left the hospital, following a 2006 sleepwalking fall from a second-story deck, doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to walk again. That was hard to hear, of course, but she…