spinal cord injury

BALTIMORE OFFICERS CHARGED IN DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Maryland Attorney General Marilyn Mosby is nation’s youngest top prosecutor

May 2, 2015 (Baltimore) – Six Baltimore police officers are under arrest, facing charges ranging from manslaughter to murder for the death of Freddie Gray,  a 25-year-old African American man.  Gray’s death of a spinal cord injury while in custody sparked riots in Baltimore and other cities.

FDA APPROVES FIRST WEARABLE EXOSKELETON TO HELP PARAPLEGICS WALK

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 200,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paralysis, or paraplegia. But now there is hope that some of them may soon be able to walk again.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved marketing of  the first wearable, motorized exoskeleton  device to help people with lower body paralysis due to a spinal cord injury stand on their own two feet once again.

ReWalk is a motorized device worn over the legs and part of the upper body.  It helps a person sit, stand, and walk again with help from a trained companion, such as a spouse or home health aide.  Using a wireless remote control on the wrist, the user commands ReWalk to stand up, sit down or walk.

SDSU PART OF $18.5 MILLION EFFORT TO CREATE MIND-MACHINE INTERFACE


"Bionic Man"-type research aims to help wounded soldiers and repair spinal cord injuries, allowing sufferers to walk again.

July 24, 2011 (SDSU News Center)--The National Science Foundation has announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the University of Washington with San Diego State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as research partners.