Now Paralyzed People will walk, Thanks to Flexible Spinal Cord implants

EPFL's spinal cord implant prototype

Doctors are still aiming to help their paralyzed patients walk again through the use of implants stimulating their spinal cords, however current technology makes that impossible.  This is due to the stiff, unnatural gadgets that over time result in damaging or inflaming nervous tissue, but Swiss researchers may have resolved that problem once and for all. Their bendy e-Dura implant combines flexible electrodes (made of platinum and silicon microbeads), cracked gold electronic tracks and fluidic microchannels that deliver electrical impulses AND chemicals, all while mimicking the spine’s movements and avoiding friction. Test runs on paralyzed rats in lab tests resulting in them walking again after only a few weeks and continue to wear their implants after a two month period.
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Tiny Strikes & 3D Implants Indies – WIRed #116

It’s time for Episode 116 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a tiny A-Frame House, a 3D-printed vertebra implant, from Microsoft to Nintendo to indie games, and the art of striking in pro wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and professional wrestling. Continue reading “Tiny Strikes & 3D Implants Indies – WIRed #116”

Boy Receives the 1st 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant

3D-printed vertebra implant
Peking University Third Hospital

Over here at The PractitioNERD, there have been stories already covered that discussed the contributions the 3D printing has given in the advancement of science and medicine. Now, 3D-printed implants have just completed one of their biggest real-world tests to date. Peking University Third Hospital has successfully implanted the first 3D-printed vertebra in a 12-year-old boy who was suffering from spinal cord cancer. What makes this story great is that should everything go smoothly down the road for this young boy, this surgery will be proof that 3D-printed bones are useful virtually anywhere in the body, and, (in certain circumstances) might even save your life. That is pretty FREAKIN’ SWEET!! Continue reading “Boy Receives the 1st 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant”