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Weeks After Baby Rushed to ER, a Diagnosis: Botulism

Arizona's Cole Hansberger started showing symptoms the day before his first birthday

(Newser) - A 1-year-old in Arizona is critically ill after doctors say he tested positive for botulism, the Arizona Republic reports. On Aug. 5, the day before Cole Hansberger's first birthday, his mom, Jackie, noticed a few strange things: first, his drooping head while he was crawling around, then a complete... More »

For First Time in 11 Years, Paralyzed Man Moves His Arm

Brain implants allow him to control his right arm through thoughts

(Newser) - Recent advances in brain-spine interface technology have so excited the scientists working to restore the abilities of quadriplegics and others that they've actually screamed at the results . Now, the team working on a device known as BrainGate2 at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is... More »

Don't Marry Mario: 'Locked-in' Patients Can Finally 'Talk'

They communicate by thinking yes or no

(Newser) - Four paralyzed patients unable to communicate for years were finally able to do so through a potentially groundbreaking brain-reading system. And it turns out that one of them really didn't want his daughter to marry her boyfriend. The patients all had advanced ALS and were unable to control even... More »

Scientists Have Made Paralyzed Monkeys Walk

'The whole team was screaming as we watched'

(Newser) - In what could someday prove to be a major step forward for people with spinal cord injuries, scientists out of Switzerland are reporting in the journal Nature that they've gotten paralyzed monkeys to walk again. NPR describes the surgery on the rhesus macaques thusly: A neurosurgeon "placed electrodes... More »

Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Kids Across US Again

Acute flaccid myelitis makes a comeback after no new cases were reported in 2015

(Newser) - It was a quiet 2015 after dozens of people, mostly children, fell gravely ill in 2014 from a mysterious condition called acute flaccid myelitis, which first presents as a cold but quickly escalates to polio-like symptoms, including paralysis. It is quiet no longer as the Centers for Disease Control confirms... More »

Chris Reeve’s Son Is Running NYC Marathon for Dad's Cause

Will Reeve is raising money for his parents' foundation

(Newser) - If anyone should breeze through the New York City Marathon on Sunday, it's Superman's kid, right? And yet Will Reeve sounds a little anxious about running his first 26.2-miler, with the only son of Christopher and Dana Reeve telling the New York Post that he's said... More »

Paralysis Cases Rose in 7 Sites With Zika Outbreaks

But researchers still won't say Zika leads directly to Guillain-Barre syndrome

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Puerto Rico announced its first death from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition causing temporary paralysis that, in this case, was linked to the Zika virus. Now incidences of Guillain-Barre are said to have risen in seven countries in tandem with outbreaks of Zika, per a study in the... More »

'Paralyzed Bride' Cut Ties With Friend Who Pushed Her in Pool

'She wasn't there for me'

(Newser) - Rachelle Chapman, the now-30-year-old paralyzed in 2010 when one of her best friends pushed her in the pool at her bachelorette party , is talking to People and Today in advance of a TLC documentary about her story—a documentary that reveals, among other things, that Chapman is no longer friends... More »

Girl, 5, Paralyzed After Doing Backbend

Eden Hoelscher's mother says 'extent of damage is unheard of'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl in California is undergoing extensive physical therapy a few months after doing a simple backbend in her living room left her paralyzed from the waist down. Eden Hoelscher's mom, Kylee Hoelscher, reports in a GoFundMe page set up to help with that therapy that her daughter... More »

Zika Virus Now Linked to Paralysis, Too

Cases of Guillain-Barré have spiked in countries hit with Zika

(Newser) - There's more bad news regarding the Zika virus wreaking havoc in South America and the Caribbean: The mosquito-borne virus—which can cause birth defects and has been linked to 46 infant deaths—may also cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause weeks-long paralysis, reports the New ... More »

How a Medical Team Reattached a Toddler's Skull

The 16-month-old is in a halo brace after a car accident, but walking

(Newser) - In mid-September, Rylea Taylor and her two children survived a 70mph head-on collision in Australia. But when Rylea pulled 16-month-old Jaxon out of the wreckage, she didn't need to be an expert to see her son's neck was broken. Indeed, his top two vertebrae were fractured, and both... More »

'Paralyzed Bride' Is Now a Mom

Rachelle Friedman Chapman, husband welcome a daughter via surrogate

(Newser) - Rachelle Friedman Chapman was paralyzed in a bachelorette prank gone wrong; she went on to get married anyway and write a book. Now, as People reports, she's a new mom, courtesy of a college friend who volunteered to be her surrogate . Friedman Chapman and her husband, Chris Chapman, welcomed... More »

Girl Once Paralyzed Stands, Brings Nurse to Tears

Bailey Murrill suffered mystery paralysis for 11 days

(Newser) - The Internet is feeling rather appreciative of nurses after an emotional video was posted online. It begins as Bailey Murrill speeds down a hospital hallway in a wheelchair, 11 days after she suffered complete paralysis from the waist down, the Independent reports. Doctors weren't sure what caused the sudden... More »

New Strain of Virus Linked to Polio-Like Symptoms

Researchers say strong evidence links enterovirus to paralysis outbreak

(Newser) - A terrifying outbreak of a polio-like illness appears to be caused by a new strain of a common virus, according to what researchers say is the strongest evidence yet linking enterovirus-68 to the cases of child paralysis. The outbreak of limb paralysis has hit 115 children in 34 states since... More »

Stephen Hawking's Computer Gets 1st Upgrade in 20 Years

World-famous physicist had 'embarrassing' software

(Newser) - Think Stephen Hawking has killer computer software to help him communicate from his wheelchair? Apparently not—he couldn't even add attachments to emails. So the brainy folks at Intel and SwiftKey have upgraded his system for the first time in 20 years, Fast Company reports. "It wasn't... More »

Paralyzed Man Walks Again, Thanks to His Nose

Researchers install 'nerve bridge' from transplanted olfactory cells

(Newser) - After a knife attack, a man was left paralyzed—but thanks to his own nose, he can walk again, with the help of a walker. Darek Fidyka, now 40, had cells from his nose transplanted into his spinal cord, Reuters reports. Doctors working in Poland used nose cells known as... More »

How a Paralyzed Groom Walked Down the Aisle

Matt Ficarra relied on a bionic exoskeleton

(Newser) - There weren't many dry eyes when Matt Ficarra walked down the aisle with his new wife, Jordan Basile—and not just because the occasion was his wedding. The Syracuse, NY, man has been paralyzed from his chest down since he broke his neck in a boating accident in 2011.... More »

CDC Looks for Link Between Virus, Poliolike Symptoms

Girl who died in Rhode Island had enterovirus, though connection is unclear

(Newser) - A virus called enterovirus-68, or EV-68, continues to hospitalize kids around the country in unusually high numbers with respiratory trouble, and federal health authorities are trying to figure out whether there's a connection between the virus and cases of kids with paralysis or limb frailty, reports the New York ... More »

Forget Enterovirus: RSV Kills Kids

Texas physician says EV-68 isn't much different than other respiratory illnesses

(Newser) - Enterovirus-68—a respiratory illness for which there's no specific treatment, according to the CDC —has sent hundreds of people (mostly kids) to the hospital nationwide: By last count, there were 443 cases reported in 40 states, NBC News notes. But one doctor says that the illness may be... More »

Saints Sign Paralyzed Player

Inspirational Devon Walker says it's like a dream come true

(Newser) - Devon Walker had a pretty big day yesterday, graduating Tulane University within hours of landing an NFL contract with the New Orleans Saints. Adding to Walker's feat: He's wheelchair bound and uses a ventilator, after having been paralyzed from the neck down in a 2012 on-field collision. That... More »

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