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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 »

Former Jet Who Overcame Paralysis Killed in Car Wreck

Dennis Byrd learned to walk again, wrote inspirational book

(Newser) - Dennis Byrd was an inspiration for far more than anything he ever accomplished on a football field. He was able to walk again. And with each step he took toward recovery from paralysis while guided by his always-present faith, Byrd defied doctors' grim predictions and became a symbol of perseverance... 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 »

Victim's Blinks Led to Killer's Conviction

Maryland man was paralyzed by shooting

(Newser) - A Maryland jury has found a man guilty of murder after the paralyzed victim, who later died, identified the person who shot him by blinking. A Prince George's County jury found 25-year-old Jermaine Hailes guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2010 shooting of 29-year-old Melvin Pate, the AP... More »

Each Night, These Brothers Become Paralyzed

Fine during the day, they can't eat, talk, or even open their eyes at night

(Newser) - Two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids," in a case that has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Aged 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state—unable to... 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 »

Brain Implant Lets Paralyzed Man Use His Hand Again

'This is taking one's thoughts and, within milliseconds, linking it to concrete movements'

(Newser) - A paralyzed 24-year-old man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain, the AP reports. Ian Burkhart of Dublin, Ohio, can grasp a bottle, pour its contents into a jar, pick up a stick and stir the liquid. He... 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 »

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