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Revolutionary spinal patch uses the body’s natural motion to repair herniated discs

Revolutionary spinal patch uses the body’s natural motion to repair herniated discs

[ad_1] Researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the CMC VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. This innovative development, known as “tension-activated repair patches” (TARPs), harnesses the body’s natural motion to release an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules. This solution has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, the researchers share their remarkable progress in the quest for an effective herniated disc treatment. The Challenge of Herniated Discs Herniated discs pose a significant challenge in the science of orthopedic medicine. When one of the soft discs situated between the vertebrae develops a split or hole, the soft interior protrudes, resulting in a loss of tension and diminished spine cushioning. This condition causes severe pain, akin to a car driving on a …

The spinal cord can learn and remember—completely independent of the brain

The spinal cord can learn and remember—completely independent of the brain

[ad_1] Study reveals how specific neuronal populations within the spinal cord facilitate learning and recall of movements. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) The spinal cord, often regarded as a mere messenger between the brain and the body, has now emerged as a hub of learning and memory, independent of the brain. Researchers at the Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF) in Leuven reveal how specific neuronal populations within the spinal cord facilitate learning and recall of movements, shedding new light on its role beyond simple relay functions. Understanding the Spinal Cord’s Plasticity The spinal cord possesses an intriguing ability to fine-tune movements and actions autonomously, even in the absence of brain input. Professor Aya Takeoka, leading a team at NERF, delves into this phenomenon, exploring how nerve connections adapt during movement learning and recovery from injuries. 3D illustration showing a cross-section of the human spinal cord. (CREDIT: Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF)) Despite evidence of spinal cord learning dating back to the early 20th century, the exact neurons involved and their encoding mechanisms have remained elusive due to challenges in …

Lifechanging spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

Lifechanging spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

[ad_1] Researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the CMC VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. This innovative development, known as “tension-activated repair patches” (TARPs), harnesses the body’s natural motion to release an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules. This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, these researchers share their remarkable progress in the quest for an effective herniated disc treatment. The Challenge of Herniated Discs Herniated discs pose a significant challenge in the realm of orthopedic medicine. When one of the soft discs situated between the vertebrae develops a split or hole, the soft interior protrudes, resulting in a loss of tension and diminished spine cushioning. This condition causes severe pain, akin to a car driving on a …

Surgeons Use Apple VR Headset During Spinal Operation

Surgeons Use Apple VR Headset During Spinal Operation

[ad_1] Image by Justin Sullivan via Getty / Futurism A surgery team in the UK successfully utilized the recently-released Apple Vision Pro to assist spinal surgery — a fascinating use case for the augmented reality (AR) headsets that goes far beyond movie-watching, productivity-hacking, or distracted driving. As Business Insider reports, the expensive “spatial computing” device was used to execute two microspinal procedures at London’s Cromwell Hospital. To be clear, it wasn’t the surgeons themselves who were wearing bunky AR headsets. The device was instead donned by an assisting surgical scrub nurse, who according to a press release used headset-integrated software called eXeX to access things like “surgical setup and the procedural guides from within the sterile field of the operating theatre,” in addition to any needed data or surgical visualizations. So, in short: coupled with the eXeX software, the headset offered the folks in the operating room hands-free access to documents and other information related to the procedure and its workflow. Pretty cool! “It’s a real privilege to be the first team in the UK …

Breakthrough spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

Breakthrough spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

[ad_1] This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the CMC VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. This innovative development, known as “tension-activated repair patches” (TARPs), harnesses the body’s natural motion to release an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules. This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, these researchers share their remarkable progress in the quest for an effective herniated disc treatment. The Challenge of Herniated Discs Herniated discs pose a significant challenge in the realm of orthopedic medicine. When one of the soft discs situated between the vertebrae develops a split or hole, the soft interior protrudes, resulting in a loss of tension and diminished spine cushioning. This condition causes severe pain, akin to a car driving on …

Groundbreaking spinal patch uses natural body motion to fix herniated discs

Groundbreaking spinal patch uses natural body motion to fix herniated discs

[ad_1] This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the CMC VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. This innovative development, known as “tension-activated repair patches” (TARPs), harnesses the body’s natural motion to release an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules. This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, these researchers share their remarkable progress in the quest for an effective herniated disc treatment. The Challenge of Herniated Discs Herniated discs pose a significant challenge in the realm of orthopedic medicine. When one of the soft discs situated between the vertebrae develops a split or hole, the soft interior protrudes, resulting in a loss of tension and diminished spine cushioning. This condition causes severe pain, akin to a car driving on …

How I Rebuilt My Family After A Devastating Spinal Cord Injury

How I Rebuilt My Family After A Devastating Spinal Cord Injury

[ad_1] Diving into the choppy waters of Miami Beach was something I had done many times before. I was familiar with the ocean and its power, but I wasn’t prepared for how my dive on the morning of February 6, 2010, would radically change my life.  I was in Miami to attend the Super Bowl with my cousin, and we decided to hit the beach the day before the game. While diving into the choppy waves, I misjudged my landing spot and hit a hidden sandbar. That small error caused me to break my neck and bruise the C5 and C6 vertebrae in my spine. It was immediately clear that it was a devastatingly serious injury. I was in the water — paralyzed — and unable to resurface on my own. Thankfully, my cousin Bernie pulled me to safety. He saved my life that day, but I also knew things would never be the same.  Few injuries can be as life-altering as spinal cord injuries (SCIs). It’s a club no one wants to belong to, and …

This spinal implant tech could restore mobility to Parkinsons patients

This spinal implant tech could restore mobility to Parkinsons patients

[ad_1] People with Parkinson’s disease are being diagnosed earlier and living with the condition for longer periods as treatments evolve, but one stubborn late-arriving symptom is trouble walking. A promising new spinal implant from Swiss researchers offers some hope that this too can be treated effectively. The multi-institutional team is led by Onward, a spinout company from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, which since 2015 has raised $170 million to develop and commercialize medical devices for people living with brain and spinal cord injury. The issue presented to the researchers, and of course to patients themselves, is the waning efficacy of chemical and deep-brain stimulus treatment as the condition begins to affect gait. While extra dopamine and brain stimulation can help minimize tremors and other symptoms, walking can still deteriorate. Jocelyne Bloch and Grégoire Courtine, founders of the NeuroRestore research team at EPFL focusing on this topic, felt that perhaps the neural signals leading to successful locomotion could be improved downstream, in the spinal cord, rather than at relevant loci in …

Augmedics snaps up .5M advance spinal surgery navigation using AR and AI

Augmedics snaps up $82.5M advance spinal surgery navigation using AR and AI

[ad_1] Spinal is one of the fastest-growing categories of surgery, with the number of operations taking place annually now approaching 8 million. But their frequency belies the complexity and sometimes less-than-perfect outcomes of these procedures. That’s created a vacuum that technology is mobilizing to fill: today, a startup called Augmedics that’s built an augmented reality-based navigation platform to improve the process and outcomes of spinal surgeries — using AR to give surgeons “x-ray vision” — is announcing $82.5 million in funding to continue expanding its platform. The funding, a Series D, is coming from a mix of financial and strategic investors. CPMG out of Texas is leading the round, with  Evidity Health Capital coming in as a “syndicate partner,” with previous backers H.I.G. Capital, Revival Healthcare Capital and Almeda Ventures also participating. This latest investment brings the total raised by Augmedics to $148 million and it’s not disclosing valuation. In the growing field of medtech startups using AR to expand how surgeons can work — and amid direct competitors going bankrupt — Augmedics has had …