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Tetraplegic man ascends Snowdon and raises thousands for spinal injury charity

A TETRAPLEGIC Grasmere man has raised thousands of pounds for a spinal injury charity by ascending Snowdon with the help of friends and a specially adapted chair. Will Clark took on the challenge for Back-Up Trust, who helped him after he was paralysed in a cycling accident. His effort, which he called ‘Get Will Up […]

Brain Stimulation Reduces Spasticity after Spinal Cord Injury

A new study claims that excitatory intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) is successful in reducing spasticity in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Researchers at Paracelsus Medical University (Salzburg, Austria), the University of Verona (Italy), and other institutions conducted a study to investigate if iTBS, a safe, non-invasive and well-tolerated protocol of excitatory repetitive transcranial […]

Serious head injuries nearly double your risk of dementia

Serious head injuries nearly double a person’s risk of developing dementia. That’s the message from an analysis of over 40,000 people who sustained some kind of head injury between 1986 and 2014. Half the people in the study had moderate-to-severe head injuries, which cause lesions in the brain and require a person to stay in […]

Here’s the basic pitch from the surgeon who wants to perform first ever head transplant

Dr Sergio Canavero, the Italian surgeon who wants to perform the first head transplant as soon as 2017, pitched his plan to American doctors on Friday, Reuters reports. It was in Annapolis, Maryland, accompanied by Valery Spiridonov, the Russian man suffering from spinal muscular atrophy who volunteered to be the first person to undergo the surgery, that Canavero pitched the […]

A surgeon aiming to do the first human head transplant says ‘Frankenstein’ predicted a crucial part of the surgery

To Sergio Canavero, “Frankenstein” is scientific inspiration. The Italian neurosurgeon told Business Insider that Mary Shelley’s classic novel convinced him that he could complete the world’s first full-body transplant.Canavero claims he’ll complete the procedure on a human next fall in China. Not only did the book reveal a missing piece in his plan to swap the […]

Drug Reverses Memory Failure Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury

After Treatment, Brain-Injured Mice Perform as Well as Normal Mice on Memory Tests In an unprecedented finding, UC San Francisco scientists used an experimental drug to completely reverse severe learning and memory impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice. Surprisingly, the drug fully restored the ability to learn and remember in the brain-injured […]

Tau Blood Levels May Tell of Cognitive Decline Relationship between tau, cognitive problems not mediated by amyloid

Elevated plasma total tau levels may be linked with cognitive decline, but the results differ depending on cognitive status and length of follow-up, researchers reported in JAMA Neurology. In cognitively normal individuals, high levels of plasma total tau were associated with a risk of mild cognitive impairment. In people with mild cognitive impairment, however, plasma total […]

US scientists undo memory loss in brain-damaged mice

Scientists for the first time have completely reversed memory loss resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in mice, a team of researchers announced Monday. Researchers hope the breakthrough will lead to new therapies for humans suffering from head trauma. An experimental new drug, ISRIB, restored the ability to learn and remember in brain-damaged mice. More […]

Birmingham doctors perform revolutionary surgery; restores vision to blind man

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — A 2014 hunting accident left 26-year-old Cameron Stovall completely blind, but revolutionary surgery by Birmingham doctors has restored his vision in his left eye. Stovall’s success came full circle at the Birmingham Barons game onThursday. He threw the first pitch of the game, which was caught by one of the doctors […]

Surgeon to Perform Head Transplant to Find Out If There is Life After Death

The first human head transplant operation scheduled for later this year will be a quantum leap forward for humanity. However, in the lead-up to the groundbreaking operation, to be conducted as part of Project Heaven, scientists have come across a serious ethical problem. Scientific progress can’t be stopped and every great discovery has suffered its […]