A promising first step for those with spinal cord injury: Further reading on electrical stimulation and how it’s helped rats (and one human!) walk again

This is a wonderful resource to explain the steps to recovering from a spinal cord injury. I have had family members that have suffered from this type of injury. Check it out!

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Gregoire Courtine shares the story behind his work at TEDGlobal 2013. It begins with: an encouraging mentor. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Gregoire Courtine shares the story behind his work at TEDGlobal 2013. It begins with: an encouraging mentor. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Grégoire Courtine and the scientists in his lab helped a paralyzed rat learn to walk again, voluntarily, through a treatment that combined drugs, electrical stimulation of the lower spinal cord, the support of a robotic arm and a little bit of chocolate. When their study appeared in the June 2012 issue of Science, it sparked a lot of excitement. Articles in Scientific American (“With Willpower, and a Jolt of Electricity, Paralyzed Rats Learn to Walk Again”) and The New York Times (“In Rat Experiment, New Hope for Spine Injuries”) followed, as did a segment on ABC News (“Paralysed rats on ‘incredible’ road to recovery”).

[ted_talkteaser id=1860]Today, Courtine shares the story behind this work. The keys to his breakthroughs: a riveting call…

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Do You Have to Drive in Los Angeles Traffic?

This is something I have never enjoyed but I have to fight it twice every single day. Do you have to fight Los Angeles Traffic on a consistent basis? If so, how many hours does it take you to get to work? Is it worse in the mornings or in the evenings? My sister has had to sit in two hour traffic several times in the month of June. I am not certain I could handle that. So, what about you? Do you avoid it? Where is it the worst?

Just last week, July 4th weekend, I had to sit in traffic for hours. I left work a little bit early on Thursday and ending up not getting home until well after 7:00 pm. Sometimes I wonder if it is even worth it to leave work early on holiday weekends. I think my new strategy is going to be to come into work late and stay even later. Maybe this will help to avoid some of the traffic in and around Los Angeles. What are your strategies? Do you get to work at 9 and leave by 5? I would love to know how you avoid this complete headache.

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