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Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Improving medical assessments for low back pain is the subject of a research study currently being conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.
Beet juice is a dietary source of the molecule nitrate. When converted in the body, nitrate can dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow, both important factors for exercise performance.
Study title: High-load strength training improves outcome in patients with plantar fasciitis: A randomized controlled trial with 12-month follow-up
In a time when many government scientists in Canada are being muzzled, talking to the media may be a scary prospect for many researchers. Yet some academics are calling on their peers to have their voices heard in the media and cut through the noise coming from think tanks and lobbyists.
More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.
Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., may have uncovered the body's secret to physically aging well and keeping muscle strength in tact.
Study title: Back pain in children and adolescents
In the first study of its kind, former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness due to concussion during their playing days showed key differences in brain structure later in life. The hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, was found to be smaller in 28 former NFL players as compared with a control group of men of similar age and education.
A small number of paraplegics are now able to feel some sensation after having neural stem cells transplanted into their damaged spinal cords as part of a study, raising hope that the therapy may help restore movement in some paralyzed patients.
A team of crack researchers finally may have solved the mystery of knuckle-popping.In a study published recently, University of Alberta scientists describe how modern imaging technology has shed new light on the age-old riddle of why some joints crack when you pull them.
Researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia believe they may have found a link between back pain and human evolution.
Study title: Back pain in children and adolescentsAuthors: Altaf F, Heran MKS, Wilson LF Publication information: Bone & Joint Journal 2014; 96-B: 717–23.
Study title: Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania reveals physical therapy may be just as effective as surgical intervention for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

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