• By Jennifer O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Radio: Spinal cord injury research

May 4, 2017

Graphic of spine surgery procedureA spinal cord injury can cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury, including paralysis. But a study being done at Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with UCLA researchers, has successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical stimulation of the spinal cord to return voluntary movements to a previously paralyzed patient. The research findings recently were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, the study's principal investigators, Dr. Kristin Zhao, director of Mayo Clinic's Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Kendall Lee, director of Mayo Clinic's Neural Engineering Laboratory, will discuss the results and what's ahead in spinal cord injury research.

Also on the program, Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, a Mayo Clinic Health System primary care physician, will discuss how to deal with seasonal allergies. And infectious disease specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh will have an update on the effectiveness of this past season's flu vaccine.

Listen to the program on Saturday, May 6, at 9:05 a.m. CDT, and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

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