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Zapping spinal cord with electricity helps paralyzed men move legs again

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three more patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.Experts say it's a promising development but warn the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and still use wheelchairs to get around."There is no miracle cure on the way," said Peter Ellaway, an emeritus professor of physiology at Imperial College London, who had no role in the study. "But this could certainly give paralyzed people more independence and it could still be a life-changer for them."In a new study published Tuesday in the British journal Brain, researchers gave an update on Rob Summers, of Portland, Oregon, the first to try the treatment, and described successful results for all three of the other men who have tri...

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  1. The 'Tiger Woods of Motocross' James Stewart Gets His Own Reality Show

    As the No. 1 motocross racer in the world, James “Bubba” Stewart is at the top of his game. But in 2010, being on top is a lonely, hollow existence if you don't have...

  2. Motocross Rider in Spectacular Crash

    Bike goes catapulting in the air during race

  3. Motocross Wreck

    Rider in coma after tragic crash

  4. Motocross' Tiger Woods

    White sport's black superstar gets his own reality show, 'Bubba's World'

  5. Dumbest Stuff on Wheels: Motocross pileup

    Mishap during race

  6. Bikers raise money for family of Florida theater shooting victim

    Some 1,000 motorcyclists are raising money to help raise money for the family of a man who was gunned down during an argument over texting in a Florida theater.The C...

  7. Sullivan inducted into the Motorsports Hall

    IndyCar star Danny Sullivan and Supercross and Motocross great Ricky Johnson were inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Thursday night at the Fill...

  8. Radical FMX bike designed to fly

    Clothes may make the man, but this bike should make him fly.Extreme sports clothier Unit has commissioned a radical freestyle motocross (FMX) bike that’s set to push...

  9. Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling's New Prison Home Includes Roommates, Fish Sandwiches and Bunk Beds

    Disgraced former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling will still make money while serving his more than 24-year sentence for fraud and other crimes in a low-level federal pr...

  10. Pink, Husband Separate, Say 'Marriage Is Over'

    Pink and her husband of two years, motocross racer and former "Surreal Life" star Carey Hart, have separated, People magazine reported.Her publicist, Michele Schweit...

  11. Teen driver in Kansas motor home crash killing 5 has restricted license

    A 17-year-old boy with a provisional driver's license was behind the wheel when a converted semitrailer crashed on a Kansas highway, killing five members of his Minn...

  12. Radwanska defends 'beautiful' naked photo-shoot

    Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday defended her controversial nude photo-shoot which saw her dropped by a Catholic youth movement, claiming the picture...

  1. Motocross star dies in practice lap

    One of Australia's most successful motocross riders has died after a horror accident at a race meeting north of Melbourne Sunday.Former world number two Andrew McFar...

  2. Motocross champ dies at national championships

    One of Australia's most successful motocross riders has died after an accident at an event north of Melbourne Sunday.Former world No. 2 Andrew McFarlane, 33, of Quee...

  3. American Freestyle Motocross Racer Jeremy Lusk Dies After Failed Backflip

    Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross racer, died of head injuries on Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.Jorge R...

  4. Trial Begins in 18-Year-Old Murder of Motocross Racer Mickey Thompson

    A vendetta born of a soured business deal in the world of motor racing led to the killings of legendary driver Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy nearly two decades ...

  5. Messenger Testifies Tycoon Wanted to Rip Off Murdered Motocross Racer

    A racing tycoon accused in the slayings of legendary racer Mickey Thompson and his wife two decades ago said he wanted to rip Thompson off in a business deal, a mess...

  6. Pink Weds Motocross Racer Carey Hart

    Singer Pink and motocross racer Carey Hart tied the knot in Costa Rica on Saturday.More than 100 guests attended the wedding, which was held on the beach at the Four...

  7. Motocross Morris

    Clayton Morris takes on motocross racing

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