New Mobility’s Biweekly Newsletter – November 21, 2016

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NEWS

Paralyzed Monkeys Walk Again in Brain-Spine Interface Study

Walking monkeys have flooded the news media since Nov. 9 — and we aren’t talking about post-election memes. Two partially paralyzed rhesus monkeys are ambulating after scientists decoded data from their motor cortex signals and sent it wirelessly to an implanted epidural stimulator that “told” the paralyzed leg to move in a walking fashion. It’s pretty fascinating, but when might it be available for humans?

TRENDING NOW

Inclusion Eye Candy

An integrated California dance company leads a flashmob-style performance at Venice Beach: pop music, bubblegum colors, life on wheels fully represented.

[Totally safe for work video.]

PRO TIPS

Three Free and Useful Smartphone Apps

The Parking Mobility app gives you something kind of awesome: the power to easily document and report vehicles parked illegally in accessible spots. The best part: If you are in a partner community, the information goes to law enforcement officials, who review the violation and issue a ticket if warranted. Let it be known that we are NOT encouraging you to spend your entire holiday shopping time reporting parking jerks … but if you do, send us your righteous yet humorous stories! Also covered: the “MS Buddy” app and a Medicaid eligibility app.

Online Fitness Videos Make Exercising Easier for Wheelchair Users

Every Body Fitness offers hundreds of exercise videos led by people with disabilities and narrated by a physical therapist, who instructs and motivates you through routines designed for different abilities. Whether you’re looking for strength training, aerobic exercise or yoga, you’ll find accessible options starting at $25/per month.

Apple Cider Vinegar May Remedy Some Secondary Conditions of SCI/D

Apple cider vinegar, an ancient remedy, may offer benefits for wheelchair users, including treating stubborn yeast infections of the skin, clearing phlegm, helping with IBS and constipation, and leveling blood sugar for those prone to diabetes. Inexpensive and safe, it is worth a try for these and other conditions, according to our writer with MD.

Abilities Expo: The Place to Try a Wide Variety of New Equipment

If you’ve never been to an Abilities Expo, you are missing one of the greatest opportunities to try adaptive products, learn about accessible travel and recreation and mingle with a knowledgeable disability community. It’s happening Dec. 2-4 in the D.C. Metro Area, and coming to many other regions in 2017.

 

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