Department of Clinical Neurosciences
It sounds like something from Star Trek: an exercise bike that prompts nerves to fire, allowing people with paralyzed legs to cycle. This is not science fiction, it’s a functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycle that will soon be available for public use in the Thrive Centre, located in the University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology.
According to Dr. Chester Ho, section chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and associate professor with the Cumming School of Medicine, the FES bike provides surface electrical stimulation through the skin, stimulating the muscles in a co-ordinated fashion that simulates a cycling motion. The bike was designed to help people with a variety of conditions such as spinal cord injuries, stroke or multiple sclerosis.
“The exciting thing is that there has been a lot of research to show that with this exercise regimen, people can actually get a very good cardiovascular workout which they previously may have had more have difficulty in achieving,” says Ho.
Only six months after its inaugural meeting in October 2014, the Canadian Neuromuscular Diseases Network has launched its new web site.
The national network, which unites Canadian families, researchers, and healthcare teams toward improved outcomes for neuromuscular diseases, is supported by the CIHR and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Membership is open to individuals and organizations, including patients and their families.
Visit the web site to join: www.neuromuscularnetwork.ca
QuICR is a province-wide stroke program that aims to improve stroke outcomes through rapid clinical and neuromuscular imaging evaluation combined with fast treatment.
SAVE THE DATE: SEPT 18
Coombs Theatre FMC, 8am to noon
Topics: Parkinson’s disease, Tourette Syndrome, Psychogenic Movement Disorders, plus clinical case presentations of other interesting movement disorders.
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Dr. Jeptha Davenport provides the definition of migraine, the meaning of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ headaches, and a list of 'red flag' features to recognize life-threatening headaches.
Migraine is the most common sort of headache for which patients seek medical treatment. Dr. Davenport reviews it briefly in order to contrast the warning signs, which would not be expected in migraine or other primary headaches. Knowing when a headache may be life-threatening is an important skill for all physicians to develop. When ‘red flag’ features are identified, further consultation and/or investigation is suggested.
Click to listen to other W21C podcasts, including Dr. Chester Ho's presentation on pressure ulcers (Episode 38), at www.patientsafetypodcast.com