NJ Man is the first completely paralyzed person to have a brain-computer interface

A report explains how surgery to implant a Stentrode device in an ALS patient could possibly give the completely paralyzed man a chance to communicate with a mere thought. Also: E. coli links to Hello Fresh meal kits, over-the-counter hearing aids, taking infants to a chiropractor, and more.

Asbury Park Press: Communicating through thought: How a one-of-a-kind brain implant can help a paralyzed NJ man

In July, Czech became the first American and the first completely paralyzed person in the world to return home with a brain-computer interface (BCI), an implant with electrodes that interprets brain waves. The device, called a Stentrode, translates thoughts into commands sent to a computer. (Carino, 09/15)

In other health and wellness news –

CIDRAP: E Coli outbreak linked to ground beef in Hello Fresh meal kits

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 linked to Hello Fresh meal kits containing contaminated ground beef. So far, health officials have identified seven infections in six states. Six people were hospitalized and none of them developed haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening kidney complication of E coli infection. No deaths have been reported. (9/5)

WMFE: OTC hearing aids could be first step to better hearing for many Florida seniors

Frank Jones didn’t see the truck that just missed him. I haven’t heard it either. Although he went to an audiologist, he says the cost kept him from getting hearing aids. A new FDA policy could change that. (Byrnes, 9/15)

The Washington Post: Is it safe to take a baby to a chiropractor? Here’s what the experts say

On TikTok, chiropractors stretch chubby legs, massage infants’ tailbones and trace the tiny vertebrae of babies’ spines, touting a range of unproven treatments for newborns, babies and toddlers. … The evidence that chiropractic care can soothe babies is scarce. But TikTok clinicians say chiropractic care can offer relief to fussy babies with a variety of conditions, including colic, constipation, reflux, musculoskeletal issues and even, some say, babies traumatized during birth. childbirth. (Amenabar, 09/15)

Stat: At a fashion show for people with SMA, models take on their own stories

The event, covered by Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily, was part of an initiative to raise awareness about the lives and needs of people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a condition in which damaged or destroyed motor neurons lead to various levels of disability. (Herper, 9/16)

KHN: A disability program promised to lift people out of poverty. Instead, it left many homeless

After sleeping for two months in the Salvation Army Center of Hope homeless shelter, Margaret Davis was unlucky to find an affordable apartment. The 55-year-old grandmother receives around $750 a month from the federal government. She tries to live on just $50 in cash and $150 in food stamps each month so she can save enough to have a place to call home. (Clasen-Kelly, 9/16)

On the spread of polio —

CNN: Polio is back — How worried should Americans be?

New York’s governor declared a state of emergency after health officials detected poliovirus in sewage from five counties – evidence that the disease is circulating. Naturally, these events raised many questions: why does a case of poliomyelitis worry the authorities? What does it mean to find poliovirus in sewage? Who should be worried about getting the disease? If someone was vaccinated years ago, are they still protected now? (Chakraborty, 9/15)

KHN: With polio back, here’s what back-to-school students need to know

Before polio vaccines became available in the 1950s, people wary of this debilitating disease were afraid to let their children go outside, let alone go to school. As polio reappears decades after it was considered eliminated in the United States, Americans unfamiliar with the dreaded disease need an introduction to protect themselves and their young children – many of whom are emerging from the trauma of the pandemic. of covid-19. (Gounder, 9/16)

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