For the nearly 1.3 million people who are paralyzed because of spinal cord injuries in the US, the hope is that standing and stepping can help bring more independence, improve circulation and bone density, and boost cardiovascular health. “There’s no real treatment for people with this type of injury,” says Susan Harkema, associate director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville and senior author of the New England Journal of Medicine paper. “This isn’t taking them back to before their injury, but it’s giving them significant, incremental return of function, and health — and that can make their daily lives substantially better.” [link]

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