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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

‘Cell pores’ discovery gives hope to millions of brain and spinal cord injury patients

Published: May 14, 2020

Scientists have discovered a new treatment to dramatically reduce swelling after brain and spinal cord injuries, offering hope to 75 million victims worldwide each year.

The breakthrough in treating such injuries – referred to as central nervous system (CNS) edema – is thought to be hugely significant because current options are limited to putting patients in an induced coma or performing risky surgery.

Regeneration of Neural Connections After Spinal Cord and Optic Nerve Damage

Published: May 5, 2020

Spinal cord injuries can have lasting and devastating effects on mobility and cognitive function due to permanent nerve cell damage or death. A new study from researchers at Temple University now shows how neuronal connections can be regenerated after such injuries.

Neurons contain structural appendages called axons which form connections with each other throughout the brain and greater parts of the body. These axons form an interconnected communication system that regulates sensory and motor functions; injury to axons can result in their breakage, leading to irreversible damage.

Spinal cord injuries: Scientists probe individual cells to find better treatments

Published: May 1, 2020

Two top scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are seeking answers to questions about spinal cord injuries that have long frustrated the development of effective treatments.

The scientists, Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, and Kodi Ravichandran, PhD, are teaming up to understand why critical nerve cells called neurons continue to die after spinal cord injuries. So little is known that doctors aren’t even certain if the body’s immune response is beneficial or harmful.

Spinal Cord Injury: Pros and cons of robotic exoskeletons

Published: April 29, 2020

Robotic exoskeletons have emerged as a helpful rehabilitation tool for disabled and people suffering from several health-related consequences after a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Exoskeletons are wearable robotic units, controlled by computer boards to power a system of motors, pneumatics, levers, or hydraulics to restore locomotion and improve quality of life. Used by facilities for rehabilitation purposes in medical centers or home use, Exoskeletons have the potential to revolutionize rehabilitation following SCI.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Shepherd Center Publish New Resource to Help Prepare...

Published: April 23, 2020

Booklet provides information, hope for patients and families.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in collaboration with Shepherd Center, recently published “Restoring Hope: Preparing for Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury.” The booklet aims to help patients and families learn about spinal cord injury, organize information, chart a path and choose a rehabilitation program.

Tongo – Tongue Based Operating System

Published: April 2, 2020

A new invention turns the tongue into a digital operating system, and can change the lives of millions of people with disabilities around the world.

Medical student’s journey inspires UB community

Published: April 2, 2020

Farzana Ali learned many important skills throughout her four years as a medical student in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. But to the many people who came in contact with her along the way, it was she who was teaching valuable lessons — in patience and perseverance.

Quadriplegic man cycles 250 miles across Kenya steering with his chin

Published: March 20, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A QUADRIPLEGIC man has cycled 250 miles across Kenya using a motorised quad bike — that he steered by using his chin.

Inspirational Andy Walker MBE, who was paralysed in a diving accident in 2006, took on the monstrous trek through Rift Valley to Lake Victoria as part of a charity cycle challenge.

Scientists find a new way to regrow nerves in spinal injuries

Published: March 12, 2020

In experiments on rats with spinal cord injuries, the rodents improved their walking ability following treatment.

Researchers have demonstrated a novel method that might regrow nerve cells at the site of spinal injuries.

Researchers Develop New Coating To Reduce Pain And Risk Of Infection For Catheter Users

Published: March 5, 2020
Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s have developed a new antimicrobial coating which can be applied to urinary catheters and other medical devices to significantly reduce pain and lower the risk of infection.

The unique coating has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for the millions of catheter users worldwide.

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