Scientists have succeeded in restoring movement to rats paralysed by spinal injuries.
The breakthrough could ultimately lead to new treatments for people who have been paralysed by damage to their spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries typically arise from car accidents, violence, falls and sports injuries.
Scientists reported Sunday that they coaxed human embryonic stem cells to become spinal Motor neurons, critical nervous system pathways that relay messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
The new research, published in the on-line version of the journal Nature Biotechnology, was conducted by Chinese scientists working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center, a Catholic institution, are using cells derived from aborted fetuses in medical research.
Catholic doctrine opposes abortion, but the university decided to let researchers who have been using the cells continue their work into treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, Spinal Cord Injury and Cancer.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (USA)–When someone’s spinal cord is completely severed, brain signals can no longer reach the legs to tell the legs to walk.
A study in this month’s journal Spinal Cord shows that those who have suffered a spinal cord injury can generate muscle activity independent of brain signals.
A gel of tiny fibers could help reverse paralysis from spinal cord injury.
The gel, created by scientists from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, contains a three-dimensional network of nanoscale fibers that form a scaffold to promote Neuron growth.
12-year-old Paralyzed by Accidental Mortar Being Evacuated to USA
BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — A U.S. mortar attack that hit the wrong target has threatened the future of a child in Iraq. But the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is stretching its reach to help her rebuild her life.
Louisville, KY… The Kresge Foundation has awarded Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services (JHHS) a $1.5 million challenge grant to aid in the completion of Frazier Rehab Institute’s $88 million capital campaign. As part of the challenge grant, the Jewish Hospital Foundation must raise $9.4 million for Frazier Rehab Institute by June 1, 2005 to receive the $1.5 million grant award.
Currently, an important question in spinal cord repair is how to influence nerve fibers to regenerate across long distances and make meaningful connections. During the development of the nervous system, immature nerve cells receive signals from various molecules, proteins and cells.
MUNCIE, Ind. — Chrissy Parker laboriously drags one leg in front of the other, the top of her blue adidas gym shoe skidding across the treadmill’s slowly moving runner.
A harness attached to a metal contraption — called a Lite Gait — holds her body upright while she walks at a 1.9 mph pace. As the speed is increased to 2.5 mph — a normal walking pace — trainers repeatedly lift her feet up and down so she can keep up.
Proneuron Biotechnologies Teams with Craig Hospital in Denver to Expand IND Phase II Trial of ProCord for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries to the U.S.
Following tissue injury, a type of white blood cell, called a macrophage, quickly starts to remove cell debris. These macrophages then start to secrete growth factors that promote a controlled inflammatory reaction to initiate the wound healing process.