Daily Archives: April 9, 2008
April 10 (HealthDay News) — A nano-engineered gel that inhibits the formation of scar tissue at the site of a spinal injury and enables severed spinal cord fibers to regenerate has been developed by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.
They noted that nerve fibers do have the ability to regrow after a spinal injury, but they’re blocked by scar tissue that develops around the injury.
After the gel is injected as a liquid into the spinal cord, it self-assembles into a scaffold that supports new nerve fibers as they grow up and down the spinal cord and penetrate the site of the injury.
Because of a spinal cord injury, Elizabeth Fust is paralyzed from the mid-back down, but don’t expect to see her sitting idly by, twiddling her thumbs, during her leisure time.
The Louisville lawyer is a regular at a gym that Frazier Rehab Institute has opened to members of the public who have disabilities.
The Community Fitness and Wellness Facility on the sixth floor of Frazier in downtown Louisville has become a haven for people like Fust who refuse to allow their disabilities to keep them from being physically active.
“Being healthy and strong is not just important for able-bodied people, it’s important for people with disabilities and may even be more important,” said Fust, 41, of Crescent Hill.