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Daily Archives: June 3, 2008

New report shows locomotor training restores walking function in child with spinal cord injury

Published: June 3, 2008

Central Nervous System may be retrained, report led by Physical Therapist shows

ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 4, 2008)—A new report shows that a non-ambulatory (unable to walk or stand) child with a Cervical spinal cord injury was able to restore basic walking function after intensive locomotor training. The case study, published in Physical Therapy (May 2008), the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), evaluated the effects of locomotor training in a 4 ½ year-old-boy, who had no ability to walk following a gunshot wound sixteen months earlier.

Finding Clues For Nerve Cell Repair

Published: June 3, 2008

ScienceDaily (Jun. 4, 2008) — A new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University identifies a key mechanism for the normal development of Motor nerve cells (motor neurons) – cells that control muscles. This finding is crucial to understanding and treating a range of conditions involving nerve cell loss or damage, from spinal cord injury to neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Nerve cell Regeneration is a complex process. Not only do nerve cells have to regenerate, but just as importantly, their specific and individual connections need to be regenerated also. The study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides invaluable insight into these vital processes by understanding the mechanisms involved in normal development of selected types of spinal cord motor nerve cells.